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Why tour pros wear "outfits" but you should wear "clothes"

Most of today's modern tour pros wear "outfits" -- highly coordinated kits that pair specific items of clothing together, often matching them identically by color. I've come to describe this tour trend as the "Hook-Up."

Hook-Up: verb / (huk-up) 1. To match two or more colorful pieces of clothing together identically.
A slang term with early origins in the late 90's hip-hop community and most often used to describe sneaker / hat coordination.

Take Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia.

loop-fowler-garcia-hook-up-518.jpgI'll be the first to say that not only are Fowler and Garcia two of the game's most dominant players, they're also two of golf's best dressed. Their clothes fit well, they understand styling and they consistently present an impactful image both personally as well as for their endorsers.

However, just because #theseguysaregood doesn't necessarily mean you should follow their lead on this tour trend, and here's why.

1. It makes you look like you're trying way too hard.
I don't care whether you're talking about Freddy Mercury or Freddie Couples, no one in the canon of cooldom has ever made it look like they were trying to look a specific way. We've all seen that guy who rolls up to the first tee completely decked out in this season's J. Lindeberg. Don't be that guy.

2. Hooking-up a highly coordinated look can be pretty limiting.
Specifically so when it comes to wearing those pieces with the rest of your wardrobe. If you can pull these moves together for every round next season than great for you, but I play too much golf and do too little laundry to ever make this work. Point is, even if your neon-yellow spikes, belt and hat all look fresh together, they can be difficult to breakdown and work in with the rest of the clothes in your closet.

These aren't strictly golf guidelines, either. Maybe you're not into clothes and don't have much of a wardrobe, which is totally cool. Everyone, though, gets in a bind sometimes when they need to pull something together for a wedding and they've got to drop a little dough on a look they'd like to last. Instead of letting some salesman hook you up in an outfit with a plaid shirt and purple tie, pick up a sharp, solid suit and some basic furnishings in light blues and navys that will work with everything you'll ever own. This way, if you grow out of some of your gear you won't be SOL when the next event rolls around and you have to start the whole process from scratch.

So, if someone's willing to pay you tons of money to wear certain styles, don't ask questions and keep that gig up for as long as you can. If, however, no one is willing to sponsor you, you'll do well to find some of your inspiration outside the ropes. ... Read

The perfect T-shirt for the shortest hitter in your group

The saying "Drive for show, putt for dough" has survived this long for a reason. Hit it wherever you want off the tee, and a solid short game will save you strokes, no doubt about it. 

Even so, there's also no doubt about the social prowess hitting the long ball holds. You all know the guy in your group that can rip it off the tee. He's the man. His drives soars through the air for hours. Days. Years.  

Conversely, there's the guy who just doesn't bring any power to the tee box. That next gear with the driver doesn't exist. Never has. Who knows? Maybe he never will. 

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The guys at BombTech Golf, the custom golf club company based out of Vermont, don't want these players to be in hiding anymore. So they made these hilarious T-shirts. I'm in the process of ordering one for my cubical mate right now. The message is pure: You're pretty short off the tee, might as well own it.  

The shirts retail for $15 at

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Country-music guitarist helps create music-inspired golf clothing line

loop-sligo-JD-Jaggerr-rooney-350.jpgProfessional golfer Brian Gay is a huge country-music fan. Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney is an avid golfer. Inevitably, the two became friends, and it led to a partnership that was realized through Gay's clothing sponsor, Sligo Wear.

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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Yes, there is such a thing as performance golf socks

Performance golf socks might not be a product you ever thought you'd be in the market for, but hear us out. Kentwool already has a strong following among tour pros who need to be discerning about what they wear on their feet given they spend all day on them while at work. The company's new KW series builds on the company's reputation while address a new niche in the market.

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

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Lacoste has some surefire fall looks with its City Golf collection

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

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


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The outfits American fans are wearing at the Ryder Cup are nothing if not patriotic

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- It's been a road game this week for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, but they have not been without their supporters. A hearty lot of American fans have made their presence felt at Gleneagles. OK, so maybe you haven't heard them all that much -- in case you haven't been paying attention, there hasn't been a lot to cheer for to this point. They've certainly been seen, however, typically adorned in some iteration of red, white and blue splendor.

The outfits have varied from clever to cliched, tasteful to tacky. Here are some of the ones that  caught our eye, for better or worse.

Tall stocking cap


Practical (it's been windy and a tad bit cold) but doesn't win over fans who are standing behind you.

American flag costume


Got to love the patriotic pride, even if it's a little on the gaudy side. We give him extra credit though for having the flag signed by several members of the U.S. team.

American flag polo shirt


Yeah, you guys tried, but the effort comes up a little short.

Vikings fans


Wrong sport fellas. It's golf not football.

Shorts and socks


Not bad … the matching socks help raise the grade here.

Bundled up


Who let Birdman crash the Ryder Cup party? Seriously, this American toboggan hat is way cool.

Star-studded Blazer


Love this. It's a nice dressed-up look without being over the top.

Dr. Seuss hats


These bros seemed to lack creativity … and sleep.

American kilt guys


Just plain awesome. It respects the hosts but showed their true allegiance and without looking too gaudy.

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Those U.S. sweaters look familiar for a reason

What's the deal with those retro sweaters the U.S. team debuted Friday morning at Gleneagles?

They're a variation of the sweaters the U.S. team wore in 1993 at the Belfry -- which, in addition, to being Tom Watson's last turn as U.S. captain, was the last time the U.S. won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil.

Watson wanted to bring that image back, so he specifically asked Polo create it as inspiration. The intarsia sweaters, made of merino wool and perfect for the Scottish weather, were kept under wraps until Friday morning.

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What goes into designing the U.S. Ryder Cup uniforms? David Lauren explains

David Lauren is executive V.P. for global advertising, marketing and corporate communications at Ralph Lauren, which has outfitted Team USA at this year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. We spoke with him last week for Golf Digest Stix about the process of creating the U.S. apparel, outerfear and accessories. Here is an extended version of that Q&A.

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.

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Hits and misses from the last decade of Ryder Cup style

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. ... Read

How you can be a Mr. Fancy Pants like Billy Horschel

The $13 million man, Billy Horschel, has certainly made a name for himself over the last few weeks, but the kid's been picking up serious style points ever since he came out on tour.

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

loop-J-Lindeberg-LightGray-Digi-Camo-350.jpgMaide Golf Navy Tech Plaid


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