Imagine the best professional golfers today playing while wearing kilts and animal hide.
This is how it was played in Scotland, during the 1700s, by people who had nothing else to do but take care of sheep.
By the 1800s golf apparel consisted of shirts with long sleeves, caps that looked like they were about to deliver newspapers and trousers that were almost totally covered by boots that reached the knee.
During the early part of the 20th century, golfers wore business suits complete with necktie and sometimes their pants tucked inside very long socks.
Even during the hottest of weathers, some players chose to play wearing their Sunday best.
Take the case of Walter Hagen, a major winner eleven times over; he used to change in a tuxedo before playing a tournament during his winning streak during 1914 to 1936.
It may be a strategy to make his competitors think he came from a night of partying and drinking and would give them a bigger edge to beat one of the greatest golfers at that time. Of course they were mistaken.
In 1948, after clinching his third British Open Championship, Henry Cotton tried to find a possible golf apparel manufacturer who would be interested in promoting their designs. He even thought of changing his last name based on the different types of clothing materials like Double knit, Nylon and Polyester just to name a few. Unfortunately, no one took the bait.
By 1950 the sweater known as the V-neck type conquered the world of golf and was mixed with bow ties and long colorful argyle socks.
During the same time, it finally dawned on golf enthusiasts, that it did not seem right. They were wearing their slacks which were partly hidden by their knee high socks so they began covering their socks with their pants instead.
In the later years more casual clothes would take the place of the formal look and who could have worn it better than the golfer known as The King-Arnold Palmer.
The golf apparel for men transformed during the 1960s with golfers using even brighter colors. 20 time winner Doug Sanders was known as this bird with colorful feathers for his matching socks and shirt every time he plays.
Turtle necks and printed slacks were the in-thing during the 1970s. Made famous by Jack “Golden Bear” Nicklaus, winner of 20 major tournaments, he showcased his golf magic together with what he wore on the golf course. People did not only want to see how he played but what he wore too for that day.
Enter The Shark from the land down under during the 1980s. Greg Norman, winner of 2 British Opens went out of the box with his straw brimmed hat, his own clothing line and his own brand of golf clubs.
No one could miss out on his signature logo which outlined a shark by the colors orange, green, red and blue.
The 1990s showcased golf apparel by well-known designers and manufacturers while players displayed their signature emblems either on their caps or shirts.
U.S. Open Champions Corey Pavin and Lee Janzen were two players who donned their sponsors’ logos during their reign in the mid-90s.
The dawn of the 21st century had the golf apparel world test its creativity.
Shirts that blocked heat and sweat deterrent materials are being used to this day in order to protect players more during game play.
Choosing the right clothing for a golf game may be a challenge as in playing the game itself. Mixing and matching those stylish shirts with the corresponding pants could be as confusing as what club to choose on a par 5 dog leg left with wind coming in from the right.
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