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Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
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I will be at the PGA Merchandise Show this year once again.  Send me a note via email (if you know my email), or use the site contact page to send me a message and I’ll try to arrange a visit with you at the show.

I’m going to be doing things a little different this year.  In analyzing the way the shows have gone for me in the past I’ve decided to try some new things.

No Paper

Every year at the show I bring back about 100 pounds worth of catalogs, photos, booklets and all sorts of printed promotional materials.  Honestly, when I do my research for articles, I never use those “paper” materials.  I always go online and look for the information digitally.  Those papers sit in my office for about six months, then I recycle them.

This year I’ll be only accepting business cards and small digital files on flash drives or CD/DVD.  I will get my info all via the web.

Thursday & Friday Only

The last few years, Saturday at the show is quite a bust.  So many people are hung over and tired from the show that not a lot of work gets done that day.  In fact, surprisingly after all the expense and preparation that goes into the show, many people start packing their booths up half way through the day.

Because of those reasons, I’ve decided to cut my trip a day shorter and come home Saturday night instead of Sunday night.  I will not be at the show Saturday.  I plan on kicking ass Thursday and Friday, and kicking the asses of my fellow bloggers on some Orlando golf course Saturday.

No Set Appointment Times

I’ve gone through a lot of hard work in shows past to schedule appointments.   I’d bet that 50% of those appointments never happened.   Due to my going over on time with appointments, or showing up to appointments with people at their booths only to find that they are busy, I’ve decided to NOT book a set schedule.  I plan on walking the whole floor and getting to everyone on my list, but not via set times.  If we have a really important meeting, like if Greg Norman wants to talk to me, then I’ll set up an appointment for that.


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.

January

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

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

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

April

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.

May

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.

June

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.

July

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.

 

August

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.

September

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

October

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!

November

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.

Palmilla

December

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!


Sydney Love Women’s Golf Handbags

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf For WomenGolf GearReviews

Women have all the fun when it comes to golf accessorizing. In fact, I think some women enjoy accessorizing more than they do actually playing golf.  Take these Sydney Love Women’s Golf Handbags below.  They’re imprinted with a golf shoe pattern so they look cool and fun, but they’re also very well made and useful.  To view bigger images, go to my Sydney Love Gallery or click the images to go to their Amazon pages.

Sydney Love Golf Satchel

The Sydney Love Golf Satchel Sydney Love Golf Satchel (right) is a fun and functional large handbag.

The bag features a zip pocket on one side and an outer pocket on the other side, as well as a detachable lady golf shoe keychain (not pictured).   By the way, the green heart shown above I do not believe comes with this purse.  I may be wrong on that.  But I just attached it for fun…

The inside of this bag has one large zippered pocket for loose items, as well as two pockets with no zippers (cell phones, iPods etc).

Sydney Love Cosmetic Bag

The Sydney Love Golf Cosmetic Bag/Ball Holder (right) has a front zippered pocket on one side and the top is zippered as well.

This bag is designed for cosmetics, but works great for golf balls too. For me, it would be good for putting iPods, iPhones, headphones and adapters inside.

There is also one zippered pocket on the inside of this bag.

Sydney Love Across The Body Bag

Finally there’s the Across The Body Bag (right).  This bag has two front zipper pockets with golf ball zipper pulls, and one back zipper pocket with the same golf ball zipper pulls.

The liner of this bag (and the other bags for that matter) is the standard Sydney Love polka dot fabric, green background with lighter dots.

Inside this bag are two pockets for cell phones or accessories, plus a zippered pocket.


Lady Classic Golf Gloves

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, November 8th, 2010
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf For WomenGolf GearReviews

I’ve been receiving a lot of women’s golf accessory submissions lately.  Though I can’t (or perhaps shouldn’t) wear them, I’ll still try to do my best to review them a bit and take some photos.  I’ll see if I can get some of them in the golf bags of lady golfers (or even lady golf bloggers) I know.

Lady Classic Golf Gloves

Lady Classic makes many different models of golf gloves for women. The unique qualities of these gloves is that they offer UV filtering to provide skin protection and a longer lasting suntan.  Since the gloves allow the hand to be tanned, ladies don’t have to walk around with a nice tan and a white hand which doesn’t match!  The SPF 10 gloves also provides cooling to keep the hands free of moisture.

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FayZee Putterflys – Necklace & Ball Marker

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf For WomenGolf GearGolf LifestyleReviews

Wow this is a really neat product for women, or guys like me who like girly shiny things and don’t care if my buddies make fun of me when I use them… I digress.

FayZee’s are crystal ball markers, which also magnetically attach to a necklace. They come in many unique colors and patterns and also include a carrying pouch which matches the marker.

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