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Impress by fixing these 4 golf fashion flaws



Golf is hard. And yet, the goal should still be to impress. A quick way to impress is not by changing your scoring abilities but by changing the way you look.

I know, I know, looks are still something that most of you say you couldn’t care less about. Hear me out on this one though, because it is much easier to impress with your looks than it is with your golf game. Trust me, I have worked on my golf game since I was eight, and I coached people on their golf games for years: It is much easier to change looks than your game itself.

Start with these four flaws in your golf fashion game.

Jeans are not the issue

Your favorite jeans with holes in them that don’t fit correctly are the problem.  According to a survey done by Golf Digest, over two-thirds of the golf facilities in the United States now allow jeans. As mainstream style becomes a bigger deal in golf, the trend of jeans being involved will continue to grow. Just like everything else that is stylish, though, there is a time and place for everything. Your jeans with holes in them are not the ones that should be worn on the golf course.

Here are some tips for jeans on the golf course

  • Jeans should be fitted to your body style (not super tight but not baggy either)
  • Proper length jeans should not hide your shoes
  • Jeans should be dark or a little faded
  • Look for lighter weight jeans that have some flex to them

Wear a collared shirt, for crying out loud!

…and now I have officially earned some shanks from the readers. Some of you will point out that Tiger has been wearing a blade shirt. A few things about that, technically that is a collar, Tiger is fit, makes more money then most anyone, and, well, he is Tiger Woods.

Remember this article is about how to impress with your looks while playing golf with others. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a t-shirt, or dare I say a cut-off shirt, in the proper setting, but the golf course is not the proper setting for a non-collared shirt! A collared shirt is going to bring attention up to your neck and face area — and away from the gut.

Get rid of the old ski jacket and learn how to layer

With the weather starting to cool down, this is the year to learn the proper way to layer up so that you stay warm and dry.

First things first: A large coat or a normal jacket is normally not designed for the golf swing. By learning how to layer properly, you will be able to stay warm and dry without wearing something that looks like you are ready to hit the slopes. Layering will also help you look slimmer and impress those around you. Here is a quick “how to” for layering in the cold weather

  • Base layer: This layer is for wicking moisture away from the body. Long underwear will do the trick as it is designed to soak up moisture keeping you dry.
  • Middle layer: This layer is for retaining body heat. A nice polyester fleece or synthetic athletic light jacket are designed to be light and hold in the heat.
  • Outer layer: If needed, this layer is to keep you protected from the rain or wind. A heavy polyester based soft shell will help block the wind and keep you warm while a more costly waterproof shell.

Lastly, respect where you are playing

There are many facilities out there that have a strict dress code of what they expect in the clubhouse and on the golf course. Many places still do not allow denim, and even more of these facilities require you to wear a collared shirt. The worst thing I have seen from golfers who are playing somewhere they have never been is not being respectful of the dress code, or worse, complaining about it. Facilities have different cultures they like to maintain, so be prepared if you are visiting a really nice place to wear a sport coat in the club house. The goal of this article is to show you how to impress, not to look completely out of place.

Hope you enjoyed. As always, play well and look great doing it, or just look great and no one will pay attention to how you play.

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Known as a golf junkie among his friends and family, Bryan Montgomery's passion for this game started at a young age which has blossomed into what is now a 10 year career in the golf industry. Part of the second class to graduate from Eastern Kentucky Universities PGA Golf Management program he has since worked as an assistant golf professional, customer service manager, director of club fitting and merchandise sales, and fitting specialist for Mizuno. Recently he started his own brand, Form Golf which currently focuses on the style and equipment in the golf industry. As a writer for GolfWRX Bryan's primary focus is on style in the golf industry and helping the readers become the best looking member among their group of friends. Please feel free to reach out to Bryan through Twitter or Instagram. Enjoy!



  1. Sean

    Nov 24, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Here at my club, we allow jeans and non-collared shirts. Honestly, as long as your shirt has sleeves and doesn’t have anything obscene or inappropriate, you’re fine for us.

    While clubs hold up to their policies and traditions, (if they are open to the public) there should be a little variance for general public. Not everyone has 4-pocket slacks and a nice polo. Some people literally have never played or been to a course so they may not have typical golf attire. Why spoil a first or new experience for someone by making them feel that they don’t belong?

  2. Daniel Forbes

    Nov 24, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Lets worry about the arrogant, self righteous golf clubs that still dont allow women to play, rather than stupid trivial crap as attire. Many golf clubs cant afford to turn away every man and his dog just because they r in jeans or a t shirt..

  3. Daniel Forbes

    Nov 24, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Lets worry about the arrogant, up their own arse golf clubs that still dont allow women to play, rather than stupid trivial crap as attire. Many golf clubs cant afford to turn away every man and his dog just because they r in jeans or a t shirt..

  4. Daniel Forbes

    Nov 24, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Please… attire is the least of our problems when there are still arrogant, up their own arses golf clubs that wont allow women.. stupid old pricks that run these clubs need to get over themselves, once they fix that then worry about trivial things like what people wear.

  5. Mike Barnard

    Nov 24, 2018 at 4:06 am

    It’s weird, I think I look ok in my standard golf kit ( my club rules are arrive and leave in jacket collar and tie, draconian but that’s the rule) but strangely now when I see folk off of the course wearing golf gear it looks really bad, logos everywhere , compression fit showing all the lumps and bumps, and just plain stupid looking.
    Time to perhaps just wear less uncool clothes, the game is not attracting new players, looking like a jerk somehow doesn’t appeal…. why is that?

  6. Dave r

    Nov 23, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Really. Golf shops short on business these days. But I agree dress code is a dress code. And jeans should never be worn on any golf course. RESPECT !

  7. Johnny Penso

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Out of respect for the game and it’s traditions, I’ve always dressed appropriately. Golf shirts, clean pants, no jeans, proper golf shoes etc. In an era when it’s ok to wear your pyjamas to the mall I’m sure I come across as a dinosaur to some of the younger kids but I was raised in a different era.

  8. Ray

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Within reason, Id let people wear what they like.
    The MUCH bigger issue is people getting a clue on the RULES, including slow play.

    If people respected that rule, and applied just a shade of common sense, we would all be better off.

  9. Chsag

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    When you get older you realize how much of a scam fashion really is. With pants alone I have seen cuffed pants be fashionable then they were out and no cuffs were the only acceptable pants to wear. Then cuffs were back in and … 10 years later back out again and basically repeat about every 10 years. This generation seems particularly susceptible to fashion statements. I really could not care less about what is deemed fashionable today and wear what I like. And yes, when it gets chilly out I will most certainly wear jeans with a turtleneck and a thermal jacket or sweater.

    • Ray

      Nov 23, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Try reading his last tip again.
      Sounds like you might be part of the problem if you ask me.

      • Chisag

        Nov 23, 2018 at 12:40 pm

        LOL … I play to a + index and I don’t think there is a “problem” with fashion, because I pay no attention to it.

        • Ray

          Nov 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm

          Oops,A bit sensitive are we?

          Your handicap has clearly no bearing on my comment, but the fact its the first thing you said tells me a lot about how insecure you are.

          • James

            Nov 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm

            I think Ray’s onto something here.

          • Daniel Forbes

            Nov 24, 2018 at 4:27 am

            Ok, so saying you are a “+” handicap makes you more important than a 36 marker… arrogance at its best.

        • James

          Nov 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm

          If you played for the Boston Red Sox would you wear jeans and a tee shirt?

  10. Joe Perez

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:55 am

    I like to “dress up” for golf. It’s part of the “psych-job” I do on myself to get the endorphins flowing in the brain before the round, increasing the anticipation of playing even more.

  11. Rich Douglas

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:24 am

    No jeans for me. But I don’t care what you wear. I also don’t care what you say, do, or how you play. None of it, even slow play, has anything to do with me.

    Now, those slow players in the group ahead of us….they better be wearing Kevlar to protect them from flying urethane….

    • Ray

      Nov 23, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      You would care what was said around you if your children were sitting in the cart listening to the usual male BS bravado.
      Way to go leading by example…

  12. coops

    Nov 22, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Expect complaints about jeans/denim… but apparently a white belt looks just fabulous.


  13. Johnny Taylor

    Nov 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    No jeans of any kind ever should be allowed on a golf course. And I’m being totally serious.

    • Jamie

      Nov 22, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Golf is losing players fast enough already. Thanks for your help.

      • James

        Nov 22, 2018 at 8:28 pm

        Jeans are not a good fit for golf other than looking shoddy. In warm weather they are thick and hold in the heat. If your legs perspire a bit then jeans cling. I will go to the range in jeans, but never on the course. A guy can always look shoddy on the range if he hits the ball well. 🙂

      • Johnny Taylor

        Nov 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm

        Golf isn’t losing players because they can’t wear jeans.

    • Ray

      Nov 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      OK, so why not?

    • Morty T Fox

      Nov 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Jeans have pockets, and pockets have money.

  14. James

    Nov 22, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    What’s wrong with torn jeans and a slightly soiled tee shirt at the Club 19 Restaurant in the Pebble Beach clubhouse? I thought that was the best way to be civilized and sip a good single-malt scotch.

  15. SV

    Nov 22, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Jeans with holes should only be worn to work in the yard/garden or work on your car.

  16. Riz

    Nov 22, 2018 at 11:54 am

    On that last point…
    Lest we forget the Letchworth Golf Club black sock fiasco.
    Read the dress code before you go!!
    And don’t whinge on social media if you dont check and are turned away.

    • James

      Nov 22, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      … or have to buy a collared shirt in the pro shop for $120.

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Opinion & Analysis

Could Dollar Driver Club change the way we think about owning equipment?



There’s something about golfers that draws the attention of, for lack of a better word, snake-oil salesmen. Whether it’s an as-seen-on-TV ad for a driver that promises pure distance and also fixes your power slice, or the subscription boxes that supposedly send hundreds of dollars worth of apparel for a fraction of the price, there always seems to be something out there that looks too good to be true.

Discerning golfers, who I would argue are more cynical than anything, understand that you get what you pay for. To get the newest driver that also works for your game, it may take a $150 club fitting, then a $400 head, and a shaft that can run anywhere from $100 up to $300-$400. After the fitting and buying process, you’ve made close to a thousand dollar investment in one golf club, and unless you’re playing money games with friends who have some deep pockets, it’s tough to say what the return on that investment actually is. When it’s all said and done, you have less than a year before that driver is considered old news by the standard of most manufacturers’ release schedules.

What makes a driver ‘good’ to most amateur golfers who take their game seriously is a cross section of performance, price, and hubris. As for that last metric, I think most people would be lying if they say it doesn’t feel good having the latest and greatest club in the bag. Being the envy of your group is fun, even if it only lasts until you snap hook your first drive out of bounds.

As prices of general release equipment have increased to nearly double what it was retailing at only 10 years ago, the ability to play the newest equipment is starting to become out of the question for many amateur golfers.

Enter Tyler Mycoskie, an avid, single digit handicap golfer (and the brother of Tom’s shoes founder, Blake Mycoskie). Tyler’s experience with purchasing golf equipment and his understanding of uniquely successful business models collided, which led him to start the Dollar Driver Club. With a name and logo that is a tongue in cheek allusion to the company that has shaken up the men’s skincare industry, the company seeks to offer a new way of thinking about purchasing golf equipment without completely reinventing the wheel of the model that has seen success in industries such as car leasing and purchasing razors.

The company does exactly what its name says. They offer the newest, top of the line driver and shaft combinations for lease at a cost of about a dollar per day.

The economics of the model seem too good to be true. When you purchase a driver, you are charged $30 plus $11 for shipping and it’s $30 per month from then on. You can upgrade your driver at no extra cost each year and your driver is eligible for upgrade or swap after 90 days of being a member. After a year, the total cost comes to $371 with shipping, which sounds a lot nicer than the $500 that it would cost to purchase, as an example, a Titleist TS3 with a Project X Evenflow T1100 today.

The major complaint most people would have is that you still don’t own the driver after that year, but as someone with a closet full of old golf clubs that diminish in value every day, which I have no realistic plans to sell, that doesn’t sound like a problem to me or my wife, who asks me almost weekly when I plan on thinning out my collection.

The model sounds like an obvious win for customers to me, and quite frankly, if you’re skeptical, then it’s probably just simply not for you. I contacted the team at the Dollar Driver Club to get some questions answered. Primarily, I want to know, what’s the catch?

I spoke with a Kevin Kirakossian, a Division I golfer who graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2013 and has spent virtually his entire young career working on the business side of golf, most recently with Nike Golf’s marketing team prior to joining Tyler at Dollar Driver Club. Here’s what he had to say about his company.

At risk to the detriment of our conversation, I have to find out first and foremost, what’s the catch?

K: There’s no catch. We’re all golfers and we want to offer a service that benefits all of our members. We got tired of the upfront cost of drivers. We’re trying to grow the game. Prior to us, there was no way to buy new golf clubs without paying full price. We take a lot of pride that players of all skill level, not just tour pros or people with the extra budget to drop that kind of money every year, can have access to the latest equipment.

With that question out of the way, I delved into the specifics of the brand and model, but I maintained a skeptical edge, keeping an ear out for anything that I could find that would seem too good to be true.

How closely do you keep an eye on manufacturers and their pricing? It would seem that your service is more enticing as prices increase in equipment.

K: The manufacturers are free to create their own pricing. We work closely with manufacturers and have a great relationship with them. As prices increase, it helps us, even if they decrease, I still think it’s a no-brainer to use our service, purely for the fact that new equipment comes out every year. You don’t have a high upfront cost. You’re not stuck with the same driver for a year. It gives you flexibility and freedom to play the newest driver. If a manufacturer wants to get into the same business, we have the advantage of offering all brands. We’re a premium subscription brand, so we’re willing to offer services that other retailers aren’t. We’ll do shaft swaps, we’ll send heads only, we have fast shipping and delivery times. We’re really a one-stop shop for all brands.

What measures do you take to offer the most up to date equipment?

K: We will always have the newest products on the actual launch date. We take pride in offering the equipment right away. A lot of times, our members will receive their clubs on release day. We order direct from the manufacturers and keep inventory. There’s no drop shipping. We prefer shipping ourselves and being able to add a personal package.

The service is uniquely personal. Their drivers come with a ball marker stamped with your initials as well as a stylish valuables pouch. They also provide a hand signed welcome letter and some stickers.

Who makes up the team at Dollar Driver Club?

K: We’re a small team. We started accepting members to our service in 2018 and it has grown exponentially. We have four or five guys here and it’s all hands on deck. We handle customer inquiries and sending drivers out. It’s a small business nature that we want to grow a lot bigger.

When discussing the company, you have to concede that the model doesn’t appeal to everyone, especially traditionalists. There are golfers who have absolutely no problem spending whatever retailers are charging for their newest wares. There are also golfers who have no problem playing equipment with grips that haven’t been changed in years, much less worrying about buying new equipment. I wanted to know exactly who they’re targeting.

Who is your target demographic?

K: We want all golfers. We want any golfer with any income, any skill level, to be able to play the newest equipment. We want to reshape the way people think about obtaining golf equipment. We’re starting with drivers, but we’re looking into expanding into putters, wedges, and other woods. We’ve heard manufacturers keep an eye on us. There are going to be people who just want to pay that upfront cost so they can own it, but those people may be looking at it on the surface and they don’t see the other benefits. We’re also a service that offers shaft swaps and easily send in your driver after 3 months if you don’t like it.

At this point, it didn’t seem like my quest to find any drawbacks to the service was going well. However, any good business identifies threats to their model and I was really only able to think of one. They do require a photo ID to start your account, but there’s no credit check required like you may see from other ‘buy now, pay later’ programs. That sounds ripe for schemers that we see all the time on websites like eBay and Craigslist.

When you’re sending out a $500 piece of equipment and only taking $41 up front, you’re assuming some risk. How much do you rely on the integrity of golfers who use your service to keep everything running smoothly?

K: We do rely on the integrity of the golf community. When we send out a driver, we believe it’s going into the hands of a golfer. By collecting the ID, we have measures on our end that we can use in the event that the driver goes missing or an account goes delinquent, but we’re always going to side with our members.

The conversation I had with Kevin really opened my eyes to the fact that Dollar Driver Club is exactly what the company says it is. They want to grow and become a staple means of obtaining golf equipment in the current and future market. Kevin was very transparent that the idea is simple, they’re just the ones actually executing it. He acknowledged the importance of social media and how they will harness the power of applications like Instagram to reach new audiences.

Kevin was also adamant that even if you prefer owning your own driver and don’t mind the upfront cost, the flexibility to customize your driver cheaply with a plethora of high-quality shafts is what really makes it worth trying out their service. If for whatever reason, you don’t like their service, you can cancel the subscription and return the driver after 90 days, which means that you can play the newest driver for three months at a cost of $90.

In my personal opinion, I think there’s a huge growth opportunity for a service like this. The idea of playing the newest equipment and being able to tinker with it pretty much at-will really speaks to me. If you’re willing to spend $15 a month on Netflix to re-watch The Office for the 12th time in a row or $35 a month for a Barkbox subscription for your dog, it may be worth doing something nice for your golf bag.

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A conversation with a Drive, Chip and Putt national finalist



I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend all of the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National since the inception of this amazing initiative. I’ve also been extremely lucky to have attended the Masters each of the past 10 years that I have been a PGA member. Each year, I’m still like a kid on Christmas morning when I walk through the gates at Augusta National, but nothing compares to my first trip in 2010. I was in absolute awe. For anyone that’s been, you can surely agree that Augusta National and the Masters Tournament is pure perfection.

The past few years at DCP finals, I couldn’t help but notice the looks of sheer excitement on the faces of the young competitors as well as their parents. That led me to reaching out to one of this year’s competitors, Briel Royce. A Central Florida native, Briel finished second overall in the 7-8-year-old girls division. She is a young lady that I know, albeit, not all too well, that competes in some of my youth golf organization’s Tour series in Florida. I spoke to Briel’s mom at Augusta and then reached out to the family after their return to the Orlando area to get a better idea of their DCP and Augusta National experience…

So how cool was it driving Down Magnolia Lane?

Briel: “Driving down Magnolia Lane was awesome.  Usually, you do not get to experience the scenic ride unless you are a tour player or a member. Everyone got extremely quiet upon entry. There were tons of security along our slow ride. Seeing the beautiful trees and the Masters Flag at Founder’s Circle in the distance was surreal. Having earned the right and opportunity to drive down this prestigious lane was breathtaking. I would love to do it again someday.”

What was the coolest part of your time at Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National?

Briel: “Everything was cool about the DCP. Not too often do you see people taking walks in the morning with green jackets on. We were not treated like kids. We were treated like tour players, like we were members at Augusta. The icing on the cake was when they took us to the practice green and we were putting alongside Zach Johnson and Charl Schwartzel. Everyone was confused when we first got there because we weren’t certain we should be putting on the same green around the pros. Again, we were treated like we were tour players. Where else would I be able to do this? Nowhere other than DCP at Augusta. One of my favorite reflections is having Bubba Watson watch us chip and congratulating each of us for our efforts. He did not need to do that. He took time out of practicing for a very important week in his career to support the DCP players. I think his actions show what the game of golf is about: the sportsmanship, the camaraderie, and support.”

How did you prepare for the finals?

Briel: “I prepared just like I did for every other tournament, practicing distance control, etc. But to be honest, you really can’t practice for this experience. The greens are like no other. The balls roll like they are on conveyor belts. I didn’t practice being in front of so many cameras, Bubba Watson, Condeleeza Rice as well as many other folks wearing green jackets. You need to practice playing under extreme pressure and scrutiny. When it is game time, you need to just do your thing and concentrate; have tunnel vision just like the ride down Magnolia Lane.”

What tour pros did you get to meet and talk to?

Briel: “WOW! I spoke to so many tour pros while I was there. I spoke to Keegan Bradley, Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez, Zach Johnson, Mark O’Meara, Gary Player and Patrick Reed. I also met up with the U.S. Woman’s Amateur Champion, Jennifer Kupcho, and 14-year-old baller Alexa Pano. I’m still in awe!”


How fast were those greens?

Briel: “Those greens were lightning quick. The balls rolled like they were on a conveyor belt; you didn’t know when to expect them to stop. Had I practiced these speeds a little more, I would have putted the 30-foot like a 15-foot and the 15-foot like a 6-foot putt.”

I also wanted to ask Briel’s parents a few questions in order to get a better idea from the standpoint of the mom and dad, on what an increasable experience this must have been.

So how cool was it driving up Magnolia Lane for you guys?

Mom and Dad: “Going down Magnolia Lane was a dream come true and we wouldn’t have EVER been able to do it without Briel’s accomplishment. Driving down was so peaceful; the way the trees are shaped like a tunnel and at the end of that tunnel, you see the Masters Flag and Founder’s Circle. Just thinking about all the legends, presidents, influential people driving down that road and we were doing the same thing was extraordinary. We appreciated how slow the driver took to get us down the lane for us to take it all in. A lot of tears. It was heavenly.”

What was the coolest part during your time at Drive, Chip and Putt and Augusta National?

Mom and Dad“The coolest part was seeing 9-year-old Briel compete at Augusta National! Seeing the whole set up and everything that goes into making this event what it is, we have no words. They made these kids feel like they were royalty. We are so truly blessed, thankful, and grateful for everything that was provided to Briel to make this a truly awesome experience. We don’t want to share too much as it needs to be a surprise to anyone else that’s reading this that may make it there.”

How impactful do you feel this initiative is to golf in general?

Mom and Dad: “You can’t possibly make any bigger impact on golf than to let golf’s future attend the best golf course and the coolest event, Drive, Chip and Putt at none other Augusta National during Masters week. The day after the event, we had a handful of people walk up to Briel to tell her that she was an inspiration to their older daughters who now want to play golf. They even requested a picture with Briel; how cool! This initiative is definately, without question, growing the game.”

It goes without saying that you were incredibly proud of your daughter but what may have surprised you most on how she handled this awesome experience?

Mom and Dad: “We are so incredibly proud of Briel! She handled this challenging and overwhelming experience very well for only being 9 years old. She was cool, calm and collected the whole time. The atmosphere at Drive, Chip and Putt can chew you up if you let it, but she didn’t let all of the distractions get to her, she embraced them.  Out of all the competitions she participated in to earn her invitation to Augusta, we truly feel she treated this whole experience like she was not at a competition but a birthday party where she was having a blast. She made many new golf friends and we met amazing golf families we anticipate spending more time with in the future. You don’t get to go to many parties where Bubba Watson is hanging out with you like he’s your best friend.”

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The 19th Hole (Ep 76): Rees Jones on how Tiger won at Augusta and will win at Bethpage!



The Open Doctor Rees Jones talks with host Michael Williams about the key holes that shaped Tiger’s win in Augusta and his chances for victory at Bethpage Black in the PGA Championship. Also features John Farrell of Sea Pines Resort (host of this week’s RBC Heritage Classic) and Ed Brown of Clear Sports.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

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19th Hole