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Golf Greens SpeedReader – Personal Stimpmeter

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 12th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

If you have trouble with gauging distance on the putting green here’s a golf accessory which might help.

Personal Stimpmeter and measuring device can help you fine tune your distance control on the greens. Click for more images.

The Golf Green SpeedReader is a portable Stimpmeter and putting stroke measuring device.  There are two basic functions the device features.

2/3 Scale Stimpmeter

The first feature of the device is a 2/3 scale Stimpmeter.  A Stimpmeter is a device used to measure the speed of putting greens.  You may hear during the Masters or PGA Tour tournaments for instance, that the “greens are a 12 on the Stimpmeter.”  Slow greens measure on the “stimp” at around 8, medium 10 and fast 12+.

The Green SpeedReader is 2/3 scale, meaning that a ball which rolls 2 feet on the device would roll 3 feet on a Stimpmeter.

24 Inch Ruler

The second feature of the device is a simple 24 inch ruler.  The ruler is useful for a couple of different functions.  It measures the length ball rolls and can also serve as a measuring device for the putting stroke length.

How It Works

The process is simple.  Roll a few balls on the green with the unit and measure how far they travel.  Then lay down the ruler near your putter and work to figure out how long a putting stroke will send the ball precisely that distance.  You’ll have a visual representation and feedback on how long the putt will roll versus what Stimp rating the putt measures at.

Another useful byproduct of the ruler, is that it can be used close to the putter to align the stroke.

Related Links

Golf Greens SpeedReader Web Site

Hooked On Golf Blog Golf Greens SpeedReader Images


Movie Review: Seven Days In Utopia

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Categories: Golf MediaGolf VideosMiscellaneousReviews
Seven Days In Utopia

Seven Days In Utopia opens TODAY

I was pleasantly surprised to hear early this year that the golf novel Golf’s Sacred Journey was being made into a movie.  I did enjoy the book, one of the few golf novels I’ve read in the last decade or so.  I wondered if the film would end in the same strange way that the book did.  You’ll have to watch it to find out and now you can since the movie Seven Days In Utopia opens in theaters today.

The Story

Without giving away what happens, the story line is one of the classic lines used in several golf novels which I break down in three bullets:

  • Golfer loses game
  • Golfer goes to some strange place and somehow meets zen like guru who helps him
  • Golfer finds game

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Club Stick

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
Club Stick

The Club Stick in action - click to see more photos

Next time you play in one of those three club tournaments here’s your bag, the Club Stick. The Club Stick is a plastic stick which holds three clubs and can either stand up via a fork which goes into the turf, or a clip which hangs on the side of a golf bag.

Benefits

The main benefit to the Club Stick I can see is keeping clubs dry which you bring to the green area or away from your bag.  Nice to keep the clubs and grips off the wet grass.

Lately my greens in regulation is so bad (50%), that I’m always bringing 2-3 clubs to greens.  I put those three in the Club Stick and all I have to do is grab it and head to the green.  No digging in the golf bag for my putter, lob wedge and 8-iron (the three clubs I’ll need to get up and down).

Critiques

The Club Stick web site claims that the product will improve the golfing experience because it lets you “focus less on managing your gear.”  That seems a bit of a contradiction, since the unit would be an additional piece of gear to manage, but I get it.

Conclusion

One of the better accessory offerings for keeping club grips dry.  Convenient for the range or those who like gadgets on the course.  Don’t think serious players would use it, but the casual 18 handicapper might.

Related Links

Club Stick web site

HOG Club Stick photos


Cypress Classics Golf Keepsake Box

Written by: Tony Korologos a.k.a. mediaguru | Friday, August 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
Cypress Classics Golf Box

Cypress Classics Image Box - Click for larger image

I received a sample Large Box from Cypress Classics a few days ago. Seldom have I gotten this stoked and had such a great first impression of a product like I did with this one.

About Cypress Classics

Cypress Classics makes some very nice tee prizes, award plaques, keepsake boxes, awards, logo ball displays, throws and picture frames. The products are very classy looking and well made.  I particularly like the wood finish and the lamination.

Large Box

My Large Box is really neat.  It has a picture of Lake Nona on the top.  The image is atop a ceramic tile inlay in the lid as well.  Very nice.  Cypress can put any image you desire on the top of the box.

The fine wood of the box is a red colored maple hardwood and the lid’s hinges are made of brass.  Very elegant.

The inside of the box is lined with a forest green fabric which is great for putting fine items inside.  The large perfectly fits four sleeves of golf balls.

Cypress Classics Box

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Conclusion

Hard to write a 2000 word review on a golf keepsake box.  This review will top out at about 250, but I could sum it up in five words.  Cypress Classics products are cool.

I have my keepsake box on my dresser and put small valuables, pocket cameras, football tickets and my wallet in there.  Love it.

Related Links

Cypress Classics Web Site

HOG Cypress Classics Image Gallery


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!


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