Hooked On Golf Blog Server Migration This Weekend – Wish Me Luck

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 27th, 2012
Categories: MiscellaneousSite News

Wish me luck.  I’m migrating the site to a new and bigger dedicated server.   It is about growth and having room to grow.  The new server has NINE times the processing power as the old one and twice the storage space.  There are many dozens of back end features which blow the doors off the old one as well.

Big Deal

Moving a simple small web site is not too much trouble.  But this blog has over 4000 posts, a large golf image gallery with 18,671 images, thousands of comments and such.  It is going to take quite a bit of work to move the site over to a new setup and make sure it all works.  When it does, things should fly here.   It is sort of like upgrading from persimmon woods to today’s 460cc titanium metals.

This is a move in the right direction, allowing for speed and storage space for the future as the site grows.

Victory Ranch ClubNew Gallery

Perhaps the biggest PITA is the image gallery.  Unfortunately the new server is so new that the old gallery software is incompatible.  I’m in the midst of migrating all 18,671 photos from the old gallery to the new.  It has been going since 8:45am (it is now 5:21pm).  The new gallery will be nice yes, but I’m very worried that many of the linked images and links to galleries in my posts will go bad.  There are thousands of them.  If that happens, articles like course reviews or golf equipment reviews may end up with broken images.  I hope to figure that out.


Be patient this weekend.  HOG may be intermittent and may actually go down for a while.  When you see that happening you’ll know I’ve got my golf web geek cap on and I’m slaving away transferring files, databases and reconfiguring code to work with the new server.

Kentwool Tour Socks – Orange Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 27th, 2012
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf For WomenGolf Gear

I had the pleasure of putting into play yesterday the new orange version of the Kentwools, which are fantastic.  Even though the temps were between 95-100 degrees I felt fine in the foot department.  The new orange version is available in “tour profile” for men and women, and women’s low profile skinny.  The addition of the orange line brings their total tour golf sock line colors to seven.

Kentwool Orange Golf Socks

Now in orange, for you Rickie Fowler traffic cone fans…

I’ve reviewed Kentwool Tour golf socks previously, so I’m not going to go into super detail about them here.  Check out my Kentwool Tour golf sock review if you want more information.

Golf On TV This Week – Senior British Open, Canadian Open, LPGA Evian Masters

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourPGA Tour

All the major golf on TV this week is outside of the continental 48.  The ladies are in France, the seniors are in Scotland and the regular PGA Tour players are in Canada, aye?

PGA Tour LogoPGA Tour

RBC Canadian Open, Hamilton Golf & CC, Ancaster, Ontario Canada

Canadian Open TV Schedule

Thu, 7/26: GOLF 3p – 6p ET
Fri, 7/27: GOLF 3p – 6p ET
Sat, 7/28: CBS 3p – 6p ET
Sun, 7/29: CBS 3p – 6p ET

Champions Tour

Senior (British) Open Championship, Turnberry Ailsa Course, Turnberry, Scotland

Senior Open TV Schedule

Thu, 7/26: ESPN2 12p – 2p ET
Fri, 7/27: ESPN2 12p – 2p ET
Sat, 7/28: ESPN 12p – 2p ET
Sun, 7/29: ESPN2 12p – 2p ET


Evian Masters, Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France

Evian Masters TV Schedule

Jul 26 – Golf Channel 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST
Jul 27 – Golf Channel 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST
Jul 28 – Golf Channel 1:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
Jul 29 – Golf Channel 6:00 AM-11:00 AM EST

First Look: Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Categories: Golf ApparelSite News

Casual golf shoes are the rage no doubt.  I’ve got another pair in for review this week, this time from Ecco.  These are the BIOM “Hybrid” golf shoes.

Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoes

Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoes – Click to zoom or see more images

The sales points on these shoes are obviously the street shoe appeal, very soft leather uppers and of course some very cool looks.  The photos and the article here can’t possibly convey the softness of the leather on these shoes.  I find myself petting them uncontrollably… (more…)

Working On Putting Setup In The Kitchen

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Categories: Golf InstructionInstructionPro Tips

There are many training aids, alignment aids, devices and gadgets to help with putting.  Believe me, I know.  I trip over them all the time in my house.

Two of the most important parts of the putting setup are alignment and club head path.  If either is off, you will miss the putt no matter what.


One way I like to check my setup is simply by checking my stance and putter head alignment in the kitchen while making Greek chicken, Greek salad and sipping on a red.  I’ll use two different alignments on the kitchen tile.

First I’ll set up with my feet on one line, and put a dissecting line in the center of my stance.  I can check my foot alignment and club face alignment against the grout lines running perpendicular to my stance.

Putting In The Kitchen

Here I’m checking foot alignment and club head alignment…

Second, I’ll set up with the putter face at a four way intersection of the tiles.  There I can check the face alignment as well as try some strokes along the line.

Putting In The Kitchen

Use tile intersection to check face alignment and swing path…

I’m a bit of a “swinging door” putter, so the head won’t travel perfectly along the line, but it still helps visually.

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