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RANGE TOKENS A Passion for Fashion By Mark Willard S omeone gave me a gift card to a golf store recently and the first thought that went through my mind was…white belt...I need a white belt. Everyone has a white belt now, but I don’t. Fixed that. Now I can look like the guys I watch on television on Sundays, even though my swing doesn’t. When golf was young, guys used to put on a shirt and tie, then cover that up with a thick tweed jacket. Not a bad idea in one respect: I’m pretty sure I could use the thick tweed jacket as an excuse every time I hit a bad shot. But Scotland and Southern California are slightly different. I wonder what the guy at the PGA West pro shop would think if you showed up in July wearing a tweed jacket. In other words, the clothes we wear these days aren’t just about fashion. We want breathable materials, a loose fit, big pockets, etc. But is it so wrong to also want to look good? It’s probably strange that my first thought with that gift card wasn’t about a new wedge or putter. Instead, I went almost all clothes. Time to brighten up the wardrobe. Guys like Rickie Fowler are out there literally making people squint with his bright orange outfits, but that’s the deal now. Express yourself. Go crazy. Get a white belt. Here’s where I might completely lose you, but I’m a risk taker, so here goes: I think what a golfer is wearing can affect the score he or she puts up. If I went out there in jeans it would probably cost me five strokes. The course may also get upset, and I’d get really sweaty, but that’s beside the point. You put on the right clothes, and you feel like a player. That has to count for something. My swing feels better in a bright dri-fit than it does in a tee shirt ... or a tweed jacket. Now we should be fully aware of the fact that people have camera phones everywhere, which means these bright clothes will be recorded for all of history. I’m pretty sure in 15 years, our kids will look at the pics of us in a bright orange shirt and ask, ‘What the heck were you thinking?’ But our kids are going to think we’re weird no matter what we do, so there’s no fighting that. The attire companies must love golfers like me. I have a fish hook in my mouth and I’m here telling you that you’ll play better if you get a new pair of plaid pants. If that makes me shallow for caring about something on the exterior, I guess I’ll plead guilty. And I’ll be wearing that white belt during my day in court. Ⅲ You can catch Mark Willard on ESPNLA (710AM) weekday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. where he gives instant re-actions on the hottest topics in Los An-geles-based sports. In addition, listen to the Range Tokens podcast each Monday morning at 9 a.m. on scga.org. "I wonder what the guy at the PGA West pro shop would think if you showed up in July wearing a tweed jacket." 14 | FORE November/December 2013

Range Tokens

Mark Willard

A Passion for Fashion

Someone gave me a gift card to a golf store recently and the first thought that went through my mind was…white belt...I need a white belt. Everyone has a white belt now, but I don’t. Fixed that. Now I can look like the guys I watch on television on Sundays, even though my swing doesn’t.

When golf was young, guys used to put on a shirt and tie, then cover that up with a thick tweed jacket. Not a bad idea in one respect: I’m pretty sure I could use the thick tweed jacket as an excuse every time I hit a bad shot. But Scotland and Southern California are slightly different. I wonder what the guy at the PGA West pro shop would think if you showed up in July wearing a tweed jacket.

In other words, the clothes we wear these days aren’t just about fashion. We want breathable materials, a loose fit, big pockets, etc. But is it so wrong to also want to look good?

It’s probably strange that my first thought with that gift card wasn’t about a new wedge or putter. Instead, I went almost all clothes. Time to brighten up the wardrobe. Guys like Rickie Fowler are out there literally making people squint with his bright orange outfits, but that’s the deal now. Express yourself. Go crazy. Get a white belt.

Here’s where I might completely lose you, but I’m a risk taker, so here goes: I think what a golfer is wearing can affect the score he or she puts up. If I went out there in jeans it would probably cost me five strokes. The course may also get upset, and I’d get really sweaty, but that’s beside the point. You put on the right clothes, and you feel like a player. That has to count for something. My swing feels better in a bright dri-fit than it does in a tee shirt ... or a tweed jacket.

Now we should be fully aware of the fact that people have camera phones everywhere, which means these bright clothes will be recorded for all of history. I’m pretty sure in 15 years, our kids will look at the pics of us in a bright orange shirt and ask, ‘What the heck were you thinking?’ But our kids are going to think we’re weird no matter what we do, so there’s no fighting that.

The attire companies must love golfers like me. I have a fish hook in my mouth and I’m here telling you that you’ll play better if you get a new pair of plaid pants. If that makes me shallow for caring about something on the exterior, I guess I’ll plead guilty. And I’ll be wearing that white belt during my day in court.

You can catch Mark Willard on ESPNLA (710AM) weekday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. where he gives instant reactions on the hottest topics in Los Angeles- based sports. In addition, listen to the Range Tokens podcast each Monday morning at 9 a.m. on scga.org.

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