Is golf clothing going too techie or sporty?

I ask because, I am in both Golf Smith and Golf Galaxy today and it is all sporty hi-tech designs with few traditional design offerings. The pants are all narrow leg/cuff some even have a slit cut up the pant leg at the cuff. I am 6’-1” 195 lbs in my early 40s with an athletic build 34”waist, 48” coat. I want something more traditional. I am not talking the baggy extra loose fitting, tapered leg , double or triple pleat pants of years gone by , but a single pleat or flat front pant a little looser with a little wider straight leg would be nice. Shorts just cut at or above the knee with a flat front or single pleat as well. Pants and shorts with the three stripes down the side like Sergio is wearing? I don’t want to look like I am wearing warm ups or athletic shorts on the golf course. I don’t need a big chevron in the middle of my back or a strip of silver reflective safety fabric. I am happy with the all white belt white shoes and white pants look. I like the sporty shoes with shorts in the summer I have Adidas Tour 360LTD shoes in white and in all black they are very comfortable and among the best shoes I have worn, but I also own FJ classics and FJ Icons I want to have the classic dressed up look as well such as a cardigan, over a classic polo with a nice fitting pant. The golf pants today are so slim fitting and have such a narrow cuff that my feet look like I am wearing clown shoes and I only wear an 11-1/2 shoe. The shirts are so thin that my little patch of chest hair is visible through the cloth I ended up buying Polo t-shirts and Under armor to go underneath so my nipple didn’t poke through on a cold day… LOL. Dustin Johnson had a good look on Sunday I like that it was still sporty but it had a hint of traditional golf style. But there has to be a look some place between the young gun 20 something and the Champions tour. I don’t mind spending the money I found some nice Greg Norman stuff and got a good start but there was just too little choice. What are your thoughts? Am I just being too old? I know it is early in the golf season but I have a trip coming up in a few weeks and I want to get my golf clothing for it.
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I like the breathability of the more techie stuff. The pants Sergio had on today, with a stripe down the side, were a bit much though. The Nike Dri Fit stuff is still classic looking while being "techie" and breathable. I just picked up a pair of Nike Dri Fit pants with the v-notch on the bottom at Golf Galaxy that have a classic look to them.
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I ask because, I am in both Golf Smith and Golf Galaxy today and it is all sporty hi-tech designs with few traditional design offerings. The pants are all narrow leg/cuff some even have a slit cut up the pant leg at the cuff. I am 6’-1” 195 lbs in my early 40s with an athletic build 34”waist, 48” coat. I want something more traditional. I am not talking the baggy extra loose fitting, tapered leg , double or triple pleat pants of years gone by , but a single pleat or flat front pant a little looser with a little wider straight leg would be nice. Shorts just cut at or above the knee with a flat front or single pleat as well. Pants and shorts with the three stripes down the side like Sergio is wearing? I don’t want to look like I am wearing warm ups or athletic shorts on the golf course. I don’t need a big chevron in the middle of my back or a strip of silver reflective safety fabric. I am happy with the all white belt white shoes and white pants look. I like the sporty shoes with shorts in the summer I have Adidas Tour 360LTD shoes in white and in all black they are very comfortable and among the best shoes I have worn, but I also own FJ classics and FJ Icons I want to have the classic dressed up look as well such as a cardigan, over a classic polo with a nice fitting pant. The golf pants today are so slim fitting and have such a narrow cuff that my feet look like I am wearing clown shoes and I only wear an 11-1/2 shoe. The shirts are so thin that my little patch of chest hair is visible through the cloth I ended up buying Polo t-shirts and Under armor to go underneath so my nipple didn’t poke through on a cold day… LOL. Dustin Johnson had a good look on Sunday I like that it was still sporty but it had a hint of traditional golf style. But there has to be a look some place between the young gun 20 something and the Champions tour. I don’t mind spending the money I found some nice Greg Norman stuff and got a good start but there was just too little choice. What are your thoughts? Am I just being too old? I know it is early in the golf season but I have a trip coming up in a few weeks and I want to get my golf clothing for it.
Don't buy clothes at these stores. If you want the traditional look, try polo ralph lauren or brooks brothers. Try buying clothes at a green grass club, not these big box stores.
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The only Golf specific clothing I wear anymore are Shirts, Shoes and Raingear. I can't find a single "golf" clothing company that seem to be able to produce a decent pair of pants or shorts. I just get all my pants/shorts from Banana Republic now.
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I agree with the poster above, I think NIKE delivers the best mix of style, with tech.
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Agreed on the pants, not sure whats going on these days with most of the golf pants being produced today? Nike still makes a nice pair but the rest I have found to be very trendy and ill fitting. +1 on Banana Republic, I hate 99% of their clothes but all of my "golf" pants come from them.
As for shirts, I like the higher tech type shirts because they seem to work well in what they are intended to do, especially on hot summer days. The only thing I am not a fan of is the shorter sleeves, I love the look of the Puma gear except for the sleeves which makes me look like I'm wearing a tank top half the time. 6'2" 190 lbs with long arms.
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If price isn't an issue you couldn't due much better than Peter Millar, the stuff Stricker is sporting. Also, check out Elevee for pants that many of the pros are wearing.
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I agree with the Post that Nike is the closest blend of Tech and traditional style. I bought a few of the TW shirts good style nice fit and a pair of the pants simple khaki color black was the only other choice one pair in 34 but 30 length was too short so I will try again in a week. I would say that the Greg Norman line is good as well. Another post mentioned eleveeI do have a couple pairs of the Elevee in tropical wool but $250-4300 a pair gets a little steep. I wear them for work as well so I can justify a few pairs but for everyday casual or a typical round of golf I would like to be at $120.00 or less apair. I can shop at our pro-shop at the course my family has a membership but everybody has the same shirt I show up with a guest and the other two guys we are paired with have on the same shirt as I do one in the exact same color the other in the same pattern different color. Nice clothing but in the last year or two they have kept selection to a minimum. I do shop at Brooks Brothers they have a outlet here as well so some good deals can be found, I will check out Banana Republic. I noticed in a Golf Digest add that Callaway has some new more traditional designs in this years selection has anyone tried or seen these in person?
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i am a big fan of the new tech materials for my golf shirts like nike's drifit, adidas climacool, staydry, etc..etc...but also like the more classic styles.....
the TW collection is first rate and i have been getting those ever since they came out...
the last time i wore an all-cotton shirt i sweated so much in our humid climate that it became so noticeably heavy i had to change shirts after the first 9---never happened with the new hi-tech shirts..
the lacoste line and ralph lauren are only shirts i buy nowadays that are all cotton but don't wear them much for golf..
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I am not against the hi-tech fabrics at all. I prefer a little weight or thickness to the material if that makes sense, but the whole keep cool/warm moisture wicking is a great benefit to us golfers. What I would prefer is to incorporate this into a classic or traditional style. Like others have said the Nike line is doing a nice job of this. I find myself having Nike shoes for Nike shirts, Adidas shoes for Adidas shirts and FJs or either Nike and adidas for everything else. The sporty or techi look with a stretch patch in the back of the shirt in a metallic silver to show everybody it is there is not my idea of style, but a nice traditional cardigan design in hi tech fabric like Nike is offering this year combines the best of the tech fabric and traditional or classic design.
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The only Golf specific clothing I wear anymore are Shirts, Shoes and Raingear. I can't find a single "golf" clothing company that seem to be able to produce a decent pair of pants or shorts. I just get all my pants/shorts from Banana Republic now.
I have 3 words for you... Cutter and Buck. light, breathable pants that are extremely cool. I worked this past season at a course where I had to wear pants and these were just as good as shorts.
C&B is my vote for the best golf pants. Im ordering 2 khaki pairs and 2 black pairs asap
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I could never find any decently priced/decent fitting clothing to wear golfing, but I just recently gave in and started wearing casual dress pants (if that makes any sense at all). I have found that Macy's carries a brand called Alfani and they seem to fit well, be inexpensive, and hold up well through play. Just thought I'd throw it out there.
Oh. Another great thing is that they have a few pairs of those "iron-free" pants which is great. I hate using the iron.
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These are both good suggestions. I will make a stop by Macy's this week end. I had been a Cutter&Buck fan way back but lost track of their stuff since our course stoped stocking them. Are you ordering C&B online.
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I'm not a skinny kid anymore and most of the golf wear seems to be on the tighter mor form fitting. I prefer my clothes to be a littler looser, not baggy though. Seems like there's no in between.
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I have a pair of C&B pants from when I volunteered at the Ryder Cup. They are excellent.
Also, I agree about Peter Millar. They only have a limited selection of the technical type shirts in their catalog but they have a lot of really good looking stuff.
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The only Golf specific clothing I wear anymore are Shirts, Shoes and Raingear. I can't find a single "golf" clothing company that seem to be able to produce a decent pair of pants or shorts. I just get all my pants/shorts from Banana Republic now.
Which pants and shorts do you get from Banana? Do you go with the cotton or wool? Or do they have a poly wool blend version now? I haven't been there in a while.
Thanks.
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The only Golf specific clothing I wear anymore are Shirts, Shoes and Raingear. I can't find a single "golf" clothing company that seem to be able to produce a decent pair of pants or shorts. I just get all my pants/shorts from Banana Republic now.
I have 3 words for you... Cutter and Buck. light, breathable pants that are extremely cool. I worked this past season at a course where I had to wear pants and these were just as good as shorts.
C&B is my vote for the best golf pants. Im ordering 2 khaki pairs and 2 black pairs asap
Which version of their pants did you wear/order? I get catalogues from them all the time and they have several types of pants that are made of several different fabrics.
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Personally I think we're seeing a really diverse mix of golf clothing at the moment and the consumer has an abundance of choices.
The emergence of Adidas and Nike in the golf market have influenced the sporty look but it seems that the classic look is equally as popular. The bigger golf stores will focus on the large brand names because the price point is pretty good and they'll sell Adidas and Nike shirts all day long.

It all depends on budget. A well fitted Q'aja shirt won't come cheap but might just be what you're looking for. Have a look at the current Penguin, Lyle and Scott, Ralph Lauren or Boss ranges. Adidas and Nike shirts will be a little bit cheaper but a) they won't last as long and b) do you really want to look like everyone else on the course?
As far as trousers or shorts go, I'd steer clear of golf retailers. There a plenty of high street options. It's worth spending a bit of money to get the right material and cut but think of them as an investment. We walk more miles in our golf wear than we do in anything else so you want to buy something that won't start showing signs of wear after 3 rounds.
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I would highly recommend Peter Millar. I work with a few tour players, one in particular who switched from Lacoste to Millar and loves it. I tend to be more traditional in look as well, and have found Millar to be great. Extremely comfortable, breathable, and with a M, shirt, I dont feel like I am wearing a tent (at 6' 190, 46 jacket, 33 waist).
Take a look, you won't be disappointed.
Side note? How do you like the Icons? I have some Classics Tours, but was interested in the Icons, too.
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The icons are great I have limited experience with them but all is good so far. I was expecting less from them I figured they would be of lower quality than the Classics, but I am very satisfied.
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I'd like to break out a pair of knickers, but am afraid I'd get laughed off the course. I'd have to shoot in the 60s to pull that off.
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Like a few others said, I like the tech shirts for staying cool and letting the breeze thru. I just get very warm guickly. 50 and sunny and I am breaking a sweat. I feel your pain when it comes to pants. I do not like the newer trend on tapering legs and making them a lot tighter. I feel very self conscious wearing pants like that. So I usually just buy dress slacks or suit slacks/pants at a mens store or major department store. Good looks, good usability, and generally the same or less money than buying golf specific slacks at a proshop/golf store.
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I wanted to bump this back up to see if anyone had insight into which pants you guys are wearing from Banana Republic and Cutter & Buck.
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The only Golf specific clothing I wear anymore are Shirts, Shoes and Raingear. I can't find a single "golf" clothing company that seem to be able to produce a decent pair of pants or shorts. I just get all my pants/shorts from Banana Republic now.
I have 3 words for you... Cutter and Buck. light, breathable pants that are extremely cool. I worked this past season at a course where I had to wear pants and these were just as good as shorts.
C&B is my vote for the best golf pants. Im ordering 2 khaki pairs and 2 black pairs asap
Which version of their pants did you wear/order? I get catalogues from them all the time and they have several types of pants that are made of several different fabrics.
that is the link. the Gabardine Microfiber. great look. dont have to iron them, comfy, not tight, not baggy. perfect...
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I wanted to bump this back up to see if anyone had insight into which pants you guys are wearing from Banana Republic and Cutter & Buck.
I would like to see this too. I plan on going to B R this week so any help is appreciated.
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The only Golf specific clothing I wear anymore are Shirts, Shoes and Raingear. I can't find a single "golf" clothing company that seem to be able to produce a decent pair of pants or shorts. I just get all my pants/shorts from Banana Republic now.
I have 3 words for you... Cutter and Buck. light, breathable pants that are extremely cool. I worked this past season at a course where I had to wear pants and these were just as good as shorts.
C&B is my vote for the best golf pants. Im ordering 2 khaki pairs and 2 black pairs asap
Which version of their pants did you wear/order? I get catalogues from them all the time and they have several types of pants that are made of several different fabrics.
that is the link. the Gabardine Microfiber. great look. dont have to iron them, comfy, not tight, not baggy. perfect...
Thank you, it is much appreciated
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Agreed on the Sergio 3 stripe pants. Those are terrible looking. Seems like everyone else has this topic covered pretty well. The big brands tend to have all the sporty looks (Adidas, UA and Nike) while you can find more traditional stuff from Peter Millar, Greg Norman, Fairway & Greene and Cutter & Buck.
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everyone knows it's all about the slim fitting shirts, pants, and white belts
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Double pleats YUCK!
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everyone knows it's all about the slim fitting shirts, pants, and white belts
For a slim guy yes, but if you have any size to you it looks funny I don't consider myself fat I hit the gym 4 days a week I wear a 34 waist I am 6'-1" 195lbs. but I have to go to a 38 waist to get the legs to even come close to fitting on some of these pants and then they are way too loose areound the waist so my belt bunches the pants up in the back. A single plete or loose straight leg flat front pant seem to fit me better.
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Nah, I wish alot more people would buy their outfits
where J Daly shops. It is good for laughs and giggles!