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Make Golf Great Again

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
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I saw this new hat on sale at my local pro shop this week. I’m sure Donald Trump would love it.
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The merchandiser apparently has a good sense of humor.


Happy Birthday USA

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, July 4th, 2016
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Happy 4th of July to all Hooked on Golf Blog patrons.  Happy birthday to this great country, the USA.  We may not be perfect, but the United States of America is still the best country on this planet.

USA Golf Ball

I found this ball yesterday in the rough left of the 12th hole!  A great find and even my usual gamer brand…


Golf Psych 101: Competition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, June 24th, 2016
Categories: GolfHackersMiscellaneous

swing_thoughts brainAt the time my handicap was the absolute best I was playing with a group of eight guys, none of whom was higher than a 5-handicap.  In the group there was a zero and a bunch of 1’s and 2’s.  It was a tough group.  If you didn’t bring your A-game, you had to make sure you brought your A-TM game.   I really loved the competition level and intensity of those years, and I think playing in that group helped me improve and play at a high level, for an amateur.  I was playing 4-5 times per week as well, which I’m sure helped. My handicap got as low as a 0.9.

Unfortunately that group dissolved.  I still play with some of those guys, a time or two a year.

Fast forward 10-15 years to now.  Because of where I am in life (translation: day job, wife, 3-year old, limited time), I can’t play 4-5 times per week.  I’m only able to play two times, and perhaps a 3rd time if I’m lucky.  Yes it sounds crazy that I say “only,” because many amateurs play once a week, once a month, or maybe a few times a year.  I realize despite a 50% drop in rounds, I play more than probably 90% of amateur golfers.   Playing less does not help my game.  Winter around here in northern Utah hurts the game as well.  Nothing hurts your feel and crispness as much as a six month frost delay.

But now that summer is here I’m past the spring rust phase.  I’m also playing quite a bit right now.  It’s not cold either.  Many of the reasons or excuses I could use for not playing well are not useable.  Up until about 1.5 weeks ago, I’ve struggled to break 80 with many rounds around 85.  Why?  If I knew that, I would fix it.

The last week and a half though, I’ve finally seemed to turn a corner.  Rather than mid 80’s, I’ve got a 74, 76, and two nine hole rounds that come in at -2 and even.  What happened?  Did I suddenly become a better golfer?  Did I change swings?  Did I put a new driver into play?  What?

So what is contributing to the better scores? I don’t feel like I’m hitting the ball much better, but I’m scoring better.  I don’t feel like my abilities have suddenly changed.  What has changed is my “playing environment.”  I’ve changed from the casual buddy group to the more intense competitive match play and tournament rounds.  Also played 18 with a different group a couple of days ago, all who hit the ball as far or farther than me and could clean my clock on any given day if I don’t bring the A-game.  It seems that perhaps for a while I’ve been in a playing rut due to the group I’ve been in.  All good chaps for sure, but I’ve gotten too comfortable in the group. I’m not focused. There are higher handicap players in the group as well.  Perhaps there’s a bit of “playing to the level of the other players” going on.  Perhaps being around a higher handicapper for round after round has caused me to lose focus in my own game. Try not to interpret that as an arrogant comment. Think of another individual sport like tennis. A high level tennis player may not improve or keep his skills in top shape playing an opponent who is not at the same level. Yes one could argue that another player’s game should not affect one’s own golf game and there could be some truth to that. But I’m generally the kind of player who plays better if I’m around better players.

So where does that put me if the above analysis is true? Part of what makes golf enjoyable is the camaraderie of playing with friends. Perhaps the approach should be to keep the serious golf on the schedule, and play the casual and less intense rounds with the buddies now and then too.

Or maybe all that is a bunch of nonsense and I’m just playing better now. It could just be the phase of the moon or because I put my left sock on first instead of the right one this past week. Wait, I think maybe the better play is because of better underwear scripting…


Five Great Father’s Day Golf Gifts Under $50

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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Kentwool Game Day Collection Golf Socks | $20.00 | BUY

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As I’ve mentioned several million times now, Kentwool makes the best golf socks in the world.  There is no competition.

Golf Club Bottle Opener | $15.00

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Love these unique golf driver head bottle openers.  Perfect for dad to crack open frosty beverages while watching golf on TV.

First Look: Ragz by MitholoG Golf Towel | $39.00

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I have yet to post my full review, but this is my gamer towel and it is fantastic.

Pitchfix Switchblade Divot Tool | Under $15.00 | BUY

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This is my current gamer divot tool. Love the switchblade action, build quality, and the magnetic ball marker! Here’s the HOG preview.

Bridgestone Golf Balls | $9.00-$46 | BUY

Bridgestone Golf Tour B330 Golf Balls for 2016

The new Bridgestone Golf B330 series for 2016 is amazing. In the interest of time, you should be able to find these at any local golf store, or golf course pro shop.


HOG World Tour Visits the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Indiana

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, June 12th, 2016
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This past week the HOG World Tour was in French Lick, Indiana to check out two courses from two very different and equally famous golf course architects, Pete Dye and Donald Ross. The Donald Ross Course was the first on the menu, and I loved the entree so much I went back through the buffet a 2nd and 3rd time.

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The Donald Ross Course 10th hole (left) with the practice putting green in the foreground

This was one of the more challenging Donald Ross courses I’ve played due to the large amount of elevation changes and horizontal movement of the holes. And the greens were some of the most extreme I’ve ever putted. Putting or chipping from above the hole is nearly impossible.

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Par-3 4th Hole – 240 Yards

I was able to play this fabulous old course (1917) three times. It’s ranked 71st in Golf Digest’s Top-100. I’ll be posting my full review of the experience soon, but wanted to do a quick share and a couple of photos prior to that. Stay tuned.


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