Wilson 8802 Putter Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf For WomenGolf GearReviews
Wilson 8802 Putter

Wilson 8802 Putter – click to zoom

(In the voice of Tom Hanks) Wiiilllson!!!

The Wilson 8802 putter has been at the center of numerous major championships and great victories on many professional tours.  The 8802 design has been seen in use by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, and Phil Mickelson.  The Wilson 8802 is one of the all-time greats.  It has stood the test of time and today is still a great putting choice.  Let’s take a look at the Wilson 8802 putter.


The 8802 is a heel-shafted blade putter.  In english, the shaft is attached to the end of a thin putter head.  This is perhaps one of the most popular designs in the history of putters.   There’s a reason it is so popular, it works.

The head is milled from 304 stainless steel, a fairly soft metal.  The softness produces great feel and feedback for the player, and helps the player control distance.

To perform well on modern greens and modern green speeds, the head weighs in at 335 grams.

The face of the 8802 features some precise milling patterns which are designed to produce a true and straight roll. See photo below:

milled putter face

Milled face on the 8802 Putter – click to zoom


Standing over this putter the player is not distracted by busy and complex designs, nutty shapes, or fancy graphic art.  The look is as clean as clean could be.

The slightly matted silver finish is easy on the eyes and does not produce annoying glare which more shiny putters can produce on sunny days.


The soft 304 metal helps the putter produce a nice feel, which gives the player great feedback.  Off-center putts still roll well and true, but the putter’s feedback will let the player know the shot was not on the center of the face.  Center-face putts are butter.

On The Course

I’m normally a heel-toe weighted, center-shafted or center-axis-shafted putter player.  So I figured the balance and weighting of this blade putter would be problematic for me.  Not the case.  Somehow, despite being a heel-shafted blade, the balance of the putter is fantastic.  I never had an issue with keeping the face square at impact.

The face milling helps roll the ball pure and right on line.  There were never any surprises with regards to the roll or the line.


In its simplicity, there’s no alignment line on the top of the putter to indicate the sweet spot and line up the ball.  There’s an element of doubt when I line up as I’m not 100% sure I’m lined up on the right spot.

The putter is only available in 35″ versions, right handed.  Sorry lefties or short people!  I’m not tall and I have long arms, so 34″ putters or even shorter is good for me.  Because the 8802 is 35 inches I have to choke down quite a bit to perform my natural stroke.

Wilson 8802 Putter

Wilson 8802 Putter

Head Cover

One of my pet peeves is head covers.  At least 18 times per golf round the player will interact with the putter cover.  The last thing I want is a crappy cover which does not protect the most important stick in my bag.  Even worse is when that cover is hard to use.

The included head cover for the Wilson Golf 8802 Putter is very sharp looking and does its job well.  The putter is well padded and protected from dings.  The soft metal in the putter makes it even more susceptible to such dings and dents from other clubs in the bag.

The cover seals via Velcro, which I’m not a big fan of. Velcro wears out over time. A better solution would be a magnetic seal. Even better would be a design which uses no magnets or Velcro.


The reasonably priced $179 Wilson Staff 8802 Putter is the most expensive putter in Wilson Golf’s lineup and for good reason.  It is a fantastic putter with great feel and performance.  The 8802 design is a proven winner through decades of victories by some of the world’s greatest putters.

2014 PGA Championship Commentary – Choo Choo! Hop on the Rory McIlory Bandwagon!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 11th, 2014
Categories: PGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods

I have now watched TV for a third time this year, during the PGA Championship. The first two times were the Masters and the Open Championship. I live a sheltered, golf blogger life I suppose.

I’ve considered the PGA Championship to be the red-headed stepchild of the major tournaments, but the finish this year was more exciting than the other three majors. All that despite a hoaky golf course in Valhalla which seemed to strictly dictate playing strategy on many holes, leaving no room for creativity by the players.

Rory McIlroy NikeChoo Choo! Hop on the McIlory bandwagon!

Hop aboard the Rory McIlory bandwagon with me! I’m a fan! The McIlroy era has begun. Watch the golf media go all ape gaga over Rory now as Tiger fades. They’ll latch onto him like a baby monkey latches onto its mother. Soon we will be reading all the “will Rory break Jack’s major record?” drivel from the scribes. Quote me on it. Book it. So predictable.

The 2014 PGA Championship was a great major win for Rory because he found himself behind by two shots midway through the round. He found a way to come back and win by two shots. A different win than his previous front-running style wins.

Hard not to like this kid. He is still a kid, but growing up fast. There’s something authentic about Rory. He’s not a mercenary robot like Tiger Woods was. He has a human quality to him and an open, perhaps slightly naive quality to him. This makes him much more likable than Tiger ever was. Time will tell if the endless stupid media questions and taking what he says out of context will sour that likable human aspect. I hope not.

Rickie Fowler

I’ve poked fun at Rickie Fowler for quite some time now. For a few years now, this kid has been more well known for his apparel style than his golf game. That has changed as has my opinion. In EVERY major this year Fowler has been right there, even had a chance to win. I respect that. He’ll get one.

Phil Mickelson

Phil has had a very lackluster season so far. I was pleased to see Phil bring it this past weekend and he produced some great drama, even tying for the lead for a bit. Ironically it was his short game failing him on the 16th hole Sunday, which led to a bogey which put him one back of McIlory.

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson had a share of the lead for a bit. When he three putted I ducked, and I’m 2,000 miles from Valhalla. Stenson is a ticking time bomb and I wonder what he destroyed after yesterday’s round. Still, he’s an amazing player. Just ask his accountant.

Lee Westwood

I like Lee Westwood. He had the lead after the first round. But I’m not sure he can get over the hump and win a major championship. Maybe he hung around too much with Colin Montgomerie?

Bubba Watson

I missed much of this. Apparently Bubba Watson had some not-so worthy f-bombs which fell in earshot of not only the TV microphones, but small children. His behavior was enough to warrant many articles and commentary, and an apology on Twitter.

Dustin Johnson

DJ took a leave of absence before the PGA to work out personal issues. Many rumors and articles cited a suspension for drug use but the PGA Tour denied DJ was suspended. Sounds like a self-imposed suspension.

You are a reflection of who you hang out with. ‘Nuff said.

Tiger Woods

Will Tiger Break Jack’s record? I might break your jaw if you ask that question one more time…

Tiger Woods

Last but not least Tiger Woods. After withdrawing from the WGC Bridgestone the previous week and almost crawling to his courtesy car, Tiger was back at the PGA and was there to “win.” He did not win. He did not make the cut after shooting consecutive rounds of 74.

Many pundits are theorizing that he came back from back surgery too soon. Tiger insisted he was 100% healthy. Sounds to me like he’s floating down the river of de-Nile.

I’m not sure what to make of Tiger these days. Part of me thinks he should retire now, or at least take the rest of 2014 off and get healthy.

Final Thoughts

The PGA Championship marks a little bit of a sad day. It is symbolic of the golf season winding down. Summer is more than half over and soon here in northern Utah the snow will be flying and the golf clubs will be shelved for months.

I’ve been thinking of quitting golf lately, but if I’m going to I’d like to do it on my own terms, when I’m pissed off at it!
Right now I’m suffering from a bad case of golfer’s elbow. That injury may bench me before the snow flies.

2014 PGA Championship TV Coverage – Bonus Channels for DirecTV Subscribers

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Categories: PGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods

DVR Alert!

Below is the PGA Championship TV schedule, along with information about bonus coverage and channels for DirecTV subscribers. For 24/7 coverage of Tiger Woods’s parking spot tune into Golf Channel.

2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Television Schedule

Thu,Aug 07 TNT 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Fri,Aug 08 TNT 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sat,Aug 09 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sat,Aug 09 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Sun,Aug 10 TNT 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET
Sun,Aug 10 CBS 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

Press Release From DirecTV

DIRECTV’s bonus coverage of major golf events concludes this year with the PGA Championship Experience, featuring professional golf’s last major, unfolding at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Aug. 7-10.

Teaming up with TNT and CBS, DIRECTV will offer golf action on its exclusive four-screen Mix Channel, and alongside, access to an interactive menu of apps for an instant view of player stats, bios, scorecards and tee times.

The PGA Championship Experience Mix Channel (701) includes: the main TNT/CBS broadcast (702); Featured Group One (703); Featured Group Two (704) and Featured Hole(705). Any four channels on the Mix can be tuned to full-screen. The live coverage schedule is: 1 p.m. to 7p.m. EDT Thursday and Friday on TNT; On Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT on TNT and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CBS; and on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT on TNT, and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on CBS.

Viewers who want more in-depth information on players and pairings can select the red button on their remote to bring up the following list of interactive features alongside the broadcast video: Player Scorecard offers key bioinfo, player headshots, scores and stats; Player Bio provides player biographies and their scorecards, and fans can add a player to their favorites list; Pairings and Tee Times displays all groups and tee times for the current round.

DIRECTV’s Mix Channel, interactive coverage includes all four of professional golf’s major tournaments along with select PGA tournaments this year. For more information visit: http://www.directv.com/sports/golf

Top 100 World Golf Ranking List – Rory McIlory Takes #1 Ranking From Adam Scott

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 4th, 2014
Categories: European TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods

There is no doubt who the #1 golfer in the world is right now, Rory McIlory. Below is the most recent official world golf ranking top 100 list. Most notably Rory McIlory moved to #1 after this past weekend’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational victory. Adam Scott dropped to #2 while surging Sergio Garcia moved up to #3.

Puzzlingly, Tiger Woods stayed at #10 after the WD at the Bridgestone. Woods is not playing top 10 or even top 100 golf right now.  Also interesting to note that Tiger Woods is tied for the lowest number of competitive rounds counted for this ranking (40).  What does that mean?  That meaning is up for debate.  For reference, McIlory’s ranking is computed based on 50 events.

This Week Last week Name Avg Points Total Points Points Lost Points Gained
1 2 Rory McIlroy 9.4077 470.38 -211.48 363.42
2 1 Adam Scott 9.2368 378.71 -188.00 173.28
3 5 Sergio Garcia 7.7803 381.23 -135.79 251.73
4 3 Henrik Stenson 7.6685 398.76 -190.20 111.47
5 4 Justin Rose 7.4602 380.47 -192.00 199.97
6 6 Matt Kuchar 6.7706 352.07 -165.55 197.77
7 7 Bubba Watson 6.6678 313.38 -115.32 266.39
8 8 Jim Furyk 6.4772 297.95 -117.67 197.43
9 9 Jason Day 6.1919 247.68 -109.84 124.86
10 10 Tiger Woods 5.9077 236.31 -249.75 6.57
11 11 Jordan Spieth 5.6858 272.92 -77.69 184.55
12 12 Martin Kaymer 5.3785 279.68 -72.14 210.93
13 13 Phil Mickelson 5.1451 246.96 -174.27 75.31
14 14 Zach Johnson 5.0157 260.82 -144.13 121.73
15 17 Graeme McDowell 4.9048 240.33 -140.36 120.38
16 15 Hideki Matsuyama 4.8810 209.88 -67.47 122.32
17 16 Dustin Johnson 4.8328 241.64 -126.15 137.25
18 18 Rickie Fowler 4.7877 248.96 -77.88 193.71
19 22 Charl Schwartzel 4.1714 216.92 -123.14 89.85
20 19 Jimmy Walker 4.1548 216.05 -78.03 164.97
21 23 Keegan Bradley 4.1462 215.60 -131.05 120.25
22 21 Victor Dubuisson 3.8801 170.72 -57.23 95.75
23 20 Steve Stricker 3.8790 155.16 -116.35 42.57
24 26 Thomas Bjorn 3.8414 195.91 -77.32 81.29
25 29 Patrick Reed 3.7627 191.90 -48.12 164.63
26 25 Luke Donald 3.7408 190.78 -137.85 95.15
27 24 Jason Dufner 3.7255 193.73 -141.39 76.29
28 27 Miguel A Jimenez 3.4786 160.02 -61.94 91.00
29 28 Ian Poulter 3.4601 169.54 -127.76 40.63
30 30 Webb Simpson 3.4043 177.02 -117.92 75.84
31 31 Stephen Gallacher 3.3499 174.19 -60.99 136.07
32 32 Jamie Donaldson 3.3319 173.26 -88.96 82.89
33 33 Thongchai Jaidee 3.2370 168.32 -68.07 104.19
34 34 Lee Westwood 3.1970 166.25 -112.35 87.01
35 36 Brandt Snedeker 3.1779 165.25 -149.98 61.34
36 38 Kevin Na 3.1517 126.07 -29.78 123.21
37 39 Ryan Moore 3.0938 154.69 -81.37 75.10
38 37 Bill Haas 3.0850 160.42 -90.71 77.21
39 51 Marc Leishman 3.0598 159.11 -57.61 122.10
40 35 Graham Delaet 3.0415 155.12 -72.28 78.76
41 40 Brendon Todd 2.9901 146.51 -22.95 121.03
42 41 Kevin Streelman 2.9174 151.71 -66.31 83.32
43 42 Francesco Molinari 2.8516 148.28 -81.24 84.19
44 43 Chris Kirk 2.7513 143.07 -58.13 93.82
45 44 Hunter Mahan 2.7322 142.07 -94.97 68.51
46 45 Jonas Blixt 2.6236 136.43 -68.42 72.32
47 46 Joost Luiten 2.5943 132.31 -56.66 68.88
48 47 Gary Woodland 2.5741 133.85 -47.92 68.51
49 49 Harris English 2.5669 133.48 -58.06 73.31
50 48 Matt Every 2.5567 132.95 -43.26 109.05
51 53 Matt Jones 2.5047 130.25 -37.86 88.97
52 54 Kevin Stadler 2.5042 130.22 -49.21 105.98
53 52 Angel Cabrera 2.4718 121.12 -44.04 70.42
54 50 Mikko Ilonen 2.4295 111.76 -40.64 78.30
55 57 John Senden 2.3938 124.48 -50.93 97.26
56 54 Louis Oosthuizen 2.3696 120.85 -116.89 83.67
57 56 Billy Horschel 2.3340 121.37 -65.69 50.40
58 58 Shane Lowry 2.2586 112.93 -48.83 72.11
59 59 Russell Henley 2.2441 116.69 -54.12 88.77
60 62 Ernie Els 2.2034 114.58 -115.69 46.31
61 65 J.B. Holmes 2.1722 86.89 -14.69 88.41
62 60 Koumei Oda 2.1691 108.46 -41.37 51.39
63 61 Ryan Palmer 2.1583 103.60 -45.94 84.64
64 63 Pablo Larrazabal 2.1294 110.73 -50.05 82.39
65 64 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 2.1065 109.54 -73.49 32.76
66 66 Brian Harman 2.0450 106.34 -32.85 86.34
67 67 Matteo Manassero 2.0306 105.59 -74.78 45.21
68 68 Charley Hoffman 2.0212 101.06 -43.45 65.92
69 69 George Coetzee 1.9876 99.38 -54.23 75.51
70 71 Bernd Wiesberger 1.9622 102.03 -61.71 44.87
71 70 Richard Sterne 1.9446 85.56 -58.98 27.59
72 72 K.J. Choi 1.9082 97.32 -40.81 72.14
73 73 Rafael Cabrera Bello 1.8619 96.82 -44.80 74.03
74 74 Erik Compton 1.8336 95.35 -16.03 86.24
75 77 Brooks Koepka 1.8194 87.33 -31.78 54.42
76 75 Tim Clark 1.8164 89.00 -48.17 52.67
77 76 Ben Martin 1.7965 93.42 -24.95 62.96
78 80 Nick Watney 1.7909 93.13 -100.53 25.16
79 83 Fredrik Jacobson 1.7677 77.78 -36.61 50.43
80 78 Charles Howell-III 1.7617 91.61 -48.65 48.77
81 79 Ryo Ishikawa 1.7516 91.08 -47.88 50.33
82 82 George McNeill 1.7396 81.76 -20.43 70.11
83 85 Brendon de Jonge 1.7348 90.21 -57.46 43.71
84 81 Chris Stroud 1.7311 90.02 -39.27 39.55
85 84 Paul Casey 1.7059 88.71 -37.07 45.74
86 86 Boo Weekley 1.6746 87.08 -53.93 23.65
87 87 Anirban Lahiri 1.6587 69.67 -27.48 34.76
88 88 Chesson Hadley 1.6488 79.14 -26.49 45.27
89 89 Scott Stallings 1.6446 85.52 -50.97 60.19
90 90 Chris Wood 1.5639 75.07 -49.47 34.43
91 98 Branden Grace 1.5589 81.06 -76.57 39.38
92 91 Kim Hyung-sung 1.5395 80.05 -48.95 24.54
93 100 Fabrizio Zanotti 1.5377 78.42 -11.50 75.12
94 93 David Hearn 1.5246 79.28 -33.49 47.91
95 92 Tommy Fleetwood 1.5230 79.20 -32.54 40.18
96 94 Ross Fisher 1.5110 78.57 -47.16 30.99
97 96 Edoardo Molinari 1.5070 61.79 -15.44 52.24
98 95 Thorbjorn Olesen 1.5016 78.08 -67.59 41.35
99 102 Danny Willett 1.4990 70.45 -41.22 43.87
100 97 Daniel Summerhays 1.4967 77.83 -34.96 47.05

2014 Open Championship Commentary

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, July 21st, 2014
Categories: (British) Open ChampionshipEuropean TourPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryTiger Woods

Rory McIlroy Nike2014 Open Championship
Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Hoylake, England

Media Coverage

I was stuck in my office for the first two rounds of the Open Championship with only a pair of headphones and an internet connection to keep me in tune with the happenings. It was actually quite enjoyable to listen to the Open’s radio crew, a nice perspective from some fine chaps. I’d much rather have this commentary than american golf announcers.

Television coverage here in the USA of the Open was okay. Fortunately less of the golf-unknowing ESPN announcers were on the call this time around. One announcer, I think Scott Van Pelt, was so informative in letting me know that Rory McIlory was hitting an iron off the tee. Yeah, like I couldn’t see that myself. Thanks man.

One thing they did manage well was not covering Tiger, who was not a factor at any point. So for that I’m thankful. The one bit of Tiger coverage I did see was him digging in a gorse bush!

Rory McIlory

Why not start my player commentary with the winner? McIlory’s ball striking was “on” this week. When he is on, nobody on the planet can beat Rory in my opinion, not even Tiger at his best. Rory’s swing is a thing of beauty when his timing is great, like this week. After the first two 66’s I thought we were in for another lapping of the field like in Rory’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship wins. He did make it interesting by not going much lower on Sunday, combined with Sergio Garcia making a run.

I was a Tiger fan, call me a bandwagon jumper if you want, during his peak and I’m certainly a Rory fan now. I guess I’m a fan of good golf when it comes down to it.

I was very impressed and happy for Rory. Well played young lad.

Tiger Woods

I posted last week the question, “will Tiger Woods make the cut?” I asked it because I had doubts that he would, while others were asking whether he would win. In fact, Tiger did barely make it with a birdie on the 18th Friday to hit it on the number.

Tiger’s first round 69 was a good round, but one good round does not a tournament make. He followed up the 69 with rounds of 77-73-75 and finished 4th from last place.

Tiger is not “back,” at least not yet. His finish this week moved him down in the world rankings from #7 to #9. Realistically, he’s not playing even top 50 golf right now.

Missed Cut

Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson missed the cut and was apparently not polite to the fans and not complementary to the course or event. See this article: http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/bubba-watson-2014-british-open

Somehow I’ve become a semi-fan of Ian Poulter. I dig his candidness and honesty on his social networks. He wants to be a world class player. I’m sure he’d be the first to admit that his performance in the majors isn’t up to what he aspires to. Perhaps he needs to pretend it is the Ryder Cup?

Perhaps the most disappointing cut missed was Miguel Angel Jimenez. The color and fun he adds to an event is unmatched. Someday I hope to meet him and smoke a cigar with him!

Other notable cut-missers: Webb Simpson, Luke Donald K.J. Choi, Ernie Els, and Lee Westwood.

Perhaps the major train has left the building for Westwood?

Luke Donald was once ranked #1 in the world. His performance in majors is awful. It has to be all in his head. His golf swing is so good.

Rickie Fowler

Guess what player is the only one in the Open to have shot all four rounds in the 60’s? I’ve poked a lot of fun at Rickie Fowler and his traffic cone orange outfits he wears on Sunday, but he has gained total respect from me in the majors this year. He has been right there, quite close to breaking through. It may just be a matter of time before he gets his first major win.

Fowler finished tied for 2nd with Sergio Garcia.

Sergio Garcia

Speaking of Sergio Garcia, he put on quite a run Sunday. He put some pressure on Rory. I think he was far enough back that he didn’t feel any pressure.

The cynic in me says Sergio will never win a major, but maybe I’m still ticked at him for the spitting in the hole incident many years ago.

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson made the cut and finished a solid tie for 23rd. Not much going on for Phil this week, except some fun videos of him hitting flops shots at the Scottish Open the week before.

The Venue

Royal Liverpool looked soft and green, not exactly the “links” golf conditions I’d hoped for. Players were actually backing up shots, which on a links course is not common.  There was very little wind, and a tiny bit of rain on Saturday. The course had no teeth, producing 45 players with under-par scores.

I’m sure it is a great links course, but this week Royal Liverpool was a little too easy in my opinion. A little more solid wind would have made the event a little more riveting.  Mother nature failed on this one.


Now that the Open is over my heart is a little sunk. The golf season is ¾ of the way over, for the pros and for myself. Winter will be coming here and pretty soon I’ll be staring out the window at snow on the ground.

Guess I’d better get in as much golf as I can between now and then.

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