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.
How important is playing time in college if a player wants to turn pro?
One of the great debates among junior golfers, parents and swing coaches is what is the most crucial factor in making the college decision. My experience tells me that many students would answer this question with a variation of coaching, facilities and of course academics (especially if their parents are present).
I would agree that all three are important, but I wanted to explore the data behind what I think is an often overlooked but critical part of the process; playing time. For this article, I examined players under 25 who made the PGA tour and played college golf to see what percent of events they participated in during their college career. In total I identified 27 players and through a combination of the internet, as well as conversations with their college coaches, here are the numbers which represent my best guess of their playing time in college:
Player Percent of Events
- Justin Thomas 100%
- Rickie Folwer 100%
- Xander Schauffele 100%
- Bryson DeChambeau 100%
- Jon Rahm 100%
- Patrick Reed 91%
- Jordan Speith 100%
- Beau Hossler 100%
- Billy Horschel 100%
- Aaron Wise 100%
- Daniel Berger 100%
- Thomas Pieters 95%
- Ryan Moore 100%
- Kevin Tway 98%
- Scott Langley 95%
- Russell Hendley 100%
- Kevin Chappell 96%
- Harris English 96%
- JB Holmes 100%
- Abraham Ancer 97%
- Kramer Hicock 65%
- Adam Svensson 100%
- Sam Burns 100%
- Cameron Champ 71%
- Wydham Clark 71%
- Hank Lebioda 100%
- Sebastian Munoz 66%
Please note that further research into the numbers demonstrate that players like Pieters, Munoz, Clark, Reed, Hicock, Langely, Reed and Champ all played virtually all events for their last two years.
This data clearly demonstrates that players likely to make a quick transition (less than 3 years) from college to the PGA tour are likely to play basically all the events in college. Not only are these players getting starts in college, but they are also learning how to win; the list includes 7 individual NCAA champions (Adam Svensson, Aaron Wise, Ryan Moore and Thomas Pieters, Scott Langley, Kevin Chappell, and Bryson DeChambeau), as well 5 NCAA team champion members (Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Beau Hossler, Patrick Reed, Abraham Ancer and Wydham Clack) and 2 US Amateur Champs (Bryson DeChambeau and Ryan Moore).
As you dig further into the data, you will see something unique; while there are several elite junior golfers on the list, like Speith and Thomas who played in PGA tour events as teenagers, the list also has several players who were not necessarily highly recruited. For example, Abraham Ancer played a year of junior college before spending three years at the University of Oklahoma. Likewise, Aaron Wise, Kramer Hickok and JB Holmes may have been extremely talented and skillful, but they were not necessarily top prospects coming out of high school.
Does this mean that playing time must be a consideration? No, there are for sure players who have matriculated to the PGA Tour who have either not played much in college. However, it is likely that they will make the PGA tour closer to 30 years of age. Although the difference between making the tour at 25 and 30 is only 5 years, I must speculate that the margin for failure grows exponentially as players age, making the difference mathematically extremely significant.
For junior golfers looking at the college decision, I hope this data will help them understand the key role of playing time will have in their development if they want to chase their dream of playing on the PGA Tour. As always, I invite comments about your own experience and the data in this article!
Hidden Gem of the Day: Republic Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas
These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!
Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member pdaero, who takes us to Republic Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas. The course is situated just ten minutes from downtown San Antonio, and pdaero gives us some excellent insight into what you can expect should you make the trip here.
“My favorite golf course to play, it is always in really good shape. These pictures are from wintertime, which the greenness is still impressive. The course has a ton of fun holes and unique designs, and only houses visible on 4 tee and between 14 green and 15 tee.
The course rating is strong, with a 74.2 rating on a par 71 (7007 yards from the tips), and even from the second tee you get 1.3 strokes.”
According to Republic Golf Club’s website, the rate for 18 holes during the week ranges from $29 to $49, while the weekend rate ranges from $35 to $69.
An interview with State Apparel’s founder Jason Yip
For the past five years, Jason Yip has been building an apparel company that redefines the purpose of golf wear. With a strong background in innovation from his days in Silicone Valley, Yip wanted to reinvent golf apparel to be a functional tool for the golfer.
The other day, I had the pleasure of talking with Mr. Jason Yip about State Apparel and a little about himself. It is not every day that you get to speak with someone who can exude passion through the phone. On this day, though, I could hear the passion Jason has for golf, California, and for State Apparel.
Yip said State Apparel has two major foundations
- Functional innovation
- Social responsibility
Jason loved talking about watching Tiger Woods. However, he watched for something I believe few ever have. How was Tiger wiping the dew and the grass off his clubs, hands, and ball? The answer that Jason observed was that Tiger and others are utilizing their clothing as wiping surfaces. The core of State Apparel is the functionally located wiping elements on your article of clothing. The staple of the brand is their Competition Pants which have wiping elements located on the cuffs, side pockets, and rear pockets.
State Apparel recognizes the need to be socially responsible as a company. This seems to be from Jason’s earlier days of playing golf behind a truck stop in Central Valley, California.
How is the State Apparel socially responsible? Yip identified three ways.
- Production is done in San Francisco.
- Most of their apparel utilizes sustainable fabric.
- Proud supporter of the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance.
Jason’s desire is to provide not only apparel that is golf specific but also the experience that we have on the golf course. A little over a year ago the State Apparel Store and Urban Clubhouse opened on Filmore Street in San Francisco, California.
“I wanted to provide the golfing experience closer to the home of many golfers in the area,” Yip told me.
Among the State Apparel clothing at the store, there is an indoor hitting by with launch monitor. And they have even hosted speaking events with local professionals and architects at the clubhouse.
At the end of our conversation I asked Jason, what would he say to someone who knows nothing about State Apparel, especially those of us not in California?
“State Apparel is a unique authentic brand that is designed specifically for golfers by a golfer. Look at the product because it is something you have never seen and absolutely communicate on what you see or what you have questions about.”
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