2020 Golf Pride MCC Teams Hybrid Grips – Which Color is Your Team?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
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The Golf Pride MCC grip is the #1 hybrid grip on tour.  These grips are a hybrid rubber/cord grip which combines the best performance characteristics of each material. Here’s the whole color spectrum, representing color schemes for most sports teams.

The upper hand area of the grip is brushed cotton cord and the the lower part of the grip is a high performance rubber material.  The cord portion naturally gives the player a solid grip and control in all weather conditions while the rubber portion provides feel and responsiveness.

Summary

All weather control – cord style wicks away moisture to help prevent slipping.

Max surface texture – “Pebbled” texture increases surface area, increasing control of the club.

Firm feel – Grip provides firm, responsive feel and a high level of feedback. “Feedback” is the vibration and audible sound translated from the club to the golfer.

Team Colors

After careful analysis my team color is the red and black grip, just right of center.  This matches well the Utah Utes crimson red.

Which color matches your team?


HandiMagnet is Great Golf Accessory for Mounting Gloves, Towels, Cigars

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, June 12th, 2020
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I get so many useless golf gadgets in for review that it’s a big deal when I receive an actual useful one! Well here’s the big deal, the HandiMagnet.  HandiMagnet is a small golf accessory which an incredibly strong magnet on one end, and a multi-function clamp on the other.

Glove/Towel/Paper

The first clamp, seen lower right on the image above, is for gloves, towels, or even papers like scorecards or pin sheets.  Simply attach the super magnet to your push cart or golf cart frame, then hang the glove/towel/paper from the other.  The accessory airing out and drying sweaty gloves.  Take the glove off and hang it on the HandiMagnet while driving the cart or pushing a trolley down the fairway and let the glove air out in the sun and wind.

I’ve used the clamp to hang a pin sheet and have it right up in front of my face on a golf cart. Super convenient.

Cigar Holder

I’ve been known to enjoy a few stogies on the golf course.  One pain when golfing is finding a place to put that cigar. With the 2nd mount (middle of first photo above) one can make any metal object an instant cigar holder.  Below my 4-iron has been converted from a club that’s hard to hit, to a club that provides me convenient access to my Romeo Y Julieta.

Bonus Function – Club Loft Checker

An old golf trick to help a player understand the launch angle of a club is to stick a golf tee on the face of the club.  The tee points to the angle of the shot.  A golfer can use that in practice or on the course (against the rules) to see if a shot will clear an obstacle like a tree.  Sometimes golfers will use some chewing gum to stick the tee to the club.

A bonus with the HandiMagnet is this unit can be used as an easy loft checker.  The magnet is so strong it will not come off even during a full swing.  I tried it and couldn’t get it to budge.

Final Thoughts

Father’s Day is coming up quick! HandiMagnet is a super choice for dad, at a mere $13.99. Get one for dad and one for yourself and still have enough money left over to buy a frosty beverage at the cafe after your next round.


Weatherman Golf Umbrella Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
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It has been raining here in northern Utah for about four straight weeks. Not just a light rain either. It has been pouring.  To you locals here I apologize. It is my fault. You see, I bought new patio furniture and a new grill for the summer.  Since the day I bought it, it has been raining non-stop.

Fortunately for me I’m dealing with the rain in style with my new Weatherman golf umbrella, which arrived about 3 weeks ago.  Perfect timing. I’ve had it in use for days and days and I’ve been extremely impressed.  Let’s take a look at the basic features of this umbrella, including its “mobile experience.”

Weatherman Golf Umbrella Features

Size! I’m using the 62 inch model.  It is quite large and covers a ton of area. The width would easily cover caddie and player.  Weatherman makes 68 inch model as well.

The construction of this umbrella is like a BMW crossed with a tank. It’s so solid, well built, high performance, and extremely attractive.  The skeleton of the umbrella is made from industrial-strength fiberglass. The fabric is coated in Teflon to repel water. The handle is beefy and comfortable.

The fabric section is a dual layer design, which helps the umbrella bust the wind. In fact, this umbrella can withstand winds up to 55 mph. 55 mph should be plenty for any golfer to survive a round in extreme rain and wind, except perhaps Scottish chaps.  55 is but a “wee breeze” in Scotland.

A simple and smooth auto-open feature is activated by a button on the handle. It opens quickly.  Closing is manual, and couldn’t be easier.

On the underneath of the umbrella is a mesh pocket for storing personal items.

Never thought I’d see the day, but this umbrella comes with its own “mobile experience.” First theres a bluetooth tracker (round item in photo below) which helps the owner track down the umbrella when it is misplaced, or stolen.  Second, the Weatherman app will keep you up to date on pending rain and remind you when to have the umbrella ready.

Ryder Cup

Weatherman was the maker of the 2018 USA Ryder Cup team umbrellas.  Unfortunately those models now appear to be sold out.

Gift Idea

The Weatherman umbrella would make a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays or Christmas.

Final Thoughts

This is the best golf umbrella I’ve ever used. With about 15 years of golf blogging under my belt so far, I’ve tested many.

Every element of this umbrella is well thought out, superbly designed, and manufactured with the highest of standards.


Lynx Power Tune Men’s Complete 11 Piece Golf Club Set With Cart Bag

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
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Golf is expensive on just about every front, from green fees to apparel to equipment. Golf clubs are getting crazy costly. $400, $500+ for a driver!  Iron sets regularly top $1000.  Most fairways and hybrids fetch in the $200 range.  Wedges are often $100 and up.  Equipping a first time golfer with all new gear could like this could run thousands.

I don’t recommend beginner and/or golfers with low budgets buy expensive new clubs at first.  I often point people who inquire about budget golf clubs to the used bin or the classified section. There can be some great deals on clubs there. Clubs which have many good shots left in them.

Until Lynx Golf reached out to me to review the Power Tune complete set, I had no idea I could point golfers with these budgetary needs to a brand spanking new set which includes wedges, putter and even a nice cart bag!  Price? Under $175. That’s insane. Check it out.

Included

  • 460cc titanium driver
  • 3-Fairway Metalwood
  • 4-Hybrid
  • Irons, 5-iron through sand wedge
  • Mallet Putter
  • Cart Bag with five pockets, umbrella holder, towel clip, carrying strap
  • Uniflex graphite shafts, ideal launch characteristics for the target golfer
  • Black rubber compound Lynx grips

Driver

460cc’s is the max allowable driver size.  This 460cc driver is made of high strength titanium and has a 10.5 degree loft.

A decal on the top of the driver helps the golfer with ball position/alignment.

Fairway

The fairway metalwood features 15 degrees of loft, making it a standard 3-metal. This club is made from premium stainless steel and has the same alignment marking as the driver.

4-Hybrid

It’s great that the set comes with a 4-hybrid, rather than a 3 and/or 4-iron.  3 & 4-irons are very hard to hit.  Hybrids are far easier and launch the ball much higher.

Irons

The irons are forgiving and lightweight.

The head design and weighting helps golfers get the ball launched higher and easier.

Sand Wedge

It’s cool that this set comes with a sand wedge.  Most sets like this don’t come with one.

This wedge is a modern design with the proper bounce to help golfers get the ball out of the sand more easily.  The sand wedge in this set will also be a good short game club for anything under around 100 yards.

Putter

The included putter is a solid feeling mallet style putter.

The putter swings smoothly and consistently, and includes alignment lines, dot, and visuals to help the golfer setup properly.

Critiques

The one missing item with this set is a putter cover.

Golf Bag

The cart bag is lightweight and water resistant.

There are five pockets, two which are large pockets for apparel. The three smaller pockets are good for accessories, golf balls, and personal items.  The bag includes an umbrella holder, towel clip and a cart friendly strap system.

Final Thoughts

This package is available exclusively on WalMart.com. It’s only $174.99. That’s an amazingly affordable price for what is included.  What a great way to get someone started, or replace an old set.  Father’s Day is coming up soon and you could hook dad up with an entire new golf rig for less than half of the cost of a $400 driver!


First Look: Puma Golf Men’s Breezer Golf Shirt – Polo Meets Beach

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 18th, 2019
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Puma Golf is making some cool new golf shirts that are a cross between a polo and a button down beach shirt.  They’re part of the “Play Loose” collection.  Here’s a first look at one of two new ones HOG will be reviewing below. Say hello to the Breezer Golf Shirt.

The Breezer works tucked or untucked (better untucked).  The 91% polyester 9% elastane fabric is super soft and comfortable.

I just cracked this shirt open today and I’m looking forward to giving it a full wear test. Stay tuned for the full HOG review soon.

It’s not too early to think about Father’s Day. I can already guarantee dad will love a Puma Golf Breezer Golf Shirt.


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