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Dear Golf: You Can’t Fool Me This Time

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Categories: GolfHackers

Yesterday I played a round of golf at one of my all-time favorite courses here in northern Utah, Valley View Golf Course.  Valley View is a tree-lined course, always plush and healthy, with a lot of very interesting elevation changes.  It’s a fairly difficult course as well.

I’ve been struggling so bad with my game lately that I’ve been fantasizing about quitting golf.  As a (now former) 1 handicap I had some real struggles and couldn’t even break 80 for a whole month.  Very frustrating, and I was beginning to feel like I was wasting my time on the course.

Then out of the blue yesterday at VV I shoot an even-par 72, including a double bogey on the par-3 16th.  I made birdie on the 18th to get it back to even.  The only other real booboo besides the 16th was making par on the par-5 2nd, when I was chipping from the back of the green for eagle, about 20 feet from the pin.  A bad chip led to a par.

So I shot even par.  I guess that means I won’t be quitting the game this week.  I feel like the game knows your state of mind, and throws you a little tiny nugget at just the right time.  It’s like gambling in Vegas.  You lose your ass and that one small win keeps you there, giving you hope.

So I’ll be staying in the game this week at least but you can’t fool me, golf.  I know what you’re doing.


The Fragile State of My Game

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 14th, 2015
Categories: GolfHackers

This time of the year my game is usually as dialed in as it is all year long. By now I’ve overcome spring rust and had tons of rounds and range sessions over the summer to fine tune my swing and my feel. This is also the time of year I whine and snivel about the pending winter snow, and the following several months in which golf in my area (Salt Lake City) is closed or just too damn cold to play.

This year it is different.

My game is not at that fine tuned level this time around. I’m shooting my worst scores of the season, struggling to play to the level of a 15-handicap, not the usual 1-handicap I’ve been for a couple of decades. Despite feeling like I have as much power as ever and despite feeling like I’m hitting solid shots, I’ve been very disenchanted with my game. In fact, I’ve become disenchanted with the game of golf. During my struggles and rounds over the last couple of months I’ve found myself fantasizing about quitting golf, entirely. Forever.

In order to play at a level in which I can feel somewhat satisfied I need to play golf four to five times per week or as Tiger would put it, get in my reps.  I’ve been fantasizing about all the things I could do instead of all that time spent hitting a ball with a stick–all the ways I could be more productive in my work or have fun with my family.  I’ve been fantasizing about doing something different than golf, like my latest passion of building and flying drones and aerial photography/video.

This year as winter comes around the corner, I I’m welcoming it.  I’m frustrated with my game and deep down know I can’t play any better than I currently do, given that I only have the time to play 18-27 holes per week.  When I do play I become frustrated and emotionally fragile, with the smallest mistake or penalty able to crush what little confidence I have.

This year is different.

I’m at a crossroads in golf I feel.  I’ve loved the game for many years but the realist in me knows the game can’t be mastered and it is not likely for me to get better without making a serious effort which I’m not sure I’m able to make.   I’m also feeling a bit of a grudge toward the game.  I’ve put so much into golf over much of my life, but the game relentlessly beats me up and will never ease up.  I nearly walked off the course a couple of times in the last month or so, out of frustration.  I’ve been close to selling my gear on ebay and shutting down this blog.  10 years has been a good for HOG run no doubt.  I’m what I would call an “absolutist.” If the day comes that I do quit, that will be the end.

This weekend I had a small glimmer of hope, like the flat part of the golf course with the flag in it Robin Williams talks about, “just to give you hope.”  I have some new irons which I feel better about and have tried to lower my expectations and accept what state my game, my psyche, and my emotions are in.  I also have been trying to be less hard on myself for my mental mistakes and physical errors.

Right now I’m in a fog, or as snooty Californians call it, a “marine layer.”  Perhaps the fog will clear, just in time for winter.   Perhaps not.  Maybe it will get worse.  After all, in golf no matter how bad it gets, it could always get worse.

My frustration in the game has made it harder for me to get excited about blogging about golf.  I must be interested to keep doing this.  Plus, changes in Google and the SEO the big golf media outlets have implemented have knocked my revenue from this blog down to nothing.  So I’m back to deciding whether I keep doing this for the “love of the game.”  It sure as hell isn’t for the money.

Maybe the five-hour rounds, the difficulty of the game, and the cost are finally getting to me.  Or maybe my golf fog is a reflection of my personal and work life frustrations.  What came first, the chicken of the egg?  Maybe it’s time for a midlife crisis and I should go buy a Porsche and get it over with.  Hell.  I don’t know and I’m not sure it matters.  I’m golfing now almost out of habit, and wanting to still be with a couple of my golf friends who I normally would not see.  Most of my competitive groups have dissolved. People have quit, died, moved away.

Golf Media

I’ve become very jaded and tired of the standard golf media as well.  It’s an endless stream of hot tour wives and girlfriends garbage along with stupid initiatives to “grow the game” which will never work.

Gear wise I’m really tired of the equipment release cycles too, and “this is our longest driver EVER!!!” advertising campaigns.  Really? Why don’t you tell me EXACTLY HOW MUCH LONGER IT REALLY IS then?

Just like my fantasy of quitting golf, I dream of unplugging Facebook and Twitter and turning off the endless drivel coming out of the golf world.  I get as excited about a new “longer” driver as I get about a new brand of laxatives.  In fact, at my age the laxatives might just be more interesting and are certainly more useful than spending $499 to gain 100th of a millimeter in distance.


TaylorMade, Cobra, Parsons Team Up on KINGPXGM1-MEGA Driver

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 14th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf EquipmentGolf Gear

Hooked On Golf Blog insiders have sent me a photo of the newest, LONGEST DRIVER EVER. This unique driver is an industry first, with three golf companies teaming up and implementing all of their technologies together.  TaylorMade, Cobra Golf, and Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) will soon be releasing the KINGPXGM1-MEGA driver, guaranteed to be the longest driver ever created.  It is longer than the longest long one….. ever.  Featuring newly co-developed “RFL” technology, this driver is REALLY EFFING LONG!




  • Movable Weights
  • 30 weight/screws which don’t appear to do anything
  • “Space Port” which opens up and shows fun messages on the inside of the driver like “I’m afraid I can’t do that” and “What are you looking in here for?”
  • The Space Port features 17 movable weights
  • Adjustable loft, lie, length, closed, open, high, low, left, right, slice, hook, fat, thin
  • RFL technology which is “Really Effing Long”
  • 1456 shaft options
  • Guaranteed to be obsolete tomorrow when the KINGPGXM1-MEGA Driver “PRO” comes out tomorrow
  • Retail price to be a factor of 1700 times what it cost to make in China

The release date is yet unknown.  When more details become available I’ll post right here at Hooked On Golf Blog.

Porsche 911 Carrera – Where Do the Golf Clubs Go?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, September 11th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf LifeGolf LifestyleMiscellaneous

On my recent trip to southern California I was mildly entertained by this Porsche 911 Carrera heading north on I-15.

Porsche 911 Carrera Golf Clubs

Porsche 911 Carrera Golf Clubs

You can see his golf clubs on the right, and barely make out the ball pocket of his golf bag sticking up just to the left of the clubs.

Seems like a pain to have to do that but I’m betting it’s worth it.

This Week on Tour

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Categories: Golf

The Evian Championship
Dates: Sept. 10-13
Venue: Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les Bains, France

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 5-8 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live) / 6:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 8:30-12:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 6:30 a.m.-Noon (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Sunday 12:30-2 p.m. (Tape delay)

Broadcast Notes:
Final major championship of 2015: The final major championship of 2015 will feature each of the top-10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
Kim defends: Hyo Joo Kim birdied her 72nd hole to defeat Karrie Webb by one stroke for her first LPGA Tour win.
Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, So Yeon Ryu, Hyo Joo Kim, Suzann Pettersen, Lexi Thompson, Shanshan Feng, In Gee Chun and Anna Nordqvist.

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Hotel Fitness Championship
Dates: Sept. 10-13
Venue: Sycamore Hills Golf Club, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 1-4 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 1-4 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-3 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 1-4 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Web.com Tour Finals begin: The four-event Web.com Tour Finals gets underway this week, with players finishing 126-200 in the PGA TOUR FedExCup standings and players finishing 26-100 on the Web.com Tour season money list eligible to compete for a chance at securing one of 25 additional 2015-16 PGA TOUR cards up for grabs at the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Championship. Players having finished in the top-25 on the Web.com Tour money list already having secured their 2015-16 PGA TOUR card also are eligible to complete in the Web.com Tour Finals to try and improve their playing status for next season.

Cauley defends: Bud Cauley finished one stroke ahead of Colt Knost for his first Web.com Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Anirban Lahiri, Patton Kizzire, Derek Ernst, Sam Saunders, Jhonattan Vegas, Lucas Glover, Billy Hurley, Scott Langley, Luke Guthrie and Smylie Kaufman.

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KLM Open
Dates: Sept. 10-13
Venue: Kennemer Golf & Country Club, Zandvoort, The Netherlands

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Friday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 7-11 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 6:30-11 a.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Broadcast Notes:
Headlining the field: Tom Watson, Martin Kaymer, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Olesen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jamie Donaldson, Padraig Harrington, Eddie Pepperell and Darren Clarke.

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