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2015 Holiday Golf Apparel Gift Guide, a.k.a. Christmas Golf Apparel Gift Guide

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, November 23rd, 2015
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Well it is that time of year, the “gift guides” are all over the blogosphere now. Ah, I remember back in the days when I did one of the only golf blog Christmas gift guides. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Today’s golf gift guide is specifically geared around golf apparel. Featured below I have several golf apparel suggestions. Click the title of each one, or the image to read the full review. Happy Christmas shopping! If you follow my suggestions, your gift recipient will be very happy.

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater Review

11.24.14 | Category: Golf ApparelGolf LifestyleReviews

I have to include the Hooked On Golf Blog 2014 Apparel Product of the Year. This is an absolutely amazing sweater, made from baby alpaca fur. I wore it today.

FootJoy Hyperflex Golf Shoe

FootJoy Hyperflex Golf Shoe Review

08.03.15 | Category: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviews

The best golf shoes I’ve worn in 2015 are the FootJoy Hyperflex.  These wild looking shoes have provided a very stable base along with comfort to last walking round after round.

Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip

Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip

04.05.15 | Category: Golf ApparelGolf GearGolf LifestyleReviews

Dunning is one of the absolute best golf apparel brands on the planet.  This 1/4 zip thermal has been a gamer in my golf scripting for nearly a year.  So comfortable and so good looking.

Such a great color...

Kentwool Game Day Collection Golf Socks

10.07.15 | Category: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviews

Any HOG reader knows already that Kentwool Socks are THE best golf sock, ever in the whole universe.  Now they have colors for your favorite college teams.  These aren’t cheap, but I REFUSE to wear any other sock.

Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt

Custom Milled NXT18 Golf Belts

Get the person on your Christmas gift list a custom milled golf buckle and belt from NXT18 Golf.  Send them a graphic and they’ll put it right on the buckle. If you’re not sure what graphic to use, they have the HOG logo on file.

Antigua Desert Dry Performance Cotton Golf Polo

Antigua Desert Dry Performance Cotton Golf Polo Review

06.16.15 | Category: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviews

This golf polo is super comfortable, very classy and simple, and keeps the player dry even in the most humid conditions.  Highly recommended.


First Snow Hits HOG World Headquarters

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf LifeLifeMiscellaneous

My 3-year-old’s clubs as seen this morning, as one inch diameter snowflakes fell in the back yard.

Note: Above is a Twitter post embedded. Follow me! Also, the cover pic of the deep snow is a HOG “file photo.” There’s only an inch or so on the ground right now.

The end of the season? Perhaps. Looking back over my yearly golf records the season’s last round is usually in the first week of December. The first spring round usually March. I won’t cry a river of tears if it is the last of 2015. I’ve struggled this year and look forward to a mental break, and coming back fresh in the spring.

Then again, the temps should reach the 50’s by the weekend….

HMMMM.


2015 River Oaks Hell Day – Halloween Golf Tournament

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Categories: GolfHackersMiscellaneous

Here are some highlights from the Hell Day tournament at one of my home courses, River Oaks. I introduced this format to the club when I was club president and I’m glad to see that legacy carrying on years after my reign ended. One might call this format a Halloween golf tournament (for those of you googling that term…) Below is a highlight video from my group, showing some of the very tough putting conditions and below that are some photos.

Teeing off on the par-3 12th

Not really sure what is going on here…

This is AWESOME. Halloween pumpkin painted next to the 17th tee

16 tee, carved out of the bushes WAY right of the fairway

Pumpkins are immovable objects

Lasering a yardage on #15 tee

Trophy for LAST place is a guy bending over and blowing a snot rocket on his ball

For a few more photos visit the HOG 2015 River Oaks Hell Day photo gallery.


Review: Bridgestone Golf J15DF Driving Forged Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
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This product review of the Bridgestone Golf J15 Driving Forged Irons came at a critical time in my golf game and my attitude.  Anyone who follows this blog and/or my social networks knows of the frustrations I’ve had of late with this beautifully infuriating game of golf.  More on the timing and attitude later.  First let’s take a look at the J15 Driving Forged Irons.

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons - click to see more

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons – click to see more

Construction

The J15 Driving Forged Irons are designed for golfers from the professional level to mid-handicap players.  I fall somewhere in that range as a player who varies from a 1-4 handicap, depending on the time of year.  So they should be a good fit.

The J15DF features a two-piece premium forged carbon steel design.  For those of you readers who don’t know what “forged” really means, it’s one of two primary manufacturing processes irons are typically made from.  The other process is called casting, producing “cast” clubs.  In my opinion forged clubs tend to have a softer feel and provide more “feedback” to the player than cast.  Feedback would be the feel and sound translated to the player from the club.  Feedback gives the player great information with regards to the quality of contact and where it occurs on the club face.  Better players can translate this feedback into how they need to adjust for better contact.   Cast irons on the other hand, don’t often produce this feel.  Most shots, regardless of where they happen on the club face, feel about the same.

These irons feature a “hidden” cavity between the front and the rear of the club head.  This design employs “FAST” technology, or Flex Action Speed Technology.  The cavity and design allows the club’s weight to be moved out toward the perimeter.  Perimeter weighting (another buzz term in the golf industry) provides more forgiveness.

The sole of the club is a little narrower than game improvement clubs (clubs which are meant for higher handicap players).  “Mid Sure Contact Sole” design allows the club to be consistent in the way it interacts and bounces off of the ground.

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons

Specs

Iron Loft Lie
Angle
Length S/W Offset Bounce
3 20° 60.5° 39″ D3 3.5 mm 2.0°
4 22.5° 61.0° 38.5″ D3 3.5 mm 2.0°
5 25° 61.5° 38″ D3 3.0 mm 2.0°
6 28° 62.0° 37.5″ D3 3.0 mm 3.0°
7 32° 62.5° 37″ D3 3.0 mm 3.0°
8 36° 63.0° 36.5″ D3 2.5 mm 4.0°
9 41° 63.5° 36″ D3 2.5 mm 5.0°
PW 46° 64.0° 35.75″ D4 2.5 mm 6.0°

This club is available in right-hand only. Sorry lefties. You’re missing out. While the specs above show a 3-iron, the set I tested is a 4-PW.

Options

A club fitting would help in the setup decision making process without a doubt. I recommend making sure your shafts, lofts, lengths, and lies are all set for your swing. If you already know your specs, you can actually order your exact setup online at the Bridgestone Golf J15 page.

There are well over 20 shaft options available. I ended up with the True Temper Dynamic Gold Pro S300, the stock shafts. They’re fantastic.

The J15DF online configurator offers a choice of 14 grips. The model I’m gaming is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet. While they seemed a bit hard at first, I’ve grown to really like them. I’ll be reviewing the grips in a separate article later.

On The Course

From the first club I hit on the range (still remember it was a 7-iron), to the last one I hit yesterday, I’ve been thrilled with these irons.  I have the opportunity to play many of the world’s best irons from most of the major brands, many custom made.  None of those other irons but the J15DF’s have come close to the feel and control I grew accustomed to with my hand forged set of Hogan irons from nearly 15 years ago.  The feel is butter.

Unlike the old school irons though, these are easier to hit and much longer.  I’ve enjoyed very solid iron length and accuracy since putting the J15DF in the bag.  The control these irons offer is tremendous.  Whether I want to hit a low driving punch 5-iron like I did a few days ago on the par-3 11th to eight feet, or hit a high fade with a 7-iron, these clubs respond.

That high fade with a 7-iron came yesterday, probably my shot of the month.  It was my 2nd shot on the 510 yard par-5 7th.  I was 184 out and needed to carry the shot over some front bunkers and have it release to a back-right pin.  The shot was one of the most pure shots I’ve ever hit and the ball landed within inches of my intended landing spot over one of the bunkers.  It released up a slope in the green and finished at 12 inches from the hole for a tap-in eagle.   That came at a time when my partner and I had just been pressed on the front nine.  #winner

There are many stories I could tell like the 7-iron above, and with the J15DF’s in the bag there will surely be many more.

Critical Timing

I mentioned the critical timing in my opener.  You see, I’ve been struggling so much with my game I was close to quitting.  Not just for a week or two, or for the winter, but forever.  I’d had it.  Then the J15DF’s came in for review.  I was very close to declining the review and quitting.  Out of respect for Bridgestone and how great they’ve been to HOG over the years I decided to do the review. The J15DF irons gave my game a badly needed spark.  They talked me off the proverbial golf cliff.

Now that I’ve become excited about hitting quality iron shots again, winter looms unfortunately.  I’ll be trying to get in as many rounds with these irons as I can until the snow flies.

Conclusion

Bridgestone may be better known for their golf ball products, but you’d be making a mistake if you didn’t check them out before making an iron buying decision.  The Bridgestone Golf J15DF irons provide ultimate distance, control, and feel for golfers of mid-level handicaps and better.   I know exactly where I’m hitting it on the club face because of their fantastic feel and feedback.  I know if I execute shots well with these clubs, the results will be tremendous.


Not Many Golf Rounds Left in 2015

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Categories: GolfHackersMiscellaneous

Due to a horrible email mix-up I’m not on a plane to the Bahamas right now.  Believe me, this is not the news I was looking for.  So I’m home for the next four days when I thought I’d be soaking up the beach and some resort golf.  Boo.  I’ll make the best of it though, and play golf a couple of times here and take a small road trip with the wife and my little boy.

Today I’m going to sneak out and catch a round at Wingpointe, a course I thought I’d played for the last time a week ago.  It’s closing in a few weeks.  I also anticipate playing Sunday.  After that it’s Tuesday the 27th for the annual Hell Night tournament at my club.

14th Hole - Wingpointe Golf Course

14th Hole – Wingpointe Golf Course

That’s probably it for the season.  The weather may be okay for playing, but I’ve been struggling this year with my game and think I really need a mental break from it.  For the first time in my golfing life, I’m looking forward to winter.


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