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|Puma's cashmere blend sweater is stylish and sleek. (Courtesy of Puma)|
I'm told spring will eventually descend upon the northern tier states of the U.S., and more importantly, that it will actually stay around longer than two days.
If true, this means that turf will also eventually green, and flag sticks, tee markers and drink carts will pop up once again on the long-buried golf courses.
When this glorious day arrives, you will want not only to be there but also to look your best. Here are our favorite apparel offerings for the 2014 season:
Okay, so let's get this out there right from the start: Based on recent trends, the weather this spring is likely to be unpredictable at best and lousy at worst. At least at first.
You're going to want some reliable outerwear. For all-around protection against rain and cold, the Sun Mountain Stormtight Pants ($190) are tops on the market. Zippered cuffs with snaps allow you to adjust the length, and dual-clasp waist with adjustable elastic straps ensure a comfortable yet secure fit. Best of all, they are insulated and very warm. (sunmountain.com)
As the temperatures slowly climb to summer levels, you might still need the occasional extra protection. The Cross Strike SS Pullover ($120) is a light-weight, half-sleeve/half-zip wind shirt that feels as light and comfortable as a shirt. It's supremely breathable and completely silent as you move. (crossgolfapparel.com)
Show your pride for your state (even if the weather does suck) with State Traditions gear. State Traditions offers a vast range of accessories featuring colorful silhouettes of every state in the U.S. (along with 10 or so other countries).
For golfers, the ball caps ($25) provide an eye-catching way to support your state without having to claim any particular team. (statetraditions.com)
Speaking of eye-catching logos, golfers who cannot help but quote from "Caddyshack" should check out Muze Clothing.
As described in my blog, Muze offers a line of golf apparel on which taglines from the movie are written to resemble traditional golf logos. I can't wait to show off my Gunga Galunga hat ($25) this weekend. (muzeclothing.com)
As I say, some day the weather will cooperate, and the sun will come out -- if not tomorrow, then maybe the next day. When it finally does, you're going to want to protect your eyes.
Under Armour's Fire Sunglasses ($100) are ultra-lightweight and super-comfy, with adjustable nose pads and wrap-around lenses. (underarmour.com)
The Americano Polo by Fila ($50) has three great things going for it: It's moisture-wicking, it's antibacterial and it's made of 92 percent recycled polyester combined with 8 percent Lycra. This makes it form-fitting and stretchy as a second skin. Perfect for those contorted recovery shots. (www.shopfilagolf.com)
The most synergistic merging of equipment and apparel companies has been Cobra Golf and Puma. The fashion-forward, youthful, energetic style of both companies is a match made in marketing heaven. And the announcement earlier this year that Greg Norman has joined ranks with Cobra/Puma struck fear into the hearts of competitors. You thought "Sharknado" was a cultural phenomenon -- just wait for SharkCobraPumanado!
Seriously, the new Puma SportLux Collection is chock-a-block full of attitude and style. The SportLux Striped Polo ($90) has a tailored fit and 40+ UV protection. The cashmere-blend Lux Sweater ($130) bespeaks luxury and comfort. There is a reason the young ambassadors of the Cobra/Puma brands are the most eye-catching players on the professional tours. (www.puma.com)
April 25, 2014
Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Illinois. Read his golf blog here.
From high-tech gadgets to clever, low-tech stocking stuffers, more great gift ideas have come across my desk this season than in the past five years combined. If you can't find something above for every golfer on your list, I'm going to chalk it up to Grinchiness.
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