Fore (4) golf fashion principles
Stylish Summer (Part 4)
As a kid growing up, my dad included my brother and me in his regular golf endeavors. Though I spent half my time in the woods searching for my ball, those experiences fill my mind with such great memories. In fact, I remember a particular time standing next to my dad and ball about 150 yards from the green. I don’t think in a million years he thought I could reach the pin or the four putting golfers. “Go ahead,” he said gesturing for me to take a shot at it. The planets aligned. My swing, club and ball aligned. Next thing you know, my ball morphed into an arrow with Robin Hood accuracy flying high and straight. I recall thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe it.” Somewhere in the background of the moment, I could hear my dad yelling “Fore! Fore! Fore!” The ball landed exactly in the middle of the four men who instantly started yelling back. And rightly so. In golf, one must patiently wait for the course ahead to clear before hitting. It’s etiquette.
Many know golf as a gentleman’s game. I know and appreciate this sport for its tradition, respect, etiquette and class. As such, one should appear more refined than coarse, more gentile than rough, and more put together than sloppy. If you hold experience or even a little familiarity with golf’s history, then consider these characteristics in the attire of some of the greats – Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and Arnold Palmer. Their style of dress conveyed respect and class. Amazingly, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen sported a tie on the links! Beads of sweat roll down my neck when I think of it.
More recently, the PGA tour has provided plenty of instances of proper golf attire. Copy some of those outfits and you will fit right in. Take for example Tiger Woods. His outfits have to look great – professionals at Nike carefully coordinate his wardrobe to portray him in the best light to sell more Nike gear. To steer you in the right direction, I offer fore (4) principles for a fashionable golf experience:
1. Wear golf pants – Stay away from shorts and especially jeans. You may be saying, “What? No shorts!” Yes, trust what I am telling you. Can you picture Phil Mickelson marching down the 18th hole in shorts? Then why should you? Pants advise the world of your place in golf tradition. Besides, golf pants today breathe better than the 1950s equivalent. Trust me. Invest in a few pair. Start with a light khaki or black color.
2. Wear a polo shirt – Invented by Rene Lacoste, these knitted cotton soft-collar shirts hold a fairly ubiquitous place on the greens. If you find it a bit cold, throw on a long sleeve pull-over letting the polo peek out.
3. Wear golf shoes – No flip flops and generally no tennis shoes unless you absolutely have no choice or can’t afford golf shoes yet.
4. Pay attention to the details and accessories – Your glove should appear clean, not dingy or barely pulling together to cover your hand. Your cap/hat if your wear one should not display a visible sweat ring. Also, try to throw in a sporty watch. And, don’t fill your pockets to the brim with balls, tees, score card, wallet, etc.
The nicer your wardrobe, the more you intimidate your competition. Of course, if your skills on the links eliminate the mystery and image of your attire, you may want to put in some practice before you play. Dressing well will not give you skills. You still have to learn the game.
See you on the course.
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