eBay, the Interweb's premier market place, is an absolute gold mine for golf gear. I've scored everything from vintage visors to mint condition 3-woods on the site and I'd like to start sharing the fruits of my foraging with the GolfDigest.com community. "Up for Auction" is my periodic installment of wacky to worthwhile golf auctions that may just pique your interest. However, like the amateur golf swing, reliable and repeatable eBay is not. The electronic bazaar is often flush with quantity but short on quality. As such, I endeavor to comb the crap so you won't have to. Check in early and often to see what's trading.
Black/White Vintage Oxford Golf Spikes, Men's Size 8 E
If you've got diminutive feet and colossal confidence I'd consider throwing your hat in the ring for these swanky spectators (pictured above).
The shoes look like they're in great shape and, the patina of age may be their greatest virtue. When these originally came out of the box, likely in the early '60s, the leather was probably polished to a show-stopping shine. Over time, the leather softened in tone and texture creating truly saturated colors. These are already fitted with soft studs and won't cause any issues at your local club, which likely doesn't allow metal spikes. The shoes ship in their original box and come with a vintage steel divot tool and ball markers, both stamped with the word, "Champ."
Make no mistake about it, these are statement shoes that can add some serious sartorial swagger to your stroke. Just remember to keep everything else in your outfit safe and solid. Pair these vintage classics with some navy trousers and a gray sweater and you'll turn some heads with fancy footwork.
If you've paid any attention to Mr. Style over the past eight months, you've been weaning yourself off of white belts. Nice work -- but, now what? Ever since Adam Scott teamed up with Japanese fast retailer, Uniqlo, he's been rocking slim and stylish ensembles tied together with a ton of great braided and cotton canvas belts. Follow his lead and leave the leathers in your closet.
You probably already have a few black and brown leather straps in heavy rotation for your weekly 9-to-5 get-up. These are steady options for a traditional tailored golf look. However, if you're not wearing wool trousers and wood-soled FJ Classics, opt for a more casual braided elastic or canvas d-ring belt. Brands from Puma to Polo offer such options in a ton of great colors. Pick up a few to mix and match with your staples.
Make sure something... anything, (but not everything) in your outfit either highlights or matches a color from the belt and you're all set. Your hips will most likely never look like Adam Scott's at impact, but you may be able to fake it for a minute around the putting green if you borrow some of his strap style.
Check out some great leather alternatives below:
RLX Nylon Belt: $85.00, Visit website
- Uniqlo Stretch Mesh Belts: $19.90, Visit website
- Peter Millar Braided Stretch Belts: $98.50, Visit website
- J. Press (York Street) Fabric & Grosgrain Ribbon Belts: $89-$98, Visit website
(Adam Scott: AP Photo)
By John Strege
Jeff King is a tour caddie by trade and an entrepreneur by accident, a beef jerky legend of sorts in professional golf circles who has started a company, Kingmade Beef Jerky.
King, who caddies for Luke List (and has worked for Cristie Kerr, among others), enjoyed beef jerky, but generally was unimpressed with the quality he found on his travels, so, out of boredom, he said, he bought a dehydrator and began making his own jerky in his kitchen at home in McKinney, Texas, on his off weeks.
Through trial and error ("my first couple runs at it, it was fairly inedible," he said), he developed a recipe that proved so good that demand via word of mouth from PGA and LPGA players exploded and they began ordering it and buying it from him.
"I'd check bags in at the airport with beef jerky," he said. "The Honda Classic, I took 60 pounds of beef jerky on an airplane. The Byron Nelson, everybody knew I was going home the week prior. I had 170 pounds of orders just for players and caddies."
Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Davis Love III, Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel are among his customers. "Matt Kuchar was the main reason that this whole thing is going," King said. "He said, 'come on, King, let's see this stuff in stores, get it on shelves.'"
The thought had never occurred to King, who had no business experience or aspirations of becoming a businessman. Then one day during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February, King was visiting with an old friend, Adam Papazian, and told him about his beef jerky and how popular it had become among tour players.
"You know what I do?" Papazian asked King. "I take products from people's kitchens and get them to market. I know how to do all that stuff. I've been doing this my. whole life. Do you want to start a business?"
Papazian took it from there, and now Kingmade Beef Jerky, in three flavors, is available at the website, at 30 golf courses and maybe 15 local markets, King said.
About 70 tour players continue to request it and eat it for its nutritional value during the course of tournament rounds. "It's the healthiest thing going. Unintentionally," he said, citing the protein, plus the fact that his jerky contains less than one-third the amount of sodium that competitors use. "I had no idea. Graeme McDowell asked me, 'what's in the stuff?' I said, 'it's just 100 percent meat and spices. No preservatives, no nitrates, no nothing.' He said, 'I want some.'
"Whether it succeeds or fails, I've already won. It's been a blast so far. This is cool when Davis Love comes up to you and says, 'can I get some beef jerky?'"
By John Strege
The demonstration of school spirit knows no bounds, to wit the ubiquitous face painters at college football games. ClubCrown by VIVE has a better way to support one's college of choice, with its timely introduction of college logos that affix to the top of driver clubheads.
The logos (Washington State and Oklahoma State logos are shown here) are constructed of a durable film manufactured by the 3M Company and giving the appearance of having been professionally painted on. They can be removed by the consumer, but must be installed by a trained retailer.
ClubCrowns are USGA-conforming, but they do weigh two grams and add one swingweight to the club. They won't bubble, ripple or peel, according to the company.
Among other college logos available are those of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee and University of Southern California.
A variety of other designs unreleated to college logos are also available, as are custom ClubCrowns. http://www.clubcrown.comThe cost of a ClubCrown is $39.99.