5 Favorite Fall Golf Apparel Pieces

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Fall Golf Leaves Changing

For many, fall golf is the best golf. The temperatures drop, the leaves change, the rough isn’t as thick, to name just a few perks to pegging it in the fall. The downside, however, is the weather. Conditions can fluctuate seemingly every hole. This points to being prepared with the apparel you don during your round. We take a look at our 5 favorite fall golf apparel pieces that will keep you on top of your game during pre-winter rounds.

5 Fall Golf Apparel Items

1. adidas Lightweight UPF 1/4 zip

adidas lightweight upf 1/4 zip white

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A lightweight pullover is the perfect segway between warm summer rounds and cooler fall ones. They can easily layer with your favorite golf polo, keeping you warm when the wind picks up slightly and temps are moderate.

The adidas Lightweight UPF 1/4 zip is made of moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you cool. The fabric also has UV protection from the sun. The mock neck adds an extra layer of comfort and warmth when you zip up the pullover.

Looks wise, the adidas Lightweight 1/4 zip comes in 3 color options, with a stylish gray heather pattern as either the main color or an accent color. Overall, the shirt has a clean, modern look.

2. Nike Therma Repel 1/2 zip

nike therma repel 1/2 zip grey

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For days when you need to wear something a little thicker, go with the Nike Therma Repel 1/2 zip. The thick Therma fabric preserves body heat and is water-repellent to keep you dry.

A drop-tail hem limits the back of the pullover from rising up as you address the ball, reducing the chance of uncomfortable drafts going up your back.

The Nike Therma Repel comes in several solid colors to choose from that pair great with any outfit.

3. Puma Corduroy 6 pocket pant

Corduroy pants are a staple in many fall wardrobes but not necessarily on the golf course. Puma aims to change that with their Corduroy 6 pocket pant. First of all, these are far cry from the traditional cords. These have a modern twist with several subtle features that set them apart.

Close up of Puma Corduroy 6 pocket pants

Close up of Puma Corduroy 6 pocket pants

The cords themselves are small and close together. From afar, you’d think they were any other flat front pant. The fabric is made out of a cotton and spandex blend that stretches as you swing, creating a comfortable feeling pant.

puma corduroy pants leather belt loop fall golf apparel

Leather Belt Loop

Details like the leather branding on the rear belt loop, a triangle-shaped piece of fabric that hides half the front button, and a rear scorecard pocket all give these pants a modern, fashion-forward look on and off the course.

4. Oakley Range Full Zip Vest

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For rounds when it’s too warm for long sleeves but cool enough that you need an extra layer, consider the Oakley Range Full Zip Vest. Brushed fleece fabric lines the inside of the vest, providing warmth and moisture-wicking ability. The outer polyester fabric is machine washable, reduces shrinking and wrinkles.

The arm holes are cut so they don’t go past the shoulder joint, freeing up your swing. The two front pockets provide a place for your hands, should they get cold.

5. ECCO Biom Hybrid 3 GTX

ecco biom hybrid 3 gtx yak leather

Fall rounds of golf can get a little sloppy too. In this case, the ECCO Biom Hybrid 3 GTX golf shoes are ideal. The waterproof Gore-Tex material on the outside stops water from getting in. ECCO uses Yak leather to make the upper. This soft, breathable leather allows your foot to move easily while you swing.

The last (or frame) of the Biom Hybrid 3 GTX is molded like the natural shape of the foot, accentuating the comfort of the shoe. The last also has BIOM® NATURAL MOTION® Technology that initiates an efficient stride, reducing the fatigue on your feet.

ecco biom hybrid 3 gtx sole

The Tri-Fi-Grip™ outsole on the bottom of the shoe provides traction laterally, rotationally, and while you walk. In other words, no matter the lie or part of your swing, your feet will stay planted on the ground.

Finishing Up Our Fall Golf Apparel Favorites

These fall golf apparel pieces are sure to keep you comfortable during the season. If you have questions about these or any other apparel items, reach out to one of our PGA Professionals. They’re more than happy to help.

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New FootJoy Pro SL: #1 Shoe on Tour Gets Facelift

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The FootJoy Pro SL golf shoe has been on the scene for several years and has established itself as the #1 shoe on the PGA Tour. The spikeless shoe blends comfort and stability into a stylish package you’ve come to expect from FootJoy.

In the latest version of the Pro SL, FootJoy maintains many of the aspects that have made them successful in the past. They also add some changes to set them apart from previous models.  Our review looks at the similarities and discusses the differences in the new Pro SL shoes.

New FootJoy Pro SL Features

What’s back?

Let’s start with a brief refresher of the features that are returning to the FootJoy Pro SL.

footjoy pro sl chromoskin

FootJoy Pro SL Chromoskin

The upper of the new Pro SL is made of the same ChromoSkin™ leather from Pittards of England found in previous models of the shoe. This specific leather is soft, letting the shoe flex with your foot during the swing. It’s also a durable leather and has the company’s 2-year 100% waterproof guarantee under normal use.

Those that loved the fit of past Pro SL shoes will be familiar with the Laser Plus Last (frame) on the new shoe. There’s no need to size up or size down. If you haven’t tried on a pair previously, the toe box and forefoot have a standard fit. The heel tapers to a narrower fit, keeping the back of your foot from sliding out when you swing.

Footjoy Pro SL FTF and TPU layers

Footjoy Pro SL FTF and TPU layers

Designers also brought back the same comfort bed and traction on the sole of the Pro SL. Two layers of Fine Tuned Foam (FTF) stack on top of a TPU molded sole to form the bottom fo the shoe. The top layer of FTF is soft, forming a cushion of comfort for your feet. Think of it like the pillow-top layer on a mattress. The second layer of FTF is firmer, giving the shoe stability as your foot moves laterally during your swing. The TPU molded sole is comprised of 223 points of contact, giving outstanding traction from any lie. Cone-shaped “spikes” make up most of the TPU. There’s also stud-like nodes placed in key areas around the outside of the TPU and around the balls of your feet, adding to the overall traction.

footjoy pro sl BOA

FootJoy also continues to offer traditional laced and BOA lacing system models for you to choose from.

Enough about the similarities. It’s time to find out what’s different on the new Pro SL shoes.

What’s different?

In the past, a distinct “X-shape” could be seen on the outside of the shoe. This feature offered more than just good lucks. As you tightened the laces, the “X” would hug around your foot for stability. That shape is gone but the stability isn’t.

footjoy pro sl stability

The new Pro SL shoes have a wave-like pattern on the outside where the “X” used to be. When designing this new show, FootJoy wanted to emphasize the stability on key parts of the foot. The shoe already delivers traction from the bottom. This new design focuses more on the upper part of the foot and covers more area (front to back) of the foot.

footjoy Pro SL color options

The other difference is the color options. FootJoy streamlined the lineup from 8 offerings to 6, 3 colors available now and 3 more to come in January of 2019. Available now (above) is a white shoe with navy accent color and red piping. There is also a white shoe with silver accent color and piping. The BOA version of the new Pro SL shoe is mostly black with silver accent color and piping.

If It Ain’t Broke…

The changes that FootJoy made to the new Pro SL shoes are subtle, but frankly, they didn’t need to change much. Previous versions were extremely successful both on the PGA Tour and with consumers. No need to overhaul what’s already working so well. With that said, the changes to the stability (no “X”) and styling make for a really comfortable shoe that gives you confidence and performance on the course.

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[Interview] Host Melanie Collins Talks Driver Vs Driver Season 2

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Melanie Collins Driver vs Driver Season 2

Recently, we had a chance to chat with Melanie Collins, host of Wilson’s Driver vs Driver Season 2, which airs on the Golf Channel. The show has contestants submit and refine their design for a new driver. The winning designer gets a cash prize ($250,000 for Season 2) but more importantly, in our eyes, their design is brought to market by Wilson Golf.

Our conversation with Melanie ranged from her Season 1 experiences to Season 2 expectations, and more. Read on to find out what she shared with us.

(Note: Interview edited for flow)

GlobalGolf: What was it like being involved in Season 1 of Driver vs Driver?

Melanie Collins: Season 1 was really cool because it was obviously the first time we were doing the show. I think it was that a really great learning experience. I didn’t have any clue what all went into creating a driver. To be able to see the process through, see how long things take; there’s just so much more involved in creating a driver than I ever knew. In Season 1, we didn’t quite narrow down the ideas like we did for Season 2. We saw some really hilarious, innovative, and creative ideas for these drivers. I think that was the coolest part about Season 1, was just seeing the really cool ideas come together.

GG: Definitely. How did you become involved in the Series?

MC: I had hosted The Big Break for Golf Channel for about 3 years. Then I was lucky enough to meet the guys from Wilson Golf and I was asked to host the show. We got a great group of judges together and that’s how I started.

GG: What did you learn about Wilson as a company overall throughout your time together?

MC: The first thing that stood out to me it’s just that they’re great people. They really care about people and they’re just awesome to work with. The second thing is just how innovative they are. A lot of companies out there aren’t going to put out a call to the masses and say ‘Come to us with your best, most innovative, and creative ideas you have and we’re gonna take a look at them and trying to create something out of them.’

They’re very risk-taking, which I think is so important in a company, to be able to take risks and try out new ideas. I think it up ended up being a big success for them. So, I would just say great people overall and innovative risk takers that are willing to try something new.

GG: You mentioned how you gained a great appreciation for what goes into the design of a driver with Season 1. Is there anything else you took away about what goes into a club?

Driver vs Driver Season 2

DRIVER VS. DRIVER — “Player Testing” — Pictured: — (Photo by: Ralph Freso/Golf Channel

MC: Season 1 was very much about the whole process, the CAD designers and how they go in and change up the design so that when a person that’s into golf and familiar with golf, when they look down at the club they like what they see. I never knew how much players like the sound of a ball coming off the club or how much the look matters to them when they’re standing at address. I think one of the coolest things from Season 1 to Season 2 is that Season 2 is a lot less about the creation of the golf club and more about field testing. Everyone wants to know that the club actually works, will people actually love the club.

We had Wilson Staff Advisory players Brendan Steele, Kevin Streelman, Ricky Barnes, and Troy Merritt hit the clubs multiple times at different stages in the process. Then, we went out to the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe and we had celebrities and athletes with single digit handicaps hit the clubs and give us their opinions on them. They told us what they liked and what they didn’t like. Next, we went down to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and we had the general public hit the clubs there. Now, when Wilson puts this driver on the shelves, we know a lot more about what that the public and what golfers are going to feel about the club.

GG: Transitioning over to Driver vs Driver Season 2 a little bit more, besides the field testing, what else can viewers expect that’s different from Season 2 compared to Season 1?

MC: I would say the ideas are much better. They’re much more innovative, more on par with what we were looking for, to begin with. The ages of the contestants on Season 2 are also amazing. The youngest contest on the show, of the fourteen finalists, is 22 years old and the oldest is 81! It’s a really cool age range and range of different people with different backgrounds.

GG: Does this give Season 2 a new feel compared to Season 1?

MC: Yes, I would say it does. It feels much more like a close elimination-style competition show and less like a documentary on how to create a driver. I’m not saying that Season 1 was like that but I just think it’s much more of ‘Let’s watch PGA Tour players hit the club and get their feedback’. I think Season 1 had a lot less of that. It was more about the design and the approach to building the driver.

GG: Yes, because everybody wants to know how this [driver] is going to perform for them, how does it stack up with what they currently play?

MC: Exactly. The performance is everything. Every episode, there’s someone else hitting it and giving their opinion. For example, one of our judges, Rick Shiels, is a PGA Professional and golf equipment expert and he knows exactly what to look for.

GG: Besides Rick, Jeremy Roenick is a new judge and, of course, Tim Clarke is back. What does Jeremy bring to the table and what more does Tim bring to the table for Season 2?

Driver vs Driver Season 2 Judges

MC: Jeremy is so fun to work with. He’s a tough, honest, a Simon Cowell-type judge. He’s very brutally honest but really entertaining. He represents the consumer for us. He’s a single-digit handicap and plays golf all the time, all over the world. He’s our judge with tough love. Rick’s more like the nice judge. I think they make a nice pairing.

Tim Clarke, of course, is amazing. He’s the president Wilson Golf and he knows we wants. After going through Season 1, I think he’s much more honed in on exactly what they’re looking for and what will work and what won’t work. He’s been able to toughen up a bit too in Season 2. He’s able to eliminate guys with a little more authority.

It’s a really cool mix of judges.

GG: Can you talk about some of your favorite parts of Season Two so far?

MC: I loved the PGA Merchandise Show! That was really cool to get to meet people and have them hit the clubs. I think my favorite part was going out to the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. Seeing professional athletes, NFL coaches, and celebrities hit these clubs, they’d tell us that they like the sound or didn’t like the sound, this one performed well, this one didn’t, or this one’s too shiny on the top. That was my favorite part, going out to Lake Tahoe and just having people that are really ingrained in golf clubs hit the clubs. It helped us to really narrow down what we think is going to be an incredible product.

GG: Did you have any favorite submissions this year, sort of like the ‘Wilson Whistle’ from Season 1?

MC: I would say that was my favorite. There’s a lot less of that in Season 2, though. People knew what to expect with their submissions and they knew that none of that was actually going to get them anywhere.

GG: That wraps up all the questions we had, Melanie. Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. We’re looking forward to watching Season 2 of Driver vs Driver!

MC: Thank you, guys. Have a great day!

 

Driver vs Driver Season 2 begins airing on the Golf Channel on Tuesday, October 2nd, at 9pm EST. For the complete schedule of the show, head HERE.

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