The Tour Visor – a.k.a ‘high profile’, ‘old school’, ‘the windshield’, or the ‘crown visor’. I’ve worn these for years – on the course and off. Luckily I was blessed with a large head, so these don’t make it look like I’m wearing a hang glider. I don’t like the low-profile visors, as they look like a headband with a brim. My first visor was an original black one from the Masters – that was back in the mid-90’s, and I wore it out. There have been others since, but here is my collection (this is actually about half of my collection – I have some beaters that I use for yard work and fishing, and some that should be retired). I have a reputation in my circle as a guy who wears these visors, so I’ve been given a few nice ones from all over the place.
Most of these visors that are produced today are made by American Needle, Ahead, and Imperial. The originals were produced by Texace – if you happen to find one of these, don’t pass it up – they are like gold. The visors are easy to care for: after they have been sweat through our worn ‘well’, spray with Zout, wash in cold water on gentle cycle/low spin, remove, and re-shape. Hang it on a doorknob to dry. It wont’ be as stiff, which gives it a little more character.
(Back Row): Arnie’s Umbrella | The Snedeker Bridgestone | Sunset Hills Country Club | Kiawah | Baltusrol
(Middle Row): Reynold’s Plantation | The Green Mothership | Volunteer Traditions | Very old Foot Joy
(Front Row): Bentwater Golf Club | Piedmont Driving Club | Navy Titleist | Very old Sea Island Crest
I’m always in the market for new ones:
Anyone from Ping or Bridgestone is welcome to contact me…
Luckily, these are pretty affordable – usually under $20 – but they are hard to find. Besides Ebay, here are some good options to add to (or start) your collection:
…(and last but not least)
Arnold Palmer Umbrella Visor