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Bored at work? Design your next pair of golf spikes on Nike.com

If you’ve got some down time at your desk and you’ve already worked through your normal workday websites, might I suggest trying your hand at golf shoe design? It will surely stimulate some creativity and you might net yourself a new pair of Nikes.

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Nike ID, a personalized design platform on Nike.com, has existed for years and allows you to “customize” a set of kicks, albeit with some pretty strict parameters, to his or her liking.

The Lunar Control 3, developed with insights from World No. 1 Rory McIlory, was released January 1 and became available on the ID catalog later that month. I think the Lunar 3 has one of the best looks in Nike’s line of golf spikes and thus makes for a great foundation on which to start your own pair . For those of you who have never made a set of Nike IDs before the interface is pretty easy to use and it feels like they add different details and accents with each new launch.

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You can see 360 degree renderings of your work as well as share photos of your masterpieces with your friends. Be careful, it’s surprisingly easy to blow some serious minutes coordinating vamps, fly-wires, tongues, shoe laces, etc., with the multiple color and pattern permutations available on the site. Golf Digest assumes no responsibility for missed deadlines. 

The sneaks top out at around $210 bucks -- about $40 more than the standard Lunar 3 color ways -- and they’re not returnable so make sure you know your size. I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually bought any of the shoes I’ve designed and that’s probably because they end up looking like this . . .

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AH-Lunar-Control-3-ID-White-Out-560.jpgSo whether you’re a real sneaker-head looking for truly limited release gear or just a dude trying not to look bored out of his mind, give shoe design a crack at Nike.com. You might be surprised with what you come up with.

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Looking for new pants? Follow the trend on tour and go to the matte

So far in 2015 we've seen two trouser trends worth working into your own game. The first is the white trouser, and the second is the matte-finish trouser.

Unlike with your standard wool or cotton trousers, matte-finished fabrics, either through treatment, washing or the shape of the fiber, come across with less of the high/low color disparity that give traditional fabrics their sense of depth and luster. And while flat and dull often denotes tired and old (relax Grandpa, I'm talking trousers here), the finish feels pretty contemporary these days.

Brands from all over the golf's spectrum, including Nike, Under Armour, Travis Mathew, have started pairing matte-finish trousers with their polos for subtle style upgrades to standard looks. We're all for the move, both on and off the course.

Here's how to work this look into your wardrobe.

1. Some of the big brands are starting to use high-intensity pop colors and neons to accent their outfits. If you dig the style but are still figuring out how to wear it, use the flatter-finish trouser to balance out the high-voltage colors in your shirt or shoes.

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2. Classic cotton or wool trousers can look a little awkward with today's sneaker-style golf shoes, but matte-finish bottoms can strike the best balance between sartorial and sporty. If you've transitioned away from traditional spikes, try taking the next step with a five-pocket trouser with a matte look.

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3. Similarly, these flat-feeling pants tend to look better with non-conventional belts. Give your workhorse leather strap a rest and pick up nylon or braided belt with some cool hardware to keep your contemporary vibe going strong from the waist down.

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4. Finally, re-focus your fit. Buying a new pair of pants is a great time to recalibrate the way your pants fit. Make sure, no matter what trouser you try out, you cut down on the excess fabric in the seat, thigh and leg, and that the bottoms come to rest right on top of your shoes. This likley means you'll need to have your pants altered slightly; trust us, $20 to a tailor is well worth looking and feeling your best.

If you feel like adding some subtle upgrades to your wardrobe, pick up a pair of matte-finish pants and don't hesitate to put them into play on and off the course this season.

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A former Olympic downhill skier is making a run at golf apparel

The inspiration for Norwegian Olympic downhill gold medalist Lesse Kjus to start an outerwear company with partner Didi Serena didn't come on the ski slopes but on a golf course in 2000.

Fifteen years later, KJUS apparel (pronounced "use") is expanding its golf line beyond the rainwear launched in 2012 to an assortment of mid-layer offerings, vests, pants and polos.

The company, in attendance at last month's PGA Merchandise Show, prides itself on maintaining a clean, modern look, using lightweight, stretch fabrics.

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An example is the Dorian CL Jacket ($249, above). You can fold this water-resistant windbreaker tightly in your golf bag and leave it there for weather emergencies. When the need arises, it will come no worse for wear. Its ergonomic sleeves and Y-tech cut offering let you swing freely in even the windiest conditions.

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Uniqlo’s heattech long johns are cheap, light, comfortable and oh yeah, really freakin’ warm.

I’ve lived in New York my whole life and no matter how many winters I’ve gone through the first few freakishly cold days of the season always hit me like a ton of igloo bricks. Temperatures dipped into the single digits in New York this week and while I managed to protect my upper body well enough with a base layer, sweater and a parka, I made the mistake of walking to work with only jeans and boots on from the waist down. By the time I got to the office I looked like a Tim Burton cartoon with two denim icicles for legs.

“Never again,” I mumbled as I walked down the street to Uniqlo, where I purchased two pairs of Heattech long johns ($19.90 each). The lower body layer is so warm and comfortable I haven’t taken them off since. Well, I guess I’ve washed them a few times.

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Uniqlo’s proprietary heattech technology has a number of specific design developments to keep you warm and dry all winter. The fabric creates air pockets to trap and maintain warm air against your skin similar to the way wetsuits trap a layer of water between the suit and your skin. The heattech fabric also pulls your sweat to its outer layer in order to promote evaporation, thus alleviating the stank that tends to build up on some other synthetic base layers. Uniqlo has also engineered a way to weave camellia oil into the fabric in order to smooth out and soften the layer against the skin. 

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From top to bottom Uniqlo’s heattech gear manages to work a ton of, well, tech into a layer that feels thinner than your underwear. They’re a godsend when hitting balls in those “heated” bays and I’ve worn them under everything from suits to sweatpants and no one’s been the wiser. 

Don’t get me wrong, I still love a beefy flannel trouser keeping the cold out from December through March but, if you don’t have to dress up for work or aren’t ready to drop the jeans just yet, you’d be hard pressed to find a better winter weather layer than Uniqlo’s range of heatteach styles. Everything’s available on their website, uniqlo.com.

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Jason Dufner signs with Vineyard Vines, takes preppy golf to a whole new level

Jason Dufner is somewhere in between a meme and an icon. He's the professional golfer who looks like he walked straight out of a frat house, which is why we love him.

Dufner kicked that image up a notch on Monday when clothing company Vineyard Vines announced that Duf was the company's newest brand ambassador. Following Brett Quigley, an earlier Vineyard Vines tour presence, Dufner will wear the company's clothes for the rest of the year. Among the products Dufner recommends are a pair of pink club pants and a blue checkered sport coat. 

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AG Apparel launches debut golf collection, signs Camillo Villegas as its ambassador

The long standing denim stalwart, AG Apparel, recently announced it's entering the golf market. The brand will launch its debut golf collection, AG Green Label, on Jan. 22 at the PGA Merchandise Show and has already inked Camilo Villegas as the brand's first professional ambassador on tour. 

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While AG is known for doing all things denim they started to broaden the lifestyle concept of the brand over the last few years with a more meaningful assortment of sweaters, knits and outerwear pieces. AG Green Label seems to mirror the styling of AG Apparel's recent ready-to-wear roll out with minimalist, modern looks for the links. Early images of the product are defined by sharp fits, cool soft shades and acute attention to detail. Limited logos and tight accents accentuate the set-ups from head to toe and create strong statements with simple style.

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If there was ever a brand to push the envelope for denim on the golf course it'd be AG, but it doesn't look like they've developed the golf jean just yet. However, judging from some the product shots AG's denim DNA might be a theme that threads through this collection, though. The light blue slim fit khakis for example look like they've been printed with a denim-effect and sewn together with contrast thread to give them that faded blue jean look while still maintaining the drape and wear of a classic chino. I'm still in favor of abolishing the blue-jean ban across the board but, until then, these feel like a fresh step in the right direction that shouldn't cause too much commotion at the club. 

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What we're seeing here is more of the recent trend of high quality, casual sportswear as golf wear and we are all for it. The price point feels fair around the mid-upper tier; especially when you start to realize that these looks don't differ too much from your off course cuts and two wardrobes start to blend into one. We're looking forward to the release of the full collection at the end of this month, not to mention seeing the kits Camilo cues up for 2015.

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Keegan Bradley signs with TravisMathew, already looks awesome

TravisMathew announced the addition of 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley to its stable on Monday, in what could shape up to be one of the most stylish signings of the last few years. 

While Bradley's kits with previous partner, Tommy Hilfiger, were defined by a new-age, patriotic pallet and fresh takes on classic Americana gear, TravisMathew may offer up a cooler, more casual SoCal style that should fit Bradley's somewhat alternative aesthetic perfectly.

Here's what we're looking forward to seeing in 2015.

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Keegan's obviously got a Jordan addiction, and it's probably only going to intensify as Nike develops more custom golf kicks for him. TravisMathew will enable Keegan to show off his favorite pairs in style by working up darker, more tonal gear that smooths out his whole look in order to show case the J's. Compare this to how he pulled it together this weekend at the Franklin Templeton Shootout and you'll see what I mean.

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A shift in color pallet. We're used to seeing Bradley in primary shades of red, white and blue, but look for TravisMathew to shift the scales into blacks, grays and navys as well as pops of in-between tones of teals, greens and pale blues. If put together appropriately, this should look like a subtle and sophisticated step up. 

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I'm really feeling the five-pocket on tour for 2015, and Keegan looks cool and casual in these navy pants from TM. Again, the five-pocket should make for a better match with Keegan's sneaker collection than a standard quarter top trouser.

Keegan looks comfortable in his new clothes and I'm looking forward to seeing what Travis Mathew develops for one of the game's most exciting players. The stuff looks super strong so far.

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Move over Tiger mom jeans, Rory's sporting a winter coat for the ages

One Twitterer suggested Rory McIlroy may have borrowed one of his mom's winter coats. Another thought he might be paying homage to one of Joe Namath's vintage 70's motifs. Either way, former World No. 1 Tiger Woods' much-analyzed "mom jeans" don't stand a chance against the current World No. 1's elaborate winter coat sported during Sunday's Philadelphia Eagles game. 

Related: An unauthorized history of Tiger Woods' jeans

McIlroy was in attendance as a guest of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who also invited AL MVP Mike Trout and former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.

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John Daly is engaged. Here are 11 potential outfits he could wear to his wedding

John Daly got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Anna Cladakis on Friday, and was apparently so happy about it that he got some hashtags going.

This will be Daly's fifth marriage, according to Golf Channel, so it's important for him to get his wedding outfit just right. Daly's become known as something of a fashion icon in recent years, so rather than recommending an entirely new outfit, we reckon he should revert back to one of these options for the big day.
The Spongebob option:

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The comic book option:

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The ladies man option:

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The cow option:

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The thunderbolt option:

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The more-money-more-problems option:

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The flower power option:

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The artistic option:

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The fancy argyle option:

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The green zebra option:

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And finally, the America option:

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The tour-pro look you should be putting in your apparel game

For the past few months, the vest has been trending on every tour in all variety of styles. If you haven't already put this piece into play in your own game it's time to think about adding one to your wardrobe.

On the course the vest is on of my favorite layering looks. In particular, it helps me stay warm without limiting the mobility of my arms or core through the swing. Off the course, I'll layer a simple style under a sportcoat to the office or inside a parka when the thermometer really drops.

Steal this look from some of the game's sharpest dressed dude's who've rocked this rig the right way over the past few months.

loop-luke-donald-vest-350.jpgLuke Donald: Luke's look is really cool because his top is tonal. While there's nothing wrong with working a white shirt in with this vest, limiting the contrast with the monochromatic look feels more contemporary.

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Thorbjorn Olesen: If you're a young dude, you can wear something as classic as a knit sweater vest and still make it feel fresh if you cue up some high-volume pieces elsewhere in your apparel. Here Olesen throws this vest over his venom-green Nike polo and turns his look up to 11.

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Branden Grace: Techier, outerwear inspired vests are another sleeveless style that can add interest to your wardrobe. During the work week, some of these pieces with a foul-weather feel often layer better over a sweater or sportcoat, as opposed to under them.

Follow the these pros on this one and check out a some of my favorite vests to wear on and off the course this season.

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Uniqlo Ultra-light Down
$50, uniqlo.com


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Patagonia Nano Puff
$149, patagonia.com


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RLX Ganton Fairisle Half Zip Vest
$225, ralphlauren.com


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Colmar Quilted Down
$230, trendygolf.com

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Linksoul Cotton Cashmere Sweater Vest
$72, linksoul.com

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