Professional golfers have long been trend setters in the world of fashion. While they obviously play a larger role in the world of golf fashion, there is definitely some carryover into mainstream everyday apparel.
Do you remember Johnny Miller’s hound’s-tooth pants from Oakmont in ‘73? How about Chi-Chi Rodriguez’s straw hat or Jim Colbert’s floppy bucket hat? These articles of clothing, despite a few periods of unpopularity, are still around and can be seen on golf courses around globe including River Wilderness Golf and Country Club and Waterlefe Golf & River Club. In fact, they can still be found on the PGA, European PGA and Senior PGA Tours. Want proof? Take a gander at some photos of John Daly, Briny Baird and Bubba Watson. These guys have donned the hound’s-tooth trousers, straw hat and floppy bucket hat, respectively.
Unbeknownst to the viewing public, these bold pieces of clothing were just a precursor to the major trend exploding in professional golf today. The #4 item on “Cory’s Top 5 Trends in Golf Today” is bright, ostentatious apparel.
From shirts and pants, to belts and shoes, no color is off limit in today’s game. Though the credit for the comeback of the white belt should fall squarely on the shoulders of the European contingent, players such as Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa and Anthony Kim have taken it to the next level.
While Tiger Woods made red shirts with black pants famous on Sundays, Rickie Fowler has decided that parking-cone orange, head to toe, will be his final-round uniform. And while it initially looked a bit odd to see a human being, who was not directing airplanes, dressed in a fully orange ensemble, it quickly became acceptable on the younger, sleeker physiques of players like Fowler.
The more disturbing consequence of this trend, however, is such bravery creeping onto the bodies of older players like Davis Love III, who found it a good idea to sport pink pants during this year’s United States Open.
Few color boundaries remain untouched as television viewers have been exposed to Charley Hoffman’s green shoes and green glove, Ian Poulter’s plaid pants and pastel shirts and just about every piece of fabric distributed by John Daly’s sponsor, Loudmouth Golf.
There has to be a line somewhere, and if it hasn’t yet been crossed, surely we’re teetering over it like Lindsay Lohan taking a field sobriety test.
Where can it go from here? Will players continue to push the fashion envelope? That remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, as the superstars of the PGA Tour get younger and younger, the potential for risk-taking gets higher. Could spandex and leather pants be next? Only time will tell, but….probably.