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Review: Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 18th, 2016
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Puma_Superlite_Golf_Stand_Bag_02What’s a great test for a golf bag?  How about walking 122.7 miles with it, after schlepping it thousands of miles across the pond from Utah, USA to the Home of Golf, St Andrews, Scotland!  The bag I chose for that test is the Puma Superlite Stand Bag.  Let’s look at the bag’s features and then talk about how it fared on my grueling and fantastic testing.

Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag Features

The Superlite is, of course, super-light.  It weighs in at a mere 3.8 pounds.  Every ounce counts, especially over time.

The bag has a 4-way top with four dividers which go all the way to the bottom.  This is great because it helps keep clubs from tangling up and becoming hard to put in our take out.  At the top of the bag is a grab-handle with comes in very handy.  I use it every time I put the bag down to stand the bag straight up for getting clubs in and out. I also use that handle when putting the bag in the trunk of the car.

There are five zippered pockets on the Superlite.  These are one reason I went with this bag for Scotland.  I thought of using a smaller bag, but needed room for rain gear and sweaters and such.  There’s a large apparel pocket which fits an amazing amount, plus two small item pockets, a ball pocket, tee pocket, and insulated beverage pocket.  The small pocket at the top with the white zipper is waterproof and has padding inside.  That’s where I put my phone and small camera to protect them.  Each pocket has a large rubberized loop which makes them easy to grab and open.  Nice touch.  The ball bag has room for a lot of golf balls. So many, that I barely even fill it up 1/5 of the way.  I use that extra space for other necessities like extra beverages or apparel items.

Puma_Superlite_Golf_Stand_BagThe stand portion of the bag is very solid.  Some cheap-o stand bag’s stand mechanisms work poorly and the bag has to be set down just right or in a strong fashion to get the legs to deploy.  This bag’s legs open and close with ease.  Plus, they open to a nice wide and solid base.  Once again, the cheap-o bags may not open wide enough and as a result the bag’s base isn’t wide enough for a solid stance.

The bag has padded dual shoulder straps to help the bag stay balanced on the player’s back.  More on the straps later in the critique section.

The Superlite is made from 100% polyester.  It protects the contents from water and moisture extremely well.  A couple of the rounds in Scotland were very wet.  I deployed the included rain-hood and with that in play the bag kept everything dry.  In the image below you can see how well the bag deals with water.

Puma Superlite in the rain

Looks

Style is part of the overall package and this bag has it.  I love the solid, bold looks and colors of this bag line.

Critique

My critique of this bag, and an area I think it could be improved, is with the straps.  I have a bad back so carrying the bag isn’t typically going to happen.  But I do it sometimes.  In Scotland I carried a few times, one in particular at the extremely hilly Cruden Bay.  Since my back problems are in the lower area of my spine, I like to wear the bag up high.  I don’t want the weight of the bag in my lower back or buttock area.  I need it laying in the middle of the back or higher.   With the bag very high the X part of the straps ended up right on my shoulders.  So the weight of the bag was not on the padding of the strap, rather it was on the gap between the padding and the frame of the strap.  Also, with that setup, often the strap would flip over as I put it on, resulting in the non padded side being the one against my body.  Then I would have to mess with it for a bit to flip the strap over.

On The Course

I’ve used this bag for dozens of rounds at home in the desert heat of Utah. I’ve also logged rounds in French Lick, Indiana, Philadelphia, and over a dozen rounds in Scotland.  The performance and ease of use has been great.  The variance in conditions has been large and the bag has performed brilliantly in all of them.

At Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie, Scotland

At Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie, Scotland

My favorite highlights about the bag is the large pockets, for such a small footprint of a bag.  The bag’s design makes great use of space.  Getting the clubs in and out is super easy.

Conclusion

With it’s brilliant design and engineering the Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag seems to defy the laws of physics.  It has the space of a larger carry bag or cart bag, but is light and easy to carry.   Golfers looking for a solid carry bag, or any bag to just lighten the load for travel or other reasons, should check out the Puma Superlite.


First Look: Arccos Golf Performance Tracking System

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 12th, 2016
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You thought I was kidding when I mentioned the possibility of using three shot trackers at the same time during my golf this weekend.  Well here’s the first look at the Arccos system.

Arccos-package

Arccos is a real-time golf performance tracking system. It delivers advanced GPS distances, automatic shot tracking and a shot analysis platform to measure and evaluate each shot.  Knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses though a device like this can really help from a game management standpoint, as well as giving the player information on what needs to be worked on.

I’m looking forward to testing out this unit.  I’ve heard a lot about it. I’m sure this unit will provide me a lot of information regarding what I can work on, since well, the granny over the top dual chicken wing swing has some weaknesses.

Stay tuned for my review soon.


First Look: mobitee Swing Analysis and Shot Tracker

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 11th, 2016
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I’m going to be doing a lot of testing of golf apps and shot tracking systems this month.  One of the new ones I’m going to test out is mobitee with PIQ.

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mobitee is an on-glove device which gives distance to the green, plus it gives the golfer real time swing analysis. I’ll be doing my first round of testing with mobitee this weekend and posting my full review when I have enough rounds logged to formulate some solid takes.

If the unit is as cool as their packaging it will be awesome.  Seriously. What a cool design.

Stay tuned.


First Look: TLink Golf GPS/Pedometer and Special HOG Discount!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
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This is interesting.  There are many GPS units on the market.  I’ve reviewed a ton of them.  Some are stand alone and some are watches.  Most are bulky and expensive.  The TLink (pictured below) is neither bulky or expensive.

TLink_box

The TLink unit saves space by utilizing the GPS in one’s smartphone. The unit can be worn as a watch with the included band, or clamped onto a belt or pocket via the included clip.  TLink connects via bluetooth to an Android phone or iPhone and uses the phone’s GPS location for yardages, front, back and middle. TLink comes with 30,000 courses built in.  You can see if your course of choice is on the list here.

The unit also is a pedometer, like a FitBit.  It will track your steps (hopefully walking the golf course), distance walked, and calories burned.  It will even keep the records for later comparison.  So you can see how you did on your home course versus last week’s round. I wish I would have had this when I was in Scotland a couple of weeks ago.

The app is free with the unit, for yardages and pedometer functions.  An extra in-app purchase can open up a full statistics capability in the unit (pictured below).  Users can track scoring, fairways, putting, driving accuracy and so forth:

TLink_stats

The folks at T-Link reached out to me to do a product review.  That’s now in process.  They also asked if I would like to offer a discount to HOG readers.  Well, of course.  I’d love to reward HOG readers with a deal whenever possible.  Follow this link to the TLink web store and use the discount coupon code hooked at checkout to knock the price down from $99 to $89.

I’m charging up my unit for the first time.  I’ll be doing my first round of testing this week.  Stay tuned.


Review: Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
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It has taken a few weeks to process my experience at French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course.  I was also slightly sidetracked by a little trip to Scotland in that timeframe.  The dust in my golf cranium has settled.  I’m ready to try and tackle this big review of a big golf course.

French Lick Location

First off, let’s get the location figured out.  French Lick Resort is in Larry Bird country, the towns of French Lick and West Baden Springs in southern Indiana.   The closest major city and airport is Louisville, Kentucky.  Next would be Cincinnati and Indianapolis.  The resort sits on a large and historic estate which dates back to 1845.

The Dye Course is a 5-10 minute drive from the West Baden Springs Hotel and the French Lick Hotel and Casino.  The course lies on one of the highest points of elevation in Indiana, producing a 40 mile panoramic view.

Pete Dye Course Key Facts

First off, one must know who Pete Dye is.  Pete Dye is a Hall of Fame golf course architect who has built some of the most famous courses in the world.  Some of Pete Dye’s most notable courses include Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Harbour Town Golf Links, TPC Sawgrass Stadium (home of THE PLAYERS), Whistling Straits, and PGA West.

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Pete Dye and me

The Pete Dye Course at French Lick is certainly one of the most difficult courses in the USA, if not the world.  The course rating from the tips is an unheard of 80.0.  The slope is a massive 148.  It’s hard to translate those numbers for those who don’t understand rating and slope.  A skilled professional on average would shoot an 80 on this course, on a good day.

The course plays to a par value of 72.  The total yardage is 8,102.  Amongst that hefty yardage is par-3 16th hole which measures 305 yards.  If the length isn’t tough enough, there’s water down the entire right side.

Tee

The views presented to the golfer from the tees are tremendous, challenging, and worthy of not only a solid tee shot, but a solid shutter release of a nice DSLR camera.

1st Tee

1st Tee – The sliver of fairway in line with the cart path is the target

Where to aim from the tee on the Pete Dye course is a tough call on nearly every hole.  Visually the landing areas look extremely narrow and seem like they’re miles away.  Wait a sec… that’s because they are extremely narrow and miles away.  One must know how far they hit their drives or layup shots, exactly.  Then execute a near perfect shot to hit that precise spot to keep a ball in the fairway.  And I’m talking about the par-3’s!  I kid. I kid.  Sort of.

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