PGA Merchandise Show


HOG World Tour Confirmed For 2013 PGA Merchandise Show In Orlando, Florida

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf BallsGolf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearHOG World TourPGA Merchandise Show

PGA Merchandise Show

I’m happy to report that once again the Hooked On Golf Blog (HOG) World Tour will be stopping in Orlando, Florida for the PGA Merchandise Show.  I’ll be at the show all day Thursday and Friday, then competing in the annual Battle of the Golf Blogs golf tournament Saturday.  Can’t wait.  Stay tuned for my take and angle on all the new golf equipment and golf apparel coming out, complete with lots of photos and videos!

<whine>I considered not going this year.  This is a bit of a tough gig.  I’ve been going to the show for years, covering all the new gear and happenings at the world’s biggest golf show, but it is hard on the pocket book.  You see, us bloggers don’t have corporate credit cards we can simply charge to the “company.”  I am the company. I pay for all my airfare, food, hotels, rental car and whatnot out of my own pocket, so I can report my angle from the show.</whine>

Meetings

If you or your company will be at the show, I’ll try to meet up with you.  Email me (if you have my email) or use the site contact form to send me a note.

I’m going to do things a little different this year.  I’m not setting specific appointments.  I’m never able to get away from one and to the next in time as the meetings always seem to go long.  I’ll be doing interviews on video as I have for years: probably the first blogger to do the POV format I’ve done.  This year I’ll have a little wrinkle in that format.  Stay tuned.


Hooked On Golf Blog 2012 Year In Review – Part One Of Three

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Categories: BoneheadsGolfGolf CoursesHOG World TourLPGA TourMiscellaneousPGA Merchandise ShowPro GolfRory McIlorySite NewsThe MastersTiger Woods

At the end of each year I like to go through the previous year’s posts and do a summary of all the interesting news nuggets, happenings and such.  Needless to say 2012 was amazing, from going to the Masters to shooting my lowest score EVER.  Let’s look at the first third of the year.  Not all of the posts are mentioned, just a few select ones.  You can click the links in the descriptions or click the date headings to go to the archive of that month.

January 2012 – 56 Posts

My usual January features the yearly trip to golf’s biggest worldwide trade show, the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.  During the week of the show I did many interviews with top golf companies and their staff as well as showing all the new gear, apparel and accessories in the golf world.

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

January was also when Hank Haney released his book about is six year relationship with Tiger Woods.

I set some goals for my golf game in 2012, some of which I achieved and some which I did not.

Sadly, the great golf announcer Jim Huber died.  I met Jim once and he was very nice and friendly to me.

February 2012 – 59 Posts

I posted a review of Kingsbarns Golf Links, one of the best courses I’ve ever played.  Location: St. Andrews, Scotland.

I’m not a big fan of very many “made for golf network TV shows” on Golf Channel, but Feherty won me over.  Feherty debuted in February 2012.  I even talked with Feherty and Hank Haney on a conference call.  Fun stuff.

Nike Golf once again provided the grand prize for HOG Space fantasy golf, a $1200 set of VR_S Forged Irons.

A golfer was stabbed on a golf course over a slow-play argument.

March 2012 – 45 Posts

After the LPGA updated their web site, no more barf bags were needed.

I picked up a Nikon D7000 camera for better golf photography.

TaylorMade bought Adams Golf.

I posted my first review of a deserted miniature golf course in the middle of the desert.  “Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf” was a hell of a track.

My 2nd and 3rd article were published in Utah’s Fairways Magazine.  Cool.

After withdrawing from the WGC Cadillac, Tiger Woods’s vehicle was eerily slow-chased by a blimp.  Anything for ratings I suppose.

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

The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Mesquite, Nevada.

Rory McIlory moved up to #1 in the world golf rankings.

Bubba Watson 2012 MastersApril 2012 – 56 Posts

Luke Donald knocked Rory McIlory out of the #1 spot in the world golf rankings.

I posted my Nike Golf VR_S Forged Irons review.

I upgraded the Hooked On Golf Blog theme, hopefully improving the site…haha.

100’s of websites selling counterfeit golf clubs were shut down.  GOOD.

A drunk “patron” was arrested for attempting to steal sand from Augusta National Golf Club at the Masters Tournament.  Think they revoked his badges?  🙂

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

Speaking of the Masters, here is a selection of some unique images from the Masters.  Not stuff you see every day.

Speaking of speaking of the Masters.  I spent a couple of hours walking Augusta National’s par-3 course with my new Nikon D-7000.  I know of NO better and more complete image gallery of Augusta National’s par-3 course than my own.  Cool.

END OF PART ONE – PART TWO POSTED TOMORROW!

 

 


2nd And 3rd Articles For Utah’s Fairways Magazine Published

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Categories: Golf MediaMiscellaneousPGA Merchandise ShowSite News

[brag] My Dad called me yesterday to let me know he read my articles in the latest issue of Utah’s Fairways Magazine.  Fairways is the official magazine of the Utah Golf Association, mailed out to 30,000+ members.  My Pops told me I did a nice job on the pieces, which makes me very happy.  If he likes them that is a good thing, since he was the sports editor for the Salt Lake Tribune for many years.  My issue has yet to arrive in my mailbox, but I managed to get my hands on another copy.

If you receive Fairways, be sure to take a close look at my articles.  Feature one covers Utah companies at the PGA Show, pages 26-28.  Feature two, bottom half of page 27, covers the Utah Section PGA’s attendance of the 95th annual PGA meetings.

Thanks to Randy Dodson, Chairman of Fairways Media, for the opportunity to contribute to a fine magazine. Since he’s had me do more than one piece, I’m assuming I’m doing something right…

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Switch Belts – Can a golf belt increase driving distance and clean last night’s lasagna dishes?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf For WomenGolf GearGolf LifestyleGolf VideosInterviewsPGA Merchandise ShowReviews

While at the PGA Show a few weeks ago, I was working on a freelance golf writing gig for my local golf association’s quarterly magazine (Fairways Magazine).  The focus was Utah companies on display at the show.  I found a very cool new company called Switch Belt.  Switch is a one year old company which makes very unique plastic golf belts.  Yes plastic.

Switch Golf BeltOverview

Switch belts are made out of a thermoplastic resin (TPR).  (Now this is starting to sound like a golf ball review.  No the core of the belt doesn’t decrease spin and increase carry. Nor does the ultra thin cover of the belt produce high spin around the greens.)  But, the thermoplastic resin is an Eco-friendly plastic which is biodegradable.

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2012 PGA Show Video Interview – TaylorMade ATV Wedges

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearGolf VideosHOG World TourInterviewsPGA Merchandise Show

My last and final video from this year’s PGA Show covers the TaylorMade ATV wedges.  Check out the sole on these wedges.


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