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Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour to Visit Scotland in July 2016

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 26th, 2016
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It is with great pleasure that I post to inform HOG patrons of a major HOG World Tour event taking place in July of this year.  I’ll be heading to Scotland for a third time and checking out many new courses in the Scottish northeast.  Courses on the list for that swing are Fraserburg Golf Links, Cruden Bay, and Royal Aberdeen.

Cruden Bay - Hole #8

Cruden Bay – Hole #8

Following those courses the HWT will be back in St Andrews for a third time.  On the way south we will be stopping to to play Panmure at Carnoustie, then on to St Andrews proper.  Courses on that list include the tremendous Kingsbarns Golf Links, the Old Course, the New Course, Eden Course, Castle Course, Jubilee Course, Strathtyrum, and Balcomie Links.

I’m thrilled.  Not a day goes by that I don’t daydream about the upcoming July tour.  I’m not in golf shape yet. I put on some insulation over this brutally cold and snowy winter.  I look forward to getting into golf and walking shape and of course, getting my game ready for real golf.  Links golf.


First Look: Zepp Motion Sensor

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
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I have a lot of testing to do. Added to the list is the Zepp motion sensor. This is a device which attaches to the golfer’s glove and sends data to the player’s smartphone or tablet. The very valuable is then shown to the user to help improve his/her swing, and even compare swings with pros like Keegan Bradley. I know better than to compare my swing with Keegan though. I’m trying to match is pre-shot routine…

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Awesome glove sold separately

Here’s a list of the data collected for golfers by this interesting unit:

  • Speed (not sure what speed this is yet, probably club head speed)
  • Tempo
  • Club plane
  • Hand path
  • Backswing position
  • Hip rotation
  • More

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Stay tuned for my full review soon, after I’ve had a chance to put the Zepp though the rigorous HOG test battery.


First Round: Impressed With the TomTom Premium Golf GPS Watch

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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When I do golf equipment reviews or golf accessory reviews I typically do a “first look” post to get the word out that I’ve received a product for testing and give those who submitted the product a little air time. That gives them a little golf blog love and buys me time to spend testing the unit. I do spend a lot of time testing, unlike other fly-by-night sites who test from their kitchen table or by hitting three range balls.

This time around I’m compelled to do an intermediate post on the new TomTom Golfer Premium GPS watch. I already did my first look of the TomTom golf GPS watchand I’m not quite ready to post a full review because a single round is definitely not enough. I was so impressed with this unit during my first round I have to post about it.

The TomTom golf GPS watch is not overly large like other golf GPS watches. So it is actually wearable for those who can wear a watch and play. I’m not a watch guy, so I played a couple of holes with it on, then just attached it to my golf bag.

The yardages were quick and accurate, and I love the way they display with the black background. Below you can see the yards to the front, back, and middle:
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This GPS watch not only gives yardages, but has all sorts of other great features. It will track scores, show green view, and even show hazards. See below? The first hole has water all the way down the right side:
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And below is a shot of the score tracking. I made par on the par-5 first hole.
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I’m not done testing and have yet to post my full review, but now that I have a round under my belt I already know the TomTom Premium golf GPS watch is superb. Stay tuned for my full review.


First Look: Royal and Awesome Pars and Stripes Golf Shorts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, February 21st, 2016
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One cannot be too prepared.  Proper prior preparation prevents piss poor performance.  I’m officially prepared for my club’s upcoming 4th of July tournament with my new Royal and Awesome American flag golf shorts.  Just look at these beauties.

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These shorts feature a great graphic pattern, the flag of the greatest country in the world. Sorry England. Another neat feature is an included divot tool and a place on the side of the pants to put some golf tees (pictured).

My only question so far in these stars and stripes shorts is, “where do the batteries go?”


Feeling That First Round

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Categories: Golf

A few days after my first round in about 1/3 of a year, I’m feeling some very sore muscles.  Nope, not in the back or the legs from walking.  It’s my arms. Both forearms are hammered. I can see how I get tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.  The muscles in my forearms are taking a beating for some reason.  I need to strengthen them up obviously.

The arms aren’t the only thing I need to strengthen.  After a winter of not much more than sitting in a chair writing blog posts and computer code, I’m not exactly in the same shape as Rory McIlory…


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