2017 Holiday Apparel Buying Guide

Apparel Buying guide

The Holidays are quickly approaching. To make your shopping easier, we’re going to have a series of Holiday buying guides for the golfer on your list. We begin with our Apparel buying guide. This list gives you apparel pieces to make the recipient look good from head-to-toe.

Apparel Buying Guide

Oakley Gravity Polo

Oakley gravity polo

The Oakley Gravity polo is a lightweight, breathable shirt featuring O Hydrolix technology. This technology is great for keeping you dry and cool on a hot summer day by moving sweat away from the skin. On top of that, it features an antibacterial treatment that actually destroys bacteria, helping to eliminate odors. It’s like having built-in deodorant!

The Gravity polo is available in a variety of colors and features a subtle pattern. The tailored fit of the shirt provides a modern, stylish look that won’t get in the way during your swing.

Finally, the Oakley “Ellipse” logo is front and centered on the shirt. The logo adds appeal to the shirt without that uncomfortable scratching that a chest logo sometimes has.

adidas Ultimate 365 3-stripe Pants and Short

If you’re looking for extremely comfortable, lightweight pant or short that allows a full range of motion, the adidas 365 Ultimate 3-stripe line is a great choice. The fabric is moisture wicking keeping you cool and dry. The fabric also has a water repellant finish and UPF 50+ protection for comfort and safety in both sunshine and rain.

adidas ultimate 365 pants

Perhaps the best feature on the adidas 365 Ultimate 3-Stripe line is the stretch waistband. It moves for a comfortable fit, even after those large holiday meals.

adidas ultimate 365 shorts

Both the shorts and pants have a slightly tailored fit but are still comfortable thanks to the stretch fabric. Finally, the line is resistant to wrinkling and shrinking making these stylish pants easy to care for and long-lasting.

Columbia Outerwear

The Columbia brand has long been known for their outdoor apparel. Although relatively new to the golf market, Columbia offers several products that make golfing in cold conditions more enjoyable.

Shotgun 1/4 zip pullover

The Omni-Wick Shotgun ¼ zip pullover is one that stands out. Lightweight and perfect for that windy, cool day on the course, the Shotgun pullover features Omni-Wick technology which wicks sweat away from the skin.It allows the fabric to breathe while still providing you with protection from the wind and chill. Keeping in mind that the sun still shines when it’s cool, the Shotgun pullover has UPF 30 sun protection from an often overlooked element.

The pullover shows some pop style-wise thanks to the high contrast stitching and Columbia logo placed on the right shoulder.  There are 19 different colors to choose from so finding the right one as a gift should be no problem.

FootJoy Freestyle 2.0 Golf Shoe

footjoy freestyle 2.0

After the huge success of the original Freestyle golf shoe, Footjoy upped the ante with the 2.0 version. The Freestyle 2.0 is full of technology, wrapped in an appealing and comfortable package.

The shoes boast a lightweight performance mesh that ensures breathability along with a 2-year waterproof warranty. That’s right, mesh and waterproof!

For comfort, look no further than the InnerSok system and Extra-Thick Fitbed with HeelLok. These elements provide a ton of cushioning, slip resistance, and stability.

The cool looking F.R.O.G.S. outsole provides awesome cushioning and mobility while the Pulsar cleats keep your feet firmly on the ground. A great walking shoe with a cool look, the FreeStyle 2.0 has everything.

If you want to know more about these shoes, be sure to check out our full review.

FootJoy DryJoy Tour LTS Jacket

Dryjoys tour lts jacket

Not just known for their shoes, FootJoy is a leader in rainwear that looks and performs on the course. The DryJoy Tour LTS jacket is no exception. Despite the many waterproof options out there, this one addresses issues such as mobility and breathability better than most. After all, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean it’s cold. Breathability makes a huge difference on a hot and humid day.

The issue of mobility is addressed by the minimal 5-panel construction. Only using 5 pieces allows the jacket to move freely along with reducing bulkiness. The jacket’s comfort comes from a 3-layer bonded fabric that stretches in four directions.

The DryJoy Tour LTS jacket is stylish with a simple design and 5 colors to choose from.

Of course, the best thing about all FootJoy DryJoy apparel is the 2-year waterproof warranty. You can be confident that this jacket keeps you dry, even in the heaviest of rains.

You can also check out our full review for more information on this jacket.

Happy Shopping

That wraps up our Holiday apparel buying guide. If you have any questions, leave a comment below, hit us up on Twitter or Facebook. You can also reach us by email or phone. Info is below. We’re happy to help!

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Player Performances and New Products: TaylorMade on Tour

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The 2017-18 PGA Tour season is well underway this fall. Although many of the game’s top stars take well-deserved breaks, some of your favorite TaylorMade staffers have competed well. Let’s take a look at these player performances as well as some exciting product launches.

Player Performances

Even casual golf fans know Justin Rose. The English veteran has a major and gold medal among his 17 career international victories. His 2017-18 season has gotten off to an exciting start, coming from behind to win back-to-back events.

At the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, put together a respectable score after 3 rounds. However, his 9-under total put him 8 shots back of fellow TaylorMade staffer, Dustin Johnson, who was cruising at that point. After an even-par front 9 on Sunday, Rose charged back with an inward 31. He ended up winning by 2 shots over Johnson, Henrik Stenson, and Brooks Koepka. Given the result, it’s no surprise to find out he led the field in birdies for the week. It seems he’s enjoying his new “Rose Proto” irons.

Rose Proto Irons

The following week was more of the same from Rose. On Sunday at the Turkish Airlines Open, Rose battled playing partner Nicolas Colsaerts down the stretch. The pair traded blows while attempting to hold off Padraig Harrington, playing behind them, and Dylan Frittelli in front. Tied on the last hole, Rose and Colsaerts stuck their approach shots within 10 feet. Rose sunk his birdie putt, giving him a 1-shot lead. After Harrington failed to hole out from the fairway on the 72nd hole, Rose officially earned back-to-back wins.

“It’s like a bus, you wait ages for one and then two turn up at once” – Justin Rose

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We move from veteran to rookie Beau Hossler. Earning his card for the 2017-18 season, Hossler finished T10 at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, MS. For the tournament, he finished T5 in driving distance using his 2017 M2 driver. He also hit 70% of GIR using a combo set of TaylorMade irons (RSi TP UDI 4 & 5, PSi Tour 6-9).

Hossler followed that up with another solid performance in Las Vegas at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Tied going into the last round, he ended up finishing T7, 2 shots out of a playoff. Hossler’s early results this season will certainly keep expectations high for the young man.

New Product Launches

There are 2 launches we want to highlight this month, one software and one equipment. We begin with the software.

myround pro

TaylorMade teamed up with electronics titan, Samsung, launching myRoundPro. This stats analysis program is compatible with Samsung Gear devices (S2, S3, Gear Fit2, Gear Fit2 Pro) and on your phone. With the free app, you can:

  • Record scores and putts
  • Get a summary of your stats after the round
  • Assign clubs to each shot so you know how far you hit that club
  • Track strokes gained, proximity to the hole, club distance gaps, fairways and greens in regulation

When you use the app on your phone, GPS gives you detailed yardages to any point on the hole. You don’t need your phone to use the app though. Samsung Gear devices give you yardages to front/middle/back of the green, as well as keep stats.

For golfers that use technology on the course and want to get more in-depth stats on their game, myRound Pro is perfect.

DJ Proto irons

In regards to new TaylorMade equipment, we must mention the new P730 irons. These pure blades are designed for superior ball strikers that demand control and consistency from their clubs. Three of TaylorMade’s staff players are gaming these beauties now. Dustin Johnson recently joined Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in putting them into play. For more on these irons, check out our recent review.

Until next time…

Thanks for checking out this month’s TaylorMade on Tour about player performances and product launches. If there’s something you want us to cover in the world of TaylorMade, let us know in the comment section. See you all next month.

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Hit These 3 Wedge Shots With Ease

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When around the green, there are 3 wedges shots to use for getting the ball close to the hole; the bump and run, the low checking shot, and the flop shot. Which shot you use depends on the situation. Here’s how you can hit these 3 wedge shots with ease.

Wedge Shots

The Bump and Run

wedge shots bump and run

The easiest of the 3 shots, the “bump and run” gets the ball airborne enough to carry onto the edge of the green and roll to the pin. It’s a perfect shot to pull off when there’s nothing between you and the green and the pin is across the green.

In a nutshell, it is simply putting with an iron. Take a lower lofted club, such as an 8 iron, set up just like you would for a putt. Place the ball back in your stance with your hands forward, creating an angle in the shaft. From there, simply imagine you are putting the ball. The angle of the shaft causes a downward blow to the ball, lifting it into the air long enough to get on the green, before rolling out toward the cup.

Another good tip is to switch clubs based on how far you want the ball to go. With a little practice, you’ll be able to repeat this stroke and determine how far the ball goes with each club.

The Low Checker

The next shot is one often seen from about 50 yards and in. A player hits a low shot that lands on the green, hops once or twice, and then checks. The interesting thing about this shot is that it’s executed by hitting the ball slightly thin.

To hit this shot, set up with the ball in the middle of your stance and your hands only slightly ahead.  Hit the ball slightly lower on the clubface with more speed through impact than you feel in necessary. On the follow through, don’t release the club. Finish with the club about waist high and the shaft pointing straight at the target. I recommend using a sand wedge for this shot.

It takes a bit of practice to get comfortable with the faster swing and lower contact on the club face. Once you’re comfortable with it, the low checker is a great shot to have in your arsenal.

The Flop


The last of the popular wedge shots is the flop shot. Hit this shot around the green when you need to hit it high and land it soft. It’s the most difficult shot to hit correctly and consistently but, with the right technique, it gets you out of trouble.

The setup plays a large role with the flop shot. Set up with your feet aligned well left of the target and open the clubface so it points at the target. Take your grip after you have lined your feet and the club. Base your grip on your feet alignment, not where the clubface points. This is important to execute the shot properly.  I see too many players grip the club normally, set up their feet, then open the clubface by turning the club with their hands already on it. This results in a normal grip as opposed to a “weak” one and the club returns to square at impact, causing the ball to shoot off low and left of the target.

From this position, take a longer backswing and let gravity bring the club back down to the ball. Make sure to execute a full finish with the clubhead traveling above your head. This allows the club to slide under the ball with an open face, launching it high and soft.

Again, practice is needed to get comfortable with such a long swing from such a short distance.

Now It’s Your Turn

You now know how to hit these 3 popular wedge shots. Take this knowledge to the course, hit the ball closer and watch your scores drop. Also, leave any questions for our PGA Professionals in the comment section.

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