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HOG World Tour Travel Day to Scottsdale, AZ – Testing Out the New Hyundai Genesis and Playing Golf at Troon North

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 4th, 2014
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The Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour and yours truly are heading for Scottsdale, Arizona today. I’ve been tasked by Hyundai Motors to come down and test out the new Genesis, their luxury sedan. They want to know what a die hard golfer thinks of the car. I certainly qualify and it sounds like a fun gig.

Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Genesis

Naturally I can’t truly evaluate the vehicle as a golfer if I don’t actually use it as a means to carry myself and my sticks to and from the golf course and the 19th hole following the round. So a round at the famous Troon North Pinnacle course in Scottsdale is on the docket for tomorrow.  Stoked.  To top it off, I’ll be playing with none other than the Golf Blogger himself.  John, you’re going down.  Bring cash.

A couple of months ago I went through the whole shopping and buying process for a luxury vehicle.  I ended up with a quite nice 2014 German-made vehicle.  I have quite a high bar to compare the Genesis to as a result.  I’m anxious to check it out.

Next blog post from Arizona.  For more live and up to date content of this trip and the HOG World Tour, be sure to follow my two twitter feeds: @thegolfspace and @hoggolfblog.  Also follow the hashtag #nextgenesis for mine and other media tweets about the Genesis.


HOG World Tour Visits Washington DC

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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99% of my golf blog posts are related to golf in some way or another. This is one of the 1% I suppose. Golfers like me do travel without their sticks sometimes, albeit not very often.

This past weekend I spent four extremely painful days in Washington DC. I pulled my back out badly, so bad that my lovely bride had to put my shoes on for me a couple of days in a row. Not too dignified. It is quite hard to walk miles from one monument to the next when each step feels like Hannibal Lectar is cutting out part of your spinal column to make a gourmet pate out of it, but I did it.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial – click for more

Washington DC is such a great place to visit for the history, art, and science. The museums and monuments are all FREE of charge. It was a thrill to enter the National Gallery of Art and see paintings by my two favorite painters, Picasso and Van Gogh.

This week we checked out the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Capitol, Air and Space Museum. Also went to Arlington National Cemetery. How humbling that was.  A visit to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watching the changing of the guard was so wonderful.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – click to zoom

More photo highlights of Washington DC here.


Sand Hollow Championship Course Hole 15 Flyover

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 14th, 2014
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My golf aerial photo/video setup is improving very well.  Since shooting this clip below I’ve put a lot of work into it to make it even better.  Still, this is awesome.  This is the 15th hole at the Sand Hollow Championship Course in Hurricane, Utah.  This is an awesome par-3 about 195 yards.


Experiencing Scotland’s Carnoustie Golf Links

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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Two days ago I had intended to write a great blog post and course review featuring Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. At that point in time writing a single word became as difficult as this legendary golf links is to play. Where would I start? How could I possibly convey how special of place it is? I felt like my limited blogging/writing skills could not do justice to this golf course which is known by many as the toughest test of golf in the world, a place which has hosted seven Open Championships, a senior Open Championship, the British Amateur Championship, and Women’s British Open.

Carnoustie Golf Links - click for larger image

Carnoustie Golf Links – click for larger image

I’ve decided to do two articles about Carnoustie. One will be a standard course review and one, this one, a recollection of what it was like for me to play the course and what my thoughts and impressions were. (more…)


My SpeedBlade Irons Fitting at the Local TaylorMade Performance Lab

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, February 6th, 2014
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I’ll be reviewing a custom built set of TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons soon. For them to be custom built to my specs, I had to spend some time in the local TaylorMade Performance Lab having my “granny over the top dual chicken wing” swing analyzed.  For a couple of very fun and educational hours my pal (the TMPL tech) Stacey and I did some deep granny dual chicken wing swing analysis.

TaylorMade Performance Lab

I want to walk around town with all of these sensors on my body…

The system TM has for swing analysis is amazing. You wear sensors all over your body as well as the golf club, and the computer does complete 3D golf swing analysis, even comparing your swing to pro players like Dustin Johnson. Needless to say, Dustin’s specs are slightly better than mine.

The system produces a recommended setup, then the tech builds test clubs with those settings on the spot. My settings were regular length, stiff shaft, and two degrees flat.

We took the clubs out to the heated driving bay outside. There’s still a lot of snow on the ground, but we still hit some range balls so we could see how the true setup worked.  That’s how the “my nipples hurt” tweet happened yesterday, a little chafing from the cold.  I hit the 7-iron very straight and accurately.  It launched at an angle that looked like a 9-iron or pitching wedge.  Never before have I hit a 7-iron that high. For comparison I hit the same club without the two degree flattening of the lie. Almost couldn’t hit the thing. Quite remarkable.

I even took some swings with a custom made SLDR driver, a 12 degree model. It flew.

I’m submitting my specs to TaylorMade today and they’ll be soon whipping up my full set of SpeedBlade irons (and hopefully some other clubs to match them…hint hint). Then I’ll hope the snow melts asap so I can put the irons to the real test, on the course. If the snow doesn’t melt, I may have to take a trip south.

Stay tuned.


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