Golf and Fashion: "Look Good, Play Good"

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

In 2010 Rickie Fowler was named PGA Rookie of the Year. With his shaggy hair and scruffy mustache Fowler appears to be more surfer than golfer at times.

You may recognize Fowler for his vibrant PUMA clothing out on the course. He's a young up and coming golfer in the professional ranks and young up and coming golfers competing in this week's Future Master's Tournament like his style.

Alexander Kline of Jupiter, Florida is competing in the 10 & Under age group and he modeled his outfit after his favorite golfer on the final day of play.

"I dress like Rickie Fowler," said Kline.

"I like the bright colors. If I feel good then I play good," he said.

That seemed to be the overall motto of the golfers out at the Future Masters. There's an idea that if you're shoes, shorts, and shirt are all matching with a hat thrown in here or there, then you're golf game will improve.

"You can tell a lot about a player based on their clothes," said Hunter Dunagan.

Dunagan won the Future Masters championship trophy for the 13-14 age group.

"Guys that wear bright colors like the purples, yellows, and oragnes tend the be better golfers. What a golfer wears says a lot about their confidence," said Dunagan.

But fashion isn't limited solely to shorts, shoes and shirt.

9 year-old Henry Grattan prefers to step his dress game up via his socks.

"They comfortable, they're colorful, I just like them," said Grattan. On his final day Grattan decided to wear one light blue sock and one pink sock.

"I just saw different types of socks in the stores and my friends and I thought it'd be cool. I have all types of socks...plain socks, plaid socks, all different types," said Grattan.

Some golfers have equipment that's busier than a New York Subway.

"I have these colored tees," said Dunagan.

"I have purple tees, yellow tees, all different colors. Sometimes I use them and sometimes I don't," he said.

Dunagan can play with loud tees if he wants though, he's won 7 tournaments on the Hurricane Tour recently.

However there are players who tone down the bright colors during their championship round and go with a more classic look.

"I decided to wear knickers today on my final day at the Future Masters. I like to change it up though," said B.J. Morrison.

Morrison, of Dothan, was decked out in black and white argyle socks that came up to his knees where they met a pair of black knickers. He donned a white Nike golf shirt with a white Ivy cap to top it off.

No matter what their specific style, every golfer agreed on one thing.

Just because a golfer's dress-game is good it doesn't necessarily mean his golf-game follows suit.

When I asked Morrison if he'd ever seen any golfers out playing who were really well dressed but they weren't playing with he responded with "yeah."

"That sounds a lot like my Dad," said Morrison.

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