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Golf ball review: 2009 Titleist Pro V1x

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 24th, 2009
Categories: Golf BallsGolf EquipmentGolf GearHackersReviews

2009 Titleist Pro V1x Golf BallSome reviews I really want to take my time and play a whole bunch of golf before I write them.  This is the case with the new Titleist Pro V1x.  I’ve played roughly my last 10 rounds or so with the new Pro V1x, enough rounds to experience the ups and downs of my normal game.  For the last couple of weeks it has been ups, which doesn’t suck.


The new ProV1x has had some changes under the hood.  It is no secret that Titleist had to change the ProV1 series due to their losing a court battle with Callaway over the way the ball is made.

Four pieces/layers

The Pro V1x is a four piece/layer ball.  The first layer, in the center of the ball is called the inner core.  The inner core is 1″ in diameter and made of a material called Polybutadiene.  Polybutadiene is a highly durable synthetic rubber commonly used for tires or coating electronic assemblies.

The 2nd layer is the outer core.  The outer core is 1.55″ in diameter and also made of Polybutadiene.

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Left: Cores – Center: Dimples and parting line – Right: Casing

Layer three is called the casing.  The casing is .035″ of ionomer, a highly durable plastic/rubber.

The fourth layer (are we done with layers yet?) is a urethane elastomer, .03″ thick.

Why all the layers?  What do they do?


My game is showing very positive signs

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Categories: GolfHackers

Here in Salt Lake we don’t really have spring or fall.  We go straight from 24″ of snow, to 85 degree temps three days later.  That really happened last week.

Perhaps it is the warmer temps.  Perhaps it is the fact that I’ve been playing and especially “practicing” more.  My game is definitely showing signs of coming out of hybernation.  My last four rounds are, 73, 72, 73, 73.

I’m trying to put together a complete 18 holes.  In round one above that score included a 33 on the front nine, the harder nine of my home course.  Round two had a 33 on the back.  Round three had a 35 on the front.  Yesterday I got in about 13 holes due to the crowd and running out of daylight.  When I finished I was -2, with a 32 on the back nine.

If I could just put two nines together in one complete round we’re talking mid 60’s for a score.  Perhaps that will happen today.

Luke broke my camera

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
Categories: HackersMiscellaneous

So far this season my good pal Luke Swilor and I have been running into each other a lot.  His new hangout is my home course.  The greens aren’t very good, but the course itself will force you to hit a ball straight.  Luke and I have been playing some golf and having putting contests (thanks for tying Dave on that 60 footer the other night by the way, you saved me $.25).

I had to send my Canon camera in for repair though, after I shot this pic of Luke.  As you can see, there’s a black blob on the left of the photo.  Now every photo I shoot has that blob.  Oh, and Luke’s form looks great too.  His head is still down and his arms have totally released.  My release doesn’t look like that.  I’ve got some sort of granny chicken wing effect.

UPDATE: Canon’s service center ROCKS.  I sent in my camera, which arrived there on Thursady of last week.  I just got my fixed camera today, Tuesday.  They even cleaned it.

Errant Bill Murray golf shot sends lady to hospital

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 20th, 2009
Categories: Hackers

Over the weekend a lady was in her yard, across the street from a golf course.  During a Pro-Am at the TPC Tampa Bay Bill Murry pulled a shot OB, over the street, and hit the lady.  She was taken to the hospital.

No word on what score Bill carded on that hole.

She was overjoyed when she saw me because she said she had come out to see me and her husband had just said, ‘I hope he hits it over here.’

~ Bill Murray

Golfers for global warming

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Categories: HackersLife

As president and founder of “Golfers For Global Warming” I thought I’d mention that today is the weekly meeting.

The meeting place will be the 17th hole at River Oaks, pictured below. I birdied this hole yesterday. Today? Doubting it.

snow sucks

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