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It's not just Bernhard Langer's game that's worth imitating

Arguably the most dominant golfer on any tour in 2014 celebrates a birthday today. Happy 57th to Bernhard Langer, owner of two green jackets and a slew of international titles to go with his 23 Champions Tour wins -- five of which he has claimed this year.

Looking back through some old photos of Langer, we realized that the German was quite the swaggy dude in his day. Long before Rickie Fowler was born, Langer was rocking some serious single color set-ups, including the head-to-toe red look he cued up to win his first Masters title in 1985.


We'd suggest starting with something subtler, but don't be afraid to try out this monochromatic move from the former World No. 1.


Langer circa 1985.


Langer circa 2000.


Langer circa 2002.


Langer circa 2010.


Langer circa 2014.

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Dagwood Golf accessories won't help you hit it farther, but they will help you better appreciate the game

The way former Adidas designer Anielle Crisanto and filmmaker Tom Henze see it, golf products and accessories have evolved over the last 20 years from a technology standpoint but in the process the quality hasn't necessarily kept up. It's what inspired the duo to launch Dagwood Golf, a premium golf and outdoor accessory brand that aims to alter the way golfers see golf.

Take one look at their website, and it's easy to see that these guys aren't talking tech. From the development of their first golf glove, Dagwood was less interested in improving your golf stats and more concerned with the things that could add value to your game long after your rounds had ended.

The couple, who live and work together in Berlin, have an undeniable appreciation for quality craftsmanship. Their entire collection, which includes golf bags, shoes, belts, gloves, headcovers, hats and more, is handmade by specialty artisans from Portugal.

Henze and Crisanto derive a lot of their creative direction from classic 1980s street-wear looks (peep the Stan Smith lookin' spikeless golf shoes!). It's those simple street styles, mixed with iconic golf pieces, that yield the brand's timeless and relevant aesthetic.

"We want to be the brand for the golfer who loves golf and is very aware of the fact that playing a game with a friend for five hours is a huge luxury," said Henze in a recent interview with Hong Kong's Minor House blog. "We want to continuously bring products to the game that showcase a similar approach of time, friendship, honesty and quality."

In an age when it seems like all anyone wants to talk about is bigger cups and bifurcation, it's important to recognize a brand that celebrates the idea that everyone from FedEx Cuppers to first timers can all relate: the unexplainable yet undeniable emotional shared experience around the game of golf. Is it stretch to think a leather scorecard holder will make you stop and smell the fresh-cut grass? Possibly. But is it too hard to imagine holding on to something long enough so that you'll have a piece of your game to pass down to someone when you hang up your spikes and their just putting theirs on? I don't think so.

Ultimately, Dagwood won't make you hit it any further but a few of their pieces may help you appreciate some of the games less measurable moments.

Check out some of our favorite Dagwood pieces below.

Leather Scorecard Holder - $85


Canvas Spikeless Golf Shoe - $205


Hand Knit Headcovers - $32.50


Retro Baseball Hat - $63.70


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A slip-on golf shoe that, well, actually looks like a golf shoe

Derived from the Greek word bios, for "life," Biion seeks to bring new life to the golf-shoe industry. The brainchild of Toronto fashion entrepreneur Rick Buchanan, the slip-on shoes are made of a lightweight yet sturdy EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) material that is anti-microbial, odor-resistant and washable.


The company offers shoes in five styles—classic, patterns, saddles, brights and wingtips—and 36 colors. Each features a dual-density midsole and honeycomb-pattern spikeless tread to provide stability and comfort.


Unique to Biion's design is my favorite feature: aeration holes. Not only do they help keep your feet cool and dry, but they allow you to wear the shoes with or without socks. Retailing for $100, these shoes provide a definite style statement whether worn on or off the course.

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Game improvement: Deodorant that won't turn your whites yellow

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.

If you're tired of tossing out perfectly good white shirts at the end of every summer due to some unsightly yellowing of the underarm it may be time to upgrade your deodorant. Most big-brand drugstore offerings like Speedstick, Old Spice, Gillette, etc. use aluminum to keep you dry by blocking the pores in your pits, and it's your sweat's chemical reaction with the aluminum that leaves that yellowish residue on your shirts.

loop-Malin-and-Goetz-Deodorant-310.jpgDespite their witty ads and macho scents such as "Arctic Avalanche" or "Glacial Gush" (I made those names up but, you get the point . . .) the big brands are all pretty much made up of the same thing. If you're fed up with replacing the most basic elements of your wardrobe each season I suggest checking out some natural, aluminum-free roll-ons.

My favorite is Malin+Goetz's eucalyptus deodorant. It's made from natural, odor-neutralizing, plant extracts and is aluminum and alcohol free. I've been using it for a year or so and haven't lost a shirt yet. If you feel like making the switch, give your body a few weeks to adjust to the new product. After all, the poor pores have probably been caked in aluminum since puberty! Trust me, the extra expense up front is well worth the money you'll save in shirts.

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant, $18

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Make the switch to spikeless golf shoes and you might not go back

I live in Manhattan, and toting my sticks on and off subway cars and in and out of cabs has turned into a real pain in the butt. In an effort to lighten my load I bought a small Sunday carry bag and tried my best to get rid of all the excess crap I'd accumulated over the last few months in my old bag. The change helped, and after discarding a banana peel, some scuffed golf balls, five of my six divot tools and a pair of boxers (don't ask) I was on the right track.

That said, the biggest loser ended up being my shoes. Whether I knotted the laces and slung them over my 3-wood, or stuffed my two FJ classics in the side pouch, my kicks were by far the heaviest piece of equipment I was hauling.

My options:
A. Carry a separate shoe bag. That didn't seem to make any sense as I maintained the weight and lost a free hand by carrying another bag.

B. Shelf the trusty classics and add a set of spikeless shoes I could wear to, from and, of course, at the golf course.

So, I picked up a pair of FJ Contour Casuals, and I've been wearing them all over all summer! They look and feel awesome. The full-grain leather and simple suede detailing mirror the minimalist designs coming out of some big-name sneaker companies. Meanwhile, they feel just as stable as my wood-soled classics on the course. I'll even wear 'em to the office if I'm gonna try and duck out early to play nine, and no one seems to be the wiser.

These types of soft, spikeless shoes are all over the tours and have started taking over a sizeable section of the classic golf-shoe market for good reason.

Here are six sweet hybrid hook-ups to check out.

FJ Contour Casual, $115


True Linkswear True Oxford, $100

loop-True-Linkswear-True-Oxford-518.jpg Ecco Street Retro, $140


G Fore Patent Leather, $265


Kikkor Micro Print, $120


Nike Lunarlon, $100


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The Lifestyle Looper: What you can -- and can't -- pick up for cheap

Admit it, we could all use a little style guidance on and off the course. And so we introduce The Lifestyle Looper, a friendly voice that can help you navigate some of life’s trickier situations.

H&M, the Swedish fast-fashion retailer, recently opened a new flagship store on Madison Ave. in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks up the street from my office. I'd bought a bunch of basic golf gear from them in the past -- mostly some slim fit chinos and solid cotton polos -- so I popped in recently to see if I could pick up a few new basics for a bargain.

The place looked just like other H&Ms I'd been in, and the product mix didn't offer much I hadn't already checked out online. What did hit me though about it -- and other "haute-look-for-less" style stores like it (Zara, Topshop, COS, etc.) is that they do some things really well, and then some things really poorly, and there isn't much in-between. The trick for customers, then, shopping in such places is to navigate these extremes wisely and figure out what you can and can't score on the cheap.

Here's how:

The Dos

Pick up Some Trendier Pieces
The whole merchandising philosophy behind these fast-retail spots is that they can get runway looks to market faster and for a fraction of the price than designer labels. Chances are the trend will blow out before your shirt does and a $20 donation to goodwill is a lot easier to stomach than a $2,000 one.

Refresh your T-Shirt Game
You'd be hard pressed to show me a T worth buying that costs more than $35. Pick up cheap cotton t-shirts in some stripes and solids and toss 'em out when the pits start to feel funky. Rinse and repeat.

Game Improvement Seasonal Starters
Trust me, I get it, it's hard to spend money on expensive, seasonal dress clothes when faced with the proposition of only wearing them a few months out of the year. Start slow, pick up some linen trousers for less than your dry-cleaning bill and wear them on a scorcher of a casual Friday. Be careful ... you'll find it harder to go back to your worsted work-wear than you think.

The Don'ts

Stay Away From the Shoes
If they look like plastic it's probably because that's what they're made of. No one's asking you to spring for John Lobbs but $18 oxfords aren't the way to go either.

Beware of their Boxers
If you feel like having your sensitives disintegrate between your legs on a hot humid day on the course, go right-a-head and look for bargain briefs. However, if that sounds as uncomfortable hearing it as it did typing it, stick with the standard bearers -- Hanes, Jockey, etc.

Jewelry, Don't Even Think About It.
Just because your girlfriend can pluck out some diamonds from the rough doesn't mean you can, too. Picking out some plastic costume jewelry is not a gift, that's her hobby. As for you, it's wise to stick to the pricier bits here and there's no way around that one, sorry.

Follow the dos, pick your spots and figure out how to add the right well-priced pieces into your game this year.

Here are six steals from H&M we're still feelin' for the rest of the summer season. All styles available at

Black Slim Stripe Pocket T, $12.95 

Denim Shirt, $29.95 

Stone Linen Trousers $29.95 

Orange Sailor Stripe T, $5.95


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Game improvement: Hawaiian shirts aren't only for luaus

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.

Hawaiian shirts are trending everywhere from Prada to Patagonia this season and they are among the best ways to step up your summer-style game. If you're really feeling bold, we don't see why you wouldn't be able to add these florals to your foursome, too. Here's how to make the Hawaiian look work on and off the course.

1. Granddad's beach button-down won't work. Contemporary iterations of Hawaiian shirts are slimmed down and shorter than the classic designs. They'll still fit comfortably, but no one looks good swimming in a boxy shirt.

2. Hit it solid. The shirt will make a statement on its own so keep the bottom half of your outfit solid and simple. Jeans, navy chinos, white shorts, etc.

3. Do not tuck it in. Yes, you heard me, even on the golf course. This laid-back style is meant to be worn outside your shorts. Now, granted, you don't want look like a schlub. But if your clothes are washed, wrinkle free and fit well, I see no reason to enforce the tuck rule here. You may have some problems at some real swank clubs with this one, but hopefully these rules start to bend soon enough.

A colorful Hawaiian shirt is a cool way to add a little life -- and levity -- to your game. Check out five of my favorites. And remember real men wear pink -- and real men with great style can shoot 58 wear flowers (h/t Ryo Ishikawa).

Zanerobe Hawaiian Shirt, $90


Black Island Life Button Down, $80


Bonobos Surf Print, $75 


H&M Hawaiian Shirt, $30


Penfield Floral Block Hawaiian, $51

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Billy Horschel's pants continue to be an inspiration to all of us

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Billy Horschel was eight shots off the lead when he teed off in the final round of the PGA Championship. Will he claim his first major championship this week? Probably not. But with pants like these, does it really matter?

horschel-pants-505.jpgFor those interested, the RLX Golf pants, described as Camouflage-Frog Greens Pants, are available on for $125. Let's have a closer look at that pattern, which Horschel's father, Billy Sr., is also sporting in a shorts version.

Horschel not only continues to be one of the style icons of the PGA Tour, but he seems to have found a niche among pants featuring water-dwelling creatures.

You'll recall at the 2013 U.S. Open he wore these octopus pants.

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Five PGA Championship outfits we're looking forward to seeing

By Marty Hackel

The year's final major, the PGA Championship, is here. And while we're looking forward to watching some great golf, here are some outfits you're not going to want to miss, either:

rory-mcilroy-pga-championship-scripting.jpgRory's on a roll and looks to be a major force this week. We would like to point out, however, that he plays better when he dresses with more impact and contrast. Notice how striking the full image of Rory is, but I'm a bit concerned about the grey on grey. I'll be interested to see how this week pans out for the World No. 1.


rickie-fowler-pga-championship-scripting.jpgRickie Fowler is always one of our favorites because his clothing has energy and he wears it with such confidence. His Thursday graphic polo will jump off your TV screen. Well done!


We love Billy Horschel's menu for the entire week. It's going to look great on TV because, as always, his selections are bold and fun. Let's hope he makes it to the weekend, because his best look is the Sunday camouflage frog green trousers.

RLX Ralph Lauren

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jordan-spieth-pga-championship-scripting.jpg We've been giving Jordan a lot of grief this year about his tentative color selections, but he's batting .750 in our style book this week as three of the four feature the alpine color and only Saturday contrasts against the other three; a utilitarian choice as that Saturday white shirt features ColdBlack technology, which reflects the sun's rays and will keep him cooler.


Justin Rose's Ashworth selections are consistent and well-merchandised, with three of the four days keeping this light purple color highly visible. You could easily make an effective display with his four selections.


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Game improvement: Changing the pace with your polos

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.

By now you've probably amassed a mountain of pique polos in every size, shape and color. So many, in fact that you could probably live out your last days on the links without picking up another. If you are, however, open to a little change of pace in your polos might I suggest this sartorial set up.


H&M Silk Blend Polo, $29.95

You see, the term polo is just a design descriptor and has nothing to do with what the shirt is made from. Sure, 99 percent of the market consists of banded-sleeve cotton piques, but I've encountered all sorts of styles in everything from cotton to cashmere.

No matter how swaggy your style, a lot of these finer fabrics make for quite the pricey polo. That is until now. As silly as it sounds to a golfer, the polo has become quite the trendy silhouette this season and retailers, from low-end to lux, are rolling out all sorts of these short sleeves by the busload. This silk blend stunner from H&M is my winner by far. Wear an undershirt wherever you decide to play in your polo, but aside from that, standard style rules apply. This season, add some sartorial swagger to your game with this silk blend polo and show the rest of your foursome how to suit up in style.

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