How to rep your NBA team on the golf course
With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, here are some ways to show your spirit on the course.
“It's a world of laughter, a world of tears. It's a world of hopes and a world of fears.”
Yes, these are the lyrics to “It’s a Small World,” but it’s also the mantra to the Disney-fied NBA Playoffs that are underway in the Orlando Bubble. Just in the opening round, we’ve seen upsets galore, a three-point arms race and whatever this is. It’s been a great start to the basketball postseason, and with the playoffs uniquely coming at the tail-end of the summer, this is your chance to rep your squad while you’re sweating out on the course.
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You’re on the course and the sun’s right in your eyes. What do you do? You can put on sunglasses, sure, but then your opponent won’t be able to fully appreciate the savage look on your face when you drain that 20-foot putt. So instead, wear a hat. And while you’re at it—or should we say while you’re hat it—rock your favorite team. Here’s a stylish Trailblazers cap, but you can find all sorts of headwear to rep your squad on Fanatics.
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Your golf bag is your home away from home on the course, so you might as well let everyone know where your loyalties lie. This Team Effort golf bag has six different NBA team options, and four of the six are in the playoffs. (For Bulls and Cavs fans, maybe next year.) It also has an insulated drink pocket and a removable rain hood. You’ll be in good hands with this bag.
BUY NOW: $200
Looking for your ball and can’t find it. Us too. Well, now you’ll have a better reason to keep on searching and maybe dive into the water after a shank. You can’t let these golf balls representing your favorite team go unnoticed. The photo above is for the Milwaukee Bucks version, but TaylorMade has the hookup for every franchise.
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This isn’t specifically NBA-themed (don’t tell my bosses) but it’s about basketball, which is close enough in my book. You need a golf tank top for the dog days of summer and this one from Manateez is breathable and witty. Get some practice shots in while also letting everyone else know that you’re not just a one-sport athlete.
BUY NOW: $17
Once a week, for decades now, I’ve been disappointed in my putting mat not representing my favorite NBA team. A few clicks at the Dick’s Sporting Goods website fixed that. Get all of those realistic practice putts in on this 72” x 18” mat that showcases your squad.
BUY NOW: $40
With an oversized profile to fit almost any driver, this headcover is not just useful but stylish. You can spark up some conversation with your fellow golfers and brag about how your team’s still alive in the postseason. This is officially licensed by the NBA, too, so you know that you’re getting the real deal. Available alone or in a set to cover your other woods/hybrids.
BUY NOW: $55 for set (Driver, Fairway Wood and Hybrid)
With multiple uses in one purchase, clean up your divots and mark your golf ball on the green with this handy Wincraft product. You can pinpoint your favorite team and when you sink a putt, everyone will know that the [insert your team here] fan has some game. Also, if you don’t trust me, let’s hear what Christy from Amazon thinks: “It was a great gift for my husband ... My husband proceeded to lose it.” Christy’s husband must be a Wizards fan.
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This Fanatics golf umbrella has everything you want in rain protection. Pick your favorite team and find an open pocket in your golf bag to store it. You may think it is a superfluous purchase now, but guess who’ll be smiling when the sky opens up on the 12th tee.
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This isn’t exactly golf-related, but it’s a shirt (always useful) and NBA-focused (critical for this write-up). Also, you can wear this tee while watching golf, so it technically meets all of the parameters. This Majestic “Heroes Wear Masks” shirt that features the 76ers’ Joel Embiid is not just important but also really cool. It’s been a tough start for Philly in these playoffs, but perhaps buying this shirt will turn it all around. Also, wear a mask.
BUY NOW: $25