I may have to start a new category for all of the apps that are coming out in the golf world. Okay that is now done. New HOG APP CATEGORY created!
Yesterday Nike Golf announced a new app for golfers, the NG360 app:
Nike Golf NG360 – click for more images of the app
“The NG360 App is an easy-to-use tool that will allow golfers to track their rounds to see how they stack up; improve their swing techniques with the help of coaches; and view and implement athletic training workouts that are golf-specific.” ~from Nike Golf press release
Key components of the app’s first version are My Game, My Swing, My Body and My Gear.
“The new NG360 App is one piece of a bigger initiative that is a holistic approach to improving golfers’ performance through physical evaluation and training, custom fitting of equipment and digital tracking applications.” ~from Nike Golf press release
NG360 Video below. Not too hip on the “get the props you deserve” line, but the rest is fine.
I’ll add this system to my review queue and do a post about it when I’ve made some conclusions. Until then you can read the entire Nike Golf NG360 press release from the HOGWire.biz newswire for more information.
Part two of my look back at 2010. This one is from the HOG (Hooked On Golf Blog) perspective. What big events and happenings happened to, with or by HOG this last year? Check out part one, A Look Back At 2010 – The Golf World.
In January 2010 I was able to nail down sponsors for the year’s fantasy golf. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get Rife Putters to come through with a prize at the end of the season after my contact left the company.
Of course, the buzz was the Tiger Woods scandal and I blogged about it a lot.
I started a new gig, working as national sales manager for Sumi-G. Over the course of the year I’d build up a rep force in the USA for the company, as well as work on many media related items like the company web site etc. That gig ended (on good terms so no worries) in October.
January saw me traveling to the PGA Merchandise show with Sumi-G and experiencing a perspective to the PGA Show which I hadn’t seen before. That was one of working very hard for 15 hour days on and in the booth, meeting and talking with potential customers.
February I continued to blog and review gear.
Tried to tune in to Pebble Beach but couldn’t stand all the hack “stars” like George Lopez.
March was huge. On March 1st I found a letter from Augusta National, letting me know that I had tickets to the Tuesday practice round at the Masters! My life would forever be changed.
Sand Hollow Golf Course
On March 3rd I posted a review of Sand Hollow Golf Course, one of the coolest courses I’ve EVER played.
On March 12 I was in Puerto Rico, covering the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open. On my first night there I got to hang out with one of the coolest cats ever in golf, Chi Chi Rodriguez. The next night I met Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe. What a gig. During the off hours of tournament I hung out in the casino with Rocco Mediate and Rory Sabbatini for about an hour.
While in Puerto Rico, I shot a two part series of videos, interviews and photos of The Golf Channel. It was a very cool “behind the scenes” look at a live broadcast by TGC and the people who make it happen. Months later, I was contacted and asked to pull it because nobody had “permission.” Party poopers if you ask me.
In April I started the first ever “HOG Putter Week” where I reviewed putters like the Nike Method, Heavy Putter Mid Weight K4-M, Double Duty Divot Repair Putter, Bob Burns Roll-In Putter, Bettinardi BB32 Putter,
On April 7 my “Dream Foursome” attended the Tuesday Masters Tournament practice round at Augusta National Golf Club. I’ll never be the same and it was SO cool to have my best friend, my son and my dad there with me! Man that was cool.
We saw the birth of the new category “How Not To.”
May 22 I married the most awesome lady in the universe! The day before I won my own tournament, the Non Annual Korologos Wedding Invitational Golf Tournament.
Started playing with the new Bridgestone B330-RX and B330-RXS golf balls. One of my favorites now.
Speaking of Bridgestone, I had my first Bridgestone ball fitting on June 6th.
Tiger Woods divorce and scandal was still the big talk. Divorce wasn’t confirmed yet, but rumors were flying that Elin was going to get $750 million. That estimate was a little off.
On June 21st, my pop and I won the club’s annual Father’s Day tournament.
Graeme McDowell won the US OPEN.
In possibly my best work ever, I posted the Potty Putter Review.
For the first time in 10 years plus, I finished in the money in the Salt Lake City Amateur golf tournament, despite finishing bogey double-bogey on the 35th and 36th holes.
Summer heat, the altitude of Salt Lake, and no moisture in the air added up to the longest shots of the year. 350 yard drives, 205 yard 7-irons, 150 yard gap wedges…
I post my lowest round of the year on my home course on July 11th, a 69 from the black tees (tips).
My friend and St. Andrews caddy John Boyne posts an awesome three part guide to St. Andrews for the British Open.
Hooked On Golf Blog gets a new logo. I like skulls.
HOG moves to a new, faster, bigger dedicated server because the site is getting so much traffic the old server was melting down!
Played in a great charity tournament for Homes For Our Troops, an organization which builds homes for disabled veterans.
In a move which rarely happens, I put a new putter in the bag. My Dornoch Putter by Grant Mackay is the best putter EVER.
I shoot my best score ever at Wingpointe Golf Course, an Arthur Hills design. That 70 topped my previous lowest round of the year because it was -2 for 18 while my 69 at River Oaks as -1 (par 70). Needless to say, my opponents were hurting pretty bad that day.
I review the fanciest golf shoes I’ve ever worn, Royal Albatross’ hand made Italian leather Black Jack Nero Golf Shoes.
I travel to Colonial Williamsburg to review the two great courses there, Golden Horseshoe Green Course and Gold Course. I also do a review on the Historic Area in Colonial Williamsburg.
After six years, I retire as president of my local men’s club at the final tournament of the year, Hell Day.
I reviewed the Vdara Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas.
I started a new food and drink web site called MegaChomp.
Posted a bunch of Ryder Cup blogs.
In October my working relationship with Sumi-G ended, but my golfing relationship continues!
On November 16th my YouTube golf channel topped 3,000,000 views.
Posted the annual HOG Turkey Awards, featuring the year’s biggest boneheads in the golf world.
On November 30th, I posted my 3000th golf blog.
I travel to Notre Dame University to watch my Utah Utes football team. Despite the Utes terrible performance on the field, visiting Notre Dame with my best friends and my dad was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.
I find a picture of myself sitting on the potty, in the men’s restroom at a local golf course.
I travel to Puerto Rico, Mexico. There I review Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club, Palmilla Golf Club and the One And Only Palmilla Resort. I also happen to enjoy the 83 degree weather while my friends back home were freezing to death.
I post my look back at the golf world in 2010.
On 12/22 I review the new Nike Sport Cart Bag.
On 12/11 the HOG Golf Photo Gallery went over the 13,000 image mark.
On 12/31/10 I vowed to blog my golf ass off in 2011!
Anyone who has followed my golf sites knows I suffer from some pretty bad back pain. And as of late I’ve had some tendinitis in the left elbow (golfer’s elbow) and knee pain in the left knee has been creeping in. Hmm. My left side is falling apart and my right side is fine. Not sure what that is all about…
My pals at Pomology suggested I try their JOINT Formula for some of these aches and pains. I just popped two of them now and I’m heading to my Tuesday league in a couple of hours. I know I’ll be feeling fairly well, as I’ve been testing out this stuff now for about 10 rounds. No pain. No aches. No tendinitis.
Pomology uses pomegranate based antioxidants to promote healthy joints and cartilage. As far as I can tell the stuff actually works, and I’m a big skeptic. Apparently pomegranates have natural a natural anti-inflammatory in them.
Another ingredient is HA or hyaluronic acid. This stuff is a naturally occurring protein which “hydrates collagen in cells,” contributing to strengthening joint tissue.
M.S.M. is a sulfur which also helps which mineral found in major tissues of the body such as cartilage.
Boswellia Serata Extract (really?) is from a Boswellia tree and has been used for thousands of years as a way of reliving stiff joints.
All gibberish aside, I’m feeling darn good. My inflammation and stiff joints are feeling pretty decent lately. Is it a coincidence that this coincides with the time I started taking the Pomology JOINT Formula?
I’m packin’ my gear now (camera, laptop and a couple of golf shirts). I’ll be landing in Vegas in time for din-din tonight and then hitting the sack resting for the PGA Show Fall Expo. I’ll be live blog-casting from the show and taking lots of photos of all the cool new golf products I find.
I haven’t attended this show and I’m sure it won’t be close to as big as the main PGA Show in Orlando. That being said, this will be a good chance to do some research with companies and individuals who may not make it to Orlando.
Meeting Tuesday at 3:00
HOG readers and The Golf Space members who are attending the show will be getting together at 3:00 Tuesday! We’re meeting at the “Swingreminders” booth, #962.
See you there!
I just booked my flights and hotel for the 2008 PGA Fall Expo in Las Vegas. I’ll do anything to eat lasagna at my favorite Italian restaurant, Batistas. The show has a demo day and tournament on Monday the 25th (which I won’t be attending) and then the expo all day the Tuesday the 26th and Wednesday the 27th. For more details about the show click here.
Contact me at the flashing email address below for an appointment if you’d like to meet with me at the show! I’ll be at the show for the full duration of the Tuesday & Wednesday sessions.