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Golfweek’s 101 Winning Golf Tips

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Categories: Golf BooksGolf InstructionInstructionReviews

Golfweek 101 tipsI don’t read a lot of golf books.  I get sleepy two pages into the read, regardless of how good the book is.  It must be genetic.  As a result my book review queue could fill up a small library.

But a book like Golfweek’s 101 Winning Golf Tips (Second Edition) I can and did read, because it isn’t a book that has to be read from front to back.  This book is more of a reference which can be accessed for specific shots, situations or techniques.  This is a great book to leave at your desk and just read a tip or two every day, or even better keep it handy in the bathroom…

101 Shots

As you may have guessed, there are 101 featured shots/tips with easy to read full descriptions on setup and execution.  Many of the tips are supplemented with high quality color photos of famous tour pros executing the shot or the setup.

Author John Andrisani does a nice job of describing the techniques and setups needed to execute the 101 shots as well as telling the reader the best situations to use those shots.


A Look Back At 2010 – HOG

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.

January

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

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

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.

 

Tiger Woods Masters

April

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.

May

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.

June

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.

July

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.

 

August

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.

September

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.

Vdara Las Vegas

October

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!

November

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.

Palmilla

December

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!


SHOTMaster iPhone Application

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearGolf InstructionInstructionReviewsSoftware

SHOTmaster is a 99 cent iPhone/iPod/iPad golf application which provides some good basic instruction and golf tips.  The application provides textual as well as video golf instruction for nearly every type of shot a player may encounter on the golf course.

From the main menu the user can access the shot category, video list and golf tips list. Some of the data overlaps between the selections.

When sleeting a shot from the main menu, like a 50 yard bunker shot, the next page displays text pointers and a supporting image, or may contain a link to view a video.

Critiques

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Golf State Of Mind

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Categories: Golf InstructionInstructionReviews

“Golf is 90% mental, and the other 10% is in your head.”

I’m capable of hitting great golf shots.  I’ve hit thousands of them.  I’m also capable of completely gagging and hitting horrid golf shots, like today when I limped to the finish line on the last two holes with bogey and double bogey to make a good round turn into a mediocre one.  So why can’t I hit good shots more consistently?  Why is it that I can play great golf for 15-16 holes but gag the last couple?  How can I be -7 after 12 holes and shoot 74?  How can I shoot a 31 on the front and a 41 on the back?  How can I shoot 68 on a course one day and then shoot an 85 on the same damn course the next?  Sometimes it seems like I can’t stand success during a round.  It is all mental baby.

I do have the physical ability and the coordination to hit a great golf shot.  Many people do.  But why don’t they do it more often or more consistently?  Their brains get in the way.  During rounds I know my focus drifts and bad swing faults and bad habits take over.

Golf State Of Mind

David MacKenzie’s Golf State Of Mind is a program which coaches and teaches the mental side of golf.  It is about cultivating the right mental approach to the game and building trust in the player’s ability.  The program is intended to help players play without fear, and reach their full potential.

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SKLZ Refiner Driver – hinged training club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ClubsGolf GearGolf InstructionInstructionReviews
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Remember the Medicus from years ago?  The SKLZ Refiner series are clubs with a similar concept.   The Refiner Driver is a hinged training driver which shows breakdowns in your swing.

Two huge factors in the golf swing are tempo and swing plane.

Tempo

Many players’ tempos are way too fast or jerky at different points in the swing.  The Refiner driver breaks down when the following tempos are too quick:

  • Take away tempo
  • Top of the swing pause
  • Start of the downswing
  • Pronation or follow through

I thought I had a very smoothly timed wing, but the Refiner had a different story.  I found that my takeaway was too quick.  My “normal” swing had the hinge breaking down between the start of my takeaway and the first foot or two back.  I really thought I was slow and smooth here but I wasn’t.  Since adjusting that small part of my swing I’m hitting the ball higher and father.  The rest of my swing was fine, according to the Refiner.

Swing plane

If you swing the club with a bad swing plane the Refiner will also break down.  This helps players get on plane, especially slicers.  If you are coming outside in, the usual cause of a slice, the Refiner will let you know.

You can actually hit shots with the Refiner Driver, as seen in the video below

While out testing a myriad of golf gear on a cold cold day at the south range of my home course my pal and mini tour pro Luke Swilor stopped by.  I put Luke to work testing the Refiner.  Luke is a high level player and I was anxious to see what happened in his swing with this unit.

In the video below Luke and I test out the Refiner and give some off the cuff reactions and opinions.  Luke crushes the Refiner, almost hitting the the range shack on the north end of the range.  I might add there was a head wind as well.  That answers the question, “can you hit real shots with this thing?”

Conclusion

For hammering out swing plane and especially tempo issues, I’ll always keep the Refiner handy.  I’m sure if things go a bit bad with my swing, the Refiner can tell me where the breakdowns are occurring.

Related links

SKLZ Gyroswing Review

SKLZ Image Gallery


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