By Alex Holmes
It's time to bring back the turtleneck. We've seen tons of style icons like Miles Davis, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen sport the turtle on stage and screen, but don't forget that many men of the links were known to rock the roll neck, as well. Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw (pictured above) and Peter Thompson (right), to name a few, all kept neck and nave warm in turtleneck sweaters.
The golf mock had its moment but, the full-nelson's been off the scene for quite some time. The T-neck has a storied style heritage on and off the course and it's time to reintroduce the move into the modern menswear conversation. Check out three strong turtles in classic fall shades and stick your neck out in style.
From left: Reiss, $150, reiss.com; John Smedley, $230, johnsmedley.com; Uniqlo,$89.90, uniqlo.com
Players, Crenshaw,Thompson: Getty Images
The Austrian Amateur, Nina Muehl, recently finished T-2 in the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifying for the 2014 Ladies European Tour season. Congrats Nina! While her post-impact position is obviously something we all aspire to mirror, her attention to the fit, styling and detail of her tournament look exemplifies a casual, athletic aesthetic that women would do well to pay attention to on and off the course.
Nina exemplifies a powerful and feminine look with well-fitting clothes that don't feel like too much of a departure from your normal weekend wardrobe. I don't know when golf adopted the skort but, we need to sell that nonsense back to the USTA and give the trousers a try. Nina's short rise, slim fit cotton chinos do as much to show off her stems as a short tennis skirt would and they'd look just as good if she was wearing them to brunch. Secondly, don't be afraid of the super short sleeve polo. Less fabric around the arms will only free up your takeaway and will create a slimmer silhouette across your torso. I don't mind the post-impact belly shot, either. The proportions of the shirt to the trouser are good and if the shirt were longer it'd bunch at the hips and start to look sloppy. It's not like she's going full Olympic beach volleyball out there! Nina's attention to fit and function gives her a modern look that's as attractive as it is athletic, but her casual attention to detail and styling is what really sets her stuff apart from most of the other top-tier amateurs and LPGA pros out there.
Nina's look is built from pieces in softer tones, which gives her style a lived-in, natural feel, and makes her accessories really pop. Unlike a lot of the high-contrast, high-res looks on the tours, Nina's pants look like they've been worn to the beach a few times and left out on the porch to dry. Her soft, washed red trousers look great with her light blue polo but they'd look great with half the shirts in her closet because soft colors are much easier to work with than solid saturated ones. It's one of the reasons why your old jeans look good with everything you wear. Also, notice how sharp her white hat, blue bracelet and neon laces look against the muted tones in the rest of her setup. The soft pallet turns bright colors up to 11 and pops the details in your entire get-up. Nina's athletic style is fittingly feminine and approachably stylish on and off the course. Follow her cues on fits and fabrics and start owning your own look in every arena.
Photo: Courtesy of LET
From the Dec. 18 edition of Golf Digest Stix:
"Parity Situation": Hopkins says the USGA has given him an opening.
Greg Hopkins used to talk about getting into the ball business when he was the CEO of Cleveland Golf. Now that Hopkins is running his own company, it's really happening. The USGA's equipment rules have "created a parity situation we can take advantage of," he says. His new three-piece, Surlyn-covered Hopkins VL Pro ball ($20 a dozen) is as good as bigger brand names, he says, but sold "at factory-direct pricing."
Hopkins Golf's press release focuses on the price advantage, noting that your bad shots will be "lost in the same place as a four-dollar tour ball, but it will have cost you less than two bucks." Quite a bit less, if you buy in bulk. An order of eight dozen works out to about $15 a dozen.
By John Strege
The hybrid is already a staple in golf equipment and footwear and is about to take on another form with the introduction of the GolfBoard.
It is neither a skateboard nor a golf cart, but a hybrid of sorts, featuring functions from both. It is an electric board on which the golfer rides in lieu of the traditional golf cart.
But if you think it isn't a serious endeavor, consider this from the biography of Paul Anthony Tomaso Sr., GolfBoard's chief scientist and engineer: "Over 30 years of experience and expertise in pneumatics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, 3D virtual prototyping, monolithic hybrid design, thick-film hybrid design, laser-technology design and development, and robotic technology design and development, including work on the Space Shuttle, B1 Bomber, and Tomahawk Cruise Missile."
"It was kind of like a perfect storm," said Mike Radenbaugh, a co-founder of the company, explaining how the idea originated. "We had been building electric skateboards for grass terrain and dirt terrain and made a connection with co-founder Don Wildman [the founder of Bally Total Fitness], who had been playing golf on an electric skateboard in Hawaii. He had been using what are very common, electric skateboards...all one-wheel drive and dangerous to ride."
The GolfBoard is powerful, stable and safe, Radenbaugh said. "We use turf-saver tires, from commercial lawn mowers. They're designed for the turf and are wide and stable." The width of the board is 15 inches, contributing to a stable platform. It is operated with a wireless remote and has two speeds -- low (seven miles per hour) and high (11 miles per hour). It can be operated with a bag mount and stability handle or by carrying the clubs yourself.
The reaction? "We haven't run into one course that hasn't been adamant at the very least about trying the board out on the course," Radenbaugh said. "They all have similar questions about liability and safety and durability. But we've got good answers for all of that."
The initial objective was to entice new golfers to the game, "a totally radical new way to play golf," Radenbaugh said. It can still serve as an inducement to new, younger players, but the product has been tailored to golf "to make the game more enjoyable."
To help get the message out, surfing legend Laird Hamilton is on board as a design consultant and company spokesman.
The idea is to sell the GolfBoard to individuals and to golf courses to hire them out, as they do golf carts. Its only apparent drawback? The cost: $3,595.
By Marty Hackel
From the Dec. 11 edition of Golf Digest Stix:
Holiday gifts can be tricky in my household. We don't give a lot of presents, so the ones we select need to be special. Here are some of the items I've come across lately -- with the help of my colleague, assistant editor Stephen Hennessey -- that you might want to consider. Most of what we've compiled is directly connected to golf, though a few are just things that I think most golfers would like. What they all share is a commitment to high quality. Here's to that!
G/Fore Gallivanter: Lightweight and stylish, they're perfect on and off the course ($225, more info).
House of Fleming belt and buckle: PGA Tour pros might play a bit better than you, but you can be their equal around the waist ($450, more info).
Ralph Lauren RLX Wool Hybrid jacket (left): Merino wool, Elastene sleeves and a coated Teflon body to keep you extra warm ($225, more info). J. McLaughlin Jonah Cashmere sweater (right): Indoors or out, it feels "like butter." I love the suede detailing on the half zipper ($378, more info).
Peter Millar Napoli Wool Reversible vest (left): Wear it like this for windproof water resistance or flip it for a tailored wool look. How cool is that? ($395, more info). Dunning Merino wool turtleneck (right): Ralph Dunning is from Canada, so he understands staying warm. This real turtleneck will not disappoint ($99, more info).
Citizen Eco-Drive World Time watch (top left): Solar-powered, it never needs a battery, covers 26 time zones and comes with a perpetual calendar ($575, more info). Rose & Fire puttercover (top right): This California company makes gifts in authentic camo and denim ($60, more info). Personalized balls (lower left): Titleist.com allows three lines and your choice of number on any dozen ($28 and up). Other brands are available at TGW.com. Customized ball markers (right): Upload any photo at photoballmarker.com and choose from combination packs ($25 and up).
Jan Craig headcover: Design your gift at jancraigheadcovers.com. These handsome accessories make a colorful statement ($30 to $57 each).
Tivoli Albergo clock radio: Connect it to any Bluetooth-enabled device and stream your playlists to a beautiful AM/FM radio with great sound ($300, more info).
Bushnell's Tour Z6 Wingman pack(left): The range finder has Pinseeker technology and 6x magnification and comes with a Folds of Honor towel ($400, more info). Play Nine (right): The card game, great for families, is based on golf's scoring principles ($15, more info).
SuperFlex for Golf kit: A lightweight and durable way to work out on the road or at home ($80, more info).
If you paid any attention over the last few seasons of "Game of Thrones" you should know by now that winter is most certainly coming. So even if you're blessed with a full Crenshaw-like helmet of Goldilocks, sometimes you've gotta strap on the snowcap when conditions get frosty. Check out five winter ready hats to keep your game warm when temperatures dip.
1. Old Tom Morris -- Burgundy Lambswool Cap, $75.00
Wool is a great natural insulator that will keep the heat in even when temperatures get real frosty. For extra credit off the course, wear it with a denim shirt and jeans like this style icon... (See Marvin Gaye photo)
2. Puma -- Purple Striped Cotton Beanie, $18.00
These strong stripes look sharp on and off the course. Roll it up and stick it in your bag or your back pocket and you're all set.
3. Titleist -- Black Classic Pom Pom, $23.95
The old school pom pom is a classic links look.
4. Nike -- Green Plaid / Gray Reversible Beanie, $26.79
For those uncomfortable purchasing two hats this season, Nike brings you two hats in one. Problem solved.
5. Club Monaco -- Black/Charcoal Color Blocked Wool Baseball Hat, $39.50
If you're unwilling to surrender the brim check out this winterized baseball hat from Club Monaco.
The key to winter weather wear is layering. The goal is to stack your gear together in a way that'll keep you warm, but won't have you rollin' around town looking like the Michelin Man. Your low temp golf get-up should work the same way. Putting together the right pieces will protect you from the elements without restricting your move through the ball. We'll show you how to suit up with the right fits and fabrics so you can keep rotating well into the offseason.
Ping Classic Pom Pom Winter Hat, $24.35
Let's start at the top. Your fourth grade science teacher was right. You lose the majority of your body heat from your noggin so make sure to strap on a hat before your brave the frozen links. The old school Ping Pom Pom is a classic move.
Smartwool Baselayer, $85
Skiers, hikers and climbers have worn wool base layers forever and it's time to take a page out of their manual. An ultra-light merino wool base layer is a great way to naturally insulate your body against cold temps and strong winds. Smartwool's been a pioneer in this game for ages. The combination of their high-quality fabrics and flat-locked stitch construction results in some of the most comfortable layering pieces on the market.
J. Crew Ink Fine Wale* Cord, $75.00
Corduroy is a heftier fall fabric and if worn the right way can be a stylish way to keep those gams warm when walking 18 holes. Most courses are cool with well-fitting, cotton five pockets so work these navy fine wale cords into your winter wardrobe and rock 'em on and off the links.
**Wale refers to the cord or raised part of the fabric. The higher the wale counts the finer and tighter the cording on your trousers will be. Corduroy can sometimes look like a pretty stodgy fabric so stick to fine wales in slimmer fits unless your going for a distinctly Woody Allen vibe.
Uniqlo Light Gray Cashmere Turtleneck, $89.90
Cashmere, a rare fabric cultivated from the underbellies of Mongolian goats, is one of the lightest and warmest textiles mankind has ever woven! The problem is it's wildly expensive. Or is it? This season, Uniqlo offers stacks on stacks of cashmere sweaters in a ton of colors all under a C-note. The turtleneck is a great retro style that'll keep you warm on the course and will look sharp wherever else you decide to wear it. You can't go wrong with classic colors but keep in mind that Steve Jobs may have retired the black turtle.
RLX Down Green Explorer Vest, $175.00
The lightweight down vest keeps the torso toasted without restricting your shoulder turn. It's the perfect linkswear look for cold weather rounds. Ralph Lauren is the master of mixing technical and traditional gear. The neon green vest is balanced with softer shades in the rest of the outfit. Don't be afraid of bright, bold colors as long as you keep everything else in the look in the background.
Pantherella Burgundy Cashmere Blend Socks, $70.00
Cold wet feet will put a damper on any round. Wool/cashmere blend socks are a sharp way to keep your feet warm and dry through 18 holes. Prices can get steep for this seemingly basic purchase, but quality is worth investing in. Take care of your socks and they'll take care of you for seasons to come. Burgundy is a chic fall shade and looks great on the links or with a pair of jeans and dark brown loafers.