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Review: Callaway women’s golf apparel

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Recent lines of Callaway apparel seemed to have been aimed at my parents, not me. But the company has really stepped up its game with its new line, which targets a younger, more athletic crowd.

Outfit 1

Take for example, the water resistant, fully lined Luna Vest ($95, pictured right), which I paired with the moisture wicking Snow White Helix Polo ($70) and the moisture wicking, print knit Velocity Skort ($70). It offered a younger look than I was expecting, and a really cozy feel.

The skort has both front and back pockets, a nice feature because the skort is actually loose to allow you to fit things in its pockets. Also pictured are the Solaire 2013 white-and-silver golf shoes ($69.99), which are very breathable and fit true to size.

The shoes are spikeless, which means you won’t need to worry about spike replacement. And they’re inexpensive enough that when you’re done wearing them on the course and around town, you can toss them and pick up a fresh pair.

Outfit 2

Callaway’s Snow White Omega Polo ($70, pictured below) looks great with the Black Track Jacket ($85), Red Chev II Skort ($60) and Novas shoes ($79.99). Like the track jacket, the skort has moisture-wicking properties, and UV Protection and a mechanical stretch as well.

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The Novas white-and-bone golf shoes have spikes, which were actually a little hard to get used to because I’ve become accustomed to spikeless golf shoes. There’s no doubt that the spikes can provide additional traction from slippery lies. The only question is whether or not consumers believe that traction is worth having to change your shoes twice every round.

Outfit 3

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Pictured above is the Purple Magic Stretch Long-Sleeve Knit Pullover with ¼ Zip ($58), Stretch Seamless Leggings ($65) and under the 15-inch Skirt ($60,) as well as the Solaire SE golf shoes ($69.99) The pullover shirt is extremely comfortable, and the leggings offer figure-flattering compression (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?) as well as antimicrobial yarns for odor control. The skirt also has a nice stretch to it for a full range of motion. The Solaire SE shoes are lightweight and breathable, and Callaway added a nice touch by selling each pair with two sets of complementary-color laces.

This was my favorite look of the three I tested. Everything from the pullover to the shoes was perfect in my eyes. The outfit felt sporty yet feminine, and had a very clean look. And everything was incredibly comfortable and easy to play in.

The Takeaway

Callaway offers a fairly wide range of sizes ranging from XS to XL and 2 to 16. I wear an XS/0, so I got the smallest sizes available. For me, Callaway runs on the large side, so most of the items were a little big on me with the exceptions of the vest, long-sleeve pullover and leggings.

There is still room for improvement in this much-improved line. The shoes, particularly the Novas, could be more comfortable. They felt tight and heavy, and like some of Callaway’s men’s offerings it took a long time to break them in. The clothing could also be cut closer to true sizes, which would help it appeal to the younger, trendier golf crowd who prefer golf apparel that is passable in places other than the golf course.

Overall, I’m excited to see the direction Callaway is headed and think it will only get better from here.

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Kimberly Baresel is a long-suffering golf aficionado. She began playing the game at age 16, married into it with her husband Greg, who is a teaching pro, and has worked on the business side of the industry in merchandise for the last 12 years. Working in a pro shop, doing the soft-goods buying has allowed her to examine apparel in an intimate way. Having a petite frame and being unable to find comfortable, stylish apparel is a motivating factor in her writing. Outside of golf, Kimberly loves being a mother to her two adorable little boys. For more apparel reviews, go to www.kbgolfstyle.com

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  3. Daily Sports USA

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    All outfits are great, well paired, they are functional and stylish at the same time.

  4. jed

    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I like the way you paired everything. I enjoy the purple and black look and I wear it all the time(as a guy). I am not a fan of the leggings look but I totally understand why one would wear them.

  5. Philip

    Oct 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Although I personal like purple and black it just doesn’t work with the leggings. Now the white top with orange trim, orange skirt and black jacket works really nice with or without the jacket. The hiking style with plaid skirt – no way!

    On a side note – how do girls play in a skirt? I want my clothing as loose as possible – but they do it on the LPGA and they would smoke me :o)

    • Philip

      Oct 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Ok, so that was red – the colour profile makes it look more orange on my screen.

      • Kimberly Baresel

        Oct 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        The skorts are surprisingly comfortable and I think I actually prefer them to shorts or pants. They have shorts under the skirt and it’s an awesome combination that really allows a lot of mobility.

        It’s actually not a plaid skort, I probably should have taken some closer shots of each individual piece so you could see the detail better. Sorry about that!

        • Philip

          Oct 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm

          Ok, so it’s not a skirt – I thought it was a type-o, now I can see why it’s so comfortable.

  6. Patty D

    Oct 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    The leggings look has to be the worst look out there. It looks sloppy, and almost like a kid that outgrew their pants. Yuck!

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Talking with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish…and a look at the insane headcover they made for GolfWRX

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We last talked with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish in November of 2017 after the Nashville-based company launched a custom headcover and accessory builder on its website.

The company has been producing custom headcovers, yardage books, and other accessories since 2013 when it entered the market with its signature wool headcovers.

We wanted to see what was up, and Guess was kind enough not only to answer a few questions, but to design a pretty incredible GolfWRX driver cover using some raw assets we sent over.

BA: What’s new at Sunfish since we last talked? 

AG: 2018 was a great year for innovation at Sunfish. We worked hard to develop new design and construction techniques, and it has been really exciting combining these new creative elements into one of a kind headcovers and accessories. 2018 was our eighth year in business, but it was probably the most significant in terms of innovation. We’re excited to see where we can go from here!

BA: Looking at your websites, I know one of the new things you developed is something you call Photoflux. What exactly is Photoflux?

AG: Photoflux is our proprietary high-resolution printing process, that gives us the ability to apply to our products anything from photos to complex patterns to intricate logos. The level of resolution and detail is truly unmatched, and can’t be achieved with embroidery. We apply it to our leather and Duraleather products, even our hand-made copper ball markers and divot tools! Those are really exciting, because we can make custom copper ball markers with full color logos, on demand

BA: How the heck did you come up Photoflux?

AG: A customer ordered a scorecard holder with his family photo to be embroidered on each side. We made the piece and weren’t happy at all with the result. The embroidery process couldn’t do justice to the photographs. It was clear that there were certain limitations to embroidery, and we were motivated to overcome them. After months of trial and error, long hours and strenuous testing against sun, rain, and wear, we developed the current process.

BA: What are ways the Photoflux process can be used?

AG: Photoflux is perfect for applying photos, but can also be used for intricate logos or family crests. Really any graphic element can be expressed accurately using Photoflux, including shading. Recently we’ve had fun developing custom patterns such as tiger fur and using them as stripes on headcovers. The sky’s the limit!

Photoflux is best in concert with other design techniques, such as embroidery, laser engraving, and precision cutting and sewing. The featured piece (shown in this feature) incorporates Photoflux, precision cutting and sewing, laser engraving and embroidery. The result is as much artwork as it is a functional golf accessory.

BA: What are the limitations of the technology…what products can you apply Photoflux to?

AG: It’s great for leather and Duraleather headcovers, putter covers, scorecard and yardage book holders, alignment stick covers, cash covers, valuables pouches, wine bags, barrel style tartan headcovers…and even copper ball markers and divot tools!

BA: Tell me about this headcover you made for GolfWRX. I suggested the use of a graffiti wall, a GolfWRX logo, and skeleton hand holding up one finger to denote one club/driver, and you really went to town!

AG: So for the headcover you have, we used Photoflux to apply the graffiti wall image to the top of the cover (did you notice the ‘GolfWRX’ spraypaint in there? We threw that in there for you as an Easter egg!). On top of that, we embroidered the skeleton hand. For the stripe, we laser cut the outline of a typical urban skyline, and laser engraved the chain-link fence pattern over the top, than sewed that down. The bottom portion is a Photoflux image of GolfWRX that you sent over.

With so many new ways to decorate and manipulate the materials, we’re really excited about combining it all for our fans and customers to create really unique products. We feel the sky is the limit, and we hope this headcover illustrates that.

 

 

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Top-3 men’s golf polos at the 2018 PGA Fashion Show in Vegas

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GolfWRX’s fashion expert Jordan Madley picks her top-3 favorite men’s polo shirts from the recent 2018 PGA Fashion Show in Las Vegas. Enjoy the video below!

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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