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2019 First Major Contest Winner Announcement

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 15th, 2019
Categories: Contests/GiveawaysPGA TourPro GolfThe MastersTiger Woods

Thanks to Golf Pride for joining up with HOG for our 2019 “First Major” giveaway. The contest involved picking the winner of the Masters, who also plays Golf Pride grips. The response was great, and as expected many people picked Tiger Woods. Yes, Tiger does in fact play Golf Pride, as 80% of the PGA Tour does. Even more impressive than the 80% is that Golf Pride doesn’t sponsor players. That 80% is voluntary!

Drumroll please…

The winner of the 13 limited edition Golf Pride grips and cool T-shirt is “Todd” on twitter. Woot! Congratulations Todd. We will be pinging you for your shipping information!

Thanks to all “patrons” who participated.

HOG and Golf Pride “First Major” Giveaway

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 5th, 2019
Categories: Contests/GiveawaysGolf AccessoriesGolf GearPro GolfThe Masters

I play Golf Pride grips. 80% of the PGA TOUR follows my lead, despite not getting paid by Golf Pride. That’s the sign of a really great product.  I love the Align technology for my full swing clubs, and for my putter I game the TOUR SNSR.

I haven’t been one for doing a lot of contests and giveaways in the past, but I thought I’d change that up a bit and do a giveaway in honor of the 2019 Masters Tournament.  I worked out a gift package with Golf Pride featuring 13 Limited Edition “First Major” MCC ALIGN Grips and the t-shirt pictured below.

The grips and shirt in this package are not available for sale, anywhere. Only a few select Tour players have them, and of course the soon-to-be winner of the 2019 HOG/Golf Pride “First Major” contest.


I can’t just give these incredible grips and t-shirt away to anyone. I need to make the winner work for it. Here’s how to win them:

  1. On Twitter, make sure you follow @HOGGOLFBLOG and @golfpridegrips
  2. Retweet any HOG “First Major” contest tweet with your pick for the Masters winner. The player must be a Golf Pride user.

The winner will be announced the day after the Masters Tournament concludes.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen at random.

Happy tweeting and GOOD LUCK!

New Golf Pride Grips for 2019

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf Gear

Here’s a quick look at what’s new for Golf Pride Grips in 2019, wrapped up in a nice package from Golf Pride.

The Tour Velvet Plus has a larger lower hand, which promotes more power in the swing.

The MCC Align is a unique hybrid between rubber and cord, and offers a red or green Align strip to help the golfer with alignment.

The ZGrip Align is a cord grip with Golf Pride’s Align technology. I may put these in play for moist conditions when I need more gripping power.

The two putter grips on the right are the new Tour SNSR Contour Pro, in 104cc and 140cc.  I’ve been wrapping my hands around these and they feel terrific.  I’ve been gaming the Tour SNSR for nearly three years now. Might be time to switch.


Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align Golf Grip Review

Golf Pride Tour SNSR Putter Grip Review

Review: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align Golf Grips

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Categories: Golf EquipmentGolf For WomenGolf GearReviews

I take my golf reviews seriously and spend a lot of time with equipment reviews.  This isn’t a “put one grip on one club and hit five balls on the range” review like one might find on lesser golf blogs! I’ve now had the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align golf grips on my entire gamer set for 10 weeks.  I play an average of 3-4 rounds per week. During that 10 weeks I’ve experienced everything from freezing cold, humid, rain, and the last few weeks super hot and dry conditions.  I’m not a glove wearer, so my connection and dependence on good grips is even more critical. If my hands slip, it’s bad news. Let’s take a look at these grips and how they have, and continue to fare.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Golf Pride Tour Velvet is the #1 grip played on worldwide golf tours.  It features a scientifically designed non-slip surface pattern with plus sign textures. The texture helps pull moisture away from the surface and reduce slipping.  The rubber material used to manufacture the grip is optimized for feel and playability.

The “Align” portion of the grip is quite interesting.  There’s a red portion of the grip which is positioned on the bottom side and runs the length of the grip.  When the grip is installed on the shaft, this ridge rises up slightly.  The raised ridge will be perfectly lined up with the club face if the grip is installed properly.  The golfer can feel this ridge in the grip and can associate the club face position and alignment with an actual tactile feel.


Size Weight Core Size
Standard 52g 60 ALIGN
Midsize 63.5g 60 ALIGN

On The Course

It was interesting feeling the Align ridge the first time I used the grips. Knowing that the ridge was aligned with the club face helped me be aware of the position of the face through different parts of the swing. Over time the ridge has become part of my normal feel and setup. I don’t notice it much now, but will take note if my setup wanders or I feel like I’m not aligned properly.

As I mentioned, I don’t wear golf gloves. I can feel my connection to the grip in all parts of my hand and I seemingly lose a lot of control and distance if any part of my grip slips. Even in sweaty (a.k.a. nervous/high pressure) situations I found the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align grips to be super sticky and responsive. The surface of these grips is superb. In damp morning conditions or rain I’ve not had any slippage issues.

Final Thoughts

The golf grip connects the golfer to the club. It’s a crucial piece of golf equipment.  The Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip insures distance control, power, accuracy, and proper feel.  Adding the Align feature to the equation gives more confidence, feedback, and proper setup to the golfer for even better results.


Review: Golf Pride Tour SNSR Putter Grip


First Look: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align Golf Grips

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentGolf For WomenGolf Gear

It’s about time I got a better grip on my golf game and I’m happy to report that I’ve got some new Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align grips in for review.

The red line you see is a ridge that rises when the grips are installed.  At first I thought the ridge would go on the top of the club for a visual alignment aid. But the ridge extends down the back of the grip and helps the player with hand alignment via feel.

I play a couple of rounds in the next few days, then I’ll be having my old grips removed and the Tour Velvet Align grips installed.  I’m looking forward to testing these for the next weeks and months.  I’m very anxious to see how their performance in wet conditions is. My old grips were great, but when my hands were sweaty or during rain, they became very slippery.

Stay tuned for the full HOG review soon.

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