Course of Style: FootJoy making every day playable

Steve Stricker for FootJoy
Acushnet Golf
The three layers of FootJoy's new FJ Layering System are designed to keep players like Steve Stricker, dry and warm.

This week industry leader FootJoy introduces a new layered golf clothing system, including the company's first compression piece — that is, a tight-fitting undershirt to supply warmth and support — which the company has been testing on tour. The new ProDry compression shirt was designed to be somewhat roomier and less restrictive than other compression garments, according to Whitney Trimble, the director of marketing for FootJoy apparel. It was worn by Steve Stricker in the windy conditions at St. Andrews during the British Open.

"Our goal is to make every day playable," Trimble said. "The system makes it easier to play in all conditions with less."

The new FJ Layering System, like other foul-weather golf apparel, consists of three layers: 1) A compression base that provides moisture management and regulates temperature by moving perspiration away from the body ($55). 2) A Performance Half-Zip Pullover, with four-way stretch, for versatility and warmth during dry conditions ($85); and 3) A redesigned DryJoys Tour Collection jacket with the FJ Protect Waterproofing System ($240) or a Rain Shirt, short or long sleeve ($160-180).

The outer layering pieces, a signature component of FootJoy's apparel for years, also have four-way stretch fabric and include rain pants, rain shorts, softshell jackets and vests, and windshirts in color-block patterns. The complete redesigned FootJoy layering system will be available beginning in August.

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