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Rickie Fowler’s Hawaiian shirt predictably caused quite a stir on social media

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Rickie Fowler, as you know if you read our bit on Puma’s Aloha Collection yesterday, wore a button-up Hawaiian golf shirt during his opening round at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. As predicted, both the progressive and traditionalist camps had plenty to say about Fowler’s choice of attire.

The reigning queen of golf social media, Paige Spiranac, was a fan. She also correctly predicted traditionalist blowback.

Honestly, I was going to embed another handful of replies, but if you want to get a feel for the what the two entrenched camps had to say from their respective foxholes, just read the replies to Spiranac’s status.

Also of note: This gentleman tweeted a Justin Thomas Snapchat that showed The Rick wearing the Hawaiian shirt the way the islands intended.

And this bit of silliness merits singling out. This clown, whoever he is, knows a thing or two about appropriate attire, as he’s wearing a bowtie in his Twitter profile picture, right? He didn’t like Fowler/Puma’s choice, and he thinks there may be grounds for revocation of Fowler’s Junior Cotillion etiquette award!

Here’s the bottom line. It’s not a golf shirt. It’s a Hawaiian shirt in a golf-suited cut. The Hawaiian shirt is worn untucked. Period. It’s a staple garment of the islands. If you want to say it doesn’t belong on the golf course, OK. But Fowler’s shirt is certainly less offensive than, say, Duffy Waldorf’s Hawaiian-inspired polos.

What do you think GolfWRX members? Love Rickie’s shirt? Hate it? Don’t care?

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  1. ChipNRun

    Jan 10, 2018 at 8:32 am

    The island of Puerto Rico is in a shambles, hit by both the hurricane and the crash of the UBS personal retirement bonds.

    And we’re worried about whether Rickie tucks in his shirttail?

  2. Thomas A

    Jan 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I’m all for it and I hope more clothes companies follow suit. I’d probably change my whole wardrobe to these. I wear untucked (somethimes tucked) button down short sleeve shirts to work all summer. These would fit right in. I’d love to see an IZOD, Polo or Nautica golf button-down. I play mostly at very non-snooty clubs so I don’t have the whole ‘membership mentality’ issue to deal with. Good riddance to the stoogy country club.

  3. Kipper

    Jan 8, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Love it…its 2018, let golf evolve a little bit. A Hawaiian styled shirt is appropriate attire on the golf course. Its a trend in style, especially in a place known for this type of attire. Its good on Rickie’s part.

  4. gounapuu

    Jan 7, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I think he looked fabulous and you now what he will help change the stuck up your butt mores of a great sport with his attire and his game. Go Ricky lead the pack.

  5. Donny Johnston

    Jan 7, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Who cares? Let him wear it. They should allow shorts too!

    P.S. I don’t like Jews.

  6. Bruce Ferguson

    Jan 6, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I’m a fan of UNTUCKit brand shirts, and I think that tastefully coordinated clothes (including shirts made to wear untucked) should be acceptable. Non-golfing Millenials seeing Ricky dressed like this might actually think that golf would be fun and worth looking into. Some of todays golf attire is stuck in the Caddy Shack era, and personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a wide, white belt anywhere, let alone a golf course.

  7. Rich Douglas

    Jan 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    It’s golf, folks. In fact, it’s Hawaiian golf. If it was Augusta or the US Open, fine. But it’s not. And the point about Waldorf is great–but he’s not the only one. Golf has long been known as a fashion joke. (Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati noted he purchased his clothes from a golf pro.)

    My concern would be about fit, whether or not the shirt allowed a free, full turn. Tucked or untucked? Leave that for Muirfield. Now, about shorts….

  8. The dude

    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Yep!..it works!!

  9. Stephen

    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:23 am

    It’s Hawaii who cares. The pro’s are changing the game and attracting more people to the sport. If Arnie was alive he’d be thumbs up ! He once too was a game changer !

  10. Dave

    Jan 5, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I like it. Looks great.

  11. G

    Jan 5, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Love it! I’m not traditional about anything, especially attire. Jeans and T’s should be fine. I work at one of the snobby country clubs in Austin and I’m tired of the tradition speech! If you want to grow the game, attire has to be a part of the growth. This coming from a 60 year old golf coach!

    • CB

      Jan 7, 2018 at 3:04 am

      No. No jeans or T. No way

      • HardcoreLooper

        Jan 7, 2018 at 9:41 pm

        Yes jeans and T. Not at every course, but there needs to be a place for jeans and T. In fact, there is.

        Oh, and Ricky’s shirt looks sharp.

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GolfWRX members weigh in on the best swings on the PGA Tour

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Who has the best swing on the PGA Tour? On the one hand, the answer is Dustin Johnson, as he’s the No. 1 player in the world, right? Of course, golf fans banter about the “best” swing on the PGA Tour over beers in the grill room, they’re usually talking about technical soundness and aesthetics more than results.

It’s in this vein that GolfWRX members schley started a thread asking the forum faithful for their picks for the three best swings on Tour. For his part, shcley says Ernie Els, Adam Scott, and Louis Oosthuizen.

GatorMD says: Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen

SASSpeeder says: Louis Oosthuizen, Luke List, Ernie Els

Bladehunter says: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson

Oz dee cee says: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen

Bye says: Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas

What do you think of these responses, GolfWRX members? Just a sample from the first 20 or so, obviously, and there are plenty more perspectives in the thread.

Who are your top three, GolfWRXers?

 

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Study: Amateur golfers are actually hitting it shorter than they were 3 years ago

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While the USGA’s distance report found a “concerning” increase in driving distances at the professional level, a new report from Arccos Golf — Mike Stachura of Golf Digest got the exclusive on its study —  identifies a very different trend at the amateur level. The golf GPS and statistics-tracking app found that the average golfer’s average drive decreased from 220.6 yards in 2015 to 217.1 yards in 2018.

Before we go crazy, however, it’s worth pointing out that we’re only four months into 2018 and the golf season hasn’t even started in much of the country. Thus, it probably makes more sense to look at the average golfers’ average drives from 2017, which measured 220.0 yards — a difference of a little more than half of a yard since 2015, rather than more than three yards, as the 2018 number suggests.

Again, maybe the trend for 2018 will continue, but it seems inappropriate to draw far reaching conclusions based on the “220.6” number.

Nevertheless, if we assume Arccos’ data is representative and statistically significant, then it would be, at the very least, a bold check in the “yes” column for bifurcation/not limiting the golf ball at the amateur level.

However (again, assuming data derived from Arccos users is representative of all golfers), the findings beget another question: Why are amateurs, equipped with the latest and greatest technologies that Iron Byron and his robotic colleagues are crushing past previous years’ models, stagnant in the distance department?

Stachura points to a Club Champion study showing that an average increase of 11 yards after fitting, that the drivers of 2018 go an average of six yards farther than the drivers of 2012.

Nick Clearwater, Director of Instruction for Golftec, strikes a similar tone

“It’s likely that many golfers used in the data are still using five-plus-year-old drivers as well and most don’t get fit for their equipment to benefit from the advancements. The average golfer uses too much spin loft with all of their clubs, so increases in tech still show minimal improvement in the quality of the shot. The shots still start to the right, spin too much and are mishit.”

This may be true, but for distances to decrease, golfers would have to be hitting new equipment that’s ill-suited for them, not merely sticking with the same drivers they were hitting in 2015.

Those with skeptical inclinations toward the benefits of new equipment, particularly $400 drivers, will assuredly have a field day with this data, and OEMs will be keen to emphasize the importance of fitting. They’ll also be quick to point out we have no idea what drivers the Arccos sample set is/was playing.

If, again, we assume the data to be accurate and representative, the USGA would look foolish if they advise a rollback of the golf ball for amateurs.

The amateur golfers in question will want to visit a qualified fitter or take part in a demo day with a buffet of options before shelling out for a new big stick, which is the advice we give in conjunction with Gear Trials (and the same reccomendation we’ve offered for years).

What do you think about this data, GolfWRX members?

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Meet Faaaabel the goat: unofficial mascot of the Valero Texas Open

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The Valero Texas Open this week has a new unofficial mascot. And really, let’s just make this official. Two ½-month-old pygmy goat mix  named Faaaabel is the official mascot of the Valero Texas Open. You heard it here first.

While there’s nothing funny about Faaaabel’s range of very important duties, she arrived at the VTO as part of a practical joke. Per Roxanna Scott of USA Today, Ted Kneale, the senior manager of operations for the Valero Texas Open, and Mark Mellgren, a tournament volunteer, wanted to wind PGA Tour rules official Brad Fabel up.

Naturally, they bought a goat on Craigslist, named it after him, and brought it to the tournament. Yes, this is a real thing that actually happened.

No word on how Fabel feels about Faaaabel, but everyone else rightly loves this miniature domestic goat.

“I’m kind of surprised at how fast this took off,” Kneale said. “We had her for about a week out here leading up to the event. Some of our staff knew about her and she was friendly with the staff. Before we knew it, people just started asking about the goat. We heard you had a goat, and it snowballed. I think she enjoys all the attention.”

This good girl does some very important jobs and has quickly become a vital part of the tournament operation. Obviously, she has a Twitter account as well.

Reportedly, Faaaabel is considering branching out into acting. As you can see from this PGA Tour video, she’s a natural on screen.

How do you feel about animals as tournament mascots, GolfWRX members? Should, say, Tripod formally be awarded Zurich Classic mascot duties?

 

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