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WRX Interview: Tom Patterson of Tommy John

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The married team of Tom Patterson and Erin Fujimoto presented Tommy John to the world 10 years ago. While the focus at the beginning was in men’s undergarments, ladies, you now get to be a part of Tommy John.

Why has Tommy John had success, and why should you care? I had the privilege of corresponding with Tom Patterson recently, and I will let him answer that for you.

For those who have never heard of or know little about Tommy John, what would be your response on why they absolutely should try Tommy John?

TP: Underwear is the first thing a person puts on in the morning and the last thing a person takes off. It should be the most comfortable article of clothing you own. Tommy John has spent the last 10 years challenging the status quo in the underwear industry with premium fabrics, innovative fits and problem-solving functionality, but the main reason someone should try Tommy John is because there’s literally no risk involved. We stand by our product and if it’s not the best pair of underwear you’ve ever worn, we’ll refund you hassle free. We’re proud to have many players on tour that have worn Tommy John for years.

The undergarment market seems to be an afterthought for most, what are some of the key points that Tommy John has made from the beginning that have created excitement in an otherwise looked-over segment?

TP: For too long people were purchasing underwear based on price and convenience instead of quality and comfort. Tommy John entered the market with a product that solves the problems people face with their underwear tied to comfort and function by addressing the problems head on. We use smart fabrics that are soft, light weight, and moisture wicking, we have innovative designs that keeps the product from pinching, bunching or riding up. We even have a “No Wedgie Guarantee.” We’ve created a product that actually lives up to its claims and that’s really what has generated excitement in the segment.

There are a few companies that claim that they have apparel that will stay tucked in or won’t roll up and yet, they do not seem to hold up to the quick movements of a golf swing. How has Tommy John proven over the years that their materials can hold with the quick movements in multiple directions that can be generated from a golf swing?

TP: Our 360 Sport fabric has 360 degree stretch that moves with you not against you so it stretches in 16 directions. Our undershirts have a longer, tapered, and patented design that is proven to stay tucked through movement. Our socks have zoned cushioning and promise never to slide down. Before we bring products to market, we put them to the test. We make sure our fit models lunge, squat, swing, jump, sit, stand, and endure every movement they may encounter during the day to make sure our product performs.

As someone who is involved in building a small business, I understand that what you first start out with blossoms into something that you could have never imagined at the beginning. After leaving stable careers 10 years ago, what are some of the things that you have learned and would like to share about Tommy John?

The biggest thing I’ve learned over these past 10 years at Tommy John, is the importance to trust your gut. As the company grows and scales, you’re continuously faced with tough decisions. Some small, some bigger. I’ve learned the importance of trusting your instincts because at the end of the day, your gut is your greatest asset.

And finally, where do you see Tommy John in the future?

Becoming the global market leader in all things comfort. We never stop innovating at Tommy John and are excited to launch several new innovations in 2019 and beyond. We look forward to launching more brick and mortar stores, and expanding globally in the future

 

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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!

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  1. Matt

    Feb 12, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Selling man-made fabrics (read chemical based; polyester, rayon etc.) as ‘smart’ fabrics has been the key in pulling the wool over people’s eyes that these ‘smart’ fabrics are better than cotton.
    Bottom line is that cotton is ‘smarter’ than these man-made fabrics and feels much more comfortable to your skin. Problem for these clothing manufacturers is that cotton is more expensive than chemical fabrics (hey…shale crude is abundant and a cheap feedstock to make chemical fabrics).

  2. TLW

    Feb 5, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Wow! Can’t believe this topic was covered here. I’ve purchased multiple pairs of Tommy John’s and absolutely loved them. Unfortunately, they all ripped apart within the first six months. They charge a premium price for their product but it’s just not durable.

  3. X

    Feb 5, 2019 at 12:17 am

    LOL. Innovative designs you say? Yet you have that GIANT waist band? I hate those things. Get rid of that ugly, cumbersome thick waist band and may be I’ll consider

  4. Tom

    Feb 4, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Underwear? you are writing about underwear?

    • geohogan

      Mar 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Advertising keeps this site going. Keep it coming.

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WRX Spotlight: Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa Golf Shoe

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The Product

The new Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa, available in North America now, selling for $250 at adidas.com (only available on Adidas’ website, this shoe will not be at retail).

The Pitch

From Adidas: “The adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa® is the epitome of performance golf footwear, designed to offer micro-adjustability in two separate zones. The first is the independent main dial with high strength Boa lace that when combined with the forged 360 wrap creates unparalleled power for your swing by locking the area between your midfoot and forefoot. The second provides micro-adjustability from the middle to bottom instep for a customized fit, feel, and support. The Boa Fit System activates both zones to deliver the ultimate in power, stability, and performance.”

Our take on Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa

BOA technology, a ratcheting cable system that replaces laces for securing the shoe, has been around for a while now. It was a radical departure when it first hit the market and traditionalists viewed it with some skepticism, but those who tried shoes using the system became hooked on the ease of use, secure feel, and reliability of the system. I have had to replace shoelaces, but I have never had a cable fail in a pair of shoes with Boa technology.

With the TOUR360 XT Twin Boa, Adidas has introduced the next step on Boa technology (pun intended). The shoe has a sleek, technology-forward look that is associated with Adidas products. It even looks good in the size 13 that I sport. The color selection is limited, to say the least. You can choose from white with green trim or white without green trim. But the star of the show is the Boa technology, which is implemented in two dials located on the outside of each shoe, replacing the one dial on previous iterations.

Each dial controls the fit for a different part of the shoe, and the ratcheting dial gives the wearer the most precise fit available. The real advantage over laces is that the Boa system stays secure longer and is easier to tighten than re-tying shoelaces. It’s so easy to reach down and give a couple of clicks that it became routine for me to check on each tee box to make sure I had a good fit before teeing off. Equally pleasing is the quick release on each dial that gets you out of your shoes at the end of a round without the terror of facing a wet double-knot.

The shoe is waterproof leather, and it is light and comfortable enough to walk 18 on hilly tracks. I personally would have preferred a slightly wider toe box, but that is nit-picking.

Overall, the Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa is a performance shoe that promises, fit, comfort and stability, and it delivers on all fronts. Not everyone has $250 to drop on a pair of golf shoes, but if you want the tech on your feet to match the tech in your bag, then the Adidas TOUR360 XT Twin Boa is perfect for you.

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WRX Spotlight: Linksoul golf apparel

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Product: Linksoul golf apparel

Pitch: From Linksoul “Linksoul is more a philosophy than a brand. More of an experience than a clothing company. Linksoul is the collective life’s work of people who care about each other and enjoy collaborating. We believe in creating products we value, with the people we love, for the good of our families and our community. Our roots are in golf. We descend from a long line of golfers, craftsmen and artists. But now we fill our time with many interests, including surfing, skiing, hiking, yoga, travel, cooking, parenting, dog walking…We believe that these everyday practices teach us the most about ourselves.”

Our Take on Linksoul’s golf apparel

Linksoul, whose mantra is “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies), primarily provides golf clothing made to be just as appropriate and comfortable to wear on the course as off of it. The company has a range of different types of polos, tee-shirts, shorts, and pants available, but it was a button-down shirt from the company which I was most intrigued to check out.

Right off the bat, the brand’s Anza Heathered Button-Down shirt impressed with its ultra-soft fabric. To complement that softness, the shirt is wonderfully light and boasts an excellent fit. The length of the shirt sleeves is ideal, so you won’t need to keep fidgeting before and after each shot, and the comfort and fit combined gives you that added flexibility in your swing. The collar fits naturally the moment you put the shirt on and marks the clear quality that went into its creation.

It seems many are on the fence about whether button-down shirts on the course are for them (I was one of those!), but my take now is that they are the ideal summer shirt on the course. In the heat, comfort has to be the number one priority, and the button-down structure gives you so much more air. With Linksoul’s Anza button-down you’ll experience maximum breathability.

Linksoul offers the shirt in six color codes (White, Black Heather, Tidepool Heather, Ink Heather, Dark Gray Heather, and Dawn Heather). For $80, considering the caliber of the shirt, the only gripe I could make is that there aren’t more exotic colors available!

The brand’s Boardwalker Shorts are another piece of apparel that I found to contain the perfect blend of comfort and quality, as well as looking great. The shorts contain a four-way stretch fabric which gives you a plethora of flexibility during your swing, while the weight of the shorts I also found to be on point. The shorts are lightweight but not so much as to take away from the durability and quality of the shorts.

 

There is plenty of mobility on offer with the Boardwalker Shorts, while I also enjoyed that the shorts are a classic style length and sit right at the knee.

You can choose from eight different color codes (Black, Chalk, Khaki, Dark Gray, True Black, Bronze, Navy, Army, and River), and the shorts retail at $76. With their no-fuss look, high quality, and a clear focus on comfort, Linksoul’s Boardwalker shorts offer everything you’d want in a pair of golf shorts.

For those that prefer to play solely in trousers, you’ll be glad to hear that the company provide the same product in a pant style—the BoardWalker Pant.

There’s a huge amount to like about the apparel Linksoul is offering up, and at prices which are extremely reasonable considering the quality provided. Their site Linksoul.com offers a multitude of polos, button-downs (in both short and long sleeve), shorts, pants, and tee-shirts. If high-quality adaptable golf apparel is your thing, then it’s a company well worth checking out.

 

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WRX Spotlight: Air Jordan ADG golf shoes

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Product: Air Jordan ADG golf shoes (available at Dick’s and Golf Galaxy). 

Pitch: Via Jordan: “Jump up the leaderboard in the Nike Men’s Air Jordan ADG Golf Shoes. Famed for its incredible comfort and lightweight feel, the ADG features a Zoom Air unit for responsive cushioning and an integrated lacing system for a secure, supportive fit. The Integrated Traction pattern offers you enhanced grip on every terrain and the signature Jumpman logos give you extra style on the course.”

Our take on Air Jordan ADG golf shoes

Confined to the feet of Keegan Bradley for years, the iconic sneaker brand seems to have proof of concept in the golf space, as evidenced by the growing roster of tour players (Pat Perez, Harold Varner III), and numerous retail offerings.

We got to test one of said retail offerings: the just-released spikeless Air Jordan ADG. Now, the Jordan style may not be for every golfer (can’t imagine them catching on in Tuesday morning senior leagues across the nation), but if you like the look of Js on the court or street, you’ll love the look of these. Indeed, you’ll probably love the look of all Jordan offerings for the fairway, as the company has done an excellent job of bringing its aesthetic to golf, rather than the opposite (if that makes sense…tacking the Jumpman logo on a pair of saddle shoes was never going to work).

So, appearance wise, the elephant print leather upper and other signature brand elements look great (and the translucent sole is an awesome touch). However, when it comes to golf shoes, particularly of the spikeless variety, we’re always concerned about stability during the swing (both in terms of contact with the ground and within the shoe internally) and appropriate support/comfort for the five-plus mile trek that is a round of golf.

On both of the aforementioned fronts, these shoes are superb. You can feel the comfort and support the instant your heel hits the Jumpan Golf logo on the insole, and the shoes do everything you’d ask a spikeless shoe to do on course. Highly recommended; we look forward to seeing what his Airness’ cordwainers come up with next.

A look at the white colorway, via Jordan, below. 

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