Golf Wear...?

There are tons of awesome clothing options out there for golf, but I can't help but feel like something is missing. Maybe it's because I'm reasonably tall (6'6") and can't find golf shorts that fit well. I'm sure there are others, so let's see if there is a common bond not being met in the market. Please see the poll and post anything additional that comes to mind. Thanks to all who stop by!
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I know there are big and tall selections available. I personally don't like golf fashion too well, maybe because the collared shirt and chino style pants are the normal attire for so many sales people or restaurant employees, "Welcome to Best Buy!". Golf also can't figure out if it wants to be traditional or progressively athletic in terms of attire.
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I wish they would make shorts or pants that have the crazy colors the guys on tour wear but for much cheaper than they are being sold for...the average person can't spend 60-120 on shorts or pants or even a shirt for that matter. I may like the stuff in that price range but usually have to wait till winter so that stuff will be <30 but most all stuff I really really like, will never be knocked down - Ie the new nike shorts in different colors/styles/stipes etc - - those won't make it down to my cost and ......if tiger has 29" waist - why do they start at 32"????? LOL, my waist is 30 and 31's would be perfect or even 30 with a comfort stretch waist but I cannot find much in way of style/color in my size.
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I know there are big and tall selections available. I personally don't like golf fashion too well, maybe because the collared shirt and chino style pants are the normal attire for so many sales people or restaurant employees, "Welcome to Best Buy!". Golf also can't figure out if it wants to be traditional or progressively athletic in terms of attire.
I couldn't agree more with you. It certainly seems like golf attire is stuck in a battle trying to determine whether it wants to be traditional with natural fabrics or athletic with synthetic and stretch type clothing. I personally am not a fan of the synthetic stuff, I think it is looks cheap for the most part. And your point about Best Buy is true too. They are wearing your normal type chinos, etc and if you want a better cotton/wool pant you are gonna have to pay out the arse for it. And I don't have it. So I guess I wish there would be a cheaper option for "nice" higher quality cotton made pants.
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Not interested nor would I pay for custom.
I buy my clothes from the sale rack, Costco and the outlet mall.
I'd much rather spend the money playing golf.
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I don't buy "golf" wear for a number of reasons, mostly because I refuse to pay to advertise someone else's product. Obviously, shoes and gloves are an exception. I buy my shorts and khakis almost exclusively through LL Bean. The prices are reasonable for the quality. I also have some Antigua and Under Armour jerseys that I got free through some scrambles and tournaments, as well as a few cotton jerseys purchased through LL Bean, and in the middle of the summer in Phoenix, when virtually no one is on the course, no one cares if you are wearing a t-shirt and athletic shorts, the private clubs excepted.
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Most of the stuff out there looks alright and fits pretty decent so I would not pay extra for any custom alterations. I will agree that most golf clothing is rediculously priced. I try and find good deals at Marshals, TJ Max for shirts and hit the Nike and Adidas outlet for shorts and pants. I just bought 6 different Adidas Clima cool shirts at Marshals for $115 which is a steal. Last years style I suppose but I could care less and they do not look cheap. Sometimes you can score at stores like these. Same for the Nike outlet store and Nordstrom Rack. TW Nike shirts there for $39, regular Nike Dri Fit, $25. I see no need to pay $50-$85 for a golf shirt just because it was just released. That all look about the same anyways, just different colors.
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I have found that fairwaystyles.com offers just about everything I like. Check them out if you are a fan of modern retro looks......
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there really seems to be a giant hole in the market for an affordable yet stylish golf clothing brand. Nike has some really great stuff but is still fairly pricey. Im talking about stuff with a modern cut and a priceline of about $25-45 for pants and $20-35 for shirts. Modern looks that wont break the bank. I know personally, I think the prices on most golf clothing is INSANE!!!!
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this is really interesting feedback!
thanks for those who have participated.
please continue leaving your suggestions and ideas. i agree, there is totally a vacancy in the market for great looking, great feeling, great performing golf wear at an affordable price point. it is something i would definitely like to look into more deeply. i, too, bargain shop for golf apparel at tj maxx, ross, etc. and am able to get great golf shirts, but there's still something missing. i wish i could get great shorts/pant designed for playing golf not for work or casual wear.
are there any other needs that y'all see that aren't being met?
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I guess it is because you are 6'6" but you failed to include the option of custom waist size, only custom seam length.
There are occasionally 31" or 33" waist sizes but once you get above that only even sizes. Are American's that slim? I am 6'0" 180lb. and should fit into 34" waist, but I need the 35", but can rarely find them.
I too agree with the price points for modern apparel as mentioned by for_life
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There are occasionally 31" or 33" waist sizes but once you get above that only even sizes. Are American's that slim? I am 6'0" 180lb. and should fit into 34" waist, but I need the 35", but can rarely find them.
This is me to a T. So true. At least the Gap carries 35" waist pants. But 35" waist shorts by ANYONE? Can't find 'em. 34"s tend to be snug, and 36"s would fall off of me.
The other irony is how so many courses require shorts be "to the knee," but so many of these shorts out there are just too short, in my opinion/experience. Everything seems to have a 9" inseam, or jumps to an 11" inseam for the inappropriate-at-many-courses "cargo" shorts. What's wrong with a clean, flat front 10" inseam short?
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this is really interesting feedback!
thanks for those who have participated.
please continue leaving your suggestions and ideas. i agree, there is totally a vacancy in the market for great looking, great feeling, great performing golf wear at an affordable price point. it is something i would definitely like to look into more deeply. i, too, bargain shop for golf apparel at tj maxx, ross, etc. and am able to get great golf shirts, but there's still something missing. i wish i could get great shorts/pant designed for playing golf not for work or casual wear.
are there any other needs that y'all see that aren't being met?
Just curious as to your interest in feedback. Are you just wanting to know others thoughts or are you actually looking to develop a product? Thanks.
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at this point just wanted to see what other's thought. i would definitely consider launching a product if there was strong evidence to support a need in the market not being met....obviously a company providing just 35" waist shorts, or shorts for guy's 6'6" tall is not quite substantial enough.
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There are tons of awesome clothing options out there for golf, but I can't help but feel like something is missing. Maybe it's because I'm reasonably tall (6'6") and can't find golf shorts that fit well. I'm sure there are others, so let's see if there is a common bond not being met in the market. Please see the poll and post anything additional that comes to mind. Thanks to all who stop by!
I mostly buy Puma shorts and shirts (always on sale + discount coupon ) in solid colors since its what I usually wear anyways with jeans or kakis for instance, so it serves a double purpose. I have a couple of the Puma/Adidas synthetic Golf shirts I bought for when its really hot and humid.
I also buy Penguin stuff because thats what I would wear anyways for daily activities. Not real need for custom or most of the golf specific clothing.
My only really specific purchase in the near future will be a pair or two of Golf specific pants to when I hopefully get invited to some nice places and want to dress up a bit but will use the same shirts.
My new look around the local 9 hole walking course has been solid shorts with some of my solid color replica soccer jerseys and a nice belt or untucked which are very comfortable since thats what they are made for, performance. Pretty solid look
I found out that.... Tennis specific shirts are the same and much cheaper most of the time
Peace
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at this point just wanted to see what other's thought. i would definitely consider launching a product if there was strong evidence to support a need in the market not being met....obviously a company providing just 35" waist shorts, or shorts for guy's 6'6" tall is not quite substantial enough.
I think the evidence is there t support the need for a reasonably priced golf line. Everybody mentions that they wind up buying their golf shirts from Marshalls, Ross, or TJ Maxx or the like to save money over standard retail prices. I cant tell you the last time I bought a new golf shirt at full price. Actually I dont think I have nor would I unless the price was fair.
I think a cool idea would be to sell something along the lines of like "golf kits" or something where you buy a pair of pants and get a matching hat, or get a shirt and pants and hat or something like that.
I like Volcom pants to golf in because they are easily transitioned from on the golf course to everyday life as well, that way you dont feel like youre wasting money on "golf only" clothing, know what I mean?
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Yes, I agree that it would be awesome to actually shop for golf clothes as opposed to looking for sales all the time and hitting up the local TJ Maxx and Marshalls. I can't actually remember the last time I bought a shirt, shorts, or pants for retail price either.
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I use a tailor. Done.
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Check out Kohl's for reasonably priced golfwear; especially shirts...
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I use a tailor. Done.
So, you essentially pay for custom options...
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I have my pants custom made.
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I would not both paying the extra for custom clothes for golf. There are so many options on the market and I would rather spend on more golf.
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at this point just wanted to see what other's thought. i would definitely consider launching a product if there was strong evidence to support a need in the market not being met....obviously a company providing just 35" waist shorts, or shorts for guy's 6'6" tall is not quite substantial enough.
Really? From a business perspective, high-performance wear in big and tall and other unique sizes would be a very smart idea. Obviously, it's more fun to design clothes to hang on a 5'8" athletic build. But if you simply watch the news, you'll see 3 of 4 Americans are overweight or obese. You're talking about much more than a market niche that's 75% of potential shoppers.
Yes, there are plenty of "circus tent" options out there, but there really isn't a company who is dedicated to making great fitting, high-quality, high-performance, stylish golf clothing for this group. When you are talking about custom fitting options, this is the audience that really needs it, and I would venture to say they'd be plenty willing to spend on it. When you have a pair of stylish pants that fit the 6'6" guy perfectly, he won't hesitate to pay an extra 30% over the regular size price - in fact, he'll probably want to buy a pair in every color you offer.
When you talk about evidence of a market that's under served, this would be it. Simply walk into any Golf Galaxy or Golfsmith or whatever store and survey how many styles are on the racks for the "standard size" market. It's clearly a saturated market to the point where, if you introduce a new product, you will be fighting all the major labels to get customers to switch. There are hundreds of choices for this size range so many that the idea of custom options is moot. Want slim buy Lindeberg, want traditional buy Ashworth. Why bother with custom when there's already off-the-rack that fits your needs?
When you choose a less competitive market, with a clear need, you have a much lower barrier to entry and much better chance of financial success. It's just a smarter business model.
And, yes, of course, I too am one of those fat guys (who is also tall). And believe me, as much as you don't want to see plumbers butt when I'm teeing up a ball, I would be even more happy not to be showing it. Happy to the point where I'd gladly hand over the bucks for great-fitting, high- performance golf clothing.
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The small price to pay for custom tailoring can turn a $50 outfit into what looks like a $5,000 outfit.
Especially if you're a 6'1 short legged wide shouldered no-neck stump looking fellow like myself.
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The small price to pay for custom tailoring can turn a $50 outfit into what looks like a $5,000 outfit.
Especially if you're a 6'1 short legged wide shouldered no-neck stump looking fellow like myself.
Exactly, if you offer fit options for differing body types, people are willing to pay the upcharge. In this case a tailoring bill.
A place I've found does a great job with dress shirts is Proper Cloth. They have an online system where you enter all your measurements and they build you a great fitting custom dress shirt - that's even sewn in the U.S. They cost $100-$200 depending on the cloth - a bit more than a comparable off-the-rack high end shirt - but about half what it would cost for my tailor to build me one.
I would love to see someone do this for golf clothing.
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I would love to see golf shirts made with Merino Wool.
Not jumpers etc, but actual Polo shirts in both light & mid weight.
  • Absorbs sweat/moisture better than synthetics.
  • Helps keep you warm when it's cool, and cool when it's warm.
  • Remains odor/bacteria free far longer than current synthetics.

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I only buy fitted golf hats and would love to see them made with a size scale, perhaps similar to New Era hats.
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I would love to see golf shirts made with Merino Wool.
Not jumpers etc, but actual Polo shirts in both light & mid weight.
  • Absorbs sweat/moisture better than synthetics.
  • Helps keep you warm when it's cool, and cool when it's warm.
  • Remains odor/bacteria free far longer than current synthetics.

I very much like Merino but I wouldn't give much advantages:
- absorbing sweat is a bad thing:
- it will become to act like a wet towel wrapped around you
- when warm: you'll get cold
- when cold: you'll freeze
- durability is also not too high
That's why synthetic fibres are "full fibres" they don't absorb any moist, by using combinations of fabrics they can transfer the moist to the surface to evaporate.