The shirts retail for $15 at bombtechgolf.com
At the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last February, Gay and Sligo debuted a line of golf clothes for men and boys. Designed by Rooney, the line is inspired by and named for his son, Jagger (shown with dad in the photo). The shirts feature a musical motif with a guitar pick and strings forming an argyle pattern and a rendering of 6-year-old Jagger Rooney's signature.
The men's line (shirts, $79; shorts, $85) and boys' line (shirts, $50; shorts, $70) feature similar patterns, so the little ones can look like their dads on the course. Here's a link to check them out.
A portion of the proceeds of all Jagger apparel is donated to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.
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With sneaker and spikeless shoes continuing to trend on the course, Kentwool's KW are thinner socks with a more responsive in-shoe feel for softer soles. While still wind spun from Kentwool's proprietary merino-wool base, the KW is also blended with bamboo fibers to give the thinner sock the company's standard level of strength and durability. Sure, $20 a pop sounds steep but, they'll outlast the rest of your cotton and acrylic socks in for sure. In fact, try keeping your feet warm and dry this fall with the KW Kentwools and you may never go back to cotton on the course again.
Kentwool KW Series socks, $20.95
Lacoste recently launched City Golf, a capsule collection of classic golf styles in a focused assortment of sharp shades meant to reflect a cool and clean metropolitan aesthetic.
Take or leave the design inspiration for what you will, the men's and women's city golf collections -- built on a few polos, a couple of knitwear pieces and some bottoms -- feel like a surefire fall kit that you can rotate on and off the course all season long. The simple, solid selection is coordinated to work with each piece in the collection, but all the Lacoste looks in the City capsule should pair perfectly with your favorite fall go-tos, too. The smart, sophisticated styles check all the necessary basic boxes, yet small detail updates and interesting fabrics elevate this concept to a cut above your standard gear.
Check out some of our favorite men's and women's pieces below, all available at lacoste.com/us/city-golf.
Navy Micro Print Polo, $120
Light Gray Honeycomb Open Weave Polo with Stand Up Collar, $120
Navy Print Banded Sweater, $250
Gray/Blue Knit Trouser, $175
Tan Merino Turtle Neck, $150
Burgundy Long Placket Polo, $89.50
Charcoal A-Line Sweater Skirt, $125
Navy Padded Puffer Vest, $295
Golf Digest Stix: What's the main challenge in designing a lineup for an entire team?
Lauren: The team aspect is what differentiates the Ryder Cup from other premier golf events. Our focus is on meeting the needs of the players and delivering products that are not only functional but something that unites them and gives them a sense of pride.
Golf Digest Stix: When did you and your team start working up options?
Lauren: Over a year ago. After completing sketches, we spent months perfecting the technical elements. We continuously met with Tom Watson and the PGA of America, and once we all felt confident, we went into production. Then it was time to start fitting the players. We identified the top 25 U.S. players and had personalized fittings with each so everything would fit flawlessly when it came time for the Ryder Cup.
Golf Digest Stix: How many items did the PGA ask you to provide?
Lauren: We wanted to provide the players with more than enough options to perform their best while on the course. The full collection includes shirts, pants and sweaters, as well as a variety of outerwear. And this year marks the first time in Ryder Cup history the entire collection is available for purchase, which is great.
Golf Digest Stix: With the outfits you choose for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (see above), how many alternative ideas were drawn up but ultimately rejected?
Lauren: We created three options for each day, and though we liked them all, we had our favorites. The Watson team pick-ed the top suggestion on every account.
Golf Digest Stix: How much does the event itself and the gravitas that the Ryder Cup holds impact the look you were trying for?
Lauren: The rich heritage and tradition [of the Ryder Cup] have been embraced by some of the greatest players golf has ever seen. We wanted the U.S. team uniforms to reflect that vision by creating something that embodies the spirit of America and pays homage to the host country. We created the Black Watch plaid in green and navy as a nod Scotland. We used patriotic red, white and blue color blocking into each look and incorporated a band of 12 stars into the shoulder to signify the importance of each player. As a final touch, we embroidered the words "United We Stand" into the shirts as a nod to Captain Tom Watson's strong leadership.
Golf Digest Stix: Captains have famously, and sometimes infamously, played a role in the design process. How did Tom contribute?
Lauren: Anytime Tom Watson is on your team, you've won. His passion, professionalism, attention to detail and leadership are unparalleled. He took product testing to a new level and even wore each of the jackets in the shower to see how they would hold up in bad weather.
It's a tall task to outfit your nation's Ryder Cup squad. Captains and players come in all shapes and sizes and bring their own stance on style to the table. We take a look back at U.S. Ryder Cup clothing over the last 10 years and review some of the links looks they'll rock this year as they try to turn the tide against the Euros at Gleneagles.
2004 -- Oakland Hills
Oh my how fit has come so far. If you told me that the Ryder Cup clothing strategy in 2004 was "one size fits all" I'd believe you. For those of you who still think baggier clothes make you look smaller, I'm not sure what else I can say.
2006 -- The K Club
Sweater vests were trending in 2006 and seem to be a staple in U.S. Ryder Cup wear as far back as we can tell. Why, I'm not really sure.
2008 -- Valhalla
Sleepy styles were infused with tons of U.S. energy from a team that overpowered the Euros in 2008 at Valhalla. Justin Leonard's black-and-white argyle polo and AK's khakis are pretty pedestrian but hey, we haven't seen a W for the US since so I'm letting this all slide.
2010 -- Celtic Manor
Fashionable, maybe? Functional, certainly not. The baseball jacket struck out in foul weather in 2010 and half the team went so far as to cut the sleeves off of their slickers because they were so uncomfortable. We're all for breaking away from the standard red, white and blues but the purple cardigan and pinstripe trousers had Rickie Fowler looking as confused as we were.
2012 -- Medinah
Ralph Lauren modernizes classic golf gear in 2012. Striped polos and sweater vests manage to make an appearance on both squads throughout the last decade, and RLX executes a modern twist on some of the game's standard styles.
2014 -- Gleneagles
Ralph Lauren continues to pay homage to classic links looks while still modernizing some of the game's standard styles. Black-watch tech tartan trousers and engineered, color-blocked striped polos will make a strong statement for the U.S. team in 2014. This Sunday, we'll see if the men in the red trousers will be the ones hoisting this year's trophy.
In 2014, Horschel turned the volume up to 11 when he started serving up all sorts of bold bottoms over the weekends. Through the course of the year we've seen the FedEx Cup Champ look like a stud in everything from octopuses to electric plaids, and if you're trying to pick up on some of his sartorial swag, here's how to start:
1. Nail the Fit.
Whether you're wearing corduroys or camouflage, fit is the most important metric of style. Take your trousers to a tailor if they don't fit you comfortably in the waist, seat and thighs. Make sure they break just on top of your shoes; if you can't see your socks when you crouch to read a putt your pants are too long.
2. Party on the Bottom, Business on Top.
Nothing in your look should fight for attention. If you're wearing a louder look on the bottom, make sure your shirt, shoes and hat all stay on the simple, solid side.
3. Why So Serious?
It's sad enough watching grown men have mental breakdowns mid-round but, there's nothing funnier than seeing a dude in purple pants smash a 7-iron into the turf in frustration. If you decide to work some lighter brighter bottoms into your game, try to reflect that sentiment around your track, too. Who knows, a little levity may just do more for your move than you think.
Check out 5 of our favorite below the belt style statements here:
Nike Navy Muted Camo
RLX Green Frog Floral Print
Puma Orange Sport Lux 5 Pocket
J. Lindeberg White Geo Camo Print
Maide Golf Navy Tech Plaid
Angel Cabrera looks a lot more like most of the guys I see on the weekend-warrior tours than Adam Scott. During the 2014 season, Cabrera's weight fluctuated five to 10 pounds, but he looked better than in years past thanks to some simple style choices.
Throughout his summer swing in 2013, Cabrera rocked some typical tour pro looks: a solid polo, white belt and a pleated trouser.
Angel Cabrera Summer 2014
By 2014 a few minor fit and fabric adjustments made for quite the dapper Duck
1. Shorten The Sleeves -- A slightly slimmer and shorter sleeve on even the most classic cuts makes for a more modern look and adds shape to the torso.
2. Ditch The White Belt -- A white belt with a dark shirt and trouser bisects your body and attracts attention to your midsection. No matter what color your strap is, make sure to match it to your shirt and/or your trousers to smooth out a longer, leaner look.
3. Pass on the Pleats -- Here's an area where Cabrera can still improve. Those pleats just add fabric around his waist and legs that make him look bigger than he is.
After celebrating Arnold Palmer's 85th birthday we thought it'd be appropriate to commemorate the King's classic style with a salute to his most iconic sweater -- the cardigan.
The Cardigan sweater was originally conceived as a naval knitwear piece and was first popularized in the mid-1850s when tales of Major General James Bundell and his fleet's defeat of the Russians at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War spread across the British Empire. Major General Bundell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, is the namesake for the 160-year-old soldier style.
The cardigan sweater remains a menswear mainstay and has a place in every man's closet. Dig back in to the Arnie achieve and you'll find tons of shots of the stud on and off the course in cardigan sweaters. Throw yours over a T-shirt and some jeans or layer it under a suit. Either way, check out five of our favorite sweaters and try adding a cardigan into your rotation for fall.
J. Crew Merino Wool Navy Cardigan
A basic that will never go out of style, layer this in everywhere from the office to the course to the bar.
Uniqlo Merino Wool Gray Sailor Stripe
Naval stripes are still on trend for fall and this banded cardigan fits right in.
J. Lindeberg Wool/Silk Solid
The king of sharp style brings it again with this wool and silk stone-colored blend.
Puma Teal Full Zip
Puma executes the modern take on the classic cardigan in a pop color and a zip front.
Joe Fresh Cashmere Retro Button Front
If you're trying to channel the vintage vibe and go old school Arnold, rock this mustard sweater with some navy chinos and you're all set.
A full-grain leather overnight bag still feels like one of those manly must-haves every guy should own and be able to hand down to his kid one day. My dad moved to New York in 1973 with a Filson leather duffle, which he gave to me when I went to college, and I still use it for weekend trips. That said, leather bags can be expensive and very heavy to tote around. If you've got a weekend buddies trip on the books this fall or you're just trying to pick up a bag that's a bit bigger than your standard brief case, we'd suggest checking out some sharp alternatives to the standard leather carry-on.
While there used to be a big gap in the market between refined travel bags made by luxury brands and technical totes from camping and climbing companies, the void has been filled by strong offerings from both sides. More and more designers are using technical materials, such as rubber, nylon, cotton and canvas, in classic silhouettes to develop bags that are built to take a beating but won't look out of place at baggage claim on a business trip.
If you're in the market for a new weekend bag, check out five fresh, lightweight leather alternatives that'll take you everywhere you need to go this fall.
APC Navy Nylon Holdall
DSPTCH Light Gray Technical Weekender
Filson Black Waxed Canvas Duffle
Herschel Supply Co. Camo Duffle
H&M Black Rubberized Sport Bag