Why oh why are golf clothes so, well, hideous. Sorry, but you look like a prick. THIS IS A GENTLEMAN’S GAME, you don’t need to look like you just left visiting hour at the retirement home. It took us searching high and low and everywhere in between. But we did it. For you. So you can stop looking like a country club clod. Don’t get us wrong, we love a country club as much as the next guy. Tennis clubs seem to have the attire down. Golf—not so much.
Looking at some of the sport’s best dressed young players for inspiration—hello, Justin Thomas. We see you, Carlos Ortiz—it’s real slim pickings, and even they can’t touch the throwback style prowess of icons like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Or the sleek, murdered-out sporty vibes of Gary Player. Don’t even get us started on “the peacock of the Fairways” Doug Sanders; his color-block style genius was hands down untouchable until the very end. But the facts remain that more recent style legends such as Jesper Parnevik and his sartorial swagger are, well, a party of one.
We get it, there are restrictions. The clothes need to have stretch (not too hard to find these days). The shoes need to have traction (slightly more limiting). Weather-proof fabrics help (a little moisture wicking goes a long way). There is proper etiquette to be followed. To be clear, we have zero beef with proper etiquette. In fact, we welcome it.
Regardless, we should expect more from golf brands. This is not a new conundrum. Having said that, a few brands have broken through. Efforts have been made. Progress if you will. Malbon and their many collabs. Bonobos. Greyson’s “Azalea and the Wolf” line is doing a thing. Even Mr Porter has their own golf line now. Macklemore (yes, the musician), just came out with a dope new line of golf. William Murray because, of course, Bill Murray can do no wrong. At least, at our church. And there are plenty of non-golf brands (Todd Snyder, Reiss) making clothes that could take you from the course to… wherever you’re heading these days.
All this to say, you’re out of excuses. So read up, and happy Masters.
PUT A LITTLE PREP IN YOUR STEP
WE CAN’T ALL BE JESPER PARNEVIK, BUT WE CAN TRY
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