ANOTHER STELLAR ANTIGUA ‘PERFORMANCE’ FOR MEN…
Coming off of two very strong years for the Antigua Performance Collections, the Antigua Design Team had a tough hill to climb in matching and exceeding the creativity and popularity of those lines. Looks like they’ve succeeded with the Spring 2016 Performance Collection for Men featuring heathers, prints, new silhouettes, amazing fabrications and strong mid -weight outerwear. The line reflects current trends taking shape in fashion, from couture to ready-to-wear. The palette influence has swung from the previous season’s electrified brights to up-to-date and simplistic bright primary color. “Envision the austere geometrics of Mondrian or a Rubik’s Cube,” says Sean Gregg, vice president of product development and marketing support. “Stripped down to the base colors themselves, they’re bright red, yellow, green, royal and purple. But infused into performance fabrics accompanied with blocks, stripes or textures of neutrals and complementing hues, they become so vividly fresh and fun that renaming the colors to Fire, Sunburst, Verdant, Hypnotic and Mardi Gras is more indicative of their current fashion status.” Antigua’s latest styles complement the color direction: Clean to their core. The dominant styling details — especially a refined heather pattern that shows up in accents if not as the garment’s main element — mirror the momentum that fashion giants and forecasters put in motion for this season. The men’s collection includes both of of Antigua’s state-of-the-art moisture-wicking technologies, Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite. These fabrics have been specially engineered to be lightweight while not being overly sheer thanks to ultra-fine yarns that give fabric more body while not dramatically increasing the weight.
The Spring 2016 Women’s Performance Collection reveals fantastic fabrications that combine polyester and spandex, unique prints, color palettes that include beautiful jewel tones and the continuation of successful silhouettes. This full collection emphasizes light to mid-weight overtops, plus a strong use of heathers through the assortment of polos and sheerless polos. All fabrics and silhouettes have been LPGA Tour-tested. “During the development of the Spring 2016 collection, I felt a desire to be more conservative with styling and therefore spent my time focusing on fabrication,” says Danielle Dellios, head of women’s design at Antigua. “The activewear marketplace has reached its threshold and consumers are inundated with product offerings. Every brand has its version of ‘ath-leisure’ clothing, so it was up to our design team to create something unique. I found myself wanting to refine the overall look of the collection by eliminating any trend-specific details and keep styling at a minimum. By doing so, the collection evolved into something more sophisticated and classic.” For example, style Element is traditional in its appearance but features an ultra-soft polyester/spandex irregular heather fabric that gives it a higher value look. Pure is Antigua’s first basic solid polo in years. It’s an ultra-soft poly/spandex fabric, with basic styling details such as bust darts and angled side seams. In keeping with the minimalist approach, styles like Strive have very basic details, including an open placket and self-fabric collar, but with a nylon/poly/spandex tonal mini-stripe fabric that’s not only super soft, but is also cool to the touch. Geometric patterns remain strong, so styles Radical, Ascent, Modern and Champ emerged — each featuring a version of abstract triangle prints. Radical and Champ are both white body styles with a pop of color, whereas Modern and Ascent are color body styles with tonal variations of the print. As for colors, those primary jewel tones are paired with black and white throughout the collection.
All performance sportswear is not created equal! Founded 20 years ago, Carnoustie Sportswear has built its reputation for producing beautiful, high-end cotton golf clothing.
Carnoustie Performance apparel is appropriate for the course, office or most any social occasion. Styles feature generous use of spandex for stretch and wearability and special finishing to ensure moisture wicking, UV protection, odor management and easy care. The new Performance Knits for 2016 feel like silk but are actually made from a very fine micro polyester — with the same feel for luxury and quality that golfers have come to expect from the brand’s cotton garments. The Spring ‘16 Performance Polos include Classic, Resort and Desert collections, each with its own unique feeling. Carnoustie is carried in some of America’s most exclusive golf resorts, private country clubs and retailers. www.carnoustiesportswear.com
Devereux calls itself “an innovator in proper-fitting men’s golf and resort clothing,” and after checking out its line at the PGA Show, it’s tough to refute the assertion. These threads are squarely in the sleek and simple design vein, perfect for today’s up-and-coming Millennial player. One such stick from that generation, PGA Tour star Danny Lee, has chosen Devereux as his official apparel partner for 2016. Lee, widely hailed as a rising star and “one of the top golfers to watch” this year, began donning Devereux’s Spring 2016 collection of finely crafted, proper-fitting attire at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, and hasn’t looked back. “I am excited to join a stylish team like Devereux,” said Lee. “They offer an unbeatable blend of cutting-edge looks and high-quality apparel that functions great on the course and looks just as good off of it as well.” Added Will Brunner, director of operations, “Danny is a tremendous competitor and one of those rare players who truly has a great understanding of his personal style.He possesses a charisma both on and off the course that aligns perfectly with our brand and we are excited to have someone of his caliber representing Devereux.” Based in Scottsdale,Devereux offers men “Proper Threads” with unparalleled style and comfort on and off the course.
Golf Tips’ editors have been packing Sunice products into their bags for road trips for many years now, right alongside folks like the 2015 International Presidents Cup Team and other high-level pro and amateur competitors. Always at the comfortable and colorful intersection of style and performance, Sunice’s spring 2016 line is no exception. Divided into five categories of overlapping protection — Rain, Wind, Thermal, Layering and Sportswear — the array of smartly colored garments just beg to be worn in the wildest, most changeable climate you can think of — which pretty much defines much of America’s winter and spring weather — and leave you perfectly dry and warm with every swing. At the top of the line are several Gore-Tex designs that are fully waterproof, while the FlexVent and Zephal fabric technologies offer whatever level of water and wind-fighting layering you need. We particularly love the Berlin waterproof stretch short-sleeve pullover, about as versatile and movement-friendly piece of performance outerwear as you’ll find. All styles have been updated with new color combinations. Sunice Berlin Waterproof stretch short sleeve pullover line, for instance, has three new color combinations including the new Toxic and Midnight.
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You might not recognize the name at first glance, but European company Galvin Green is one of the top golf apparel designers in the world. Last summer they signed a deal to outfit the next two European Ryder Cup teams in waterproof outerwear, and this year the rest of us get a glimpse of their top-quality offerings via the Art of Performance Part II collection. Each garment in the collection is created to work as part of the brand’s Multi-Layer Concept — the sport’s first apparel layering system. This approach uses leading-edge fabric technologies for maximum playability while providing dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection. Combine that with subtle but functional design elements such as rounded cuts that prevent water from seeping in during certain golf moves — crouching to line up a putt or mark your ball, for instance — and suddenly Galvin Green gets the recognition it deserves. And they also help you plan for weather several days out throughs their new Dress for the Weather app. Free on the App Store or Google Play, it provides detailed five-day forecasts for thousands of courses in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe, and recommends ideal layering solutions for expected levels of heat, precipitation and wind speed. galvingreen.com
If you’re not compressing, you’re stressing. We’re talking the lower leg, those smaller muscles up and down the calf that, after 18 holes of hills, can cramp like nobody’s business, especially for those of us over a certain age. So why not stock up on some Zensah Tech+ compression socks or leg sleeves? They both help support the calf and shin, improve circulation and engender quicker recovery from every kind of workout, on or off the course. “With the sleeve, you’re getting all the compression benefits, but it’s easier [for some people than the socks],” said one Zensah representative at the PGA Show. “Our sleeves have pinpoint compression, different nettles in each area, which separates us from the competition.” You can wear the sleeves to walk, wear them to bed while you’re dreaming about those birdies, and on and on. Zensah also has sleeves for the elbows. All sleeves have 50 UV protection, too. The best bet? A pair of low-profile socks and sleeves, plus the high-profile socks for all-in-one protection. Then you’re set for the long haul. Socks from $24.99,sleeves from $39.99
KENTWOOL GOLF SOCKS
Is there anything more important to a stem-to-stern comfortable round of golf than happy feet? We think not, and that’s why we’re longtime fans of Kentwool golf socks. We’ve slid the South Carolina-based company’s Merino wool wares on our dogs for every kind of weather, in every kind of cut — from low-profile anklet to knee-high compression models — and have never failed to appreciate their comfort, fit and durability. Apparently the world’s top caddies join us in that sentiment (and who needs great footwear more than a caddy?). Recently the Association of Professional Tour Caddies partnered with Kentwool to provide member loopers with their top-of-the-line socks. A few caddies even took the time to talk up the partnership in Kentwool’s PGA Show booth — singing the praises of their natural “smart” fiber, which remains unmatched for comfort and performance. Every model of sock draws upon wool’s natural wicking and cooling properties for moisture management, sheer comfort and other performance enhancing benefits. They’ve developed new lines of socks including the Game Day collection of colors that represent college football teams around the country. Rabid fans snapped them up and now the company is releasing them to the public this spring. They’ve also come out with new wool-based boxer short and T-shirt lines that riff off the products they provide to the U.S. government, especially soldiers. Boo-rah! kentwool.com
This sports-specific eyewear company excels at producing styles and shades for active men and women, including golfers. Their new Vogell ($49.95) and Wasp ($69.95-$99.95) designs keep the eyes protected with 100 percent UV power, and comfortable with vented lenses. The Wasp is interchangeable lens model for extra-small to medium face sizes — great for gals. Taking a cue from its predecessor the Wisp, the Wasp features sleek styling and maximum visibility. Golf specific, shatter-proof polycarbonate lenses include Smoke for bright sun, GT for tracking the ball in flight and EC for reading greens and terrain, within three packages — lydrophobic, Fototec and polarized Fototec. Meanwhile Tifosi’s popular Vogel gets a make-over; with updated styling, the Vogel 2.0 is built for sports and leisure, offering a sleek design and technical features to enhance performance. Both models feature hydrophilic ear and nose pieces thart are slip resistance, even when sweaty, plus adjustable arms and nose pieces for a customizable fit. Each includes a zippered case and cleaning bag. tifosioptics.com
The Fall 2016 Jack Nicklaus Collection is going back to the roots of golf in Scotland—inspired by Jack’s great sense of style during the 1978 Open at St. Andrews and the beautiful sunsets over the Old Course. The color palette is comprised of navy, royal and steel blues, red and white for the Americana-inspired vignette, and a sunset vignette, which features vivid purples and teals anchored by black, with touches of bright green. The collection is always grounded with navy and base neutrals, such as grey and camel. “The Majors” — the performance, on-course inspired part of the line — is comprised of short-sleeve polos, featuring Coolplus quick-dry yarns with moisture wicking, and four-way stretch fabrics designed to keep the wearer cool and comfortable. In keeping with golf fashion’s overall spring trend, heather looks are important to the collection, as they make big statements for a more techie look that is still grounded in the classics. Long-sleeve polos and base layer quarter-zips have performance attributes, such as four-way stretch and inside brushing for an added level of warmth. High performance outerwear pieces like the Mixed Media Full Zip Jacket, with a high-density knit fabric, offer a 360-degree range of motion. The Hooded Full Zip Jacket is a great on-course water resistant piece with a removable hood and ventilation for comfort. The 19th Hole collection features both luxurious double-mercerized cotton and performance cotton knits that keep the wearer cool and dry, on and off the course. The Bear’s Best Woven Shirts feature wrinkle-free 100 percent cotton twill fabrics, with a great hand feel. Traditional patterns in unexpected colorations have become a trademark to the line. The new quarter-zip windstopper sweater is one of the “must have” pieces of the season. jacknicklausapparel.com
ProQuip has long been one of the most popular weatherwear providers for serious golfers, including 20 of the last 32 European and U.S. Ryder Cup Teams. ProQuip most recently outfitted the 2014 European Team, where its proprietary rainsuit was the apparel of choice for Captain Paul McGinley and his assistant captains to fend off the chilly and drizzly weather at Gleneagles. ProQuip’s 2016 Weatherwear Collection includes a complete line of waterproof, quiet, breathable, stretch performance and ultra-lightweight rain suits and wind apparel for men and women. A highlight of the collection is the new PX5 stormForce, an advanced technology golf rain suit that feels like silk but acts like an unbreakable barrier against wind and rain. The PX5 is made using fabric technology exclusive to ProQuip and guaranteed waterproof for the life of the garment. Also, the Tour-Lite is a three-layer jacket with a proprietary, silky-soft knitted outer fabric that stretches four ways for total freedom of movement. Lighter than any jacket ProQuip has ever produced, the featherweight fabrication allows golfers to play without feeling like they are wearing a technical waterproof jacket. Want even lighter? The Tourflex Cyclone is a soft-shell outer layer that’s windproof and highly water-repellent. The fabric is engineered with four-way stretch for maximum freedom of movement; the polyester soft shell is infused with bamboo fibers to enhance breathability, wick moisture, neutralize odor and provide antibacterial protection. This wind top is highly crease resistant and has a textured waffle finish and color contrast panels for athletic looks. Finally, the ladies Aquastorm Sienna is a high-performance golf rainsuit designed to keep you dry, warm and comfortable in a range of challenging weather conditions. Its technical outer fabric has a soft satin finish coated with polyurethane for total waterproof protection, breathability and temperature regulation. It’s supremely lightweight, soft and quiet to wear, making it comfortable to play in and easy to pack away and carry. $120-$280 | proquipgolfusa.com
With Tour superstars leading the charge — ever heard of a dude named Rickie? — Puma’s Spring-Summer ’16 Collection featuring new cooling and warming technologies to equip golfers for changing weather conditions. The line boasts re-energized essentials, elevated and sophisticated details, a balanced color palate to suit the style of any golfer. The collection introduces PWRCOOL, a moisture-activated Xylitol print engineered to actively cool body temperature when it is needed most. PWRCOOL is sweat activated, and designed to optimize performance by managing the body’s core temperature. The collection also features PWRWARM pieces, a new PUMA technology originally introduced in last season’s collections that utilize an innovative ceramic print to retain body heat and create a warmer microclimate without the bulk or weight of traditional cold weather fabrics. Other key technologies within the collection include CoolMax Extreme, a lightweight, soft and breathable fabric that absorbs moisture by pulling it off the skin and into the fast-drying fabric; Cleansport NXT finish, a bio-based treatment that uses natural enzymes to reduce odor-causing organic materials; Dri-Release moisture management to keep golfers dry and comfortable; and UPF treatment to provide protection from the sun. Key styles include the D-Vent Polo ($65) incorporating a vent in the pack that opens during your swing, allowing for extreme freedom of movement while providing the perfect ventilation for those warm days. The Pounce Polo ($55) comes in 14 fun colors made up of CoolMax Extreme Yarn, providing first-class moisture wicking properties and dryCELL technology The GoTime Brush Stripe Polo ($75) is engineered to actively cool your body as your game heats up. On the other end of the temp spectrue, Tie your Puma’s new Golf Track Jacket ($95) includes shoulder stitching for an unrestricted swing and PWRWARM technology to help maintain your temperature during wintry weather. It’s augmented by the PWRWARM ¼ ZIP VEST ($70) with a quilted front to provide additional warmth while a stretch back, shoulder stitching and an elastic waistband are included for added range of motion. cobragolf.com/pumagolf
Birdie Ball is one of those successful companies that has carved out its very own niche in the golf world. Their catalog of play-the-game-anywhere products aren’t ostensibly for kids alone, but they certainly appeal to the kid in all of us, from huge blowup mini-golf style creatures (think dino or hippo’s mouth instead of clown’s mouth) to portable “golf bounce houses” to the very well-respected limited-distance ball. Their giant plastic clubs are definitely for kids, while six- and nine-hole target sets make the game truly fun for the rankest beginner. Even Birdie Ball’s newest product, an indoor putting green, is different from myriad others out there. It even feels like real grass on your feet, and as with natural grass surfaces, the ball — limited flight or otherwise — reacts as it should, with no wobble, rolling on the flat, spongy sublayer, while the “nubby” top layer controls the speed. You choose the thickness, width, length and Stimp speed, and Birdie Ball will create to your specs. It’s the real deal. Starting at about $75 birdieball.com
TGA Premier Junior Golf, the nation’s leading introductory and recreational golf program ensuring the game’s future, has expanded on its junior golf expertise with the launching of its own line of custom fit golf clubs for boys and girls. With the launch of its equipment line, TGA positions itself as the only company in the golf industry fully dedicated to growing the game through programming initiatives and providing its own properly fitted golf equipment along the way. To bring the new clubs to market, TGA called on 30-year golf industry manufacturing veteran Ross Kvinge of Plus One Sports, who has worked with high profile manufacturers like Nicklaus Golf and Spalding. TGA’s equipment is designed with technology that makes it easier for beginning and experienced junior golfers to excel. This is especially true with the driver, which is the largest driver head on the market for juniors featuring a lightweight hot forged design. As for the TGA junior irons, unlike most junior golf equipment companies who position the sweet spot too high and toward the heel of the club, these irons are designed by redistributing weight from the hosel out along the top-line of the club which positions the sweet spot perfectly centered on the clubface creating easier and more consistent shots. TGA Premier Junior Golf boxed sets are offered in seven color-coded sizes based on height with right- and left-handed options for both boys and girls making it convenient and affordable for parents to fit their junior golfer. $89.99-$149.99 | playtga.com
What do you get when lad named Calum McPherson, the scion of a Scottish foundry — who just happens to be an outstanding professional and amateur golfer — decides to do his part to grow the game he loves so much? You get a cutting edge set of clubs designed exclusively for kids. You get Golphin Ltd. Recognized for its outstanding concept and designs — including oversized, precision-crafted irons that instill confidence from the first swing — Golphin debuted in 2014 and immediately racked up two prestigious awards in its home country and China. And now they’re coming to America and available online and in retail shops. McPherson got the idea for Golphin after watching his son struggle with cut-down clubs, and having set a goal to make golf more enjoyable for juniors. Designed to benefit children ages three through 11, they were developed in partnership with PGA Professionals and the biomechanical department at Strathclyde University, in Glasgow, using technology transfer from the aerospace industry. They are 22 percent lighter and 35 percent larger than most junior golf clubs, making it easier for players to swing, control and hit. A radial profile was added to the sole of the clubs to provide greater forgiveness for differing lie angles and to accommodate children’s various address positions and heights. The GFK line of Golphin product selections is based on the height of each individual child. The Golphin Coaches Pack, designed for teaching professionals to provide equipment for potential new golfers at clinics and lessons, consists of 14 clubs: four high-loft drivers, six 7 irons, two “Swedgers” and two putters – including several left-handed clubs. Individual GFK sets include one driver, one 7 iron, one “Swedger” and one putter. golphin.com