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First Look: Bridgestone Golf J15 Driving Forged Irons – J15DF

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearSite News

I’m not sure what’s more fun, setting up my golf club glam shot photo shoots, or testing great golf clubs.  Today we are getting a first look at the new Bridgestone Golf J15 Driving Forged Irons, or J15DF.

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons - click to see more

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons – click to see more

I will start testing these irons soon, and post a review when I’ve got enough rounds with them to give a proper evaluation. Translation: I’m not going to hit three 7-irons on the driving range and rave about how great they are…

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons

Aerial Photos: Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf Course ArchitectureGolf CoursesGolf For WomenHOG World TourSite News

The gear I bring to golf courses lately doesn’t seem to include golf clubs or a ball. I’ve been bringing one or more of my multi-rotor copters from my golf aerial photography/video fleet. Below is a shot I captured last weekend at Soldier Hollow, home of two great courses.

Soldier Hollow Golf Course

Aerial Photo: Soldier Hollow Golf Courses – click for more

In the photo above the closer holes are the “Silver” course, and the farther away holes on the side of the mountain are the “Gold” Course.

Below is a shot looking back the opposite direction, including the fantastic clubhouse on the right.

Soldier Hollow Golf Utah

Soldier Hollow Golf Course and Clubhouse – Click for more

HOG Talking Golf on Iowa’s 1700 The Champ Sports Talk Radio

1700-the-champThis morning I had fun doing an appearance on CBS Sports Talk Radio 1700 The Champ on the Jimmy B & TC Show.  1700 The Champ is based in Des Moines, Iowa.  Our subject of discussion was the Open Championship and the win by Iowa native Zach Johnson. Obviously they’re super stoked about that.  It was fun to talk golf over my morning coffee with Jimmy B and TC (Jim Brinson and Trent Condon).  When the podcast of today’s show becomes available I’ll post a link to it.

This was the second appearance I made on the show.  Last week we did an Open Championship preview which went quite well.  Tooting my own horn (beep beep), I have to mention that in the preview for the Open I expressed my doubt that Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson would make the cut in the Open.  They did not.  A broken clock is right twice a day, assuming it isn’t a military clock.   Here’s a link to the podcast of the Open preview show.

Thanks to my new pals Jimmy B and TC for the opportunity.  We will be doing the same gig before and after the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Imperial Headwear Coolcore Hat Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 10th, 2015
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviewsSite News
Coolest hats in the world? Absolutely - Coolcore by Imperial Headwear

Coolest hats in the world? Absolutely – Coolcore by Imperial Headwear

About an hour before I left for the airport and my big european vacation the UPS guy delivered a box. Perfect timing.  Inside was a batch of new Hooked on Golf Blog hats made by Imperial Headwear.  The europe trip would be a fantastic way of putting one of these hats to a stern test.


On the first day of my trip in Greece I visited the famous Acropolis in the center of Athens.  Anyone who has visited that spot in the summertime knows there are few hotter places on earth.  The place is super dry, exposed, and you are hiking up and down steps.  It’s a sweat factory.

While sweating hard huffing around the Acropolis and in Athens I could not help but be impressed and stunned by how cool my head felt, especially given the conditions.  My sweat had not soaked into the seam on the front where the bill attached.  There was no nasty sweat line on the bottom-front or on the first inch or so of the bill.   Somehow the fabric and the Coolcore technology helped to get that cranial moisture to evaporate rather than soaking into the hat.

The next day I spent farther north of Athens in a place which has incredible monasteries.  Getting to the monasteries required hiking on extremely steep trails and thousands of super-vertical rock and marble steps.  It was like doing miles of stair-master exercises in the heat of summertime in Greece.  Once again, the hat kept my head cool and more dry than any other hat I’ve worn.

Village and Islands

My trip then found itself on four different Greek islands and the lovely small fishing village of my grandfather.  Hiking around there, and boating from island to island I once again found my Coolcore hat to perform fantastically.  No sun in the eyes, dry, cool, comfortable.

All that performance is fantastic but to put the hat over the top it looked fantastic, especially with the Hooked on Golf Blog artwork embroidered on the front.  #style


After Greece a few days in London gave me the chance to try the hat in some cooler temperatures and some pretty substantial winds.  I’m sure I had the coolest hat in all of England, all due respect to all those hats with British flags on them.


After schlepping my hat thousands of miles and walking miles and miles, my Coolcore looks just like new still.  There isn’t even a wrinkle in it.

Custom Logo

As you can see by the brilliant artwork on my sample hats, Imperial does custom logo on the Coolcore hats.  I must say the gray and black model HOG hats look stunning with such sharp and accurate embroidery.


If you’re just shopping for single hat which will offer the best in cooling this summer, pick up a Coolcore.  If you need a bunch of custom logo hats for your golf club, your business, or your blog, I highly recommend Going the Imperial Coolcore direction.

These New Imperial Headwear Coolcore Hats Are the Coolest Hats in the World

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, June 19th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf ApparelGolf GearSite News

These Imperial Headwear Coolcore hats are undoubtedly the coolest hats in the world:

Coolest hats in the world? Absolutely - Coolcore by Imperial Headwear

Coolest hats in the world? Absolutely – Coolcore by Imperial Headwear

Love at first sight. Still awaiting delivery on these and will post a full review of the Imperial Coolcore soon.

For now you can check out the press release and description of these golf hats below:


Cooling Technology Lowers Fabric Temperature Up to 30 Percent Below Skin Temperature
BOURBON, MO – Imperial Headwear has announced that its Imperial Powered by Coolcore® hatshave begun hitting pro shop shelves. Introduced in January at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, the products have been well received by the many golf professionals who have experienced them.

“The most anticipated golf headwear of the season is now available at better golf shops across

the country,” says David Shaffer, Director of Marketing at ImperialHeadwear. “Cooling fabrics are definitely the next trend in performance fabrics and Imperial is excited to be the first company to bring this industry-leading Coolcore technology to the golf market,” says Shaffer.

Coolcore® provides a cooling solution that extends beyond traditional moisture-management fabrics or evaporative cooling technologies that typically rely on chemicals. It’s 100% free of chemicals, polymers, gels, crystals or phase changing materials, ensuring all Coolcore® benefits never wash out or degrade. And, Coolcore® fabrics deliver three distinct functions, including moisture wicking, moisture transportation to accelerate drying, and regulated evaporation for a cooling effect. The result is up to 30% lower surface temperatures, drier garments that don’t cling or saturate, healthier chemical-free usage, and zero degradation of the cooling effect over time or washing. Coolcore® is the only company globally to receive the “Cooling Power” award from Hohesntein.

“Imperial’s new cooling technology has the potential to change the headwear business,” said Laura Robinson, Director of Retail at Pinehurst Resort. “The Pinehurst team saw their demonstration and we were all amazed at how this can be incorporated into headwear designs. Imperial impresses me with their innovation in the accessory category.”

The Imperial Powered by Coolcore® collection consists of nine headwear styles, over 50 SKU’s, and ranges from caps and visors to small fit and sun protection hats.For more information on Imperialpowered by Coolcore® products, please click on video below. To place an order, please call (800) 950-1916.

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