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Review: Puma Tech Golf Pants

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
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For years I’ve been known as “Tony no pants.”  Not by the ladies, but my golf buddies.  Even in the coldest winter conditions I wear shorts.  I have many reasons for wearing shorts.  The primary ones are that I tend to get very hot in long pants.  I often find long pants to be uncomfortable because I have thick, short legs.   Heat, comfort, fit… Good reasons to avoid long pants.  This summer I had to get my hands on some golf pants because a couple of the clubs I was going to play in Scotland required “trousers.”  “Trousers” is UK speak for pants.

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For a pant to work for me I figured it would need to have an athletic fit but be very flexible.  Plus it would need to be NOT cotton.  I’m not a cotton fan.  It would need to be a polyester or spandex.  Or perhaps a “poly-span” combo.  Enter the Puma Tech pants.  Just what the apparel scripter ordered.

Fit

My waist is a moving target depending on the time of year, and depending on how many people bring free donuts to the break room at work.  I was happy to find the fit on the Puma Tech pants is flexible.  A comfortable waist is a must and even with the ups and downs of the summer waistline the Tech Pants are always comfortable.   The spandex/poly fabric stretches and moves with me, instead of resisting.

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Sporting the black Tech pants at Panmure in Carnoustie, Scotland

Fabric

Speaking of spandex/polyester… The fabric on the Tech pants is 97% polyester and 3% spandex.  The Puma formulation results in very light and comfortable pants which don’t get me too hot.  As mentioned, heat and heat management is a real issue for me when it comes to pants.  I’ve been more comfortable in these pants than any other long pants I’ve ever worn.

One reason for that comfort and coolness is the airflow created by the Puma 3D Cell fabric. If you look closely at the fabric, you can see each individual little cell, with gaps between them.

dryCELL technology in the pants wicks moisture away from the wearer.  I need this.

Style

Naturally Puma is on the hip end of the style spectrum.  I know I’m sporting the latest in style and design with the Tech Pants.  But at the same time these classic and classy looking.  They work well on the course or at the office.  And sometimes those two are the same thing.

On the Course or at the Office

When I have to wear long pants at the office these are a big help between the comfort and heat management.  On the course, when I need to dress up a bit, I’m still comfortable.

I’ve got a black pair and a silver pair.  I really love the silver pair.  The color is great and the versatility is tremendous.  Really with the black or silver I can wear nearly any color shirts or tops.

Conclusion

I don’t like to wear long pants.  But when must wear long pants the Puma Golf Tech Golf Pants are my gamers.


Golf Cigar Aficionado: Macanudo Cru Royale Toro

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 5th, 2016
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Macanudo_Cru_RoyaleTriumphant story to share today, and it involves the Macanudo Cru Royale cigar.

On the 10th hole in the weekly money game I gave my opponents the typical courtesy warning I always do when lighting up. It goes something like this:

“I’d like to kindly inform you that I’m about to light up a cigar. Before I light it I’m giving you the opportunity to surrender.”

They looked at me and chuckled it off a little bit. Then I hit a 330 yard drive. I hadn’t hit a good drive all day. Following two straight pars I came to the long par-3 of about 225 yards. I striped a 4-iron to the center of the green, then drained a 30 footer for a birdie two. Game on. Puff puff.

The rest of the back nine I was in the zone. For the seven holes I was smoking the Cru Royale I had six pars and a birdie. One under par. I made my first and only bogey on the back nine on the last hole. No cigar. But by then the match was over. My partner and I dominated.

What makes the Cru Royale so good? Here’s the description from my friends at Famous Smoke Shop, which has a large selection of macanudo cigars.

Macanudo Cru Royale cigars are a medium-bodied, full-flavored selection from one of the cigar world’s most highly-acclaimed brands. Crafted under the direction of the legendary Benji Menendez, each cigar has a core of Nicaraguan & Dominican Viso longfiller with Brazilian Mata Fina, plus a proprietary Dominican La Vega Especiale binder rolled in an Ecuadorian Habano seed wrapper. Expect a well-balanced, aromatic smoke brimming with rich, complex flavors on a savory finish.

Macanudo Cru Royale Toro

  • Strength: Medium
  • Size: 6 x 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper Color: Natural
  • Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
  • Wrapper Leaf Type: Habano
  • Price: $7.49 per cigar

The numbers don’t lie. I may have to be smoking a Cru Royale on every golf hole I play for the rest of my life.


Weekend Warrior Golf T-Shirts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 25th, 2016
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I need some casual shirts to wear around HOG World Headquarters while writing or shooting gear pictures. You know, something comfortable and golf related.  Enter Weekend Warrior golf tees.

I needed a tee shirt that says "golf" with the Old Course in St Andrews in the background!

I needed a tee shirt that says “golf” with the Old Course in St Andrews in the background!

These tees are 100% cotton. I’m not big on cotton anymore. I prefer polys and spandex over cotton because of the durability, easy care, and the fact that they don’t shrink. That said these tees are very comfortable and fun.

"Kid, get out of my picture."

“Kid, get out of my picture.”

(Above) While shooting the picture of the “birdie” shirt some neighborhood kid photo-bombed me…

I love the golf themed shirts. I even got one for the little guy, Seve. He’s still a little too small for it but he loves to wear his beard tee shirt over his jammies.

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Beard Tee Shirt – XS

These tees are fun.  Best of luck to Weekend Warrior and let me know when you get some non-cotton shirts in.  I’d love to feature them.


Golf Cigar Aficionado: Davidoff Golf Scorecard Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, August 21st, 2016
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For a golf blogger some days are great and some days are awesome. The awesome ones are when unexpected packages show up for review, and they’re not another bent piece of metal known as a “golf club stand.” Oh no. The awesome days are when those unexpected boxes of joy contain really useful, tasty, enjoyable, relaxing, score-improving…. Davidoff limited edition golf cigars.

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The Davidoff Golf Scorecard Edition 2016 cigar is a Gran Toro format. This is about a six inch cigar which is fairly thick with a ring gage of 55. “Enjoyment time” (love that) is about an hour. During that our I offer my golf opponents the opportunity to surrender, because I’m deadly with the cigar as my 15th club. Today they declined the offer and paid the price. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This Dominican based cigar is wrapped in a veinless leaf. I didn’t know how much I would like that until I had one. The strength is medium to strong by my experience, but Davidoff’s rating is medium.

A box of five hours of enjoyment time will run about $120 but don’t fret. That’s the same cost as a couple of boxes of Titleist ProV1’s, but you won’t find any great cigars in the bushes.


Review: Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 18th, 2016
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Puma_Superlite_Golf_Stand_Bag_02What’s a great test for a golf bag?  How about walking 122.7 miles with it, after schlepping it thousands of miles across the pond from Utah, USA to the Home of Golf, St Andrews, Scotland!  The bag I chose for that test is the Puma Superlite Stand Bag.  Let’s look at the bag’s features and then talk about how it fared on my grueling and fantastic testing.

Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag Features

The Superlite is, of course, super-light.  It weighs in at a mere 3.8 pounds.  Every ounce counts, especially over time.

The bag has a 4-way top with four dividers which go all the way to the bottom.  This is great because it helps keep clubs from tangling up and becoming hard to put in our take out.  At the top of the bag is a grab-handle with comes in very handy.  I use it every time I put the bag down to stand the bag straight up for getting clubs in and out. I also use that handle when putting the bag in the trunk of the car.

There are five zippered pockets on the Superlite.  These are one reason I went with this bag for Scotland.  I thought of using a smaller bag, but needed room for rain gear and sweaters and such.  There’s a large apparel pocket which fits an amazing amount, plus two small item pockets, a ball pocket, tee pocket, and insulated beverage pocket.  The small pocket at the top with the white zipper is waterproof and has padding inside.  That’s where I put my phone and small camera to protect them.  Each pocket has a large rubberized loop which makes them easy to grab and open.  Nice touch.  The ball bag has room for a lot of golf balls. So many, that I barely even fill it up 1/5 of the way.  I use that extra space for other necessities like extra beverages or apparel items.

Puma_Superlite_Golf_Stand_BagThe stand portion of the bag is very solid.  Some cheap-o stand bag’s stand mechanisms work poorly and the bag has to be set down just right or in a strong fashion to get the legs to deploy.  This bag’s legs open and close with ease.  Plus, they open to a nice wide and solid base.  Once again, the cheap-o bags may not open wide enough and as a result the bag’s base isn’t wide enough for a solid stance.

The bag has padded dual shoulder straps to help the bag stay balanced on the player’s back.  More on the straps later in the critique section.

The Superlite is made from 100% polyester.  It protects the contents from water and moisture extremely well.  A couple of the rounds in Scotland were very wet.  I deployed the included rain-hood and with that in play the bag kept everything dry.  In the image below you can see how well the bag deals with water.

Puma Superlite in the rain

Looks

Style is part of the overall package and this bag has it.  I love the solid, bold looks and colors of this bag line.

Critique

My critique of this bag, and an area I think it could be improved, is with the straps.  I have a bad back so carrying the bag isn’t typically going to happen.  But I do it sometimes.  In Scotland I carried a few times, one in particular at the extremely hilly Cruden Bay.  Since my back problems are in the lower area of my spine, I like to wear the bag up high.  I don’t want the weight of the bag in my lower back or buttock area.  I need it laying in the middle of the back or higher.   With the bag very high the X part of the straps ended up right on my shoulders.  So the weight of the bag was not on the padding of the strap, rather it was on the gap between the padding and the frame of the strap.  Also, with that setup, often the strap would flip over as I put it on, resulting in the non padded side being the one against my body.  Then I would have to mess with it for a bit to flip the strap over.

On The Course

I’ve used this bag for dozens of rounds at home in the desert heat of Utah. I’ve also logged rounds in French Lick, Indiana, Philadelphia, and over a dozen rounds in Scotland.  The performance and ease of use has been great.  The variance in conditions has been large and the bag has performed brilliantly in all of them.

At Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie, Scotland

At Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie, Scotland

My favorite highlights about the bag is the large pockets, for such a small footprint of a bag.  The bag’s design makes great use of space.  Getting the clubs in and out is super easy.

Conclusion

With it’s brilliant design and engineering the Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag seems to defy the laws of physics.  It has the space of a larger carry bag or cart bag, but is light and easy to carry.   Golfers looking for a solid carry bag, or any bag to just lighten the load for travel or other reasons, should check out the Puma Superlite.


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