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Is Golf Sixes Really What The Sport Needs?

Written by: Site Sponsor | Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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A shortened version of the typical 9-hole game has recently been introduced over in England as a means of apparently marketing the sport to a broader audience.

According to BBC Sport, Golf Sixes made its debut at St. Albans’ Centurions Club in early May, taking its inspiration -and many of its ideas- from the likes of Twenty20 cricket and Rugby Sevens, the latter of which was introduced as an Olympic Sport for the first time at last year’s Rio Games.

A Chance to Win new Fans

The idea, so says the BBC’s golf correspondent Iain Carter, is win back old fans and introduce many more new ones who were originally put off by the fact that the standard game takes a long time to play, and seemingly even longer to watch.

The article concludes that this is exactly what the sport needs right now, but is it really?

It’s a question that is certainly up for debate among some purists.

On the one hand, yes, anything that introduces more people to the sport can only be a good thing, especially with the potential to use Golf Sixes as something of a gateway to longer-form games.

That said, there are those who would argue that the suggestion that golf is currently suffering from some sort of image crisis is more than a little misguided.

Need proof?

Look no further than the world of sports betting.

Odds on Success

In an age where everything is online, today’s online sports betting sites are using a wealth of tactics to attract new customers. This is particularly true back in England, where Golf Sixes has been introduced.

There exists a wealth of free bets offers UK fans can use to wager on just about any sport imaginable, but increasing numbers of them are doing so to bet on the Masters and the ongoing European Tour.

Elsewhere, for those interesting in enjoying the game without much of a vested financial interest, events at St. Andrews, Muirfield, and Hoylake remain popular.

Then again, maybe the sport is in dire need of an image make-over.

Falling TV Audience Numbers

Last summer, it was reported that viewing figures for The Open plummeted by as much as 75%.

In Europe, this can at least be partially attributed to the event’s move from the free-to-view, license fee funded BBC, to the premium subscription service, Sky Sports. This is evidenced by the fact that BBc’s highlight show of the same event drew higher viewing figures than Sky’s actual live coverage.

Still, if a reduction in viewing figures is likely to be the norm from now on, then there’s undoubtedly a case to be made for Golf Sixes.

The game works by using a shot clock that gave each player forty seconds to take their shots. The time was then cut to 30 seconds for the second day knockout rounds.

The idea, according to Iain Carter, is that by doing so, fans and players alike can skip right to the engrossing shots “down the stretch,” eliminating all the long, drawn out early shots and getting right down into the exhilarating parts of the game.

With only one Golf Sixes competition in the record books, it is too early to tell whether this fast-paced form of the game is exactly what golf needs to revitalise itself, if indeed it needs to revitalise itself at all.


Tiger Fist Pump Panda T-Shirt

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
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I’ve been working on this review and thought perhaps I should wait in light of the Tiger Woods DUI news over the holiday weekend.  Timing is everything I guess.  Say hello to the Panda Tiger tee by Press Golf.

T-shirts are the new rage in golf.  I’ve been receiving contacts from many t-shirt makers asking for me to review their shirts.  These days the millennials who golf are often wearing skinny jeans and t-shirts.  I’m old school though.  Collared shirts only for me on the course, but off the course I’m down with anything which is comfortable.  Plus I don’t think my thighs would fit in the waist of skinny jeans.

Press Golf offers fun golf t-shirts and other products, even baby onesies.

Materials and Features

  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Unisex sizing
  • Shoulder taping
  • 52% combed and ring-spun cotton 48% polyester
  • Unixex
  • Reasonable pricing at under $20

Colors and Sizes

  • Small to XXL
  • Blue (pictured), gray, Tiger red (for Sunday)

Comfort

The fabric combination and weaving is soooo comfortable and luxurious feeling.  Press Golf tee shirts are my new gamer for evenings at HOG World Headquarters.

I’m sporting a different Press Golf T this morning as I write this post.  Stay tuned for my blog post on “Panda Phil.”


Bogey Is Life Golf T-Shirts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, May 28th, 2017
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A new fad in golf is t-shirts, for the millennial crowd I suppose. Maybe it’s the Top Golf thing. A new brand in the T space is “Bogey Is Life.” Bogey Is Life makes a few comfy casual apparel pieces like this one below, as well ask long sleeves, tank tops and hats.

Bogey Is Life

Bogey Is Life

I’ve been enjoying this T around HOG World Headquarters and the fabric is super soft and comfortable. It’s a “tri-blend” of 50% polyester, 25% cotton and 25% rayon.

The name is inspired by the creator of the brand, an average golfer.  Average golfers shoot bogey golf and probably worse if they played by the rules!

At only $24.99 direct from the Bogey Is Life website, this is a great golf related Father’s Day gift idea that dad can wear on or off the course.  For us golfers who shoot better than bogey golf though I wonder when the “Birdie Is Life” version comes out?


First Look: TecTecTec VPRO500S Laser Rangefinder

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Yesterday in the rain I started testing the TecTecTec VPRO500S golf laser rangefinder.  The VPRO500S has features found in units costing $500, but can be found on Amazon for $179.

Some of those features include:

  • Pinsensor (LOL, not pinseeker) technology locks onto the pin
  • Slope
  • Yards or Meters
  • Measures up to 540 yards (good for you long hitters)
  • Very nice zippered case with elastic quick release
  • Compact size

I’m simultaneously testing two lasers right now.  It’s quite geeky on the course but all in a day’s work of golf blogging!

This could be a nice Fathers Day golf gift for golfers or even hunters.

Stay tuned for my full review soon.


First Look: Cobra Golf King F7+ Driver

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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I have a dilemma. I’m playing in my first tournament of 2017 in three hours and I have a shakeup brewing in the gamer bag.   I hit my current gamer driver very, very well.  I have fantastic accuracy and great distance with my “Snakes on a Plane” driver, also known as an Air Force One (I get my cheesy b-rated movies mixed up).  I have a new snake themed driver which is looking to dethrone the Snakes on a Plane, the new Cobra Golf King F7+.  Look at this beauty.

The smart thing to do would be to simply warm up and get ready as normal, and play the driver I’m used to hitting. That’s what I will do.  It will be painful knowing I have this one to try out.  With all of the adjustment capabilities of the King F7+ I’m going to probably need a lengthy range session or session on a launch monitor (I prefer real balls, real range) to see which loft and weighting configuration works best for my granny over the top dual chicken wing epileptic seizure unfolding lawn chair swing.

Maybe after the tournament I’ll start testing out the King F7+.  And I will likely regret not putting it in play, but it wouldn’t be fair to my playing partner to test out a never-before gamed club in a tournament.  The good news is I’ll be back to play tomorrow and hopefully before the round I will find the right setting for the King F7+ so I can start gaming it.

Key Features

The F7+ has some cool features and what does the “+” mean?

  • Fully adjustable center of gravity positions via movable weights
  • Adjustable lofts from 8 to 11 degrees with varying draw/neutral positions
  • (The +) Arccos tracking in the grip syncs with smartphone to show driving distance an accuracy
  • More features and construction in my full review

Okay I need to get rolling.  I have a tournament to compete in!  Stay tuned here and on my social networks for reports on the tourney and the King F7+.  Watch for my review coming soon, but not a 3-range-ball review like other review sites…  🙂


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