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Flat Tee – Great Option for Driving Range Mats and Iron Practice

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, December 12th, 2015
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Flat-Tee_01It’s a Saturday evening, around 8:00. What are most regular people doing this time? Having a nice dinner. Perhaps catching a movie, some live music, or having a fun get together with family and friends.

Not a dedicated golf blogger. Nope. I’m reviewing an unconventional golf tee, the Flat Tee.

How many times have you tried to “tee up” an iron on a practice range which is mat based? Doesn’t work, does it? You can’t get a tee in the mat. So you are stuck with the rubber tee they supply which is way too high, or you try to put wooden tees in there. It never works.

Flat Tee was designed primarily with these driving range mats and situations in mind. The golfer can tee up his/her choice of a 1/4″ or 3/16″ flat tee, and get a perfect ball height for practice. Suitable clubs could be anything up to a 3-wood. Driver? Na.

First off, I can’t stand mats. It’s nearly impossible to hit a bad shot on mats because the cement underneath makes the club bounce right into the ball, rather than taking too big of a divot. For someone with a steep granny swing like mine, mats don’t expose or show bad shots. I hit good shots all the time on mats. On real grass those same shots may be too fat. Now I do have to use mats, I can use the Flat Tee for iron practice.

Critiques

The design of the tee, and its “treads” on the bottom help make it flip on impact and it usually stays in the general area of the strike for easy retrieval. But sometimes if you take deep swing, the whole tee can fly… away. This could be especially problematic at a range with multiple levels.

Conclusion

The Flat Tee website has the caption on the front page, “The Future of Golf.” Uh, that’s a little exaggerated. But if you hit off of mats a lot and need a tiny bit of space between the cement and your ball, this is the answer.


Bobby Jones Donegal Cable Mock Sweater Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
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When I felt a slight chill this morning I knew exactly what I was going to insert into my apparel scripting for the day, the Bobby Jones Donegal Cable Mock. If you’re not sure what I mean about apparel scripting, stick around and you’ll eventually find out.
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Bobby Jones Donegal Cable Mock Sweater is so comfortable and soft it’s practically sinful or indulgent. The comfort of this amazing sweater is rivaled by its style, all class, just like the original Bobby Jones, my favorite golfer of all time.

The $265 imported Donegal Cable Mock is made from 90% merino wool and 10% cashmere. The fabric is so absolutely soft it’s hard to fathom. It is also very light, not heavy feeling. The stylish V-neck sports some large, old-school buttons. This is a gamer and will just as stylish and comfortable in 20 years as it is now.

This is not a super thick or heavy sweater, so it’s not quite what you’d pick for a windy day in Chicago on January 4th. But in conditions where there’s a small chill in the air, spring or fall, San Francisco type conditions, it’s a perfect choice. Just this evening I used only this sweater on a date with the fine lady, with evening temps around the high 40’s to low 50’s.

I love sporting Bobby Jones apparel. I will never be the golfer Bobby Jones was, but I gain great inspiration from him. He was a true inspiration in his play, and his classic style is still as sharp many decades later as it was in 1930, the year he won the first ever Grand Slam in golf.

Oh, that chill I mentioned before? Gone. I’m perfectly comfortable and toasty now.

Hats off Mr. Jones.


Birdie Max Sunglasses Help Golfers With Alignment

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
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I’ve seen some interesting golf gadgets in my now 11+ years of golf blogging.  In golf, alignment is a crucial aspect to the setup and golfers do everything they can and utilize every tool in the shed to insure it is correct, from alignment sticks to lasers to now sunglasses.

Birdie Max Sunglasses are not sunglasses one wears during a round of golf, walking along the beach, or riding a motorcycle.  In fact, that’s not a good idea. Don’t do that. Birdie Max Sunglasses are meant for golfers to use during practice to check alignment and help them focus on only the target line and setup.  How is this achieved?  By blocking out everything in the field of vision except the primary target line.

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Quite an interesting concept, which I poo-pooed at first. After trying it a few times I did realize a few interesting things about my setup. The most interesting part for me was that my head was not aligned parallel to the target line. My head seems to naturally line up crossing the target line from outside to in when drawing a line toward the target. If my swing wants to follow that line, I produce the dreaded hacker amateur outside-in swing path. Results of that swing path are either slices from cutting across the ball, or dead straight pulls if the clubface is square to the incorrect line.

It is interesting also to use this swing aid during putting not only for setup, but to watch the putter’s path through the stroke. I tend to be a more Ben Crenshaw style (yes, I could have picked a better example LOL), with a swinging gate. That means the putter goes inside the line on the backstroke and the end of the stroke. But the Birdie Max still helped me get the concept of being square at impact. A degree or two off on a putt of more than a couple of feet could mean a large miss. The longer the putt, the bigger the miss.

Included in the package is a nice case and cleaning cloth:

Conclusion

While this unit might seem a bit hokey, as many golf swing aids and alignment aids are, the Birdie Max sunglasses did “open my eyes” (sorry, had to do it) to some alignment issues I look to fix soon in both my full swing and in my putting setup. If you’ve tried other alignment aids and still are not able to get it right, maybe you should “look into” the Birdie Max sunglasses.


Golf Cigar Aficionado – Romeo Y Julieta House of Capulet Toro

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 7th, 2015
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Christmas is coming up soon and what better way to spread the holiday cheer than with a fine Honduran cigar? How about this one, the Romeo Y Julieta House of Capulet Toro?

Medallas de Oro Romeo Y Julieta

Medallas de Oro Romeo Y Julieta

  • Strength: Medium
  • Shape: Toro
  • Size: 6 x 52
  • Country: Honduras
  • Wrapper Color: Natural
  • Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
  • Wrapper Leaf: Connecticut

This cigar is a very tasty cigar for my not-so-professional cigar taste, not too strong.  Medium strength is good for me.  The flavor stays consistent, even toward the end of the cigar’s life where some can get a bit nasty.  This size will last me several holes to perhaps 1/3 of a round on the golf course, or about 40-60 minutes on the front porch.  Even the lovely bride, who is a newb to cigars, enjoys this one despite the strength being a little bit higher than she would prefer.

The numbers for me don’t lie.  My golf scores when enjoying a fine cigar are a good 40% better.  I’m not kidding.  Perhaps it is that the cigar helps me relax, or perhaps keeps my mind eating itself with bad memories of the last 3-putt.  Out of courtesy I always give my opponents an opportunity to surrender as I light up my next cigar.


Pitchfix Twister – Green Repair Tool

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
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The creativity and ingenuity of some golf entrepreneurs and designers never ceases to amaze me.  Case in point is Pitchfix’s ability to create cool new variations of the oldest and most over-invented product in the history of sports, the green repair tool.

Pitchfix Twister Green Repair Tool

Pitchfix Twister Green Repair Tool

The Pitchfix Twister is a very unique departure to regular green repair tools, sometimes called divot tools though I don’t know why. Rather than the standard two-fork, flat unit, this device features three forks in a triangular orientation. The user inserts the Twister in the ground and twists, thus the name. A great and necessary feature is that the forks are retractable. The forks are retracted by, you guessed it, twisting the unit.

An extra bonus is a nice ball marker which attaches magnetically to the top of the unit.

Branding

The above mentioned ball marker is logo-ready for custom branding.  This is a great merchandising possibility for golf clubs/courses.

Colors

The Twister is available in eight vibrant colors.

On The Course

I must admit the first few times I tried the Twister I was afraid to twist too hard for fear of breaking the forks. They are flexible but extremely strong. I eventually gave it as hard a shot as needed and never bent or broke the forks.

The repair job done on the greens by the Twister is very nice. You can hardly tell there was a ball mark at that spot, especially when you get the hang of the proper technique.

Twisting the unit back and forth to produce the forks, then retract them, is almost as fun as playing golf.

Pros

I love anything that helps make the game better. Smoother greens equals better golf and Twister does a fine job of making that happen. The retractable action is cool too. The colors are very vibrant and stylish.

Cons

On super hard greens it can be difficult to get the twister in the surface, and twisting is even harder. Then again, with greens that hard it is not likely that the ball would be producing much of a pitch mark.

When in the pocket the unit feels a bit bulky. Flat repair tools certainly win this contest. Pitchfix says it is not much different than having a golf ball in your pocket, which is true. But I don’t golf with a ball in my pocket.

Conclusion

The Pitchfix Twister does a fine job of repairing ball marks on the greens and does so in a very cool retractable format.

Related

Pitchfix also makes a great switchblade green repair tool.  Check out the Hooked On Golf Blog review of the Pitchfix switchblade divot tool.


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