2013 was quite a year for Hooked On Golf Blog and me, Tony Korologos. This article is part one of two (part two tomorrow), looking back at 2013 from at HOG viewpoint.
Ah the beginning of a new year and the hopes that my short game would improve. There’s always 2014…
Rory McIlory switched to Nike Golf. Personal issues, business issues, and perhaps the equipment switch would contribute to a less-than-satisfying year on the course for Rory.
Attended the PGA Show for the billionth time. Orlando hates me and my body. Had a great time seeing the new gear, meeting old golf friends and battling in the Battle of the Golf Blogs.
February I posted a bunch of golf videos from the PGA Merchandise Show.
Asher Golf’s James Roundy, a local friend, passed. Sad.
The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Bogota, Colombia. What a fantastic trip! I got to play golf with Web.com Tour star Kevin Foley in the Web.com Tour Colombia Championship Pro-Am. Kevin would later gain his PGA Tour card for 2014! He must have learned from my dual chicken wing granny over the top swing.
While in Colombia I played golf at La Cima Golf Course, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. Wow. Ball go far.
Met Web.com Tour player Dusty Fielding. Nice kid.
A fun blog post was “Filtering Out the Noise: Golf Social Networking’s Top 10 Overused Status Updates.”
I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell driver.
Bubba’s Hover was the video rage. Bubba Watson released a golf cart hovercraft!
Of course, April is Masters month. Not a month is busier for me or HOG. Lots of Masters related articles. Adam Scott won the Masters in dramatic fashion. Angel Cabrera hit what I consider the shot of the year with his approach on the final hole to about two feet. That shot resulted in a birdie to tie Adam Scott and force a playoff.
I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell irons.
Ecco Golf came out with hybrid wingtip shoes. Some of the coolest crossover shoes ever.
Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it is what they do). Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods had a little tiff which the media went into a feeding frenzy over. Sergio eventually apologized for some not-so-nice comments.
HOG poll results told us that Delta Airlines is the worst airline for golf travel.
Good thing Adam Scott won the Masters when he did. The USGA and R&A announced the ban on anchored golf clubs, beginning January 1st, 2016. Bye bye belly.
Eric/Tom sent in some great fan mail, calling me an “asshole who sucks at golf and couldn’t break 100” all because of a golf bag I reviewed. Thanks Eric/Tom!
I fell down a volcano and suffered volcanic road rash. Thankfully my Nikon survived.
I played in the Salt Lake Amateur golf tournament. I was right in the mix through 27 holes until my back went out on the 10th tee. I finished, but the last nine was not pretty. Bugger. Kill me.
HOG readers voted Southwest Airlines as the best airline for golf travel by a landslide.
I reviewed a very cool book: An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course.
Posted an article on golf CHEATERS. That’s what sandbaggers are.
Justin Rose won the U.S. Open in amazing fashion. That was one of the best ball striking displays I’ve ever seen.
On June 30, I boarded an airplane bound for St. Andrews, Scotland.
This is fun. FootJoy has been sending weekly “mystery boxes” which contain very interesting clues to a new technological innovation. It’s quite obvious at this point, if it was not already, that this innovation is in the world of golf shoes.
FootJoy NitroThin TPU Outsole
Today’s more obvious mystery item is the sole of a new golf shoe which features a “NitroThin TPU Outsole.” That was going to be my first guess.
This thermoplastic urethane outsole has been in development for several years.
Below my son Seve is helping me with the analysis of this NitroThin TUP thermoplastic urethane outsole.
“Dad, this outsole features a thermoplastic urethane.”
Master Seve wisely pointed out that urethane is also the same material found in the covers of premium “tour” caliber golf balls like the Titleist ProV1.
Nice call Seve. Nice call.
FootJoy Mystery Box #2
FootJoy Mystery Box #1
Clue #2 with regards the “new FootJoy innovation” arrived at my door this morning. This is box number two of five. Inside was an interesting object, made from a couple of different materials.
FootJoy Mystery Box #2
See this post for clue #1.
Well now this is fun. A mystery box came in to day from FootJoy. Normally boxes which come from FJ are in the size of shoe boxes. This one was not. It was about three by five by five inches.
Inside was a mystery “object” which is about seven inches long and shaped somewhat like a bat. One side is textured, as can be seen in the photo.
FootJoy Mystery Box 1
A small card in the box says “We would like to invite you to experience the next innovation from FootJoy over the coming weeks… piece-by-piece from the inside out!”
piece clue number one…
In for review is the new Street EVO One hybrid golf shoe from Ecco Golf.
Ecco Street EVO One Shoe
I’ll be putting these in play as soon as possible, as in when the snow melts. Stay tuned for my review, hopefully very soon.