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HOG World Tour Visits The Loop – Reversible Course at Forest Dunes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
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In an 18 hour period I played 36 holes on two golf different golf courses that were the same golf course. Sound confusing? I played the Red and Black courses which comprise Forest Dunes’ “The Loop.”

The Loop is a new course which was designed by golf architecture genius Tom Doak. It is one of three courses at Forest Dunes, in northern Michigan. The Loops is an 18 hole, par-70 course which plays one direction one day, and the opposite direction the next.

This reversible course quite a feat of engineering and creativity on the part of Doak, and I anticipate more and more golf courses will be doing this in the future. Two courses, same acreage.


I’m still mentally processing my rounds on the Loop for a future full blown review after I return from this current World Tour event in Michigan. Stay tuned. If you have questions about The Loop and/or Forest Dunes, let me know.


HOG World Tour Visits Forest Dunes Weiskopf Course

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 21st, 2017
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Forest Dunes is a golf resort in northern Michigan you should definitely put on your golf bucket list. There are four courses on the property, if you count The Loop, which is a reversible course by Tom Doak. Yesterday morning I had the thill of taking on the Forest Dunes Weiskopf course and oh what a beauty she is. I would have made a blog post about this Tour stop sooner, but the resort is quite remote and there’s not much connectivity there. Plus, I spent most of my time there golfing, eating, and sleeping in between.

I can’t quite recall if I’ve played a Weiskopf course before this one, but I must take my HOG hat off and salute Tom for such a fantastic design. Tired and a bit jet lagged I still managed it around in 80 without losing a ball, and there are massive forest areas everywhere one can do that.

The greens were spectacular and terrifyingly fast. It took quite a bit of skill, patience and green reading to navigate them.

I’ll be posting a full review of the Forest Dunes Weiskopf course here in the near future. I’m still in northern Michigan on a golf press trip which will last another five days or so which isn’t giving me much time to write or process images. Stay tuned. Until then enjoy some Forest Dunes photos.

Above: dew sweeping.

Below: panorama showing the 19th hole. Yes there is a 19th hole.


Craftsman Golf Head Covers

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 14th, 2017
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Old-school leather style head covers are the hot ticket right now in the golf accessories world.  There are some very nice ones out there, some which fetch a hefty price.  On the less expensive side and less smug is Craftsman head covers.  These are Chinese made (don’t sigh, 99.9% of golf stuff is made in China).  I’ve played most of the 2017 season with these head covers and they look like brand new and are not wearing out in the slightest.

My Set

My set includes a driver, 3-metal, hybrid, and blade putter cover as shown in the picture below.

On The Course

On the course I find the Craftsman head covers to work well and do their primary job, protect my golf clubs.  They are solid, well made, and durable.  I’m not sure if the colors in my set are supposed to be from the American flag though. The blue is more of a black.

Conclusion

I can’t write a detailed 2,000 word review on golf head covers. Suffice it to say that Craftsman Golf makes solid and simple head covers, including full customizing options. I’d love to see what they could do with some Hooked on Golf Blog logos on there.

I need a head cover to do three jobs: Show up, keep up, shut up. Oh sorry, that’s a caddie’s job.  I need head covers to protect my expensive golf investment. I need them to be easy to use. I need them to be durable and light weight. Finally, I need them to look decent.  Craftsman Golf’s covers cover all the bases, and all the clubs.

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First Look: Healing Sole Heel Pain Relief Flip Flops

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
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You’re probably asking, “WTF do heel pain relief flip flops have to do with golf?”  In my case quite a bit.  Last year while “training” for my 3rd Scotland golf trip, I completely overdid it on shoes with low arches and gave myself plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition in the heel and arch of the foot which is caused by lack of arch support in shoes, among other things.  Fast forward a year later, and now I have a new pair of flip flops that aren’t the typical flat ones.  These are designed to treat, alleviate pain, and promote overall better foot health.

In the high heat of summer here I never wear shoes and socks, especially after walking 10 miles and sweating like crazy.  I’m always in flip flops apres golf.  I’m just about to start “testing” these flip flops now. Yes, it is hard work but someone has to do it.  These incredible golf and lifestyle reviews don’t write themselves.

Stay tuned for my review of the Healing Sole soon.


Forté Golf Tour-Performance S Golf Ball Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 7th, 2017
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I recently reviewed the 6-layer golf ball from Forté Golf, an Australian based company.  That’s the first of two golf ball models from Forté Golf.  Today’s review is the Tour-Performance S model.  This is a ball with a different construction than their 6-layer, but still focuses on “tour” performance.  What does that mean? We hear “tour” all the time when referring to golf equipment, especially golf balls.  Tour typically means high short game spin and a soft urethane type of cover for control in the short game.  Let’s take a look at the Tour-Performance S.

Tour-Performance S Overview

The Tour-Performance S is a 3-layer ball, often referred to as 3-piece construction.  The layers are the core, mantle, and cover. Each layer has specific properties and materials designed specifically for performance characteristics throughout the various shots.  Golf ball construction is tough.  Lower spin rates are great for longer distance and accuracy with the long clubs.  But higher spin rate is desired for shorter shots. That high spin provides bite and control.

The core primarily gives the ball its compression, and feel off the driver. The core of the Tour Performance S is soft and produces a low spin rate with the driver.  The mantle blends the core with the cast urethane cover.  The urethane cover provides the ball’s feel and control in short game shots, even putting.

On The Course

Tee

Driving with the TPS is excellent.  I love the softer core. I’m able to hit this ball as far most brand name tour quality balls. Just yesterday I was in a tournament in high winds and was still able to hit some long drives which held their line nicely.  I even got to put my name on the long drive sign, but that didn’t last long I’m sure.

Approach

The soft core and urethane cover make for great feeling shots with the irons.  Longer irons compress well and my accuracy with them is great. Shorter irons and especially wedges stop on a dime and leave 7 cents change. In my last round I nearly holed out two shots from roughly 100 yards. Quite sure one lipped out.  Nice to have a 10 inch birdie putt now and then.

Green

Short game shots, chipping and pitching around the green are huge beneficiaries of the urethane cover.  I feel like I have total control and stopping power with my wedges.

Putting the S is terrific as well.  It rolls true and is very easy to control distance.

Durability

One problem “tour” balls have is durability. It’s contradictory to have a soft cover and high durability. That said the TPS is very durable. I’ve played one ball for 2-3 rounds and it barely shows any wear.

Conclusion

The ultimate golf ball has low spin with the driver and high spin on shorter shots.  The S performs highly on both ends of the spectrum and easily competes with tour caliber balls from the big name brands.


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