This is a fun time of year, when golf companies are releasing their new products. For the last several years FootJoy has started their year by sending out “mystery boxes” to the media, and bloggers. Each box has clues leading to the release of their newest, latest product.
Last year that product was the FootJoy Hyperflex golf shoe. I’m still wearing this groundbreaking shoe and it has been fantastic. Very comfortable and super stable.
Two years ago it was the FootJoy D.N.A. golf shoe. It’s still a gamer shoe for me and I’ve logged literally hundreds of miles on it.
This year’s first mystery box features some frog action. So what’s great about frogs? Suction cups. Long tounges. Hopping. Green. Ribbits.
Obviously one of the frog characteristics (or more) will be in the new shoe. I’m going with hopping. You thought I’d go with suction cups.
Golf websites are scrambling, producing all sorts of “what’s wrong with Tiger Woods?” articles. The pundits are pontificating and theorizing, endlessly babbling about what Tiger is doing wrong or what’s wrong with him. From Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee to Fox Sports’ Greg Norman to the every day six-pack hack golfers wearing their sleeveless shirts showing their barbed wire tattoos, everyone has their theories.
None of them are correct.
It’s All About Apparel Scripting
To the uneducated/inexperienced golf media member or golf spectator the solutions would lie in Tiger’s swing coach, practice routine, equipment, personal problems, etc. But to my keen and experienced golf blogger eye, the reason for Tiger’s poor play is obvious: bad apparel scripting.
While we can’t be sure if it is one piece or the whole ensemble, the results don’t lie. Something is rubbing, squeezing, chafing, blistering, or perhaps cutting off Tiger’s circulation. Maybe his hat is too tight and it cutting off blood flow to his brain causing bad golf decision making? Maybe the tighty whities are too tight? Shoes might be causing blisters? Maybe it is just the color schemes? The white hat and black belt don’t match? The socks aren’t moisture wicking enough?
Whether it is one of the issues above, all of them, or a combination of a few, something is going to have to change. If Tiger, Nike, and Tiger’s “handlers” don’t adjust his apparel scripting soon, the 85 from last week’s Memorial Tournament could be the tip of the iceberg.
Get Leonardo DiCaprio on the phone.
Father’s Day is coming up quickly. It’s time to write up a golf apparel script for dad. Below is my list of Father’s Day apparel suggestions which are guaranteed to make pops the hippest, sharpest dressed golfer in his group. Click the links within the text to go to the original golf blog post.
Don’t let dad get caught with his pants down. Get him a nice golf belt from Beltology.
Dunning is one of the best golf apparel brands available. Want to class it up for dad? Get him a Dunning polo like this incredible piece.
Classy, comfortable, stylish shorts which come with a tiny edge in the form of the classic skull and golf club bones logo. Welcome to Tattoo Golf. Golf shorts unlike any other.
Hybrid Golf/Street Shoes
These hybrid golf shoes are good looking enough to wear to a wedding or out on the town, yet still perform great on the golf course. Dad will dig ’em.
Outer Top Layer
Dunning’s golf apparel products are SO good I couldn’t resist putting another on this Father’s Day gift guide. When it is a little too chilly to roll with just a golf polo, this Dunning 1/4 Zip Thermal will take the edge off the cold but not the golf swing.
Kentwool is hands down the best golf sock maker in our solar system and perhaps beyond. I haven’t received any sock samples from outside our solar system, so I can’t be 100% sure though.
Today’s round was a perfect situation to put my Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip layer into play. The temperatures were only in the 60’s with a steady wind about 10-15 miles per hour. Not warm enough to go without some kind of protection, but not exactly winter golf. That’s spring golf in Utah, or a round of golf just about anytime at Pebble Beach.
Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip
Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip Features
This outer layer is made up of 94% polyester and 6% spandex. No cotton and no problem for me. I love what is being done with these fabrics over the last few years. They’re durable, machine washable, wrinkle resistant, and very sharp looking. The fabric insulates the body well, but also helps it breath.
The sleeves are slimming, meaning they’ll stay out of the way in the golf swing. There’s nothing worse than bad swings caused by irritating apparel issues.
Today I used the included drawstring around the bottom. Once I tightened it a bit those cold drafts no longer crept up from below.
This piece comes in small, medium, large, extra-large, and double extra-large. I sport a large and the fit is great.
Mine (pictured) is the black/silver stripe version. The other color combinations are Dusk/Hastings (light bluish with yellow stripe), Halo/Dusk (dark blue with light blue stripe), Sequence/Light Grey (lighter blue with grey stripe).
On The Course
I need an outer layer to take the edge off of the wind and slight chill, but not too heavy. My black Stretch Thermal is perfect in that situation, and soaks up some of the sun’s heat to help keep my back warm. The garment doesn’t bind or pull during the swing, allowing me to swing freely and crack some massive drives. It also does not impede my putting. I bend over quite a bit and some poorer fitted outer layers can snag the putter grip. That’s a quick way to miss putts.
True to Dunning’s reputation the comfort level is as good as it gets. Style wise? When I wear Dunning I know I’m at the top of the golf apparel food chain.
I’ve dealt with dozens of apparel companies and reviewed countless products over the last 10+ years. Every Dunning product I’ve tested, the $105 Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip included, features the highest of quality, style, comfort, and performance.
I’m wearing this tremendous 1/4 zip baby alpaca fur sweater by Bobby Jones at this very moment. It is so comfortable that I may wear it even in the summer when it is 104 degrees.
Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater
This fantastic, stylish, sharp, classy, and mega-comfortable sweater is hands-down the best apparel item reviewed in 2014 at Hooked On Golf Blog.
By being said best item, I send my congratulations to Bobby Jones for winning the Best Apparel Item award in the 2014 Hooked On Golf Blog Product of the Year Awards! I’m sure this is the most prestigious award collected by Bobby Jones to date.