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While passing by the infinite number of vendors at this years PGA Merchandise Show, I saw many different styles and products that caught my eye. Here's a look at some of my favorites that will be perfect for the Spring season.
Handsome golf pullover from Abacus, a Swedish golf company, is in the rugby-stripe style. The plush knit sweater body is topped by a soft woven Oxford collar, with fine grid detailing. Very sharp. Goes with almost anything. ($100)
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In fiamme polos
Somewhat unique among golf shirts in that they bear no logos, In fiamme polos have a European heritage and name (in fiamme is Italian for “on fire”). Handmade in Milan of a silky North African cotton, the shirts have self collars (same material and pattern as the shirt body) and mother-of-pearl buttons. ($120-$160)
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Ben Hogan wore Allen Edmonds golf shoes. In its second season since returning to golf, the company is going for outright elegance and full playability. The Haskell shoes are all leather, tooled to look like crocodile, with modern performance features. ($345)
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The acme of hip, understated good taste on the course, the new Linksoul collection by California designer John Ashworth includes pastel polos with buttoned pockets and soft classic sweaters, like this zippered cardigan. Note the button: “Make par not war.” Right on!
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RLX Camouflage sweater
Suitable for dropping into a terrorist compound at night, this camouflage sweater is actually for golf, from the RLX collection by Ralph Lauren. I'd like to see Luke Donald in it on Tour. It’s a striking piece, whether on course or off.
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Not known for its quiet, unobtrusive style, Loudmouth Golf shouts color and pattern all over the place. This marvelous novelty print, “Birds of Paradise,” is modeled here by the company’s founder, Scott “Woody” Woodworth. ($95-$110)
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Just another quirky athletic shoe? Hardly. The new TRUE Linkswear golf shoe, the Phoenix PHX, incorporates the “barefoot” design concept (with a 2.5 mm sole) and a roomy toe box. Like a slipper with traction. The reshaped design has a recessed spike bed for the course, but also makes a stylish street shoe. Wear on rainy days. ($99)
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You can debate all you want about the suitability of jeans for golf, but companies like Nike are going ahead and making them – with stretch. The Nike heather pant, a five-pocket, riveted golf trouser, is slim fit and flat front and kind of cool. ($85)
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Royal Albartross Shoes
These unusual patent-leather golf shoes seem whimsical, but they are quite serious. Royal Albartross shoes have a waterproof membrane and leather-rubber sole with Champ Q-Lok cleats. Down low, right where you want it, is a magnetic ball marker. ($595)
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A stretch lisle golf shirt with self collar from the new FootJoy Adirondack apparel collection. I just liked the beautiful, masculine color, a sort of sandy brown or dark golden rod. ($68)