Time to shame a content stealing asshole into removing my content. The website GolfLands dot net is reposting content from here and from the HOG sister site and golf newswire, HOGWire.biz. All of the posts you can see in the “recent posts” list to the right in the screen capture below are from HOG or HOGWire, and obviously the main post you can see is HOG content. That’s one of the reasons I often mention “Hooked On Golf Blog” in my posts, so when dicks like this copy my content it shows up on their site. I also love to post these because often times these sites which are stealing the content auto-post them. So for a time you might see this post appear on their site.
Why Do I Care?
Whenever I make these content stealing awareness posts invariably some bonehead asks me what the big deal is, citing that it is “free publicity” for me and all that. NO. First, there are no links back to the content owner, me.
Second, this is duplicated content which confuses Google’s search results and rankings. It does nothing but hurt the original site which produced the content.
Third, I was raised to believe that stealing is wrong. Yeah, crazy huh?
What’s next is I’ll use that site’s contact page to send them a not-so friendly note to remove my content. Oddly that side has a contact page. Most sites like this don’t. I doubt there will be a response, but if there is, it will be a phony naive response like “I thought it helped you” or “I installed an autoblog plugin and it did it automatically” kind of bullshit. Another favorite is, “a friend posted it.”
The best way to tell what golf accessory I liked the most in 2014 is based on the one I used the most. That is hands down the GolfBuddy VS4 Mini Talking GPS. This thing is so small that it easily fits in my pocket and is not in the way.
GolfBuddy VS4 Golf GPS
I can even push the button through my shorts (I don’t wear pants, hehe) and hear it speak my yardages to me.
I have about 20 golf GPS units, but the VS4 is the one I keep going back to and therefore wins the 2014 Hooked On Golf Blog Product of the Year award for Golf Accessories.
For the full review, visit the Hooked On Golf Blog GolfBuddy VS4 Golf GPS Review.
Serenity… click to read full review of Shepherd’s Hollow
Factors which go into my decision include course architecture, playing conditions, amenities, vibe, location, staff. In short, the overall experience from when one arrives to the time he/she finishes up the last frosty beverage at the 19th hole.
Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club
The two finalists came down to New Mexico’s Paako Ridge and Michigan’s Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club. Both are amazing tracts of land, and both courses have NO homes on the course; not the center of real estate developments. That scores big points with me. Both courses had fantastic conditions when I played. Based on the serenity, the amazing amenities, clubhouse, and the fact that they offer 27 holes, Shepherd’s edges out Paako Ridge for the Hooked On Golf Blog 2015 Best Golf Course Award.
Shepherd’s Hollow is northwest of Detroit about a 45 minute drive, and well worth it. Tip o’ the hat to Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club for winning this distinguished award. Can’t wait to get back there.
I’m wearing this tremendous 1/4 zip baby alpaca fur sweater by Bobby Jones at this very moment. It is so comfortable that I may wear it even in the summer when it is 104 degrees.
Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater
This fantastic, stylish, sharp, classy, and mega-comfortable sweater is hands-down the best apparel item reviewed in 2014 at Hooked On Golf Blog.
By being said best item, I send my congratulations to Bobby Jones for winning the Best Apparel Item award in the 2014 Hooked On Golf Blog Product of the Year Awards! I’m sure this is the most prestigious award collected by Bobby Jones to date.
In 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
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.