What to expect in golf for 2012

With the golfing tours and tournaments of 2012 firmly on the way, along with the European Championships and The Olympics; there’s more balls flying through the air on our televisions this year than any other time in recent history; taking in an eyeful from the television of all the fashions and trends of the golfing world is a great way to keep yourself updated with the sensibilities of the sport.

Quite often, people are put off golf because they feel that it is expensive or particularly unfashionable. The truth however, is quite different indeed. Golf clothes from Direct Golf for example can be particularly cheap as they monitor their prices on a day-to-day basis.  Of course, if you are new to the sport and would like to give it a go yourself; starting up can be cheaper than you think as most golf clubs offer hourly training sessions without the expensive membership fees. If you’re not into being coached however, you can always step foot onto one of many golfing ranges where you are able to perfect your stroke in your own time and relax as you tone your skills.

Once that you feel you have toned your skills and are ready to step onto the green, there’s nothing quite like getting out there and taking in the fresh air. But what however, are you to wear? Although rules have gradually relaxed, there are dress codes within golf clubs that must be respected. If you are unsure what to wear exactly, here’s a quick round up of what a couple of the professionals have been wearing in 2012.

Rickie Fowler
Although a youngling within the professional golfing sphere, the fresh Californian has been making waves in the touring world, with both his style of play and attire. After coming tied fifth in The Open Championship of 2011 and winning the Kolon Korean Open by a margin of six strokes, more and more people are beginning to pay attention to the young man who will one day contend with the greats.

Taking a look at Fowler’s attire throughout that last few years, you will find a spectacular palate of neon and matching colours to which even parrots may find attractive. Often seen in brightly coloured matching Puma clothes and caps, it is not hard to spot the 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of The Year.

What you wear on a golf course quite often states to other players just what your playing ethos is, and if you wear clothes in the same style of Mr. Fowler, although it may be fun; you might not be taken quite a seriously as you would have hoped.

Webb Simpson
On the other hand of the clothing spectrum however, you may find  Webb Simpson who, besides winning two 2011 PGA Tour Championships, is a dedicated follower of Ralph Lauren.

After turning professional in the summer of 2008, Simpson had quite an enjoyable first year in the sport with four top 10 finishes and retained his tour card of 2009, ranking 70th on the money list. Simpson also had a very successful 2011 season after winning the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina and the Deutsche Bank Championship in Massachusetts; potting him a total of roughly $2.3 million.

Webb Simpson signed with Ralph Lauren for a multi-year sponsorship deal in 2010 and has been their ambassador ever since. Taking a look through some of the images circling the web, you will find that Simpson is quite possibly the epitome of what the stylish modern golfer encompasses.

Taking into account the attire of Webb Simpson may be all very well and good in regards of what golf clothing to wear; but of course, not everyone can afford the wonders of Ralph Lauren, and if you are up for a bit of fun, Rickie Fowler may just be the fashion guru for you.


Winter Golf – English weather or Mediterranean sun?

You may have all heard the story about how one of the new crop of young Japanese golfers who was making his first appearance at the British Open was heard to ask why the championship isn’t played in the summer only to be told, it was summer!

The winter months divide amateur British Golfers between those that play all year round, however cold or wet; and those who prefer to escape the winter with a holiday or golf break to warmer climates such as Turkey, Canary Islands and the Mediterranean.  Letting family and friends know your preference well in advance is a good idea when it comes to receiving Christmas presents.

Buying new golf clubs is an obvious choice for any keen golfer and in the main I am fortunate that most of my family know my clubs of choice.  Every golfer has particular fancies when it comes to which make and model he or she believes suits their ability and style.

The good thing about buying Christmas presents for a fellow golfer in the family is there are plenty of small inexpensive and useful presents such as golf gloves, socks, tees and of course golf balls.  But as for receiving golf clothing, well that might depend on your current plans as to whether you prefer a t-shirt and shorts or jumper and waterproofs.

Fortunately for golfers, we have had a mild winter in the south of England.  The north-east and Scotland have had snow but nothing on the scale of the last two winters where golf courses were closed over several weekends between December and February. Today is bright and dry, with nothing more than a breeze.  Perfect winter day conditions to play a round of golf; out in the fresh air, away from any family feuds and walking off any over indulgencies from the festive period.

For me, the worst thing about the winter months is not so much the cold, but the dark nights.  Like many golfers, it’s difficult to find the time during the day to play enough golf, so I have to play at the weekends with everyone else trying to book a tee time before mid-afternoon.  It’s not long before we will notice lighter evenings and the possibility of playing nine holes or even squeezing in a quick round in the evenings; and with it warmer weather.

Until then, you take your choice to play throughout the year through whatever weather, keep to the driving range, or book a mid-winter holiday break.


Marbas Italian golf fashion brand sets it sights on growth

Marbas Golf Clothes
Marbas Golf Clothes

Marbas, the Italian golf clothes brand renowned for its fine, high quality shirts and luxury knitwear, has appointed specialist golf marketing and PR firm Landmark Media International to manage its media relations and support further expansion in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East.

Marbas is the brand name of the golfwear collection of New Marbas SpA, an Italian textile company specialising in the manufacture of garments in high-quality natural fibres and a leader in the production of mercerised fabrics. New Marbas SpA was established in 1980 by Edguardo Marinelli and Fabio Bassinelli (hence Marbas), with the Marbas golf brand launching two decades later in the year 2000.

The agency will now promote Marbas, an accredited supplier to the Open Championship and prominent at high-end golf resorts and links courses on the Open rota, to help raise brand awareness, communicate new products and retail services.

“With many of the courses on the Open rota, including St Andrews Links, Carnoustie, Royal St George’s and Turnberry, stocking Marbas garments, we have seen our retail base grow steadily and believe now is the right time to expand further,” commented Fabio Bassinelli, one of Marbas’ founding partners.

The company, which was established 30 years ago as a textile manufacturer, supplying some of the biggest names in designer fashion, prides itself in using only the finest natural fibres. Egyptian Makò Cotton is used in all Marbas’ double-mercerised cotton shirts, while exquisite Zenga Baruffa wool defines the brand’s luxury knitwear collection.

Marbas Golf, an accredited supplier to buying group TGI Golf, is currently available in more than 200 retail outlets in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East.

Marbas Golf will be showcasing its Spring-Summer 2011 Collection for the UK & Ireland at the Golf Show 2010 in Harrogate at stand C26.

For more information about Marbas Golf, visit www.marbasgolf.it

Survival Handbook by Golf Refugees

More BMX's Less BMW's
More BMX's Less BMW's

Those crazy anarchist golfers at Golf Refugees have created a Survival Handbook and believe its about time we stood up against the stupidity and stuffiness of golf authorities.

Are there too many rules in golf?

Golf rules are generated by an ever expanding army of blazers who lunch out and devise a few more convoluted rules over a glass of port. Soon it will be called the ‘Encyclopedia Rules of Golf’.

Do any amateurs or pros know the rules of golf?

Let’s cut our defence budget and get back to a few simple rules of golf. Play the ball where it lies, which we can all remember and comprehend.

Why are dress codes for young golfers devised by old men who wear their trousers around their chests?

Let’s have a flexible dress code where golfers of all ages can wear what they like. Why do we insist on dressing teenage golfers to look like their dads? Fashion tastes of young people are only objectionable to old farts, who probably wore something similar when they were young.

Isn’t it about time we started to ask how our golf apparel is made?

Synthetic polyester derived from petroleum is a favoured fabric. It’s single environmental saving grace is that it can be recycled.  So why aren’t the big golf brands manufacturing shirts made from recycled polyester?

Here is the Golf Refugees survival manifesto:

More BMX’s less BMW’s in golf club car parks.
More t-shirts and trainers on the fairways.
More carbon neutral golf apparel.

For information on products and refreshing ideas go to www.golf-refugees.com

The New Revolutionary Tomahawx™ Golf Tees

The New Revolutionary Tomahawx™ Golf Tees

Specifically engineered as a uni-body single component design offering the high performance
characteristics today’s golfer demands.

Mark Schneider has taken an innovative approach by questioning whether a tee would offer a sweeter drive shot, when using in very hard ground, if the bottom of the golf tee was a blade and not a point.

Every tee since it’s conception in 1899 uses a point. Hitherto, golf tee solutions to create the perfect tee shot has focused on the head of the tee. Three prongs, four prongs, bristles, rubber and good old fashioned wooden golf tees all have their fans. But Schneider’s focus on developing his golf tee was at the point of breakage.

The result was the Tomahawx™ golf tees use a quarter-round tapered knife-edge which allows typical vertical insertion but allows the tee to rotate forward horizontally resistance-free at impact.

Mark Schneider explains how the tee works:

“The front face is flat creating a natural point of pivot for the bottom to rotate thru. The tapered knife-edge creates it’s own unique cavity in the ground. Tomahawx™ are very easily inserted vertically just like an ordinary standard tee. But rotate forward horizontally resistance-free.”

Tomahawx™ Golf Tees are currently available in the USA and from www.tomahawx.com.

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