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2014 Product of the Year – Best Golf Club – Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Metalwood

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 29th, 2014
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HOG_POY_2014_Best_Golf_ClubIn May of 2014 I put the Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Metalwood (yeah long name) in my bag and it has been my gamer ever since.  This is the sweetest 3-metalwood I’ve ever hit and is absolutely the best golf club reviewed here at Hooked On Golf Blog in the calendar year of 2014.

Thanks much in part to the XCG7 Beta Fairway Metalwood I recorded more eagles this season than I have in any other.  I’m reaching par-5’s in two much more often, some shots ending up inside of 2-3 feet!  There’s nothing better than watching your opponent’s shoulders shrink when you drain a 2-foot eagle putt when he just pressed the bet!

When driver is too much or I need to be SURE to hit the fairway at a critical time in the round or the match, the XCG7 is the go-to club and performs perfectly.

The XCG7 is long, sounds sweet, and has a fantastic feel with great feedback.  The super-sweet ping sound tells me I just nutted another one.

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway

Not only is the feel and sound of this metalwood fantastic, so is the look.  I really like the matte black finish on this club.  No obnoxious and busy paint job on this club.  The club, not the paint job, does the work.

For the full story on this killer fairway metalwood, check out the Hooked On Golf Blog XCG7 Beta Fairway review.

Congratulations to Tour Edge on winning this year’s Best Golf Club award!  Well deserved.

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2014 Golf Product of the Year Awards Coming Up!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 29th, 2014
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HOG_POY_AwardsNew for this year and years to come will be the Hooked On Golf Blog Product of the Year Awards.  I get to test so many amazing pieces of golf equipment, golf apparel, and golf accessories, that I thought I’d produce the products of the year to show what I consider the best of the best.

The current Product of the Year categories:

  • Best Golf Club(s)
  • Best Golf Course (HOG World Tour)
  • Best Golf Apparel Item
  • Best Golf Accessory
  • Best New Golf Product

I may do others or cut something out, but that’s the template for now.  Suggestions welcomed.

To qualify for these awards, the golf product must have been featured or reviewed here at Hooked On Golf Blog in the last calendar year.

The next post will have the first 2014 Product of the Year award winner!  Stay tuned.

 

 


Hooked On Golf Blog 10 Year Blogiversary – A Look Back at 2013-2014

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, December 12th, 2014
Categories: BoneheadsGolfGolf BabesGolf CoursesGolf For WomenHOG World TourMiscellaneousSite News

Here’s a recap of the highlights of the last two years as part of the Hooked On Golf Blog 10 year anniversary. Many interesting stories, both personal and in the golf world, happened over the last two years.

Dufnering was the biggest story of 2013

2013

Rory McIlory switched to Nike Golf.

Asher Golf’s James Roundy, a local friend, passed. Sad.

The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Bogota, Colombia.

I got to play golf with Web.com Tour star Kevin Foley in the Web.com Tour Colombia Championship Pro-Am.

Played golf at La Cima Golf Course, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains.

Bye bye belly putter! USGA and R&A announced the ban on anchored golf clubs, beginning January 1st, 2016.

Played golf in St. Andrews for the second time.  In high winds the Old Lady ate my lunch and crushed my confidence! I gained new respect for the Old Course.

I played Carnoustie, considered the toughest golf course in the world.

Carmoustie Golf Course

Carnoustie Golf Links – click for more images

On a trip to Cabo San Lucas I played the #1 (Diamante Dunes) and #2 (Cabo Del Sol) courses in Mexico.

I played every round from the first week of July to August 8th without losing a golf ball.  199 consecutive holes.  Couldn’t make it to 200.  Choker!

Latest Hooked On Golf Blog site design adapts to mobile devices.

A skinny female streaker who wasn’t quite naked ran at the Presidents Cup because “golf is boring.”

Jason Dufner won the inaugural “Most Entertaining Golfer of the Year” award with his internet craze, “Duffnering.”

2014

I posted an article in January with thoughts on how to change things up for 2014. I need to evaluate again, and see if I actually did any of that.

In one of the biggest moments in HOG history, I had a great interview with golf legend Gary Player.

A new hobby and passion for me surfaces, aerial photography and video.  Perhaps one day it will graduate from hobby to money-maker.  See photo below:

Salt Lake Country Club

Salt Lake Country Club

Visited Washington D.C.

Can’t take the watermarking anymore. Had to post the 10 worst GolfWRX watermarked photos.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez IS the most interesting man in the world, and his stretching video proves it.

Best golf photo of 2014: The Gretzky Boys.

Brilliant.  Absolutely brilliant...

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant…

Did my first automotive review, the Hyundai Genesis.

I seriously consider quitting golf.

Played Rhodes Ranch in Vegas for the first time.

I post the Top 51 Things Golf Can Do Without.

I card my best finish in the Salt Lake Amateur, 2nd place.  Win $500 in prize money.

I visit Michigan, highlighted by many great golf course rounds and a stop at the Henry Ford Museum.

Tried fly-fishing for the first time.  Didn’t 3-putt once.

Posted a very information and educational article, “Things Golf Bloggers do to Make Themselves Look Like Idiots.

Rory McIlory won the Open Championship.

Visited the Beautiful Paako Ridge Golf Course in New Mexico.

Rory McIlory wins the PGA Championship.  Kid’s good.

Witnessed a hole-in-one. My opponent won that hole.

Top 10 Nauseatingly Repetitive Questions Golf Publications Keep Asking Over and Over….. and Over… Again… and Over

Craziest Round of Year Features TWO Eagles, Four Birdies

Won my SECOND club championship!

TaylorMade’s First FootGolf Shoe? The R15 FGZLDR Tour 360 SuperMegaOcto.

R15_FGZLDR_Tour360_SuperMegaOcto

I used the internal GPS to find my stolen phone, which had traveled to Missouri.

Swam with pigs in the Bahamas.  Yeah, you read that right.

Played Greg Norman’s Emerald Bay Golf Club in the Bahamas.  Had lunch AND dinner with Greg Norman, then he tried to chop his arm off with a chainsaw then next day.

Shot of the year: I eagled a 470 yard par-4 by holing out from 173 with a 7-iron.

Stayed at the fabulous Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas.

Possibly found a stretch for when my bad back goes out?


Hooked On Golf Blog 10 Year Blogiversary – Looking Back at 2010-2012

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Categories: BoneheadsGolfGolf BabesGolf For WomenHOG World TourMiscellaneousSite News

This is the second to last look-back post celebrating the DECADE I’ve been blogging about golf here at Hooked On Golf Blog.  Below are some quick comments including links to the original golf blog posts, featuring some key nuggets from the years 2010-2012.

2010

I took on a new job as National Sales Manager for the high end golf accessory company Sumi-G.

I handed over the Battle of the Golf Blogs crown to the Orlando Golf Blogger in Orlando at the PGA Merchandise Show.

Tiger Woods publicly apologized for his “transgressions.”

“Speed” is the year’s buzzword for marketing golf clubs.  It’s always something.

Acushnet sold Cobra to Puma.

I attend the Puerto Rico Open.

I’m the first to break the news on the new TaylorMade R15 SuperMegaQuad Driver.  See image:

taylormade driver

TaylorMade R15 SuperMegaQuad

I attend my first Masters practice round.  Here are some Masters photos you don’t see on TV.

I was asked to remove my photos of the TPC Sawgrass Yardage Book.  Lame.

I got married.  Golf babes worldwide go on suicide watch.

I added the “How Not To” category to the blog.

Possibly my most detailed and best review ever was the Potty Putter.

My dad and I win the Father’s Day tournament!

Rumors of Tiger Woods’s divorce start surfacing.

I visit the fabulous Gran Melia resort in Puerto Rico.  That did NOT suck.

HOG gets a NEW LOGO!  Big doings ’round here.

Tiger Woods divorced Elin Nordegren.

I put a new putter in the bag, Dornoch Putters by Grant Mackay.  The Putter is STILL in the bag.

Europe wins the Ryder Cup.

“Cigar Guy” is the biggest rage on the internet for 2010.

Cigar Guy on right…

Tiger Woods starts using Twitter.

2011

Unfortunately in January I separated my shoulder skiing.

The Japan earthquake and tsunami made it hard to think about golf.

June and into July was perhaps the most insane HOG schedule in history.  In 1.5 months I played in the Salt Lake City Amateur tournament, went to St. Andrews, played the Mesquite Am, played 72 holes in one day in four states, and traveled out of town to no less than 15 golf courses.

Met Kristen Williams, the world famous and mega cool Golf Chick.

People freak out because Bubba Watson wears a $525K watch which was loaned to him by watch sponsor.

Tiger Woods puts his yacht “Privacy” up for sale for $20 million. My attempts to get 20 million people to each chip in $1 and buy it with me fail.

I interview Fred Funk.  What a cool cat.

Rory McIlory blew a huge lead in the Masters, but handled the loss with class.

Rookie Keegan Bradley records first win of PGA Tour career at the HP Byron Nelson and I WAS THERE.  Shot the picture below:

Keegan Bradley HP Byron Nelson Champion 2011

Keegan Bradley HP Byron Nelson Championship – © Tony Korologos

HP invites me to cover the HP Byron Nelson Championship as resident blogger and social media expert.  What a blast.

Golf world saddened as legend Seve Ballesteros died at the young age of 54.  RIP Seve.  You will be missed and always remembered.

Rory McIlroy destroys the field at the US OPEN shooting 16 under par and blowing away Tiger Woods previous US OPEN record score of -12.  McIlroy set a number of records which may never be broken.  I doubt Congressional will hold another major.

 Tiger Woods’s caddie Steve Williams moves to Adam Scott’s bag for the US OPEN.

Steve Jobs died.

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Me and my son Seve

2012

The biggest news of the YEAR for me was the birth of my son Seve Anthony.  Yes, his name was inspired by Seve Ballesteros.  Little Seve has been nothing but a joy.  SO thankful.

On a sad note, I lost a golf buddy who I’d played 100’s of rounds of golf with.  RIP Dave Shields.

I got to tour Golf Channel’s facilities, and even get a shot of myself behind the Golf Central desk.  Fun stuff.

Sadly, the great golf announcer Jim Huber died.

TaylorMade bought Adams Golf.

I attended two practice rounds of the 2012 Masters Tournament.  My comments and some photos of the 2012 Masters can be found here.

Golf architect Gil Hanse was named the designer for the Rio 2016 golf course.

I played 112 consecutive holes with one Callaway Hex Black golf ball.  The people at Callaway thought that feat was so cool they sent me a whole box of them, or the equivalent of 1,344 holes.

Suzanne Pettersen, blonde Scandinavian golf babe, posed nude for ESPN’s Bodies magazine.  That didn’t suck.  Golf media trending toward link bait.

Suzanne Pettersen nude - ESPN The Body

Suzanne Pettersen nude – Golf is awesome

Rory McIlory won the PGA Championship by EIGHT shots.  Amazing performance.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, the wine drinking-cigar smoking golfer from the European Tour, broke a leg skiing.  Fortunately the cigar made it unscathed.

The last and final Q-School EVER, graduated to the PGA Tour.


Hooked On Golf Blog 10 Year Blogiversary – Looking Back at 2007-2009

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Categories: GolfGolf For WomenMiscellaneousPGA TourPro GolfSite NewsTiger Woods

This is a continuation of the “look back” posts in celebration of the Hooked On Golf Blog 10 year anniversary.  Today’s posts features highlights from the years 2007-2009.

2007

Square drivers became the latest golf marketing scheme.

Met Dave Pelz at the PGA Show, along with Ashley Prange from Big Break.  Told Pelz I read his book. He asked me if it helped.  I told him I was still waiting for my invitation to the Masters.

My awesome deadly Ping Zing putter was stolen.  To the person who stole it: I hope the golf gods curses you with the yips and the shanks, for the rest of your life.

One of the more entertaining stories of 2007, strippers doing lap dances on golfers in a tournament.  Sign me up.

Seve Ballesteros retired.

My now deceased friend Dave could catch his own golf shot.  Rest in peace my friend.

Met Mark O’Meara.  Great guy.

Visited the fantastic Bernardus Lodge and Winery.  Loved it.

The blog had to go to a new dedicated server because it was melting the old shared hosting.

I visited a golf course that would forever change my world, Black Mesa Golf Club.  Since going there I’ve made great friends at the course and played there dozens of times.  Simply my favorite course in the USA.  See pic below:

Aerial Photo of New Mexico's Black Mesa Golf Club - © 2014 by Tony Korologos

Aerial Photo of New Mexico’s Black Mesa Golf Club – © 2014 by Tony Korologos

This was unreal. Triage on a drunk driver between the approach shots and putts on the 6th hole at Mt. Dell Canyon course…

I tried to drive a golf ball through a 32 inch Sony TV from point blank range.

2008

Kelly Tilghman apologizes for “lynch Tiger Woods in a back alley” comments.

HOG does nine with golf babe Blair O’Neal

I take the Ogio skate park dive

HOG was shut down by the site’s service provide for “consuming too many resources.”

I saw first hand, and recorded on video, Charles Barkley’s golf swing.  Don’t watch unless you have a barf bag handy.

My now deceased friend (yes the same one from before) beat up the cart boy.

One of my most popular posts is a video interview about the Uro Club, a golf club you pee into.

The HOG World Tour visited Edgewood Tahoe.  Love that place.

News the Seve Ballesteros had brain cancer emerged.  Sad day.

John Daly spent the night in jail after passing out in a Hooters.  Later in 2008, John Daly was suspended from the PGA Tour.

HOG moved to a new dedicated server.

2009

My Utah Utes crushed Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to go 13-0.

Worst winds ever, beating Scotland soundly.

Played TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course and lost a sleeve of balls on the par-3 17th island green hole.

I won the first ever Battle of the Golf Blogs.

I had a content stealing website shut down.

I won the “ladies’ day” tournament.  I should play from the red tees all the time.

13 year old son breaks the Fat Bastard Driver.

I FINALLY got Masters practice round tickets.

Had a chat with Dave Stockton.

Met Anna Rawson, Hale Irwin, and Rocco Mediate.  Not a bad day.

anna rawson

She’s in love… you can tell

Sadly, Nickent goes out of business.

Tiger Woods crashes into fire hydrant. Fishy story with no details would soon be the biggest story in golf in decades.

Tiger Woods admits to “transgressions,” also known as affairs.

Tiger Woods takes a leave of absence from golf, sponsors start dropping like flies.

HOG records roughly 20 MILLION hits for the year.

I win the 5th annual Christmas Classic golf tournament.


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