Cobra has recently released their Tour Trusty wedges, designed to be a performance wedge that follows in the footsteps of prototypes played by Cobra’s Tour Pros (Fowler, Poulter, Blixt, yadda yadda). In a nutshell, this is Cobra throwing its hat into the tour-level wedge ring, vying to lock horns with the Titleist Vokeys and Clevelands of the marketplace. The club is designed with non-offset shaping, and selling points include: larger milled grooves (more spin), a special notch K-grind (better turf interaction), and “variable feed rate milling” (more spin).
Recently, I have been reading a number of blog posts on Steve Wozeniak’s website — no, not the Apple genius, but the seasoned golf pro from the Seattle area who is a long-time Ballard disciple and coach to many well-known pros. Beyond his passionate writing on the ill state of popular teaching methods, he details a number of very useful drills.
As anyone who has gone glove shopping knows, there are a bazzillion types of golf gloves so finding a niche can be quite the marketing dilemma. While some companies accentuate style, Bionic Gloves have made fitting and design their primary focus.
Bionic gloves were actually designed by an orthopedic hand surgeon. The design is based on the anatomy of your hand. We all have peaks and valleys on our hands and these peaks and valleys are the reasons we develop calluses and blisters when we use instruments like golf clubs and tennis rackets. The higher points on your hands rub against the equipment causing those calluses and blisters. Bionic gloves eliminate the peaks and valleys on the surface of your hands by creating a smooth surface with padding. This helps improve your grip strength while eliminating the friction that causes your discomfort.
Next, the design of the Bionic glove rotates your forefinger and pinky inward towards your hand’s center. Why? Because this is how your fingers fall naturally on your hand. Other gloves are straight cut, not allowing for the natural rotation of your fingers. This allows your gloved hand to be more comfortable and feel more natural than other golf gloves.
The Bionic glove also provides you with fantastic flexibility. Bionic gloves are made from Lycra material to help keep your hand dry and cool. There are added “motion zones” over the knuckles and in between the fingers to provide the maximum flexibility and range of motion.
I’ve been wearing my Bionic glove for quite a while now and I can honestly say that I highly recommend it. I wear the Performance Grip and Sue wears the Stable Grip. Bionic gloves can be purchased at just about any major sporting or golf store starting at around $15. And by the way, I shot one of my best rounds wearing it so it is here to stay for a while.
You can learn more about Bionic Gloves on their website.
Let’s face it, not all of us have the physique to pull off some of the bold apparel that has become increasingly popular. As cool as Billy Horschel looked wearing “Octo-Pants”, I just don’t think most of us can pull them off (or even want to). Moreover, it seems that most of the “loud” patterns tend to be more lighthearted. Look, I’m no heathen and have been properly assimilated away from the cargo pants, but that does not mean I want to dress like every other Joe who shops at Golf Galaxy.
Two years ago, Adam reviewed Tattoo Golf, but seeing as though I have spent my fair share of time in the parlor chair, it seemed only fitting that I take a crack at checking out the new Clubhouse Collection.
The black Clubhouse Performance Polo is different than many of the Tattoo Golf patterns in that it is decidedly less “rough”; it is more traditional and features only one skull (as opposed many of the polos that have a virtual boneyard on the chest). Still, there is no way the Clubhouse Polo will go unnoticed or be confused for just another golf polo. Just to be sure, I put that theory to the test when I wore it to the uber exclusive Southern Highlands Golf Club.
Not only was I not thrown off of the course, I actually received a number of compliments from my playing partners. Without being overbearing, the shirt has just enough edge to clearly state “I will never hit 3 wood off of the tee”. Made from 100% polyester, the Tattoo Golf Clubhouse Polo is super soft and is perfect for the heat of Las Vegas.
To go along with the Clubhouse Collection, Tattoo Golf also offers the Performance Polo in white, as well as a white or black T-Shirt version of the polos. They also have a few variations of their hat line that matches the collection and adds a nice touch to the polo shirts.
If you’re looking to add a little edge to your appearance but haven’t been able to match a style to your personality, you may want to give Tattoo Golf a look. With a large variety of unique styles there’s a great chance you’ll find something to show off the next time you make your way around the course.
The Clubhouse Performance Polo’s sell for $59.99 and the Clubhouse Hat for $24.99, both of which can be purchased directly from the Tattoo Golf Website along with the many other products they offer.
I have to admit that when the size 8 Ashworth Cardiff ADC arrived on my doorstep, I was a little concerned. I’m 43 now and the older I get, the bigger my feet seem to get and the pickier I get about shoes and the comfort of my feet. While the length of my foot has stayed basically the same over the years, across my toes seem to continue to spread wider and wider. Hence, I have started to by larger shoes because standard sizing in shoes across the toe box have been consistently getting more narrow.
I avoided putting on these size 8s for a couple of weeks. The overwhelming dread of squeezing my feet into another pair of shoes where my toes were squished together was creeping ever so closer. Finally, with beautiful sunny skies and no rain in sight, I pulled out my navy and white Ashworth Cardiffs and decided to suck it up and give them a whirl.
All I can say is WOW! Could it be true? Is there really a pair of golf shoes out there that are the right size in width and length that are also comfortable, practical, and perform? Here is your answer…YES!
Not only do these shoes perform on the golf course and they might be the most comfortable golf shoes I have ever had, but Ashworth stands behind them with a two year waterproof warranty. And believe me, with the soggy summer and fall we have had in Atlanta, waterproof is essential. No leaks here trust me, I have walked these shoes through every inch of my waterlogged course. This new Cardiff is both functional and flexible with a spikeless outsole that delivers both stability and traction under any conditions.
And you give up nothing in style for such a high performing shoe. The Cardiff ADC has the look of a classic, traditional spiked shoe with all the modern performance enhancements. I’ve always loved the look of the classic golf shoe, but have usually found that shoes with the traditional look, usually lack in comfort. This is not the case with this Ashworth shoe.
It is a beautiful shoe with a premium leather upper, advanced comfort last and super-soft polyurethane sockliner on a poured PU midsole. The women’s leather Cardiff ADC is available in four colorways with a MSRP of $120.
Ashworth makes a very similar Cardiff ADC for the men as well. You can see the whole line on the Ashworth website.
It’s that time of the year again when you need to find that perfect gift for the golfer on your list. Don’t worry, Three Guys Golf has you covered with ten great ideas that nearly every golfer will love, and the price tag will not break the bank. All ideas are $100 or less and we have sorted from least expensive to most.
1) Elevated Golf Balls: Anyone who has a serious golf problem can never hit enough balls. These fly great if you have a large field or make perfect practice balls to hit into a net. They fly true but only about 50% of the actual distance, so you are less likely to take out your neighbor’s window (bonus). Price: 3 for $9 Purchase here
2) QED Style Too Many 5’s Tee Shirt: Most golf tee shirts suck, but I love this one. Check the score card, it adds up to 63 (not too shabby). Still, us golfers are never satisfied, but you sure will be when you give this great gift. Did that just sound like a SkyMall blurb? Price: about $20 Our Review Purchase here
3) Custom Ball Marker: Such a great gift and he will always think of you when he marks his ball. Get it engraved with his initials or whatever you choose. Plus it is handmade. Price: 2 for $25 Our Review Purchase here
4) Bunker Mentality Hat: I have a soft spot for Bunker Mentality and this hat is crazy soft, like, material-wise. Both of my teenagers love to wear it so you know it’s cool with the kids. It has soft fleece inside so your head won’t itch too. Price: about $30 Our Review Purchase here
5) I Need the Ball: Every golfer needs golf balls and the new I Need The Ball have proven to be one of the best we have played without the large price tag. Plus the unique branding is sure to put a smile on your golfer’s mug. Price: about $35 Our Review Purchase here
6) Gimme Charge: For those who prefer to ride, the Gimme Charge is a handy device that allows you to charge your cell phone simply by plugging it into nearly every golf cart. Never run out of cell phone juice again. Price: about $70 Our Review Purchase here.
7) Adidas Climawarm Jacket: First off, Adidas is supporting the adoption of a Polar Bear through the World Wildlife Fund which gets my vote. Second, it’s super light and warm, making this a great fall jacket that can be worn on and off the course. Price $80 Purchase
8)Appalachian Leather Works Scorecard Holder: You don’t have to be a Pro to look like one. These embossed scorecard holders will surely be a hit. Not only do they look super cool, but they protect the card from getting soggy in humid weather. Price: about $80 Our Review Purchase here
9) G Belt: Yes, “G” is for Golf but it also stands for “Great Gift”. Super cool, unique, and affordable, the G Belt comes in a number of styles but each one stands out from the crowd of boring golf buckles. Price: about $100 Our Review Purchase here
That’s the list. I promise you can’t go wrong and you will be a hero when they open the gift. And tell them Three Guys sent you.
“7 minute abs, just like 8 minute abs but a minute shorter”. Yeah this brilliant idea proposed in Something About Mary was my first thought when I saw the new Smart Square putter from Cleveland. Seriously, it does harken back to the two ball putters we have all owned at one time or another. Props to Cleveland for not shying away from the comparison. They are sticking with the 7 minute ab story- it’s like the two ball but better. Ok, let’s roll up our sleeves and see what she can do.
I had a chance to drive a brand-new, red Ferrari Boxer 328 one time. You know, Magnum PI’s car. I was around 19, and my brother was helping this other guy coach a football team of grade-school kids. The other guy had forgotten the playbook, and needed someone to go grab it at his house a few blocks away. He turned to me and simply said, “Can you drive a stick? It’s the red one over there… try not to break 100 on the way.” Well, I only got it up to 90 between stop signs, and I’m glad I didn’t kill anyone in the neighborhood. Although it wasn’t anywhere near the smoothest ride of my life, it was unforgettable.
Yes, I’ll tell that story to a wall if prompted, but really I bring it up because I got that same Frearri feeling when it was time to test out the Miura MB001 irons. When you put this new Miura MB001 club in your hand, you know that you are dealing with something special. The folks at Miura don’t mess around; they create immaculate tools with the look and function of beauty in action. The form is classic, and the feel and balance are just right; and these clubs can hit all the shots… no lie. When I mean all the shots, I also mean that one that feels like you hit the ball with a wet newspaper when you hit it off the sweet spot. That’s no knock on this club; it’s a gem. But, it doesn’t come cheap, and in our opinion, it’s not for folks that don’t hit the ball right on the button.
I’ve played with a single-digit handicap for a number of years now, and I was still a touch nervous to play a round with this club. When we unwrapped it and got it out of its own little Miura carry bag, and its own headcover, the looks did not disappoint. A couple of swings through the grass at home showed me just how balanced and agile this club is. Some time on the range, and then on the course, impressed me even more.
The face is a touch smaller than the Callaway x- forged irons that I normally play, and the sole is also a bit narrower. The press release from Miura says that they narrowed the sole to move more easily through the turf, and changed the top line to be more easily viewed from above. In practice, I would certainly agree with both of those ideas. The club has a nearly unnoticeable offset, and the muscleback that the club is named for is reminiscent of the same design of my favorite wedges made by the good folks at SCOR. There is also a bit of bounce ground into the leading edge, making it even easier to hit off of tight lies. That impressed me, and it is different from other irons I’ve tried outside of wedges.
As I mentioned, this club definitely can hit all the shots. I was easily able to work it both ways, as well as hit high and low balls, and bunch shots without any trouble. I also chipped with it around the green, and was able to lay it down and hit a bit of a flop shot with it, and that’s just not possible with many of today’s more forgiving irons. When I hit the sweet spot, I hardly felt the impact, and off-center hits didn’t sting my hands, partly because of the softness of the PURE grip that comes standard. I hit it right around the same distance as my Callaway forged irons, but off-center hits were more penalized. Obviously, that’s the normal blade tradeoff in terms of agility and workability versus forgiveness.
I tried the stiff Nippon modus 3 120 shaft, and found it to be a very good combination for me given the project x 6.5 shafts I normally use. There is a whole fitting process that Miura uses, and if you are going to spend the money on these clubs, I would highly recommend going through their process. At the end of the day, the new refinements that have been made from their Tournament Blade and their Small Blade come together to make quite a thoroughbred, in my opinion.
I have really enjoyed getting to play with this club. I learned some more about my swing—this iron reveals both the good and the bad; and I also felt very rewarded when I put a good swing on it. It reminded me of the incredible versatility that a well-made blade can give, if you want to work on it. They are pricey, going for $200 to $300 per club, depending on your variation. Not everyone wants or can afford a race horse or sports car, but if you’re one of the players looking for one, you need to give these new Miura musclebacks a hard look.
You can learn more on the Miura website.
Mint chocolate chip ice cream, mint julep and of course “just one more wafer thin mint”. Yes, mint makes most everything better except maybe shoes. Huh, mint shoes? Yup, Kikkor has been bold enough to offer their Men’s Player in splendid mint!
Of all of the shoes I trot out, I get more double takes and questions about the Kikkor Player Mint Shadow than anything else. And why not, they are green for Pete’s sake. Since we have reviewed the Kikkor shoes in the past I will spare you the company details and just hit you with what is new.
The Mint Shadow is basically like the other Kikkor Player shoes except one small detail. They are freaking mint color and they are awesome. I am not sure exactly why a green pair of shoes are so cool, but it is not just me. Again, I get guys from all walks of life tell me they dig these shoes so I am gonna go ahead and say they are 100% money.
Speaking of which, they won’t break the bank as the price tag comes in at a cool $99. Not bad for a water resistant suede shoe. Note on water resistant -no way am I wearing these in the rain so I don’t care about waterproof but I do care that they keep my feet dry in early morning wet grass (which they do).
Comfort wise, Kikkor are pretty darn comfortable. Perhaps not as comfortable as I want them to be but I think that is more due to the fact that they look like they should be insanely amazingly comfortable and they are merely very comfortable. Walking 18 is no issue with the Kikkors and there is no break-in period.
Aside from the color, I also really like how they have separated the space between the grommets where you lace up the shoe. I am not sure what that space is called, but most shoes have a very small space where as with the Kikkor Player shoes, there is a full inch of space which give them a very unique look. That and the fact they are mint green (have I mentioned that?).
The sole is your standard Kikkor cleat. Traction is fine and they last fairly well. The back two cleats seem to wear a little faster but getting a season in should not be a problem. The truth is these are not a pair of shoes you are going to wear for two years.
For me, these are a great shoe to wear on days of blue sky and light breeze. They say “dude it is awesome outside, lets play some golf!” These are not workman shoes to be trotted out while grinding on your game or when clouds are looming. Naw, they are for better times. Mint green times.
Final note on the suede. I was pretty sure that after three rounds they would look awful and discolored but they actually hold up very well. Yes, they do get a little dirty but you can scrub them and get them mostly clean. The mint color remains solid and bold. Again, not for keeping two years but for a summer’s worth of play – perfect!
P.S. A huge thank you to Kikkor for sponsoring the Hoeffler Cup, which is a tournament we organize as a way to raise money for Victory Juncton and SKJAJA Fund. Kikkor does a fantasic job with community outreach and is definitely one of the “good guys”.
You can check out all of the Kikkor gear on their website
So you have 14 clubs in your bag, but how many do you have scattered around your house and yard? That, my friends is the true measure of your obsession. In my case, I have an old TaylorMade Burner 3 wood just outside my garage door, an old Wilson 9 iron that resides around back, two wedges on the porch, a training club in my office and a shorted club in my bedroom (low ceilings). Yes, I need serious help, but I find taking a few practice swings throughout the day helps to clear my head.
ProAdvanced chipping net, therefore, has become a nice addition to my collection of training tools. Typically, I chip from a small mat in my driveway onto the front or back yard. Besides the wasted time I spend walking around looking for the balls that have nestled down into the grass, I inevitably end up losing more than my fair share of eggs. Clearly, I need a net.
First off, the ProAdvanced Net is extremely simple to set up. It works on the same principal that a car sun visor uses. Simply take it out of the bag, shake it out and its ready to go. So easy, I would be insulting your intelligence if I made a “how to video”, which is why I chose not to (it had nothing to do with the fact I hate making videos).
The ProAdvanced Net has a few specific features that set it apart from most of the other cheapo versions. First, it has a ball return system that makes it super easy to chip, chip and chip some more without ever having to wander your front yard. Secondly, you can add targets which is a nice way to practice specific shots. This way you can work on higher flop shots and bump and run shots. So while you cannot practice distance control you can practice getting the ball started on the right flight.
Perhaps the biggest difference in the ProAdvanced Net and other practice nets is its slim design. I have had practice nets in the past and for the first few weeks they are great, but then I get tired of setting up the monster for a few swings and it ends up never being used. The ProAdvanced net on the other hand, is so easy to set up and take down I ended up using it way more than I thought I would.
For those of you who are a bit more adventurous (and have a better short game than mine), you can take the net inside and use it in any room with sufficient head space. Of course this does require that you are either a) single or b) are married to someone who is more open-minded than my wife.
In terms of construction, the ProAdvanced net not only is well designed to minimize the stress it takes but also is reinforced at all of the points of tension. The large grommet holes allow for you to easily take the target piece on or off as well as secure the net with included stakes.
You will note that the front net is only secured at the top which allows it to better absorb the impact from the golf ball. While I have hit full swings into the net, I would not recommend it as it is frankly too thin to risk shanking a ball into the neighbor’s car.
As an added touch, the kind folks at ProAdvanced have included instructions that are sewn into the case, which is nice if you are like me and never bother to open the manual. This way you will always have a reminder of how to use the net. Luckily, it is basically dummy proof and requires no advance degrees.
ProAdvanced offers this and other nets on their website.
Without googling every golf apparel headquarters, I am pretty sure there are very few that are located in the heart of New York City. While New Yorkers are not know for their love of the game, there is no doubt that fashion is center stage in the Big Apple.
My introduction to Manhattan based, Fairway Fox, came last year we reviewed Kristen Dress and Kate Skort. The Kate Skort is not only perfect for a casual round but also any outdoor event where you want to look “sporty sharp”. So when I was asked to review the new line from Fairway Fox I jumped at the chance. For me, this brand of clothing can be your go-to fashion even if you aren’t on the course because at the center of the brand is a wonderful combination of high end fabrics and exceptional tailoring that can be worn both on and off the course.
Let me start off by saying that I am a skort/skirt girl, especially when I play golf. The reason for this is simple: women’s pants tend to have a lot of spandex or some sort of stretchy material woven in to the fabric. What starts off as a great fitting pair of pants ends up as a sagging, stretched out hassle by the 18th green. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Fairway Fox makes a GREAT fitting pair of trousers will that will not have you hiking up your pants every shot you take on the course!
So perfect are the Fairway Fox’s Eve pants that they not only meet my golf needs, but are equally suitable for other situations as well. When can you wear well-fitting designer pants in a neutral color? . . . ah just about anytime you want to look good. So while I have worn these pants on the course, I have also worn them with a wedge heel to go out. Go to your closet and count how many pieces of clothing you can find that you would even consider being that multi-functional. I would imagine very few. What makes these pants so great is not only the fabulous tailoring, but the attention to detail. The two front pockets are deep and the back pockets have cute gold buttons that dress up the pants and also snap very easily. It is this kind of regard to detail that makes these pants so versatile.
I wore the Eve pants with Fairway Fox’s Cameron Polo in white. (This top is slim fitting, so if you like a roomier shirt I would order a size up.) It has cap sleeves and a two button neckline. Fairway Fox’s embroidered logo is on the center of the back below the collar – subtle and cute at the same time. This top also looks great with the Kate Skort (hint hint) and should be another staple in your wardrobe.
Finally, it should not just be mentioned, but shouted from the rooftops, that every single piece of Fairway Fox clothing is made in the USA. (Go back to your closet again and check your labels. Yup, just what I thought.) Also, I can tell you personally that the Fairway Fox clothing I own is extremely easy to take care of. Just throw it in the wash with your other clothes. Done. Did I mention it is all made in the USA?? Golf attire really doesn’t get much better than Fairway Fox.
You can check out all of the apparel on the Fairway Fox website.
Fair or not, business gets done on the golf course, and if you cannot play then you are missing out on potential opportunities. Recently, I have been working with a number of people who have a specific goal: learn to play business golf. Here are my top 10 ways to get up to speed, and some course strategies to allow you to feel comfortable playing golf in a business environment.
Lyle & Scott may not be a household name in America, but they have been in the apparel business since 1874 and a staple in the European golf market. Headquartered in Scotland, Lyle & Scott sits in the heart of our sports historic birthplace.
I first discovered Lyle & Scott at the 2012 PGA show where I got to see firsthand the entire line of apparel. Unlike most of the American brands that focus on solid colors or blazing patterns, Lyle & Scott trends toward subtle tartans and argyle patterns that run across the trousers, shirts and sweaters. My fear was that while they look great on mannequins, average (or below) looking guys like myself would never be able to pull them off. What I found is that because of the color pallet and design, they are actually quite traditional (just a whole lot hipper).
When the folks at Trendy Golf, who carry a wide range of progressive golf apparel, sent me the Club Pocket Polo, Check Trousers and Argyle Half Zip Jumper for review I will admit to being a bit more excited than usual. Since Lyle & Scott is not widely available in stores, I was very curious to see how they fit and performed. Since I am not alone in being new to the brand, I am going to give you a bit more detail on each piece as there a number design features I rarely see or are significantly different than most other golf apparel.
Lyle & Scott Club Pocket Polo Shirt
Nothing too fancy here, but I do like the cotton as I prefer this material if the weather permits. The added breast pocket is also a nice feature. I am honestly not sure what you put in the small pocket but it’s called a “ticket pocket” (still confused). The big difference with the Lyle & Scott polo is the sleeve length. Without a measuring tape, I am sure they is an inch or so less than any other shirt I own. “Show them the Guns” could be their motto. Also note, the shirts run a tad small. The medium does fit me but I could have gone to a large.
Lyle & Scott Check Trousers:
Here is where it gets really good. Solid colored trousers are fine, but come with a pattern and you have raised the bar tenfold. Unfortunately, it can be a challenge to pull off most muli-colored pants. The Lyle & Scott Check Trousers are dark enough that they are not obnoxious but easily stand out. Plus pairing them with a black shirt is super easy. I also love the cut. Not super slim but slimmer than most American brands. They taper at the ankle and give you a real “player’s look”. Made from cotton, the Check Trousers are warm enough for cooler temps but also comfortable to wear in the low 70’s.
Detail abound in these beauties. Check out the slanted belt loops in the back. At first I thought it might be a manufacturing flaw, but no, it has been added on purpose. The buttons, snaps and zippers are robust and secure so you will not have to fear them breaking or getting snagged. All around I absolutly love these trousers!
Lyle & Scott Argyle Half Zip Jumper
First off, how fun is it to go full snob and correct someone when they say “nice sweater” and you get to be all “Thanks but it’s actually a jumper”. Sweater or jumper, this is the real deal. I think it is fair to say the Scots know a thing or two about 45 degrees and overcast so when they make a sweater you know it is going to be quality.
Made from Pima Cotton, the Half Zip Jumper is super soft and comfortable. When the temperatures fall into the 50’s, a sweater is a perfect option to keep the chill away without going to a bulky jacket or pull-over. Additionally, I like the fact that it has elastic cuffs and waist that keeps it well fit and snug to your body.
I have always subscribed to the theory that where a company is based has a large effect on their design. With the prevailing low temperatures and generally nasty weather, Lyle & Scott have mastered clothing for fall and winter golf. My bottom line: I absolutely love this brand!
Dunning Golf Apparel: With the golf apparel world exploding over the last few years, we are seeing companies differentiate themselves in all sorts of ways. From the wacky patterns of Loudmouth Golf, to the cool dude styling of Travis Mathew, to the companies prioritizing playability more than style, we at Three Guys have noticed that each firm will decide what is most important and then chase that mission down like a madman. This time around I was sent some apparel made by Dunning Golf, and without even reading up on their background I was able to quickly surmise their vibe: performance, performance, traditional good looks, and then some performance.
Around since 2001, Dunning Golf’s slogan is ‘Engineered for Athletes, Designed for Players’. Catchy for sure, but the takeaway is that Dunning leans more towards technical performance than it does style. That’s not to say you’ll be wearing a high-performance brown paper bag, but it is clear that their top priority is performance achieved through cutting-edge materials while maintaining the classic look. Supporting my theory is the fact that they are the first company I have seen to have a ‘Technology’ page on their website, wherein they describe the technical aspects of each garment (shorts, pants, shirts, sweaters, etc.). And to absolutely slam-dunk my theory into your cranium: Dunning does not mess around with many funky patterns or newfangled styles – their polos are either solid or striped, their shorts are either solid colors or have a subtle pattern on them, they only have one pair of pants on the shelves (solid colors of course), their sweaters are all solid colors, and all of their outerwear is solid colors only. That might sound a bit boring given all the funky stuff that is available these days, but I also think it means that they intend to let their performance do the talking.
Dunning is currently worn on Tour by Charles Howell III, Russell Knox, Roberto Castro, and Kevin Foley. Dunning is also a staple in clubhouses around the world so it is fair to say they are playing in the big leagues. It is also clear that they make good stuff; I had a polo shirt, a sweater, a pair of pants, and a belt sent my way, and there was no mistaking that every item was well made. Here’s the quick scoop: the pants and sweater looked very business-like . . . well made and definitely performance fiber-y, but nothing to really grab the attention. The belt had a clean/classic look to it that seems simple but cannot be faked by lesser quality makes. Now the shirt, the shirt looked crisp, professional, and somehow stood out as kind of badass in some weird way I have not yet encountered in my travels.
I chose a basic pattern called Stretch Pique Double Chest Stripe Polo: navy blue (called ‘halo’) with one green (‘reef’) stripe and one white (‘white’) stripe across the chest – no big deal. But somehow, this shirt pops. The quality fabric jumps right out at you, and the collar is a bit more regal than most with kind of a starched, disciplined look to it.
Simply put, the feel of the shirt is player. As dumb as it sounds, the fabric and cut lent itself to my believing that my swing was akin to a touring professional. Whether or not I “did or did not” yank my first drive deep into the woods is not of any consequence. The point is I looked and felt like a pro. Cash money!
Taking a step back to be fair to the entire outfit, Dunning Golf has developed its lines with the idea of “layering” being key to achieving comfort without sacrificing playability. Instead of throwing a big fleece on when it gets chilly, just utilize a few thinner layers to achieve the same temperature without hindering the golf swing. It makes sense, just as it did 30 years ago when my mom explained it before I went sledding. So when it was time for me to put the sweater on, this concept held true, as there was no interference with my sweet swing whatsoever and I still looked good.
Now, if we are keeping it real here at Three Guys (like you know we do), I think one would be hard-pressed to find a sweater that actually did interfere with the golf swing, unless you hockeywrestled one off of Dr. Huxtable himself. So I can’t act like Dunning Golf invented the playable sweater, but I can say that their model is sharp looking, playable, and has a lighter feel that I can only attribute to some cool high-tech material that I don’t even know about.
With regards to cost, I feel that Dunning’s price points accurately reflect the high-caliber apparel that Dunning Golf brings to the table: shirts run between $80 and $95, shorts and pants are $80 to $99, outerwear (pullovers, thermals, vests, sweaters, windshirts) range from $90 to $145, and belts are at $90.
Bottom line on Dunning Golf: this is quality apparel with a performance bent and clean, classic styling. Your swing will feel great in these clothes. And while you may not bowl over the hipsters at your club with your fashion, you will look damn sharp . . . no matter what your taste, that’s probably the most important trend there is.
Visit the Dunning Golf website for more info at http://www.dunninggolf.com/
In the days when I worked in an office I kept a set of fresh golf clothes stashed in my car. That way I was always prepared to sneak out of work for a quick mid-day round. The funny thing is, I would change back into my work clothes before I got home. Whether it was the personal guilt or because I did not want my wife to know the extent of my golf problem, the whole exercise would have been a lot easier had I owned a few Vesti Ascendi shirts and ties.
Every weekend I play with a group of about 20 guys who by now understand my gig. Gone are the questions about how and why I get so much golf gear. Instead, I get good feedback from regular hardcore golfers. The day I strolled into the clubhouse wearing a blue Vesti Ascendi shirt and matching tie (called the Mulligan), I got a bunch of “Whoa, are you headed to church?” and “seriously, are you playing in a dress shirt?”
However, after the initial wave of flip comments, I got a number of compliments and the phrase most used was “that looks sharp”. Yup, the fact is, you wear a shirt and tie not because it is comfortable but because you look good (and chicks dig it). But what if a shirt and tie was actually comfortable? What if there was a dress shirt that was specifically designed for golf? This is the essence of Vesti Ascendi.
So yes, Vesti Ascendi is totally different than anything in the current golf apparel world. However, turn back the clock and Bobby Jones, and men of that generation, would scoff at the thought of wearing anything other than their Sunday best. So what changed? Well, we went all techno and realized there are better materials and flashier colors. Vesti Ascendi seeks to bring back the look of the golfing legends but with with material and design made specifically for golf.
Specifically, Vesti Ascendi shirt is made with a number of key design features that are not found in regular dress shirts. Including:
- Soft Pima cotton lining on the collar and cuffs
- Back expansion pleat to allow for the golf swing
- Cuffs that are easily turned up and stay firm throughout the round
- Tie rails that keep the tie in place so that it is never in your way or distracting
Obviously, playing golf requires a lot more exercise and motion than walking around the office, so having a Pima cotton collar is a wonderful and needed addition. This soft lining makes it so you will never have any chafing to your neck and the back pleat allows for a wide range of motion without inhibiting your swing.
However, the most dramatic design feature is the tie rail. Simply attach the elastic strip to the top button, run it through the 4 tie loops and then attach it to a button near the bottom. The tie will hang naturally but never move when you swing or get in your way when you putt. Kinda brilliant.
Getting down to brass tax, it is clear that this look is not for every temperature and for every golfer. One could argue that it is the perfect “office to the course” shirt, but that is not the reality. I would argue that the shirt is absolutely as suitable for non golfing activities as it is very well-tailored, comfortable and well made. However, wearing this to play golf requires a bit of a leap of faith in the same way fans of Loudmouth Golf can relate to.
Vesti Ascendi is a look, a feel, a vibe. How you dress on the course is a statement and reflection of your personality and game. There are times I just want to get in a quick nine holes and I grab the first shirt that gets in my way. Actually, I pick out a cheap one because it is a subconscious reminder that I am going out for a practice round. On the other hand, there are days that I am out to go low. For those days I want to look my best.
Choosing to wear Vesti Ascendi is more complicated than having a multi-purpose shirt. Whenever you choose to stray from the norm you are going to make a statement. While that statement is not universal for every person, it does convey a level of maturity and respect for the game. A classic look for a modern man.
Importantly, Vesti Ascendi is not owned by a large multi-national company. It is owned and operated by a very well respected golf blogger. For me, I am a huge believer in supporting small companies because I know the dedication it takes, and selfishly, it just feels good to support that cause.
Vesti Ascendi currently offers three shirt and tie combinations as well as a drivers cap and traditional baseball hat. Shirts run $150 and include the tie and custom wood hanger and can be purchased directly on the Vesti Ascendi website.
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