Golf Stock Photo Fail – The Joy of Leaving Putts Short

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 14th, 2015
Categories: BoneheadsGolf

My incredible journalistic golf series “Golf Stock Photo Fail” continues with an awesome subject, the joy of leaving putts short!

Never before has missing a putt short been so celebrated, especially by the guy on the right with the right handed glove.  And what the hell is the other guy in the background looking at?

Never before has missing a putt short been so celebrated, especially by the guy on the right with the right handed glove. And what the hell is the other guy in the background looking at?

This guy is thrilled to have missed his putt short. What the hell is in his left hand?

“Yay! I missed a putt on the practice green!!!”

So joyous, missing putts short. Hope this guy doesn’t hurt himself when he lands.

Uh. NO.


The next three photos are great! Each golfer fist pumps and shows their joy in missing their putts short. And to add to the dramatic effect, the photographer has rotated the horizon about 29 degrees clockwise! Wowsies!

In the voice of Vern Lundqust, “NO sir!”

“I’ve never missed a putt so good!”

“Yay! Short again! I rule!”

No no no no no. NO.

Golf Stock Photo Fail – Golf Technique

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, December 13th, 2015
Categories: BoneheadsGolf

I can’t take it anymore.  I’ve lost my three remaining brain cells after rummaging through a bunch of idiotic golf stock photos.  Let’s do this. I will now do a short series on golf stock photo failures. It will be called “Golf Stock Photo Fail.” This post will focus on the “technique” of the golf swing.

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You’ve got to be shitting me. This is horrid. Look at this guy’s grip! The club face is pointing the wrong direction, he’s got alligator arms. It’s so bad in so many ways…

It’s all about technique

What in the living hell is this dude doing with his right hand?

Yes… yes. Watch your shot sail off into the distance with your baseball grip. Well played.

Oh my Gawd. I… just… can’t… take… it…

So confident! LOL. The title on this one is “Confident Professional Golfer”

Good mother of God. His hands… are… backward.

Golf Cigar Aficionado – Romeo Y Julieta House of Capulet Toro

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 7th, 2015
Categories: CigarsGolfGolf LifeGolf LifestyleReviews

Christmas is coming up soon and what better way to spread the holiday cheer than with a fine Honduran cigar? How about this one, the Romeo Y Julieta House of Capulet Toro?

Medallas de Oro Romeo Y Julieta

Medallas de Oro Romeo Y Julieta

  • Strength: Medium
  • Shape: Toro
  • Size: 6 x 52
  • Country: Honduras
  • Wrapper Color: Natural
  • Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
  • Wrapper Leaf: Connecticut

This cigar is a very tasty cigar for my not-so-professional cigar taste, not too strong.  Medium strength is good for me.  The flavor stays consistent, even toward the end of the cigar’s life where some can get a bit nasty.  This size will last me several holes to perhaps 1/3 of a round on the golf course, or about 40-60 minutes on the front porch.  Even the lovely bride, who is a newb to cigars, enjoys this one despite the strength being a little bit higher than she would prefer.

The numbers for me don’t lie.  My golf scores when enjoying a fine cigar are a good 40% better.  I’m not kidding.  Perhaps it is that the cigar helps me relax, or perhaps keeps my mind eating itself with bad memories of the last 3-putt.  Out of courtesy I always give my opponents an opportunity to surrender as I light up my next cigar.

Hooked On Golf Blog Celebrates 11th Blogday

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Categories: GolfMiscellaneousSite News

11 Years of Golf Blogging

Today marks the 11th birthday blogday of this humble, single-writer, independent golf blog.  This blog was founded before most people had heard the word “blog” and before all the magazines and newspapers started calling their columns blogs.  This blog is one of the originals, in the group of perhaps the first 4-5 golf blogs ever founded, and one of 2-3 that are still in operation since 2004.  To date, I’ve “crafted” (ahem) 5,268 golf blog posts, 2-3 of them are actually quite good.

Diamante Dunes 16 Green

Diamante Dunes 16 Green

In 11 years I’ve traveled to some of the world’s most spectacular golf destinations, from St Andrews to Cabo to Colombia to New Mexico.  I affectionately call these travels the HOG World Tour.  I’ve played many of the world’s top courses, some which had not even opened yet like Ballyneal in Colorado and Diamante Dunes in Los Cabos, Mexico.  I’ve tested and blogged about hundreds of golf clubs, golf gadgets, and golf apparel items. Though not the primary focus of this blog, I’ve covered many PGA Tour and amateur golf events.  I’ve been to the hallowed grounds Augusta National Golf Club several times.  I was one of the first bloggers to do live blogging from the PGA Merchandise Show.  Now it’s old hat.

Anna Rawson and me. You can tell she’s in love…

The People

The gear, the golf, and the travel are great, but by far the best part of my experience in the golf blog world has been all the amazing and interesting people.  Many of the people whom I would never have met without this golf blog have become lifelong friends.

I’ve managed to make acquaintance with so many of golf’s greats and celebrities it could take me a long while to write them all down.  Highlights include Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player (check out my interview with Mr. Player), actor Robert Duval (nice long interview), Dave Stockton, Chi Chi Rodriguez, played golf with George Brett, Fuzzy Zoeller, Duffy Waldorf, Anna Rawson, Blair O’ Neal (interview), Fred Funk (interviewed), John Daly, Rocco Mediate, Billy Casper, Dave Pelz, Charles Barkley, Doctor J – Julius Irving, John Elway, Mario Lemieux, Michael Strahan… There are many I forget.

Celebrities aside there are some amazing people I’ve established relationships with in the golf world.  Some are bloggers like John Retzer (Golf Blogger), Jay Flemma, Kristen Williams (The Golf Chick), John Duval, Robert Rodriguez, Mike Bailey… It’s a long list of great people and some great writers.  Other amazing people I’ve met through golf blogging are golf pros or directors of golf at fantastic resorts like Tom Velarde at Black Mesa Golf Club who has become a very close friend.  Some of the great people I’ve met are in golf equipment like Jesse Ortiz (Bobby Jones Golf), or small entrepreneurs like Scottish putter maker Grant Mackay.

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My pal John Boyne (left) and myself at the Home of Golf, St Andrews Scotland

Last but certainly not least is a special friend John Boyne of Caddie Golf Tours, who is a caddie at the Old Course in St Andrews (pictured right).


I’m so thankful for all the great opportunities that have presented themselves to me as a result of this golf blog and quite frankly as a result of my hard work.  The past 11 years have been 11 of the greatest years I’ve had on this planet.  This last year has been a struggle in my golf game and in my personal world and some of my blogging (or lack thereof) has reflected that.  But I’ve stuck with it and plan to continue on this journey, wherever it leads.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to get going on year #12 of golf blogging.  Stay tuned and thanks for your patronage.


Golf Blogger sends 11th blogiversary wishes

10th blogiversary

Golf is a Game of Honor, Which is Why the USGA Does Not Trust You

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Categories: BoneheadsGolf

Golf is a game of honor, right? That’s exactly why the USGA does not trust us to post scores when played as a single.

To further support the key System premise of peer review, scores made while playing alone will no longer be acceptable for handicap purposes.

A hell of a lot of golfers I know play by themselves.  We call penalties on ourselves, right?  But we can’t be trusted to record our own scores?

This is one of the many reasons I no longer pay the out-of-touch USGA to be a “member.”  Yeah, no more cheapo free U.S. Open hat for me.  Other than the hat there was seriously no benefit.  None.  Oh, wait.  I did get a free notepad with about 10 sheets of paper on it for, you know, those times I use paper.

I’m inspired to post these comments because of the fantastic commentary written by my friend Golf Blogger.  Check out his article The USGA Just Called Me A Liar.  John (Golf Blogger) nails it.

This rule shows once again that the Golf Lords of the USGA are out of touch with the peasant’s game.


The lack of average golfer representation is, I think, at the root of the USGA disconnect. The USGA doesn’t represent me, or anyone I know.

That’s a birdie if I ever read one.  Nice job John.

Sort of like gun control laws, all this rule will do is affect golfers who follow the rules.  The Saturday group that allows illegal drops, gimme putts inside the leather of a 58″ club, and mulligans will still do those things.  Those players will still win all the net games and come in at one billion under par in corporate/charity scrambles.  We will still hate them.

And what will the USGA do about rounds punched in after the fact, on apps and computers?  I often punch in my UGA (Utah Golf Association) scores the evening of my round when I’m at my computer.  Will the USGA require an email address of the “witness” in order to allow the posted score?  Come on.

Does this grow the game? No.  Then again, the USGA doesn’t care about growing the game.  It cares about growing the USGA.



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