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Golf Apparel Review: KENTWOOL TOUR Golf Socks

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf For WomenGolf GearReviews

I’ve had some killer new socks in play for a few rounds now, the KENTWOOL TOUR golf socks. I was skeptical at first, because I thought that wool rather than cotton would be too hot for the 98 degree temps we’re having here right now. I’m now a believer.

kentwool tour golf socks

KENTWOOL Golf Socks – Click image to enlarge

About KENTWOOL

KENTWOOL has been making fine quality yarn since 1843. One set of products they produce is high tech garments for use by the United States Military.  Back in 2010 they launched a line of premium golf socks which are 61% wool, 27% polyester, 10% nylon and 2% spandex.

KENTWOOL is one of only 50 companies in the world to receive an Usterized Quality Certification.  What does that mean?  Read the following below from the KENTWOOL site:

  • The mill has been audited by Uster Technologies.
  • The mill is able to produce products of consistent, defined quality.
  • The mill has an installed quality management system with a continuous improvement process.
  • The mill is able to obtain reproducible quality data continuously, reliably and accurately, which is comparable with the USTER® STATISTICS, the only globally-accepted quality benchmark.

So what does that all mean for the golfer?

I don’t know anything about yarn, wool, manufacturing, and have no idea what the word Usterized even means.  What I DO know is that these are the most comfortable and soft socks I’ve ever worn, golf or non golf.  The feeling of putting them on is so smooth and soft.  The sock’s elasticity conforms tightly to the foot, but doesn’t feel too tight.

KENTWOOL TOUR GOLF SOCKS

The performance level of this golf sock is fantastic.  I have walked many miles in my KENTWOOLS and logged many golf shots.  Walking is a joy in the socks, and they seem to really provide a good cushion and prevent the aching feet and knees.

My feet can get quite sweaty in the temps of the summer, like today’s round when it topped 96 degrees.  At the end of my round I was amazed at how dry the socks were.  They breathe incredibly well.

Styles

KENTWOOL offers men’s and women’s socks.  There are three profiles in the men’s line: tour profile (ankle), tour standard (long) and low profile (below ankle).  Men’s socks are available in medium, large and extra-large.

The women’s line includes the following profiles: low (does not show on shoe line), low skinny (for women with narrow heels), tour (ankle).  The women’s socks come in size small, medium and large.

kentwool colors

Colors

KENTWOOL has recently added four new colors to the standard black (above) and the natural, off white color.  New colors include pink, lime green, light blue and purple.

Pricing

The tour and low profile styles of the socks retail for $19.95, while the long men’s retails for $24.95.

Conclusion

KENTWOOL socks are used by some big name golfers like Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, who could wear any brand they want.  I now know why.  They’re uber-comfortable, high performance, good looking and breathe seemingly better than any cotton sock I’ve tried.  I need more KENTWOOL socks for my every day use!  Would love to dump out the entire drawer of cotton socks and replace them with KENTWOOLS!


Asher Golf Gloves

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf GearReviews

Thanks to Asher Golf for the golf gloves, which in a few recent rounds have saved me some strokes.  I normally don’t wear golf gloves, but in the rain or when it is hot and humid and my hands are sweaty, I have to wear them to prevent the club from slipping.

Cooltech Deathgrip

The first glove I tested out was the ultra cool Asher skeleton glove called the “Cooltech Deathgrip,” pictured below.  Anyone who knows me, knows the quickest way to my golf heart with a golf gear item is to slap a skull on it.  The Deathgrip has a skull on the palm and bones on the fingers.

Asher Cooltech Deathgrip

Asher’s Cooltech Deathgrip glove is cool looking AND performs amazingly. Click for more images.

The glove doesn’t just look cool.  It fit my hand, ahem, “like a glove.”  I had excellent feel and control even during very wet situations in St. Andrews, Scotland.  The glove is very durable as well.

Asher Cooltech Birdy

Cooltech Birdie

Ever have the need to turn around to the jerk behind you and give him a piece of your mind after he hits into your group?  Feel the need to give a one finger salute to your opponent when he makes birdie on you with two presses working?  The Asher Cooltech Birdie would be an excellent glove choice for those situations.  Not only does the glove perform well, it has a bird on the middle finger to help out with the visual message you may need to send out on the course.

About Asher

I was surprised to find that Asher is based about a 45 minute drive north of HOG World Headquarters.  They’re locals!

Asher’s lineup currently includes 16 cool glove designs which range in price from $9.99 to $19.95.

Related Links

Asher Golf web site

Hooked On Golf Blog Asher Image Gallery


Coral Canyon Golf Course Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 5th, 2011
Categories: Course ReviewsGolf CoursesHOG World TourReviewsTravel
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I’ve played golf in some amazing places, from Scotland to Mexico to all over north America.  But some of the most amazing golf courses, like Coral Canyon Golf Course, are right here in my back yard, Utah.  I’ve had the pleasure of playing “Coral” many times and I never pass up a chance to experience it.

Coral Canyon 6th Hole

Golf island on Mars? Coral Canyon’s signature 6th hole. Click for more.

Location

Coral Canyon is located a few minutes north of the St. George golf mecca in southwestern Utah.  Nearby attractions other than golf include Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks. This area of the state is what some call “red rock country” or “color country.”  Desert red rock plateaus, red sandstone, desert vegetation and red sand cover the landscape contrasting beautifully with the green grass of Coral’s fairways.

Given the location in southern Utah, Coral is open all year, but temperatures in the summer can reach well over 100 degrees.  The last time I played the course was June 21, 2011 and the temperature was 108 when I teed off at 6:00pm.

Overall Design

Coral Canyon’s design is aesthetically breathtaking.  Bring your camera.  There are massive elevation changes from tee to fairway and from fairway to green, with forced carries over red desert areas and washes.  Course architect Keith Foster did a fantastic job utilizing the complex terrain and routing the course through it.

Tee

Many of the tee shots at Coral are what I call “wow” spots.

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Coral starts out with a wow on #1, and doesn’t let up until the 19th hole! Click for larger image.

When I arrive on many tees on this course, like #1 pictured above, I look all around and then say “wow.”  The elevated tee shot on #10 (below) is absolutely thrilling and another “wow” spot with a massive elevation drop.  Drives from the tips on this hole appear to be in the air for somewhere between 27-34 minutes.

Coral Canyon Golf Course

Coral Canyon’s 10th tee. Click to enlarge.

There are many risk-reward scenarios at Coral from the tee.  Fairways can run out like on the par-5 2nd hole.  You can choose a shorter club than driver or 3-wood off the tee to stay safe and short of the wash, but that turns it into a 3-shot hole.  More aggressive players you can try to get as close to the wash as possible and having a chance at reaching the green in two.

Hole #8 is a short par-4 which is drivable at 312 yards from the tips.  I’ve hit everything from driver to 7-iron off of this tee.  Choosing the aggressive route requires more accuracy.  An errant drive could find the hillside right and a tough recovery shot or massive bunkering short left of the green.  Great hole.

Fairway

The fairways at Coral are quite large and wide, though they can sometimes look small and narrow from the tee.  Many fairways are reached only after forced carries from the tee.

Though the fairways are wide, I still seem to manage missing my share at Coral.  There’s not much “rough” here, just a few feet and it historically hasn’t been very deep or penal.  But missing a fairway beyond the rough brings into play serious trouble, lost balls, unplayable lies and lots of first hand encounters with the thousands of rabbits which inhabit the course.

Coral Canyon Golf

Coral has challenging but fair greens.

Green

The greens at Coral Canyon are fun and challenging.  Many have subtle breaks with one or two larger tiers or quadrants.  Finding the proper level in those cases is crucial to scoring, like on the par-3 3rd hole which has a massive tier dissecting the green into two distinct surfaces.  Balls which hit the green in regulation but don’t find the proper level on greens like #1, #3, #18, suddenly become very challenging two-putts.

Amenities

Coral Canyon’s amenities are all top notch.  Everything a golfer needs is there from a great driving range, practice green to great food.  The pro shop offers great golf equipment, rental clubs, club fitting and sells some great threads which sport the Coral Canyon logo.

In addition to the pro-shop and restaurant, the clubhouse is also features a men’s and women’s locker room as well as wedding/banquet facilities.

Stats

Sets of tees: 5

Length from tips: 7,029 yards

Course rating: 73.0

Slope: 137

Final Thoughts

I’ve played nearly every course in this beautiful state, and Coral Canyon is ranked right up at the top with a few very special courses.  If you are planning a golf trip to Southern Utah, Mesquite Nevada or even Las Vegas (two hour drive), you should make it a point to play Coral Canyon.

Related Links

Hooked On Golf Blog Coral Canyon Image Gallery


Caddie Clip

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 5th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

I’m not sure how many club and cigar holders there are out there, but there are quite a few.  Someone may need to invent a club/cigar holder holder.

Caddie Clip

Caddie Clip is a fun cigar/club holder to join the fray.  This clip is stuck into the ground or a golf cart tee holder by the bottom section of the unit which is shaped like a golf tee.

Caddie Clip

The fun Caddie Clip keeps club grips dry and stogies fresh. Click for larger image.

A spring loaded clamp holds the club or cigar above the grass to keep the grip dry, or prevent that beloved stogie from picking up pesticides and fertilizer from touching the ground.

When not in use, the tee spins around and the unit folds into a more compact shape for storage.

Colors and Options

The Caddie Clip is available in four colors: Orange, Blue, Green, Red.

Single units are priced at $4.99 and a 4 Pack is priced at $17.99.

Branding

I’m sure that custom logo is a possibility with this unit, as the logo on the sides of the ball is simply a sticker.

Related Links

Caddie Clip web site

Hooked On Golf Blog Caddie Clip images


Club Glove Microfiber Golf Towel

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
Club Glove Microfiber Golf Towel

Club Glove Microfiber Golf Towel. Click to enlarge.

For my 2nd golf towel review in the past week (I’m on fire), I’m featuring the Club Glove Microfiber golf towel.  I’ve got this towel in play right now and have for about 15-20 rounds, including my recent rounds in Scotland.

Technology

The Club Glove Microfiber towel is a pro-tour size towel at 17×40 inches.  As the name implies, the fabric of this towel is much more dense than a standard towel which allows it to hold 300% of its weight in water.  The fabric is also lint free.

With the micro fibers, the towel is soft enough to use on glasses, or delicate surfaces which you don’t want to scratch.  I’m a bit paranoid of doing my glasses though, as I use the towel to clean my clubs and certainly dirt can get on the towel which would scratch them.

Club Glove Microfiber Golf Towel

Waffle Texture

The texture (left) of the towel is similar to that of a small waffle pattern.  This helps absorption and gives a nice varied surface for cleaning clubs.

On The Course

The towel has an eight inch center slit for mounting on clubs in the golf bag.  The slit is great for being able to remove the towel easily to take it to the green or away from the bag, while at the same time prevents the towel from falling off and getting lost.  I usually slip three irons through the hole so that removing one club doesn’t result in the towel falling to the ground.

Options

The Club Glove Microfiber towel is available in nine colors.  If you like the color of my towel in the photos, that one is the “gray” selection.

For an extra $10 over the $19.95 sticker price, Club Glove will personalize the towel.  When someone rips off your towel you can identify it now because it has your name on it!  Two options of small script print or larger block letters is available with four different thread colors.  A third option provides letters or initials inside a diamond shape.

Pocket Towel

A matching greenside “pocket towel” is included as well, though unfortunately I didn’t get one with my unit.  The pocket towel is 8×12 inches.

Conclusion

Great towel.  I love the fact that it doesn’t attach with a hook or clasp to the bag, making it easy to mount to the bag and take it off.


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