Watching the pros play at Pebble Beach has really gotten my golf juices flowing. We’ve had a relatively mild winter, so I’ve had the opportunity to play a few times. Still – we aren’t in golf season yet, so it’s time to take stock, re-inventory my stuff, and make a plan so that I can operate at peak performance (when duffing chip shots and lipping three-putts).
Here’s what I’m thinking:
I’m getting new irons this year. I was going to do it last year, but my back surgery in early February essentially put everything on hold. [PSA: GET CHECKED!!!]. I’m going to use TrueSpec to get their guidance, but I’m going to have a hard time getting anything by the new Titleist T100 irons. I’ve played Titleist since I upgraded my Black Cats, and haven’t looked back.
I also want to get a new driver. This will be a mind-numbing, frustrating experience, which makes me think I just go buy a Titleist Tsi3 and call it a day. The big move I’m planning is replacing my hybrid with a 5 or 7-wood. I have finally reached the boiling point with the hybrid. I have never felt confident standing over the ball, whether hitting off a tee or off a lilypad. I hate that club. I’m going to find fairway wood that I can carry ~220 (probably Titleist) and give it a prominent place in the bag.
I’m happy with my wedges (older Vokeys) and love my putter(s) – I have two older Scotty Camerons that I love.
I got a Bushnell Wingman for Christmas, which I’m really excited to break out this year. A couple of guys at our club have them, and they are really slick. I need to build out a few good golf course playlists.
Stitch has made some serious moves in the bag/storage arena. I absolutely love the Birdie Bag and the shoe bag. Their duffle bags are really great as well. I love an innovative design that doesn’t look too Star Trek. I’m looking to lean in on Stitch this year.
I pulled the trigger on a Titleist Linkmaster. My guys over at Tees & Coins talked me into it. It was an investment, but so far so good – totally worth it. Next, I’m refreshing the headcovers. I love my Jan Craigs, and will keep at least one – probably for my new fairway wood. I’ve got something cooking with August Covers (wait ’till you see it…), and I found something VERY vintage for my 3-wood. I also got a new putter cover. I’ll do a reveal when it’s all ready to go.
From a clothing perspective, I need to do a purge. I love tech shirts, but they get a little dingy, and I’d rather replace vs fix. I also want to pare down on the logos. I’ll proudly wear logos from my clubs, but I’m never wearing logos from local clubs where I’m not a member. Moving forward, I’ll wear logo’ed gear from places I’ve played, but that’s it.
I have my eye on some of the new polo styles from Holderness & Bourne. They are literally crushing it – they’ve revolutionized the polo. ALL of their stuff is absolutely top-shelf. I prefer their shirts with a little texture (pique tech or pique cotton blend), and I always make sure I have a few solids that are go-tos. Oh yeah: we just put the finishing touches on the H&B x RCS Spring Capsule Collection…more to come.
I got asked what I think about hoodies, and I’m all in. I love them. I have Greyson Koko Cashmere hoodie coming, and I’m excited to use it over the next couple of months. I don’t think I’d wear a tech hoodie on the course (they look like they are built for a skiff), but the wool/cashmere blends are really nice.
I’m pretty good with shorts. I almost exclusively play in the Lululemon Commission 7″ shorts, as they are perfect. I’m excited to see the new colorways for Spring. I might add a couple more.
For pants, I usually stick with the Peter Millar Collection options (like these, but more cotton), and they fit is just right on me. I like to have some cotton in my pants, as it gives them a more dressy look. Not too tech. One thing I’m picky about on my pants is the hem. I think Keith Mitchell has the PERFECT length on his pants. It’s almost a no-break, and with the no-show socks and the Footjoy Packards, it’s a REALLY sharp look. I’ve adopted it as my own.
From a golf shoe perspective, I have a couple of pairs of Classics that I absolutely love, and will always search for additional vintage pairs. Bill up at LaRossa is a magician with restoring these to better-than-new, so I’m always on the hunt. Bill actually talked me into getting a pair of the all-white Packards last year, and I absolutely love them. They are fantastic. This year I’m breaking the mold and getting an athletic style. Not because I’m going to walk (I LOVE carts), but because technology has come a long way in the last few years. I pulled the trigger on a pair of the Lux Sports from True Linkswear. The sizing on these is tricky – they are a half to full size smaller than Footjoy. I’m a little anxious about the molded spikes, but I want to give them a try.
More to come on clothes. The spring lines are about to hit the market, and I’ll do a few round-ups.
I need some help on a few things:
Windbreaker – I wouldn’t mind getting a windbreaker pullover or vest. Peter Millar has some nice stuff, but I’m curious to hear what you folks like. This would be for early mornings or if there is a chance of rain. It has to be quiet…
Looking at a big golf year, folks. Much more to come…
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