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WRX Spotlight: Imperial Headwear

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Product: Imperial Headwear

Pitch: From Imperial: “Expert craftsmanship is something we consider a tradition at Imperial. We pay close attention to every detail and every stitch on everything we make. Classic with a twist is what we aim for, and we’ve been doing it since 1916.”

Our take on Imperial Headwear

Unless you are Ollie Schniederjans, there is a good chance you play golf in a hat. And we all have our favorites: structured, dad hat, mesh back, rope, performance, even bucket. But what’s most important is both quality and fit, and with Imperial Headwear you get that and more.

Founded in 1916 and going on 103 years old, Imperial knows a thing or two about hats, and along with that continues to innovate both style and comfort. The greatest thing about their selection of headwear is that is has all the modern styles you want, while also never forgetting the timeless classics you love, like the “Tour Visor” (a personal favorite).

But don’t just trust me, trust the huge number of industry partners and golf courses that rely on Imperial to deliver great headwear including the USGA, PGA Tour, PGA of America and many more. If you are wearing a hat from a course you recently played at, good chance it’s an Imperial.

Now, if you are looking to stay away from labeled brands or country club logos, Imperial even offers a large selection of their own ready-to-order custom hats direct from the website either blank, or their own Imperial custom designs. Like I said, the selection is huge and there are some really fun ones that stand out.

Beer Pong anyone?

 

Breakfast?

 

Road Trip!

So, whether you are looking to protect your head with a flashy melon-topper or just a simple fun hat, Imperial Headwear can make sure you are covered.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Aaron Fisher

    Mar 6, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Quality product. The Imperial Watership is one of the best hats I’ve ever had on my head.

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WRX Spotlight: Puma polos

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Product: Puma polos

Pitch:  From Puma “A world leader in high-performance sports clothing, Puma launched their first golf collection in 2004 complete with Puma golf shoes and clothing. The collection has gone from strength to strength ever since its creation, with tour pro golfers wearing the range out on the course. With bold colorful clothing to classically sporty and smart pieces, Puma golf is a versatile collection certain to appeal to golfers of all preferences.”

Our take on Puma’s polos

It’s difficult to look past Puma’s 2019 polo collection without seeing its Paradise golf shirt. Showcased by Rickie Fowler during the Island stretch of golf to begin the new year, the unconventional all button up shirt may not be to everyone’s taste, but anyone who pulls the shirt on will likely agree on its comfort. The shirt will channel your inner Ned Flanders, “feels like I’m wearing nothing at all,” and the ultra-lightweight feel combined with the looseness makes it an ideal summer shirt for swinging the club freely on the golf course.

Puma has a lot more polos on offer in 2019 than its Paradise shirt though, and one of the most visually striking shirts of theirs is the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo. The shirt comes in three vibrant colors (blue, white and green), and its camo inspired pattern is subtle and discreet which gives the shirt a cool look without being distracting. Also a lightweight polo, the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo features a clean three button look, as well as a very comfortable fit, and its dryCell technology means you won’t be drenched in sweat this summer.

Then there’s the Rotation Golf Polo which comes in both solid and stripes styles. The shirts offer a very modern feel and look, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the selection of colors which the shirts come in, with an abundance on offer.

On the throwback front, Puma has you covered with their Nineties Golf Polo, with a striped shirt style and color. There are five different color blocks to choose from which are about as representative of spring/summer as I’ve seen, and the shirts also come with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is a nice summer touch.

The Faraday Polo is according to the company itself “one of our best”. Lightweight and one of the softest shirts they provide, it’s hard to disagree with them in terms of comfort level. The only off-putting feature of this shirt for me is the odd unfinished lining around the pocket.

The exhaustive selection of golf polos provided by Puma is impressive, and they’ve covered everything you’d want in a golf shirt in each of their styles. Prices range from $50-$70, and no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find a great summer golf shirt to add to your collection from their 2019 lineup.

 

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WRX Spotlight: 2UNDR performance underwear

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Product: 2UNDR performance underwear

Pitch: From 2UNDR: “Inspired by the kangaroo-pouch, we set out to create a high performance men’s athletic underwear, with the versatility of everyday use. Using the most advanced construction techniques and materials, we were able to separate your equipment from your body to reduce unwanted skin-on-skin contact. With more support than a standard brief and improved airflow to keep you cool, the 2UNDR™ products provide the best fit, comfort and style a man could ever need.”

Our take on 2UNDR underwear

There was a lot of big news made this year when Rickie, you know THE Rickie on tour, changed balls, switching to the all-new TaylorMade TP5, and winning only a few events later. BUT another switch for Rickie this year flew way under the radar…and under his fitted Puma pants. It had everything to do with balls, but nothing to with urethane or five layers: I’m talking his 2UNDR Performance Underwear.

From desk jockeys to runners, and everything in between (including golfers) we all want down there comfort. With 2UNDR you get exactly that, thanks to their JoeyPouch technology, which keeps everything together yet spaciously separated for comfort and moisture wicking. I know it seems silly, but speaking from experience: after switching to 2UNDR over six years ago, I have never looked back to the days of plain old cotton, for both day to day and especially on course.

There is a lot of technology packed into each pair of 2UNDR. That, along with some serious attention to detail, make sure you are comfy all day long. The tech in each pair of 2UNDRs includes a reinforced and roll-resistant waistband, precisely placed seems around the garment to prevent any “rub zones,” and, of course, the patented JoeyPouch to keep the precious goods (OK, fine I’ll just say it, we’re all adults: testicles) right where they should be.

For the sake of argument I think having used a product for more than 6 years puts this into the category of “long-term review,” and from this 2UNDR loyalist I have nothing but glowing things to say. The durability I have experienced from the many pairs I have has been excellent, and I take ZERO special care of these; washer and dryer every time and they are the same fit and comfort wear after wear, including a nice fit around the thigh where undies usually lose shape the quickest. The only complaint I could have had was tweaked a few years ago from their first iteration which had the tag on the front sewn on in a little patch. It it now built right into the waistband so it has zero chance of ever falling off.

On the course for me is where these stand out. I’m a Swing Shift user and can’t begin to tell you how many times on a hot summer day my 2UNDRs make that last walk up the 18th hole just a comfy as walking off the first tee four hours earlier. To be real frank they hold everything in place and eliminate the need for that layer of baby powder that you may be used to applying with traditional boxers. The waistband never bunches, even with a shirt tucked in with a belt, which might seem like a small thing but with all the twisting and bending we do as golfers around our midsection, even if you are a cart rider, gives you one less thing to worry about.

Speaking of worrying, just like with so many things with not just golf, but in life, its often the small details that can make or break any product — the expensive shoes that just rub your heel the wrong way, the hat that doesn’t sit “just right,” the location of the second button on a dress shirt (please do yourself a favor and watch Seinfeld if you don’t get that reference). It’s only the things we never think about that are really the most comfortable; like your favorite pair of jeans, or in my case wearing anything but 2UNDR Swing Shifts. The only thing you’ll have to think about is which colors or patterns to choose — there are A LOT!!!

I don’t really say this about too many products, but if aren’t wearing 2UNDR undies, you might need to seriously take a look in the mirror and evaluate your underpants situation. You can find 2UNDR available at most golf shops that know what’s up, or online through their website.

 

 

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WRX Spotlight: Malbon Golf headwear

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Product: Malbon Golf headwear

Pitch: Via Malbon: “Malbon Golf is a lifestyle brand inspired by the game of golf. We provide quality products, tell stories, and invite customers to take part in the community of like-minded thinkers that we have created.”

Our take on Malbon Golf’s headwear

Mixing streetwear with traditional golf themes, this LA-based golf culture company is putting out some pretty awesome pieces.

I’m usually not one to review headwear but in this case, I felt compelled to comment on a few things surrounding Malbon Headwear.

First and foremost, the quality is second to none, the hats are well constructed, comfortable, malleable and come in multiple styles. That’s simple enough.

Secondly, the designs of each offering are fresh, conversation inspiring, clever and bring with it the feeling of being in a cool little club. Much like having a hat from a favorite course or tournament (excluding THE MASTERS, sorry nothing touches those hats), Malbon headwear is meant to carry with it a bit of real-time nostalgia.

The third and most important aspect of The Malbon culture, in general, is golf conversation. I have one Malbon hat that I wear allllll the time. I live in Toronto, thousands of Miles from Fairfax Avenue. The amount of people that have come up to me in the street, at the airport or anywhere else for that matter to comment on my hat is nothing short of hilarious. They aren’t necessarily coming up to me to ask where I got it either…they know where it came from. These folks want to talk golf, and if you listen to any interview Steve Malbon has given…..that was the whole point to the ever-growing Malbon machine: get people talking.

Mission accomplished.

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