There’s trying too hard and then there’s not trying at all. Treading this line is a challenge every golfer must face, from the Sunday hacker to the pros at this week’s Open Championship.
After all, the golf course is one of the few places where showing off is actively encouraged.
The secret is to find your own way, using the best-dressed golfers of past and present as a cue. Then all you need is to worry about that persistent shank.
1 | Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone (A Bit)
In golf, you can do things you can’t do in normal civilian life. Like wear white trousers. Not every golfer can pull this look off (Lee Westwood) but Luke Donald is one who can. Worn with a neutral gray or navy it’s a classic look for a summer round.
2 | You Can Even Colour Coordinate
It’s not encouraged anywhere else but a little subtle nod to matchy matchy can actually come off on the golf course. And there are few better at hitting that sportswear/style crossover than Dustin Johnson.
3 | Think Blocks Not Patterns
Avoid the temptation to buy tops with too many stripes, sashes and chevrons.
Gary Player only ever wore plain black. Martin Kaymer, pictured here on the way to win The US Open, is another who likes to keep it simple in his wardrobe let his Taylor Made driver do the talking.
4 | Embrace a Splash of Colour
As a general rule, keep your foundations dark and neutral and throw in one piece to add a little brightness. A well-fitting wool crew-neck in red is the perfect piece to have in the bag for when a cooler, evening round.
5 | Be Yourself
It’s easy to fall into the manufactured nylon straight-off-the-golf-shop-shelf look. To truly look the part, be prepared to add your own individual touches. Miguel Angel Jimenez’s mirror aviators, ginger pony tail, hand-made spatz-style shoes and OTT belts should never work. But it’s him. And it does.
6 | If In Doubt, Channel Arnie Palmer
The closest thing golf has had to a rock star, Arnie made the tight-fitting pique polo athlete look his own and remains a blueprint on how to approach your golf outfit – keep the lines clean, cuts slim and feel good in your own skin. With golf, that’s half the battle.