Reviews


Review: Champ Flix Switchblade Green Repair Tool

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

The wheel has been reinvented in the golf industry about a billion times.  Do we really need another divot tool?  I wasn’t sure about that until I got my grubby golf blogger hands on the new Champ Flix switchblade divot tool.  I do believe the divot too did need to be reinvented and it has now been done very well.

Champ Flix Divot Repair Instrument

Champ Flix Divot Repair Instrument – click to magnify

Flix Features

  • Switchblade action with retractable forks
  • Forks made from stainless steel
  • Super-light in the pocket
  • Magnetically attached ball marker, customizable
  • Durable

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TanMan Mulligan Grip Enhancing Sunscreen Wipes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 13th, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesReviews
TanMan Mulligan Grip Enhancing Sunscreen Wipes

TanMan Mulligan Grip Enhancing Sunscreen Wipes – click to zoom

In my previous post I’d mentioned that the sun is out.  That reminds me to do a quick review.

TanMan Mulligan Grip Enhancing Sunscreen Wipe

I’ll admit that I don’t wear sunscreen as often as I should.  There are a few reasons for that.  First I’m a dark skinned Greek and we have a resistance to sunburn.

That reason is not good enough?  Alright then.  Another reason I don’t use sunscreen often enough is the fact that it is inconvenient for golfers.  I need something compact and easy to stash in a pocket of my golf bag.

Finally, the primary reason I don’t use sunscreen is that it makes my hands slimy and slippery.  When I have to hit a crucial approach shot to the 18th green with two presses and a whopping $4.00 on the line, I’ll be damned if I’m going to have slippery hands!

TanMan’s Mulligan sunscreen wipes solve those logistical issues.  First, each wipe comes in a very small and convenient tear open pouch which is barely thicker than a few pieces of paper.  Storage issue solved.  Second, the wipes enhance the grip.

Critiques

TanMan’s web site needs to be blown up and built over from scratch!

Conclusion

No excuses for me now.  I can easily put on sunscreen which won’t compromise my shot making or the limited storage area in my golf bag!


Review: Maui Jim Hanalei Sunglasses

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 13th, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

It has been cloudy and rainy here for a few days.  In fact it snowed a bit yesterday.  But today the sun is out.  That means I can wear my lovely Maui Jim Hanalei sunglasses, which is always good.  The blue sky reminded me I need to bust out this review on the Hanaleis so here we go.

Maui Jim Hanalei Sunglasses

Maui Jim Hanalei Sunglasses - click to zoom

Design

The Maui Jim Hanalei is a lightweight and light footprint model.

The lightweight frame is made from Grilamid, a polymer which can be bent to extremes yet still retain its shape.  This is great for those bad days when you get in your car and accidentally sit on your sunglasses.  They’ll pop right back into shape.

The frame’s finish is a high gloss from being tumbled in teakwood and bamboo.

The nose piece and frame ends are tipped in rubber for a secure fit which won’t slip.

Lenses

There are two lens options available for the $199 (retail) Hanalei model:

  • Natural Grey – Great for bright and direct sunlight.
  • HCL Bronze – Gives a bronze tint. Good for sunlight to overcast.

Frame Colors

Frames for the Hanaleis are available in Gloss Black or Tortoise.

Maui Jim Sunglasses Case

Maui Jim Sunglasses Case - click to zoom

Accessories

Maui Jim’s glasses case is awesome.  The case is rugged and has a clip which can allow you to hang the case on your golf bag, gym bag or your dog’s collar.

Also included in the case is the Maui Jim Hawaii style cleaning cloth.

On The Course

These shades have been great for every outdoor activity I’ve been able to throw at them.  They’re light and comfortable.

I’ve logged several rounds of golf with the Hanaleis on my skull.  The colors of the course are vibrant and clear.  Reading the contours of the greens is easy.

I’ve driven and enjoyed many miles in the HOG Tour Van from course to course with the Hanaleis.

Conclusion

Another winner from Maui Jim.  Well played.  Very comfortable, clear, crisp and light on the cranium.

Related

Hooked On Golf Blog Maui Jim Image Gallery (with more shots of the Hanaleis)

Maui Jim Longboard Review


Arnie Apparel Limited Edition Sam Arnold Palmer Invitational Polo

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Categories: Golf ApparelReviews
Arnie Wear Sam Polo

Arnie Wear Limited Edition Sam Polo

A lot of golf apparel reviews this week!  On the menu today is a really killer golf polo from the new Arnie clothing line.

Sam

Sam Saunders is Arnie’s grandson.  The Sam polo line is named after him.  Within the Sam line is a limited edition polo created for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the SAM-Limited.  The Sam-Limited has a horizontal striped pattern in the colors of the Arnold Palmer Invitational (red, white, green and yellow).

Material

This polo is a made from a blend of 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex with “Quick-dry” technology.  Quick-dry is a moisture wicking technology which keeps you cool and dry in hot and humid conditions.

As I’ve said many times, I love non-cotton shirts like this simply because they don’t wrinkle easily and they’re easy to manage.

Availability

Availability of this special polo is limited and showing shipping around the 16th of April. (more…)


Review: Fila Golf Plaid Bermuda Shorts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Categories: Golf ApparelReviews
Fila Plaid Bermuda Golf Shorts

Fila Plaid Bermuda Golf Shorts - click to zoom

This one is a follow up to yesterdays review of the Fila Golf Trento Polo.  These Fila plaid Bermuda shorts go perfectly with the polo from yesterday in my “ensemble” I wore at last week’s Monday Masters practice round.

Details

The Fila Golf Plaid Bermuda shorts are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton.  I’d prefer all poly really since I’m not a big cotton fan.  But having worn and washed these shorts several times I’m not unhappy with them.  The cotton is wrinkle resistant, which is important to me.  I don’t want to spend half my life ironing golf apparel.

Two large welt pockets in the back are great for wallets, scorecards and yardage books. (more…)


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