Bridgestone xFIXx Golf Ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, January 24th, 2011
Categories: Golf BallsGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews

Bridgestone Golf xFITx Golf BallNow that my arm is in a sling, I’m sitting here on my couch looking out the window at the green grass wishing I could play golf.  Normally the local courses would be closed right now, but we’ve had some warm weather and they’re open.  I guess the closest I can get mentally to playing, is reliving a great round of golf I had a few weeks ago.  That round featured the Bridgestone xFIXx golf ball.

About the xFIXx

The Bridgestone xFIXx ball is designed for “recreational golfers.”  My interpretation of that is a golfer who plays occasionally and is about an 18 handicap.  So perhaps it isn’t the best ball for me, a low handicap who plays 100+ times per year.  Or is it?


Pin High’s id labels for golf clubs

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

Thanks to my pals at Pin High for hooking me up with some cool golf club labels.  How many clubs have been lost which may have been returned if only the person’s name was on it?  Yes there are jerks who would keep the club or put it on ebay, but there are honorable people who do turn clubs in to the pro shop when they find them or attempt to find the owner.

Golf Club Id Labels

idlabels in action!


These aren’t wimpy labels.  These labels actually have six different layers in their construction.  The layers have specific traits which improve the durability, reflectiveness and adhesiveness.  Without the durability and adhesiveness the labels may wear out or fall off, resulting in lost clubs possibly not coming back home to your bag.


Pin High’s labels come in three colors, so matching them with shaft colors is easy.  The chrome and gold backgrounds have black text, and the black background has gold text.

golf club id labels

Pin High's labels are available in three colors to match club shafts

Customized Online

Pin High’s labels can be customized and created right on the Pin High web site.  Each label can accommodate up to four text lines with a maximum of 20 characters per line.


Tracking down a lost golf club can be a real pain, especially if you are like me and golf a lot.  A club in the bag which doesn’t get used very often may have been lost several rounds ago and contacting all the courses is a hassle.

The cost for Pin High’s labels, $9.95 for 20, is a minor insurance policy which could pay huge dividends if you forget a club somewhere.

AimPro helps you aim, like a pro presumably

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

AimPro GolfEver notice that Tiger Woods and many other good golfers draw a straight line on their golf ball?  They do that so they can have a good visual alignment aid on the green (and sometimes from tee as well).


AimPro is a ball sized ball marker which helps players visualize lines and get their golf ball line lined up.  Wow does that sound like English?  The AimPro has a line which helps line up the line on the ball which is supposed to be lined up on line with the line of the putt.  There, that “line” is better.

All kidding aside, if you have a line on your ball and you’re not sure you have it lined up (oh no, here I go again) correctly, the AimPro system can help.  Theoretically it may be easier to get the line on the marker set correctly than a spherical ball.  So you get the line on the marker set right, and then line the ball’s logo or alignment “art” up with the marker.

Once the ball line is set right and you’ve removed the marker, you can then match the alignment marks on your putter (if the putter has them) with the line on the ball to help with the stroke and putter path.


If you have issues getting your golf ball lined up and consequently missing putts, the $9.95 it would cost to buy an AimPro is not much of a risk.  And if you make a few more putts as a result, you may win back the $9.95 from your betting buddies.

Exsite Golf Practice Tee Brush

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

I admit that when I received the Exsite Golf Practice Tee Brush for review, I poo-poo’d the thing at first.  I’ve got so many golf gadgets and things to carry to the range I couldn’t imagine adding one more item to that arsenal.  But after using the brush on the range the last two days, I’ve changed my tune a bit and I’ll be bringing it to my future range sessions.

Exsite Golf Practice Tee Brush Overview

The Exsite Golf Practice Tee Brush (EGPTB) is a brush the golfer takes to the range and sticks into the teeing ground via a metal or plastic spike.  The player can then easily and conveniently clean clubs between practice shots.

Left: dirty club - Middle: cleaning club - Right: results

On The Course Range

Being mid December in Salt Lake City, Utah, conditions are very wet and muddy.  We’re actually lucky to not be under snow right now.  The range is full of standing water and mud.  One wedge shot and the entire club face is covered with grass and mud (see frame one on the left above).  Using the EGPTB I’m able to clean the clubs very easily between shots (middle frame) without so much as bending over or walking to my bag.  The result is a clean club (right frame), which is good.


A Look Back At 2010 – HOG

Part two of my look back at 2010.  This one is from the HOG (Hooked On Golf Blog) perspective.  What big events and happenings happened to, with or by HOG this last year?  Check out part one, A Look Back At 2010 – The Golf World.


In January 2010 I was able to nail down sponsors for the year’s fantasy golf.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get Rife Putters to come through with a prize at the end of the season after my contact left the company.

Of course, the buzz was the Tiger Woods scandal and I blogged about it a lot.

I started a new gig, working as national sales manager for Sumi-G.  Over the course of the year I’d build up a rep force in the USA for the company, as well as work on many media related items like the company web site etc.  That gig ended (on good terms so no worries) in October.

January saw me traveling to the PGA Merchandise show with Sumi-G and experiencing a perspective to the PGA Show which I hadn’t seen before.  That was one of working very hard for 15 hour days on and in the booth, meeting and talking with potential customers.


February I continued to blog and review gear.

Tried to tune in to Pebble Beach but couldn’t stand all the hack “stars” like George Lopez.


March was huge.  On March 1st I found a letter from Augusta National, letting me know that I had tickets to the Tuesday practice round at the Masters!  My life would forever be changed.

Sand Hollow Golf Course

On March 3rd I posted a review of Sand Hollow Golf Course, one of the coolest courses I’ve EVER played.

On March 12 I was in Puerto Rico, covering the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.  On my first night there I got to hang out with one of the coolest cats ever in golf, Chi Chi Rodriguez.  The next night I met Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe.  What a gig.  During the off hours of  tournament I hung out in the casino with Rocco Mediate and Rory Sabbatini for about an hour.

While in Puerto Rico, I shot a two part series of videos, interviews and photos of The Golf Channel.  It was a very cool “behind the scenes” look at a live broadcast by TGC and the people who make it happen.  Months later, I was contacted and asked to pull it because nobody had “permission.”  Party poopers if you ask me.


Tiger Woods Masters


In April I started the first ever “HOG Putter Week” where I reviewed putters like the Nike Method, Heavy Putter Mid Weight K4-M, Double Duty Divot Repair Putter, Bob Burns Roll-In Putter, Bettinardi BB32 Putter,

On April 7 my “Dream Foursome” attended the Tuesday Masters Tournament practice round at Augusta National Golf Club.  I’ll never be the same and it was SO cool to have my best friend, my son and my dad there with me!  Man that was cool.


We saw the birth of the new category “How Not To.”

May 22 I married the most awesome lady in the universe! The day before I won my own tournament, the Non Annual Korologos Wedding Invitational Golf Tournament.

Started playing with the new Bridgestone B330-RX and B330-RXS golf balls.  One of my favorites now.


Speaking of Bridgestone, I had my first Bridgestone ball fitting on June 6th.

Tiger Woods divorce and scandal was still the big talk.  Divorce wasn’t confirmed yet, but rumors were flying that Elin was going to get $750 million.  That estimate was a little off.

On June 21st, my pop and I won the club’s annual Father’s Day tournament.

Graeme McDowell won the US OPEN.

In possibly my best work ever, I posted the Potty Putter Review.

For the first time in 10 years plus, I finished in the money in the Salt Lake City Amateur golf tournament, despite finishing bogey double-bogey on the 35th and 36th holes.


Summer heat, the altitude of Salt Lake, and no moisture in the air added up to the longest shots of the year.   350 yard drives, 205 yard 7-irons, 150 yard gap wedges…

I post my lowest round of the year on my home course on July 11th, a 69 from the black tees (tips).

My friend and St. Andrews caddy John Boyne posts an awesome three part guide to St. Andrews for the British Open.



Hooked On Golf Blog gets a new logo.  I like skulls.

HOG moves to a new, faster, bigger dedicated server because the site is getting so much traffic the old server was melting down!

Played in a great charity tournament for Homes For Our Troops, an organization which builds homes for disabled veterans.


In a move which rarely happens, I put a new putter in the bag.  My Dornoch Putter by Grant Mackay is the best putter EVER.

I shoot my best score ever at Wingpointe Golf Course, an Arthur Hills design.  That 70 topped my previous lowest round of the year because it was -2 for 18 while my 69 at River Oaks as -1 (par 70).  Needless to say, my opponents were hurting pretty bad that day.

I review the fanciest golf shoes I’ve ever worn, Royal Albatross’ hand made Italian leather Black Jack Nero Golf Shoes.

Vdara Las Vegas


I travel to Colonial Williamsburg to review the two great courses there, Golden Horseshoe Green Course and Gold Course.  I also do a review on the Historic Area in Colonial Williamsburg.

After six years, I retire as president of my local men’s club at the final tournament of the year, Hell Day.

I reviewed the Vdara Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas.

I started a new food and drink web site called MegaChomp.

Posted a bunch of Ryder Cup blogs.

In October my working relationship with Sumi-G ended, but my golfing relationship continues!


On November 16th my YouTube golf channel topped 3,000,000 views.

Posted the annual HOG Turkey Awards, featuring the year’s biggest boneheads in the golf world.

On November 30th, I posted my 3000th golf blog.

I travel to Notre Dame University to watch my Utah Utes football team.  Despite the Utes terrible performance on the field, visiting Notre Dame with my best friends and my dad was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.

I find a picture of myself sitting on the potty, in the men’s restroom at a local golf course.



I travel to Puerto Rico, Mexico.  There I review Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club, Palmilla Golf Club and the One And Only Palmilla Resort.  I also happen to enjoy the 83 degree weather while my friends back home were freezing to death.

I post my look back at the golf world in 2010.

On 12/22 I review the new Nike Sport Cart Bag.

On 12/11 the HOG Golf Photo Gallery went over the 13,000 image mark.

On 12/31/10 I vowed to blog my golf ass off in 2011!

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