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Yes, the Phil Mickelson dress shirt is actually comfortable to golf in

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When Phil Mickelson arrived for his practice round ahead of the Masters at Augusta National earlier this year in a Mizzen+Main dress shirt, there were plenty of questions.

One that was asked jokingly in the social media sphere: Was Lefty running late for his tee time, unable to stop in the locker room to change into a polo?

Actually, that’s kind of the idea. I mean, not exactly, but Mizzen+Main wanted to make a dress shirt that you can comfortably play golf in…if you want to.

And while some might think Mickelson, a partner in the company, was part of a mere marketing stunt, I can confirm that you can actually comfortably wear these shirts on the golf course.

Really.

Mizzen+Main sent me a light blue solid “Nelson Mickelson Edition” shirt, and I put it through the paces on course. It stretches more than you’d expect, is plenty breathable, and still looks like a dress shirt, rather than athletic wear masquerading as a dress shirt (important for the whole “off-course wear” thing).

Alan Bastable hit on what Mizzen+Main is aiming for in a May article for Golf.com.

“Despite Mickelson’s marketing clout, it’s hard to imagine dress shirts sweeping the golf world by storm. But that was never the point, [CEO Kevin] Lavelle said. His hope is that when consumers see that the shirt is comfortable and flexible enough to play golf in — it’s 85% polyester and 15% spandex — they’ll be confident that it will also hold up when they’re grinding out spreadsheets or expense reports.”

So, maybe you don’t love Phil’s dress shirt look (although the company says sales of the Mickelson Edition shirts have exploded). Maybe you would never wear a dress shirt on the golf course (I personally probably never will again). But–as I found out–you can do so comfortably in a Mizzen+Main shirt.

So, to that end, we say.

Don’t @ me, GolfWRX members.

See the Phil Mickelson Collection here.

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  1. 2putttom

    Jul 10, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    DAMN 150 + bucks each ! people would think I’m rolling on dough at my course. They would want me to buy em’ all drinks and pay for their lunch. Might wanna stick to the cheap Nike or Oakley shirts so I fit in with the rest of the sheep

  2. TheCityGame

    Jul 10, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Comes with a free bowl of soup.

    How about we stop trying to make this happen, like those blade collars or mock turtlenecks. I know this looks stupid. Phil knows it looks stupid. Ben knows it looks stupid. Everyone knows this looks stupid. It’s not going to catch on. It’s very easy to change from the “boardroom” shirt to the polo shirt. You can do it at a red light on the way to the course.

    I feel very sorry for Mizzen & Mast for putting so much money into the production of this stupid thing, and spamming comments sections, but the faster the Mizzen & Main sink beneath the waves, the better.

  3. Greg B.

    Jul 10, 2018 at 9:24 am

    You could probably play golf comfortably wearing a tu-tu also, but that doesn’t change how bad the look is. Same with this, it looks ridiculous on a golf course.

  4. Terry Bombastic

    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:21 am

    They are great shirts. I own 12.

  5. Rich

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I believe it’s an ugly stupid idea .

  6. dave

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I own over 10 of these shirts. They are stretchy just like a Nike performance polo. They are the real deal.

    • ogo

      Jul 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Don’t you feel clammy wet and/or burning hot in a 85% polyester and 15% spandex shirt. Polyester is a cheap fabric too …..

    • TheCityGame

      Jul 10, 2018 at 9:57 am

      No you don’t you shill. You do not own 1550 worth of shirts you saw for the first time 3 months ago.

    • the dude

      Jul 10, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Evan…why are you using “Dave” as the handle??? I’m glad you like your dads shirts…….(all of which he gave you)

  7. ogo

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    If that black golfer emblem embroidered into the shirt sleeve is suppose to be Phil, where is the beelly and beeyach teeats…???

  8. Al Czervik

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Ah, but it looks good on you.

  9. carl

    Jul 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    it better be comfortable for $155

  10. 2putttom

    Jul 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    made in America.

    • ogo

      Jul 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      … Made in Greater America … MIGA !!!!! 😀

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What do we make of the Ian Poulter vs. marshal fiasco?

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Perhaps you’ve heard about Ian Poulter’s altercation with a marshal at the Scottish Open? (It was in the Morning 9!)

A first point: The marshal in question wasn’t some mere jabroni. In its discussion of the encounter, the Telegraph refers to Quintin Jardine as a “celebrated crime author.” Now, he’s not topping the bestseller lists here in the States, but he is an established author.

This, of course, could work either for or against Mr. Jardine. On the one hand, he’s a perceptive, articulate, respectable fellow. On the other, he has an incentive for self promotion to promote his works…“Did you like my Poulter blog post? You’ll love my latest novel!”

Anyway, here’s the sequence of events.

Jardine posted to his blog (and tweeted a link to) a work of original non-fiction: His account of a run-in with Ian Poulter while working as a Marshal during Saturday’s third round. Poulter had just pulled a drive into a bush near where Jardine was doing his duties.

His blog post read (he’s since deleted the post) in part:

“Mr Poulter…arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was,” wrote Jardine. “I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn’t expecting thanks, but I wasn’t expecting aggression either.

“He told me in essence that I should have, his reasoning being that if I stood on the ball it was a free drop, whereas if he did it was a penalty… He (later) came back at me and said again that next time … I should go straight in there feet first.”

The implication, of course, is that Jardine believed Poulter was asking him to stomp around in the bush for the ball, suggesting that if he (the marshal) were to dislodge it, Poults would be entitled to a free drop.

This was not Poulter’s recollection of events, and he took to Twitter to respond, disputing the insinuation that he was trying to cheat and more.

A point of note: What Poulter said to Jardine at the time may be another issue, but he is correct in tweeting that if the ball was kicked or stepped on during he search, he’s entitled to replace it (per Rule 18-4), which is certainly not the same thing as a free drop. He would seem to be incorrect in saying he’d be penalized, however, as a search was underway…however, an overly zealous reading of the rule could have left Poulter in hot water, had he moved the ball, so it would have been an easier situation to deal with had a fan or marshal accidentally contacted the projectile.

The crime author deleted his original blog post and posted a follow up July 15 that says in part.

“Seems that Mr Poulter has disputed my account of our exchange yesterday. Now I’m having email abuse from pond life and bottom feeders. I don’t need that.”

“The only way I can get rid of it is by deleting the original post. In retrospect I should probably have kept the dispute private, but it’s out of the box now, and I must rely on the Tour to make a judgement.”

“Mr Poulter has gone public to his two million Twitter followers with his version of events. All I can say is that I stand by mine and at no time did I ever utter the words ‘OK thanks.’”

What do you think about this he-said, he-said, GolfWRX members?

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That’s one way to grow the game: First Nude Golf Day held in Australia

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Ready your shaft and balls jokes, golf fans, it’s time for the tale of the the first Wandering Bears Nude Golf Day at (you can’t make this stuff up) Humpty Doo Golf Club in Australia.

According to a Northern Territory News report, Bruce Jensen and Julie Jarvie of Brujul Nude Retreat organized the event. They agreed to steer clear of the seventh and eight holes because those are next to the clubhouse and, presumably, the membership loaned the course out to the nudists for the day but they didn’t particularly want to see a flesh parade while chowing down in the grill room.

The event attracted about 30 swingers of the golf club. Jensen promises there will be more golfers sans clothes at next year’s event.

And here are a couple of quotes from participants in the event, presented without comment because, well, what can you really say?

“There’s plenty of sun block. And the sausage sizzle got people going a bit.”

“Everything is swinging when you play golf nude.”

It’s unclear whether “sausage sizzle” was a literal or figurative term…

So, while some of us are bellyaching about the state of the game, Jensen, Jarvie, the Wandering Bears, and the Humpty Doo Golf Club are doing something about it…albeit something that 99.9 percent of golfers would never consider.

But seriously. Good on you, participants in/organizers of Nude Golf Day. We always talk about playing golf the way that suits you — nine holes, teeing it forward, on a simulator, etc. — and these folks are truly doing it.

What say you, GolfWRX members, anyone plan to wander fairways in the buff with the Wandering Bears next year?

(image c/o Clive Hyde)

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Rickie Fowler sings the praises of slow greens. What do you think?

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Following his opening-round 64 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open yesterday, Rickie Fowler had some interesting remarks about his enjoyment of slower greens.

Writing for Golfweek, Geoff Shackelford mentioned Guillane “is playing firm and fast tee-to-fringe, the greens themselves are kept much slower than the typical European Tour course due to the possibility of high winds.”

Rickie Fowler, a past winner of the tournament, suggested slower greens may actually show who the better putters are.

“I think it’s kind of nice because (you) actually get to hit the putt, you’re not just trying to hit it to a spot and letting it work to the hole unless you have a downhill, downwind putt,” he said. ‘“You have to use your imagination as far as creativity and trying to judge how much the wind will affect it. At the end of the day, you just have to hit solid putts.”’

“Slower greens may accentuate a mis-hit putt more. Whereas if you have a downhill putt in the States you kind of just have to hit it to get it going. Here, you mis-hit it a little bit uphill, into the wind and it can be a pretty big difference.”

While Shackelford, advocate for rolling back the ball and against “firm and fast” that he is, saw great important in Fowler’s remarks, he’s not at all wrong to highlight them

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Is it worth reading anything into Fowler’s remarks? Clearly, with current ball distances, pros would be shooting fish in a barrel with their approach shots on greens that stimp at nine or 10, right?

Let us know what you think!

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