New Fashions In Golf Apparel, Golf Clubs, Golf Tees, Etc.
Everyone knows that technology has changed the way golf is played. Over the course of a generation, high-tech clubs, golf balls, and even golf tees have transformed performances on the course. What fewer people realize is that the same technology has also changed the way golfers dress. New blends and fibers match the style of modern play, and the design of everything from clubs to tees emphasizes style and elegance.
Early golfing fashion owed much to the bulky tweeds favored by gentlemen walking the Scottish links. In the 1920s, even as golf grew in popularity, golf-wear continued to project the image of a reserved gentleman’s game, with plus-fours and silk ties. It was not until the 1940s that the familiar short-sleeve knitted “golf” shirt made its first appearance. Further, it has only been in the last thirty years that technological change has really been felt in the world of golfing fashion, initially with the stretch-fabrics and waterproof leathers of the 1980s.
Modern-day golf-wear exists at the intersection of fashion and high-technology. Contemporary golfers wear special fabrics designed to block moisture or excessive sunlight, flashy shirts with dedicated “stretch panels,” and pants with vents. At the same time, today’s golf-wear embodies a new image of cool, reserved athleticism: clothes that help a player perform at peak level while looking the part of a trendy sports celebrity.
In just the same way, the design of equipment such as golf clubs, plastic golf tees, etc. betrays the confluence of cutting-edge twenty-first century technology and modern, sophisticated design. Contemporary drivers, for example, are a wonder of modern engineering. Their massive size—almost invariably at the USGA’s maximum allowed 460ccs—makes them unprecedentedly stable, meaning improved launch and distance. In addition, designers have modified driver shapes significantly in recent years, producing new elegant faces that also enhance ball control. Looking for golf tees? Go here.
We’ve seen these same trends even in the design of equipment like golf tees. Where tees were once humble shafts of wood or plastic, they are now both high-tech and high-fashion. With new “low drag” tees, fabricated from advanced polymers to be both indestructible and biodegradable, the golf ball rests on a miniature pocket of air, allowing the club to strike with absolutely minimal resistance. Their long, delicate profiles are both functional and highly aesthetic, recalling images from science fiction. Further, like the new golf-wear, they come in a wide range of colors, both bold and reserved.