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First Look: Bobby Jones Donegal Cable Button Mock Sweater

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, November 2nd, 2015
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I didn’t think anything could compare with last year’s Hooked On Golf Blog Golf Apparel Product of the Year, the 1/4 zip Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca sweater, but here’s one that might.  I just opened up the packaging on this Donegal Cable Button Mock.  Not baby alpaca, but 90% merino wool and 10% cashmere.  100% Bobby Jones.

Bobby_Jones_Donegal_Cable_Mock

I will put this fine piece through the usual HOG review battery and post my final review soon.  There’s not much doubt how highly this one will score.

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Custom Milled NXT18 Golf Belts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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The latest belt script I’ve been proudly featuring is a very cool and unique custom milled Hooked on Golf Blog belt from NXT18 Golf Belts. Let’s take a look.

Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt

Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt – A Work of Art

Custom Milling

NXT18 Golf custom mills the buckles out of a block of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. And we are not talking about milling in China either. These are done in Massachusetts.

While one could simply purchase the original artwork of the NXT18 belts, custom artwork is where it is at. Just look at the beauty of the HOG logo and you’ll see what I mean.

Hand Painting

The milling effect alone makes most artwork look very cool. Add that to the different color/paint possibilities and the buckles look out of this world awesome. The buckles are hand painted, adding to the fine attention to detail and quality of the product.

Tension Lock

The belt tightens through a tension lock system. In the HOG photo above you can see left of the H a loop in the belt which is where it is tightened. This is cool because the tightness of the belt can be perfectly set to the wearer’s preference and comfort level. Belts which have holes and pins to lock them seem to never have the right setting for me, they’re either too tight or too loose. With the tension lock system one can loosen the belt up a little for comfort while sitting in the office after a large lunch which includes an Italian Stromboli. Trust me on that one.

Webbing Belt

The belts themselves are a nylon webbing material which is very strong and light. These belts come in about 13 colors/designs. I chose black, being a former rock & roll musician. If they had skulls, I’d be all over it like John Daly over a cigarette.

Colors/Sizes

There are a large number of colors available for the bucles, somewhere around 10-15 is my guess.

Since the belt is a tension system, sizing is easy. You just let them know your waist size and they’ll hook you up with the proper length, which is once again, completely adjustable.

Critiques

My only critique and suggestion for this belt is for NXT18 to consider a different system than the Tension Lock. While it is cool, the system results in the buckle not sitting on the wearer’s body very flat. The tightening side sticks out farther than the other side (photo below).


A different system with the lock on the back of the buckle would solve that issue, and also free up about another inch of space for artwork/milling.

Conclusion

Love my custom milled aluminum HOG belt. I wear it proudly and love the quality and uniqueness it showcases, thanks to NXT18 Golf Belts!


Bolle’ Ransom Sunglasses Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, October 1st, 2015
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The sun always shines when you’re cool.

I’ve had the pleasure of wearing the Bolle’ Ransom golf sunglasses for a while.  These glasses are best fitted for a larger head, like mine.  One must have a large head to hold as much golf knowledge as I do.

Bolle_Ransom

Let’s take a look at the Bolle’ Ransom, or should I say look through them…

Features

  • Thick, stylish, unique frame design
  • The B-Clear lenses are anti-glare and produce colors and highlights well suited for the golf course
  • The lenses are as clear as glass but considerably lighter
  • The “Oleophobic/hydrophobic” lenses repel grease, dirt, and water spots
  • High strength nose pads and rubber gripping to keep glasses from slipping
  • 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • Nice case
  • Cleaning cloth included

On The Course – On The Beach

My on-the-course portion of this review is a little tough.  I wear prescription sunglasses which really help me see the ball far away.  I’m nearsighted, so reading greens, standing over the ball, and short range stuff is great.  But long range, seeing a ball from 150+ yards was tough.

That said, in my good range I loved the clarity of the lenses, the colors, and how I could easily see the contours and slopes of the course.

I sport these shades in far more places than just the golf course.  On my recent trip to southern California I thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the beach and soaking up the rays in the comfort of the Ransoms.

Other situations where sunglasses are great and the Ransoms have shined include outside parties, walks around the neighborhood, hiking, spending time at the park with my little boy.

On or off the course the style is fantastic and the comfort is as good as any shades I’ve reviewed.

Conclusion

If I had a prescription version of the Bolle’ Ransom they would be my gamer sunglasses on the golf course.

They’re certainly my gamers for many other sunny outdoor activities.

 


Porsche 911 Carrera – Where Do the Golf Clubs Go?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, September 11th, 2015
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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.


Golf Cigar Aficionado – La Gloria Cubana Serie RF Cigar

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
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This past weekend I put into play some new sticks. Sticks can be a synonym for golf clubs, but can also be for cigars. Actually put into play new irons and new cigars, so a double set of sticks!

La Gloria Cubana Serie RF Cigar

La Gloria Cubana Serie RF Cigar

I was struggling with my game on the front nine. I decided I should tone my intensity down a bit and enjoy a cigar during the round. On the par-5 10th hole I started up this La Gloria Cubana Serie RF from Famous Smoke Shop.  I hit a good drive but it kicked right and ended up in a lateral hazard. After taking my drop from the hazard I bombed a 3-wood from 270 and hit the green, past the pin. I then nailed about a 40 footer for birdie. Birdie, even with the penalty for the hazard.

First birdie of the day. Must be the cigar, right?

On the next hole I missed the green left, but chipped in for my second consecutive birdie.

Definitely the cigar!

Two holes later, I made birdie on the par-5 14th.

All told I carded three birdies during this fine cigar’s life. It did kick my butt a little bit. I smoked it a little too fast. Otherwise I might have had another one to try and finish out the last four holes with more birdies.

Birdie Stats

Cigar holes: Three birdies.
Non-cigar holes: Zero birdies.

Cigar Stats

  • Body: Medium
  • Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
  • Binder: Havano
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian
  • Price: A little over $5.00 each

Conclusion

I might make the PGA Tour if I just smoke 4-5 of these per golf round.


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