The Local Knowlege


Game improvement: Pants you can't wait to put on one leg at a time

By Alex Holmes

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.

This time of year, housebound golfers all over the northern U.S. tend to say "enough is enough" and embark on early season rounds with balky swings and big smiles. Winter's come and gone (kind of ...) so we gleefully traipse down water-logged fairways, gouging divots the size of bath mats as our golf year finally begins in earnest.

This year, instead of reaching the second tee in soaking wet khakis, upgrade your soft-season game with Dry Stretch pants ($39.90) from Japan's rapidly growing retail giant, Uniglo.

GI-Uniqlo-DryTechTrsr-MicroPrint.jpgUniqlo -- with Adam Scott serving as a brand ambassador -- designed the tech trouser fabric in collaboration with Toray, a Japanese chemical engineering firm. The material aims to wick water, dry quickly and stretch with the body's natural movements. The pants are also wrinkle resistant and machine washable so no matter what they look like after 18, toss them in the wash and just hang 'em out to dry.

Leave the heavy cotton twills in your locker and work these pants into your sloppy spring rounds.