Ball and Buck X New Balance

I am a big New Balance fan.  I have been for what seems like the greater part of my life.  Since I practice the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid), New Balance is just for me.  I don’t like too many frills, pumps, or flashing lights on my running shoes.

And Ball and Buck doesn’t either.  They recently released four designs they did with New Balance that are built as much for function as they are for the subtle style that like minded folks enjoy.  Being that I’m a big 1300 fan, the top left design, known as the ‘Age of Exploration’ is right up my ally.  These, along with rest of the designs, seem to be the next generation of the iconic grey 990s that wore a path in every Fraternity house since 1990.

Get ’em quick, it’s a limited run.

The State of Golf Attire

Part One: How Did We Get Here?

What on earth is going on with golf attire?  An investment in 18 holes and the equipment required  is a relatively expensive privilege, and everyone used to dress the part.  There have always been exceptions, but those offshoots were usually an ugly shirt, rather than a material shift in style.  Today it seems that what is considered ‘acceptable’ on the golf course has changed for the moisture-wicking, neon, personal trainer look, rather than a classic, masculine look that pays homage to the great game that we all enjoy.

It’s hard to pin down when golf attire changed.  In the mid-90’s, you had Nike make a splash with their now defunct B-league tour, and then landing Tiger Woods as the face of their brand.  Nike brought a ‘new money’ country club style to golf attire, with somewhat brighter clothes, but everything was still baggy.

The biggest change happened in the late 00’s when the technical fabrics became en vogue.  Brands like Nike, Adidas, Fairway & Green, and later Peter Millar, Footjoy, and Under Armor have capitalized on the new fad.  Not only with golf shirts, but with pants, shorts, pullovers, and hats all being made of the stretchy poly material that doesn’t collect sweat.

The problem is that the ethos of golf attire has jumped the shark.  It’s bad enough that technical wear is EVERYWHERE, and this wouldn’t necessarily be such a bad thing for golf, but there are limits.  There is this weird fascination with early-90’s-esque Andre Agassi tennis designs on cap-sleeved, uber neon golf shirts and pants that are too tight.  I get it: watch any tour event on TV and they are clearly going after a younger, non-country club audience.  This is great, and I’m all for it, but golf is hard enough.  You don’t have to dress like a Star Trek mechanic on vacation.

I believe that golf, in itself, deserves reverence.  Golf is as much about tradition and respect as it is about fairways and greens.  Golf relies on the honor system, and it is as accessible as it as ever been.  The PGA Tour is extremely popular these days, I would argue even more so than during the Tiger Woods era.  It’s a shame that the accepted look on the PGA Tour doesn’t reflect that tradition.  For the most part, golfers will swing the club anywhere from 70 to 100 times in a four hour period, AND ride 6500 or so yards in a golf cart, so you don’t need to dress in heavy duty technical attire.  I’ll give a pass if you are walking 18 with a caddie.

Disagree?  Well, how did all the greats survive until the mid-00s when the technical attire took hold?  Remember, the look back in the day was wool or polyester pants, cotton/poly blend golf shirts, leather dress shoes with metal spikes…and they swung the clubs just as many times as they do today.  And they walked all 18.  And probably had more fun.  They dressed like men:

Personally, I prefer to play in cotton.  It wears better, and it’s not as ‘slick’.  Call me crazy, but I like a little patina.  The problem with 100% cotton shirts is that the sweat factor.  There’s no way around it, a sweat soaked shirt looks horrible:
Super soaker fight, or Sunday at East Lake?

Beyond that, I stick with traditional golf shoes.  I haven’t gotten into the uber-athletic or skateboard look, as it is pretty sloppy.  I like a tour visor, or a white hat.  I like solid shirts, or a shirt with a subtle stripe.  I like shorts that have a 6-7″ inseam.

My flare is in the accessories.  I like Smathers & Branson or La Matera belts.  I think they give a subtle pop to a pretty basic outfit:

I’ve also gotten a couple of the G/Fore golf gloves in kelly green.  Again, fun.  Dammit.

When I get a chance to play nice courses, I don’t buy a shirt.  I have plenty of golf shirts.  I look for something a little more fun, like a belt (above), or a Tervis.  They have longer staying power than another golf shirt.

I think a simple, traditional approach is better.

Part Two: The Players

Here is who is doing it right:

Brandt Snedeker: Wears a tour visor, and he constantly does pastels, but does them right (like above – with grey pants).  Also, he plays fast (extra points).  Brandt gives Peter Millar a good name.

Jordan Spieth: It seems like every outfit he wears goes with his green jacket.  I get it.  I’d do the same thing.

Davis Love III: He was always very well dressed, but when he signed on with Polo Golf back in the day, it brought it to a new level.  He’s resisted the tech/neon RLX stuff, and continues to look as good as anyone on tour.

On the fence:

Billy Horschel: Octopus pants are the greatest thing to ever hit the course.  But then he goes and looks like he found the sale rack at Lilly:

One more:

Dustin Johnson: He goes with solids a lot in the traditional primary colors.  Always looks great.  He wore the same outfit when he won the US Open, and then two weeks later when he won the Bridgestone.  Here’s the thing.  You know he’s fighting it.  You know he used to live in sleeveless world of low SPF and wakeboards during the day, and strip club rap and Marlboro Lights at night,  I don’t know if this is good or bad, hence why I’m on the fence:

Here kitty kitty…

I’d currently rate DJ a ‘buy’.  There’s a lot of upside there.  I think his kid is helping him clean up.

Horrible:

Rickie Fowler:  He was doing great after he signed Butch as his coach, but has recently fallen off the wagon.  The ex-high-school-athlete-school-janitor-wearing-high-tops look is tired.  And creepy.

Rory McIlroy: Is that a henley from American Eagle?  And are your pants so tight you can’t squeeze out a fart?  Loosen up, bro.

Sergio Garcia:  All banana everything.

What do these three guys have in common?  They are all sponsored by the big athletic companies who have a golf division (Puma, Nike, and Adidas).  They are working to gain market share by appealing to a younger audience.  While each of these brands have plenty of traditional golf attire, they choose to dress their sponsored players more risque.

Part Three: Doing it Right

Folks, I’m here to help.  While there is good in some of the bigger brands, there are some new golf brands out there doing great work.  While the too tight, neon, athletic look is all about ‘now’, the traditional look will always stay in style.  Especially on the golf course.  Here’s what I like:

 

Holderness & Bourne: these guys are making small-batch-esque shirts and accessories that are American-made polys and cotton blends, they have a GREAT, tailored cut, and an even cooler spread collar.  The price point is great for what you get.

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Peter Millar: Even though they are really focusing on their casual line, their golf gear is as good as there is on the market.  I love their pants and shorts, and their e4 pullovers are outstanding.  These have become the standard bearer in good pro shops.  They are in with The Masters, so they must be doing something right.

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Linksoul: Let’s call it ‘California Cool’?  As they say: ‘make par not war’ seems to sum it up.  Their styles are what I would call non-neon updated traditional.  Most of their stuff is cotton, specifically their polos and layers.  Their ‘Make Par Not War’ trucker hat is a must, and no, that’s not a flat bill.  It bends.  Just like your duck-hook.

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Criquet Shirts: I’ve been a fan of these guys ever since they got going.  Outstanding style and actually very traditional.  Their shirts hold up well, and have a good price point.  Their new stripes are great for early Spring, before the humidity sets in.

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Stitch Golf:  Along with the ‘hip’ attire, headcovers have really become over the top.  A 460CC driver’s headcover doesn’t need to be the size of a spare tire with NASCAR level branding.  Stitch Golf has GREAT headcover designs that are super stylish, and very functional.  Check out the whole collection.

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Conclusion: Picture This

I’ll finish with this:  Golf is one of those events where great memories are made, whether it with your family (dad, brother, grandfather, son, grandson, etc.), with your friends, or with your co-workers.

Think about that once in a lifetime opportunity to go play Burning Tree, or Merion, or Riviera, or East Lake, or Augusta National.

Now think about that group picture on the 18th green.  It’s iconic.  It’s a picture that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

Now study that picture…and think about looking at that picture in ten years, when it’s still on your desk at the office.

What are you wearing in this picture?  Neon?  A skin-tight golf shirt?  High top golf shoes?

Don’t be that guy.

Do it right, folk.

MRS - July 8, 2016 - 8:11 AM

FANTASTIC POST. Spot on analysis.

jnnorthcutt - July 8, 2016 - 8:50 AM

C’mon JRS, give DJ a little credit. He’s wearing a white cotton crew and a Patagonia hat in that “Classic Myrtle Beach” pic 🙂

Nice work tho. Agree with much of it.

Ben - July 8, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Webb Simpson didn’t make the cut?

He’s been one of the best dressed in the tour for a while now.

https://cbspittsburgh.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/123911042.jpg

HMB - July 8, 2016 - 9:33 AM

Rickie is just getting to an age where the sneakers, jogging pants and flat bill is rather weird. At least he has started cutting his hair, but once he hits 30 in a couple years….time to class it up.

Patrick - July 8, 2016 - 9:40 AM

I own a pair of these Allen Edmonds shoes. They are great. I 100% encourage anyone who is a fan of nice leather shoes to buy these. I have never slipped when hitting a shot in these shoes. A plus- they encourage me to wear slacks when playing-can get hot in Dallas, but still worth it.

Ben - July 8, 2016 - 10:19 AM

Here’s another one to add to the list: B. Draddy, part of Fairway & Greene’s golf division. Great looking shirts that are cotton with a little bit of stretch.

https://bdraddy.com/

Adam B. - July 8, 2016 - 10:37 AM

Love this. Well said. My golf buddies have always given me guff for holding to natural fibers on the course. I’ve never been a fan of the “shiny” shirts.

MJS - July 8, 2016 - 11:07 AM

It’s about time we had this talk – couldn’t agree more. Great post sir.

TCB - July 8, 2016 - 11:17 AM

At Hilton Head this week. When playing Harbor Town I still found a nice Peter Millar cotton(not sure about what other fabrics are blended in) polo with a pocket on it. Absolutly love it, also found an awesome belt.

PLF III - July 8, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Why is no one discussing the second hand smoke to Paulina’s dog? I have a Stitch headcover on the big dog and get a lot of compliments. Shirts from top courses are overrated.

ACM - July 8, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Great Post! Its finally been said.
I think Peter Millar, Footjoy, even Polo and some others do a really nice job of advancing with the technology, using dri fit/ poly blends while still maintaining a classic look. You know, it is possible to advance with the times and not look like you’re getting ready to go to mars.

Michael - July 8, 2016 - 4:47 PM

One player who I have noticed is always dressed in an understated but classy manner (and one of the few still wearing khaki pants on tour) is Matt Kuchar

RRD - July 8, 2016 - 8:47 PM

“When I get a chance to play nice courses, I don’t buy a shirt. I have plenty of golf shirts. I look for something a little more fun, like a belt (above), or a Tervis. They have longer staying power than another golf shirt.”

Spot on. I eschew golf shirts with logos. My Fox Chapel Tervis tumblers and Shoal Creek belt are each going on seven years strong.

Steve - July 8, 2016 - 10:52 PM

I agree with most of what you stated but I have one big exception. Jesper and J Lindberg changed golf fashion in the late 90’s which was a good thing at the time. But the trend after that point has been downward. It seems like most golfers don’t have the idea of style so they pick the craziest thing they see and call it style.

Jamey - July 8, 2016 - 11:07 PM

Love all of your points and I need to check out a couple of the brand’s that you mention. Played Harbour Town this week as well and went with baby blue shorts and a white shirt with a subtle stripe. Simple is best. Also thought I’d mention another player who dressed well to go along with a classic swing. Though he’s on the Web.com right now, Jonathan Byrd in Polo always looks classy.

Brock Beck - July 8, 2016 - 11:08 PM

My simple response is, “To each his own.” The brands that you suggested wearing are so simple and boring, at least to me. Granted, I’m not suggesting wearing high tops. But the style it seems to me that you are going for is the preppy country club look. And the belt that you references above…wow. That’s arguably as bad as Rickie’s high tops. It looks like a gag gift at an office Christmas party. And you might be the first person that I’ve ever heard compliment Brandt Snedeker’s style of dress. And whoever replied that Kuchar and Simpson dress well, might be more boring than you. I think the only worst dress people that you left out were Dufner, Mickelson, Furyk, and Reed. But hey, to each his own. At least you kept me intrigued enough to read the article. And for the record, in the picture above, Hogan and Palmer look like studs and definitely had a classy look. But you can still keep it classy and stylish today, minus a boring shirt and a belt w/ trees on it. But, at the end of the day, rock what you want to rock…no shame. It’s all just a matter of opinion any way.

Jay - July 9, 2016 - 11:35 AM

I agree with Brock. If you want to be stalking the course like you stepped out of a David Bowie video, so be it. At least try to have a handicap of <10 when you choose that. There's no dignity roaming the woods and jumping creeks looking like a radioactive leopard. IMO- golf is one of the life areas where boring is good. It's OK for a little eccentricity per your needle point belt or a green glove or maybe a set of those chrome nuts hanging off the back of your cart, but I try to keep my game simple.

Ryan - July 14, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Great post. I really like Canoos’ golf shoes. They look like boat shoes which is an aesthetic I really like and pairs well with a golf polo and shorts.

Lee - July 16, 2016 - 8:31 AM

I think the pros wearing Ralph Lauren and Peter Millar are the most stylish.
How about the black quilted vest on black jacket Rory and Jason Day are wearing on British Open Saturday? It looks like a 1980’s hair band uniform. Soon they will be wearing parachute pants.

MICHAEL O'DONNELL - July 16, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Finally, someone is writing about golf fashion. Rory looks absolutely terrible, like a trainer at 24HR Fitness, not an elite golfer. No wonder Nike Golf is suffering. Phil and Henrik look terrific this week at The Open Championship, classy, elegant, athletic.

Lust: The Panerai PAM693

Wow…a (British racing green) eagle has landed.  Panerai has teamed up with Harrod’s to produce the PAM693, a 44mm titanium watch that comes with both a titanium and a green canvas strap.  The best part: the British racing green face.  Gimme.

This beauty comes in at just over $9K.  There are only 100 being produced, so don’t tell me if you buy one.  Here is the official release:

What do you think?

ACS - July 6, 2016 - 9:05 AM

If the pound keeps dropping it will be a steal!

ACS - July 6, 2016 - 9:24 AM

If the pound keeps dropping it will be a steal

History Lesson: The American Flag

The American flag has been our symbol of unity and strength for 240 years. Displaying the flag is a source of American pride and inspiration for all citizens. It is the symbol of the ‘shining city on the hill’. The flag itself has a unique history, which started back in 1776. On January 1st, 1776, a Congressional resolution was passed which reorganized the Continental Army under George Washington’s control. It was a bad day for American forces, as they were under siege by the British Army in Boston. Washington ordered the Grand Union flag, which had 13 alternating red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner, to be raised above his base at Prospect Hill.

Later that year, in May, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. The next year, in June, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act:

“Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white;
that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation”.

This established the official flag for the new nation.

Since then, Congress has passed 26 acts that changed the shape, design, and arrangement of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to reflect each new state.

Today’s flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21st, 1959, and consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red and six white. The stripes represent the original thirteen colonies, and the stars represent each of the 50 states of the Union. The colors are symbolic as well:

“Old Glory” Red symbolizes hardiness and valor

White symbolizes purity and innocence

“Old Glory” Blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice

There is flag etiquette that should be followed out of respect for our nation’s greatest symbol:

  • The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground
  • If the flag is flown at night, it should be illuminated
  • The flag should be repaired or replaced if it becomes tattered
  • The flag is not to adorn anything that is intended to be discarded after temporary use
  • When the flag is displayed on the side of a vehicle, the canton (the stars) should point towards the front of the vehicle, as if the flag is streaming backward as the vehicle moves forward.

The flag is displayed at half-mast as a sign of respect or mourning.

The American flag is known by many nicknames: “Stars and Stripes”, “the Star-Spangled Banner”, and “Old Glory”.

Be a proud American and show the flag its due respect. Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, put your hand over your heart during the “Star-Spangled Banner”, and shake a veteran’s hand. They, as well as many of our forefathers, fought and died so we can have those freedoms.

4th of July Style

Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue with some Red, White, and Blue…here’s what we like from Red Clay Soul headquarters:

From top left:

1. State Traditions America Cap:  Get it now and break it in.
2. Randolph Engineering Aviator II Sunglasses:  Made in the USA…as good as it gets.
3. American-themed Koozie:  Proud to be an American, and proud to keep your beer cold.
4. Alabama’s Greatest Hits:  Holiday-appropriate music for this weekend.
5. Orvis American Flag Polo:  Complete with a front chest pocket for your shades.
6. Smathers & Branson Flags of our Fathers Needlepoint Belt:  A history lesson.
7. Onward Reserve Penley T-shirt:  A backup t-shirt for when you spill mustard all over your polo.
8. Bill’s Khakis Sundrenched Twill Shorts:  Made in America short pants.
9. Oak Street Bootmakers Beefroll Loafers:  The best value proposition in terms of loafers.  And they are made in America.
10. Hudson Sutler Ross 30-pack Cooler Bag:  Of course you opt for the 30-can option.
11. Fire Extinguisher:  Safety first.
12. Old Glory Deluxe Arm Chair:  These chairs are as cool as it gets.  Complete with a beverage holder, and made in America.

July 4th Sale Roundup

Image: Deviant Art

Of course you are going to tear it up at the pool/lake/beach this weekend.  Of course you are going to grill out.  Of course you are going to shoot off some fireworks.  And of course you are going to take advantage of the huge sales that are going on.  As the proprietor of one of your stops on the Internet, I feel obliged to show you some of the goods.  I’ll keep updating this as more come to my attention…feel free to leave me a note on any great deals in the comments section.

On with the show:

Onward Reserve is offering 30% off all Spring and Summer styles.  They have a ton of stuff eligible, but I really like their Piedmont shorts.  Great colors, great cut and acceptable inseam, for $50 after the sale is applied…

Brooks Brothers is offering up to 50% off Spring and Summer styles, and up to 70% off their Clearance section.  Get over there quick.  There are 87 pages of sale items in the mens section alone.  How great is this Red Fleece shirt for $32?  Yeah, all sizes are available.

Ledbury has a great sale going on – the more you buy, the more you save, up to 30% off.  The secret here is to hit their sale section.  All the shirts are right around $100 on sale, so go in with a buddy and get four.  Then you essentially get two Ledbury shirts for half the price.  Thank me later.

State Traditions is offering 25% off SITE WIDE this weekend.  That is HUGE…go ahead and load up on your teams’ hats/visors/belt/etc.  This is their biggest sale of the year, so take advantage.

Orvis is offering an extra 25% off their sale outlet…check out these short sleeve Madras shirts.  Pair this with a pair of white jeans and some Res Ipsa loafers and you are ready to rock.

Ralph Lauren is offering an extra 30% off their sale section, and it is loaded up.  I like this RLX pullover, but REALLY like the fact that it’s only $40…  Yeah, only $40 bucks.

Bloomingdale’s has a really good sale going on: 20-60% off select items.  Lots of good stuff, but one that sticks out is the Billy Reid Pensacola polo for $57 in some great colors.  Worth stocking up.

Man Outfitters has added a TON of goods to their sale section.  This hat from Simms has to be one of the coolest I’ve seen.  Very well done.

This should come as no surprise: J. Crew is having a big sale – 40% off summer styles and an extra 40-60% off their sale section, which is completely packed.  How about this lightweight gingham shirt (with pocket flap) for $21?  Hell, get two.

REI has an extra 30% of their sale stuff.  What’s even cooler is that they’ve got a bunch of brands that you don’t usually see on sale.  Check out this Micro-Houdini Vest from Patagonia.  Super lightweight…perfect for golf, and only $54.

Oak Street Bootmakers is offering 15% off EVERYTHING all weekend long.  This is an excellent opportunity to get that pair of loafers or camp mocs you’ve been drooling over.  Next on my list are the bit loafers.  They are the best value proposition out there… and made in the USA!

Ball and Buck is offering big discounts based on the amount you spend.  They rarely offer sales on their full-price merchandise, so get it while the gettin’s good.  Go ahead and pull the trigger on the ‘Merica Hunter’s Shirt.  You’ll be glad you did.

East Dane just added a TON of stuff to their sale section.  Now is a great time to load up on some new Naked & Famous jeans on sale for under a hundred bucks, some Billy Reid shirts, or these Loake chelsea boot for $236.  Take advantage while you can…

MORE TO COME…

MBB - July 2, 2016 - 4:33 PM

As someone who is a huge bit loafer fan, I would like to hear how you like the Oak Street Bit’s if you pull the trigger on them.

4th of July BBQ Help

With the 4th of July weekend upon us, it’s time to start thinking about your grocery list, and what you’d like to serve at your backyard BBQ.  Mrs. RCS and I are taking it easy this weekend, as we’re loaded up the rest of July (more on that later).  We started the discussion earlier about what we wanted to do…

I reached out to a good buddy of mine who has been in the BBQ business for a few years.  Ryan Lane runs Lane’s BBQ out of Bethlehem, GA.  He and I went to college together, and even though we were in rival fraternities, we ran around in the same circles.  Great dude.

He’s been killing it with his rubs, sauces, and catering (yep, that was a plug).  Anyway, I got him to share a couple recipes with us.  For an appetizer, his pimento cheese, and for dinner, his smoked wings.  Commence drooling…

From Mr. Lane:

Man… I love the 4th of July and this awesome country that we get to celebrate and be a part of! For my family, it’s a time to take a pulse on how the year is going, recharge the batteries, put our toes in the sand, spend some great quality time together… and of course BBQ! Can’t forget the BBQ! Even though it’s my job now, I still love every chance I get to experiment with new recipes or tweak old ones. Plus, I don’t think I could ever get tired of hearing the kids playing and laughing in the background, while Stacey and I get to relax around the Big Green Egg and catch up with friends and family.

So what’s your favorite dish to bring to a BBQ? We love appetizers and you can never go wrong with house made pimento cheese & some really sauced up chicken wings. The messier the better in our house! Here are some of my recipes below but feel free to spice them up to fit your palate. Would love to hear how they turn out!

Lane’s House Made Pimento Cheese

Ingredients

 Directions

Shred cheddar cheese then place in bowl with rest of ingredients and mix together.

I’m pretty sure this is the fastest directions description ever. But that’s what makes it great!

…and for the wings…

Lane’s BBQ Smoked Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs of Chicken Wings (wings/drums separated)
  • Lane’s BBQ rubs (I use Signature/Sweet Heat combo or SPF53)
  • Cherry wood chunks
  • Instant read thermometer
  • Lane’s BBQ Kinda Sweet Sauce

Directions

Remove wings from fridge and liberally season with Lane’s Rub. (I let them sit at room temp on the counter for 30-45 minutes before placing in smoker)

Set up Big Green Egg for indirect cooking @ 350 degrees. I would always aim for 50 degrees higher than you plan on smoking them at. That way once you put the wings on the temp will settle in around 300 degrees.

Once grill is around 350, toss in a handful of wood chunks, stir around with ash tool, place in indirect plate setter, then the grill grate. Place wings on grate and close lid. I usually flip these 1 time after about 20-25 minutes. Then, I smoke until the internal temp is around 190 degrees. Once internal temp is reached, I pour the bbq sauce in a bowl and toss the wings in the sauce. Then, I place them back on the grill for another 10-15 minutes so the sauce will start to caramelize. Then remove… let rest for about 10-15 minutes… and enjoy!!

All of our products can be purchased online at www.lanesbbq.com or visit our store locator on the site to find a location near you.

Hope y’all have a wonderful 4th of July and God Bless America!