Should Women Golfers Be Allowed To Wear Leggings On The Course?

What’s The Deal With Leggings?

United Airlines has recently created a fuss over dress code on their airplanes. A few weeks ago, they barred two teenage girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing spandex leggings. Apparently, since they were traveling using an employee travel pass, the dress code banned them from wearing certain apparel, including leggings.  The teenagers agreed to change their clothing and take a later flight.

This incident has caused a social media uproar with the question being asked — Should there be restrictions with what women can and cannot wear? Where should the line be drawn? Is it inappropriate for women to wearing leggings in certain situations? What about on the golf course?

Celebrities like Shannon Watts and Christine Teigen have chimed into this conversation by tweeting about the issue:

The constant debate about when or where women should be allowed to wear leggings is a bit ridiculous. Sure, if you’re going to a super important business conference in Boston, you’re going to want to dress-up. But if you’re going on an airplane for 8 hours, us women want to be comfortable. Who wants to wear jeans for that long? It’s tight, uncomfortable and annoying to wear.

What About Wearing Leggings in Golf?

Well, leggings count as athletic wear, and golf is a sport. In more recent years, leggings have even become accepted as pants. Several women on the LPGA Tour are taking a stand when it comes to sporting a more feminine look while teeing it up. Michelle Wie, for example, has been known to wear leggings under her skirts. As long as the leggings in question are made from a thicker fabric, women should consider them a stylish, comfortable option for the driving range and for the golf course.

Leggings

Golf companies, such as Nike and Puma, are working to creating women’s golf leggings that are fashionable and functional. Lately, I’ve been wearing the Nike Gray Solid Women’s Golf Leggings. These leggings are made with flat seams and stretchy Dri-FIT fabric that hugs your body for total comfort through every round. Especially this time of year, when the New England weather constantly fluctuates between the cold and rainy days, these leggings give me the option of staying warm and dry.

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Nike Solid Golf Leggings

Benefits of Wearing Golf Leggings:

  • Leggings give you 100% of your natural range of motion, helping you perform better.
  • It can be warming, which gives winter golfers a whole new world of wardrobe options.
  • Leggings can be cooling, as offered by the companies that tout the sunscreening properties of their fabrics.
  • Some golf leggings do not cinch your waist. Nike’s leggings have elastic on top to sit around your thigh (something like what bikers have been wearing).
  • Some leggings not only cinch your waist, they shrink it. For this property, look for “compression” on the package.
  • Golf leggings let a woman get away with short skorts or shorts. This is awesome for the young adults who want to stray away from the traditional golf attire.
  • Leggings show the shapeliness of a woman’s legs without showing the imperfections. Those of you who are over 40 know what I’m talking about.

Stay Fashionable With NXT18 Golf

NXT18 Gives Quality Belts at an Affordable Price

Belts have a come a long way in the golf industry, from something to hold up your pants, to an important accessory that is essential to the golf outfit. Golf belts are all over the board right now in terms of price and style.  A simple strap from the store might be as plain and cheap as can be, to the exotic leather and custom milled buckles which will cost you more than a new driver.

NXT18 is an up and coming brand out of Boston that is cranking out stylish custom and branded belt buckles with full grain leather straps. The buckles are individually created from machine-milled aluminum. Best of all, they check in with a price tag that is similar to or less than many of the trendy designer golf belts on the market today.

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NXT18 Chrome White Leather

After years of being overrun with blinged out belt buckles the size of plates, NXT18’s buckles bring a sophisticated swagger to the course. The modest 2” x 3” design is large enough to showcase a logo, while still maintaining a high level of class. Plus, with the buckles weighing in at a measly 4 oz., the only extra weight around your midsection will be the result of too many beers.

NXT18 has recently designed the new Golf Dash Belt for the 2017 season and they hit a hole in one with the sleek design.

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Nxt 18 Dash Belt Buckle

The best part? This golf belt is absolutely beautiful as the sunlight blings off each shiny engraved NXT18 Golf Dash while you stroll to the cup to pick up that birdie putt!

Whether worn on the 1st hole, 19th hole or off the course – these belts will add a little bling to your wardrobe.

NXT18 Golf also provides tournaments with unique, one-of-a-kind prizes that can help add to your club or charitable tournament. NXT18 Golf Belts are designed and engraved to your specific requirements. They can help make your club’s next Member Guest or Club Championship a hole in one with custom NXT18 Golf belts to commemorate the occasion.

Their designers work with you or your company to craft a quality, custom logo belt that is personalized to your event, club or organization. Whether your event requires tee-box prizes, raffle prizes, or trophy belt sets for tournament winners, NXT18 Golf can provide a quality item and experience to make it memorable.

They can also custom cut designs to your specification. All you have to do is contact them directly. There are no minimum order requirements, so if you’ve got something special in mind for yourself or a few buddies contact NXT18 to make your belt dreams a reality.

New and Upcoming…Golf Hats and Gloves

NXt18 will also be featuring golf hats and gloves sometime in the near future.

Even though golf hats are cropping up all over the place, it seems that most brand designs are still stuck in the past. Add some subtle flare to your wardrobe with the NXT18 Golf Be Unique Hat. It’s soft-structured, low-profile modifications provides for a unique, modern look while still looking stylish on the course.

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NXT18 Be Unique Golf Hat

Many wear the simple white glove with the corporate brand that helps them fall in line with the rest of the guys at the club. This soft Cabretta Leather glove conforms to USGA regulations while emitting some rebellious tones. The NXT18 Golf be unique Golf Glove will give you a new style to help you  you step up your game.

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NXt18 Be Unique Golf Glove

So, instead of paying for a high-end brand that will costs you hundreds of dollars – choose NXT18 for your golf accessories. NXT18 Belts, Hats and Gloves fits in that perfect price range you’re looking for, yet still offers quality, style, uniqueness and customizable options.

For more information visit: www.nxt18golf.com

5 Reasons College Women Should Play Golf

If there is one piece of advice I could give to college women, it would be to play golf.

Women still only represent about 20 percent of the U.S. golfing population — a number that has remained largely unchanged for decades.

So, what’s keeping you from jumping in? Here are five reasons college women should start playing golf

  1. Women’s College Golf Scholarships

While it is difficult to confirm the number of women’s golf scholarships that were not awarded in recent years, it is estimated that more than 200 of the available women’s golf scholarships went unused.  With the implementation of Title IX, colleges are required to have the same numbers of athletic scholarships for females and males. This provides a huge opportunity for college female golfers, don’t you think?

  1. Health and Fitness

Okay, so you may not break the same sweat as you do in zumba class, but a good golf game can provide plenty of exercise. The average golfer is said to burn around 1,500 calories per 18 holes of golf. I have to say from experience that walking for five hours on the course while carrying a 50 lb bag on my shoulders definitely got me into shape.

  1. Meet New Friends

Golf provides a great opportunity for college women to get to know each other in a way they didn’t before – and form friendships around their common interest in the game of golf. I wouldn’t have met my two best friends if I didn’t join a college women’s golf league. There’s nothing better than gossiping and getting out a good sweat while golfing with your girlfriends.

  1. Fun Fashion

Golf fashion is big business and you’ll enjoy some amazing options from big brands like PUMA, Antigua, Callaway and Lady Hallagan. If you’re into fashion trends, this is the sport to get into. It opens up a whole new wardrobe world. It’ll be easy to look fashionable rocking those golf skorts, pink tank tops and bejeweled golf shoes while on the green.  

  1. Build Important Connections

You can either be invited to go on company outings or get stuck back at the office working.  You don’t need to be good, you just need to be decent. If you can hit the driver in the air 120 yards and make decent contact with the ball most of the time you are set to go. It’s a great way to network with potential employers and to build a deeper relationship with friends from school.

Fowler’s Pays Tribute to Arnold Palmer With His Special-Edition Puma Shoes

A Perfect Tribute For The King of Golf

There have been many wonderful tributes to Arnold Palmer so far this week at Bay Hill. Many golfers are honoring Palmer with umbrella-themed gear, but Fowler plans to pay the King tribute in style.

Fowler partnered with Puma to create a pair of golf shoes which will feature, most notably, a high-grade infused graphic of several Palmer photos printed directly into the leather. The design is so unique, colorful, tasteful and overall – perfect. Who wouldn’t want to rock these?

He plans to wear the shoes at the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational, the first time the Orlando event has been played since Palmer passed away in September 2016.

Only two pairs of the shoes exist – one Rickie will wear during the invitational, and the other, personally autographed by Rickie, will be auctioned off for charity to benefit Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

Throughout the week Rickie will also sport the iconic umbrella logo on his hat and polo.

These unique high-top shoes feature Arnold Palmer’s iconic signature laser-engraved on the Velcro strap, designed by Dominic Chambrone, known in the apparel world as “The Shoe Surgeon”. You can see the umbrella logo behind the tongue of the left shoe, and on the right side, there’s a quote from Rickie on Arnie’s influence.

Here’s what it says: “Legends never die. You will live on forever Arnie. I will never forget the bear hug in front of the clubhouse at Augusta, watching you hit your final tee shot there, and to spending time with you in the locker room at Bay Hill. Thank you for being you and giving me the opportunity to do what I get to do everyday! I love you as did everyone! RIP The King.”

Arnold Palmer

The King’s influence on the golf game is unmatched and chief among that is his impact on golf style. Fowler is honoring Palmer in an awesome way — It’s a perfect tribute to the King of Golf.

Reference/Photos: Golf Digest

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2017 Golf Equipment

What’s New For Golf Bags and Equipment in 2017?

As the 2017 golf season makes way for new gear and technology, we wanted to give you a list of some of the best golf equipment that’s been released so far (sported by some famous PGA Pro Players, too).

Driver – Taylormade M1
Clubs come and go in Dustin Johnson’s bag with a fair amount of frequency, but he has a special love for his Taylormade M1 driver. In fact, he won the Genesis Open and WGC-Mexico Championship using this driver (way to go DJ!)

The new M1 uses 43 percent more carbon fiber than its predecessor, which really helps with creating a higher launch angle. The design is sleek, slim and more forgiving than its predecessor. It also has a new aluminum loft sleeve and an active speed pocket, causing drives to fly with excessive spin.

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Taylormade M1

Fairway Wood – Tour Edge Ex10
To make a driver that can deliver more distance off the tee, Tour Edge designed the new Exotics EX10 driver using two kinds of titanium to create a faster-flexing face. The BSP Beta titanium used in the face is so light that it allowed engineers to make the hitting area larger, which broadened the sweetspot for golfers.

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Tour Edge Ex10 Fairway


Hybrid – Callaway Steelhead XR

The new Steelhead heads are longer from heel-to-toe and deeper from front-to-back, which according to Callaway, makes the hybrid longer, more forgiving and easier to launch. The Steelhead XR should slip through grass, whether you’re in the fairway or in the rough, a little more easily.

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Callaway’s Steelhead XR Hybrid

Irons – Edel Single Length
Single length iron sets have gotten much more press since Bryson DeChambeau has been using them. Edel Golf made DeChambeau’s earliest single-length sets. It seems odd to think about using irons that are the same size, but the logic behind single-length iron sets is simple: It promotes a more consistent swing and eliminates the need to make stance, ball-position and swing-plane adjustments as the club gets longer or shorter.

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Edel Single Length Irons

Wedges – Cleveland RTX 3 Line
Cleveland’s RTX-3 line includes both traditional blade designs and cavity back models and a full complement of 34 loft and bounce combinations with three sole grinds. The three sole grinds all incorporate a larger initial bounce angle which will improve the way the club moves through the turf so the head loses less speed. There was also some tweaks to its three-tiered approach to grooves and surface roughness on the face for better spin on the golf course

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Cleveland RTX

Putter – Bettinardi
Bettinardi has made putters for some of the game’s best, with more than 20 wins on the PGA Tour since 2000. In Jan 2017, Bettinardi released eight new putter models, all featuring a gray finish and a blue-black color scheme, as well as the company’s hallmark F.I.T. Face technology, where material is removed from the face in order to produce a softer feel at impact.

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Bettinardi 2017 Putter

Ball – Snell “My Tour”
Some golfers want a ball that flies farther than the rest, others want green-side spin, while yet others search for the soft feeling. The Snell My Tour Ball is one that meets all the criteria, with an expensive price attached to it. My Tour Ball is the Snell’s premium offering and sells for $31.99 per dozen and provides low compression to reduce spin and increase distance off the longer clubs.

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Snell “My Tour” Golf Ball


Bag – Ping Monsoon

Don’t let rain wash out your round. The PING Hoofer Monsoon bag offers waterproof construction, four sealed pockets and an attached rain hood snapped inside the cushioned hip pad. A wide, 24-inch leg span provides stability, even on slick surfaces. SensorDry Technology creates the perfect and affordable waterproof golf bag from PING.

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PING Hoofer Monsoon Bag


Reference: GolfDigest.com

Girls, It’s Time To Rock The Golf Skorts (No Matter Your Size)

Golf Skorts That Will Fit Your Body Type

As the weather gets warmer and the golf season draws near, I’m hoping to find a stylish outfit that I can rock on the golf course. Many women golfers will probably want to stick with the knee-length shorts and collared t-shirts, but, I want to challenge you to find an outfit that makes you feel good while you kick butt on the course. Wearing skorts/skirts is not only fashionable, but allows your legs to breathe!

There’s no better way to show off your feminine side than to sport a golf skirt or skort when you play, but you need to make sure you get the right fit and wear the best pieces for your body type. Here are some pointers that can help in selecting the appropriate style for you:

Athletic. If you have an athletic build with narrow hips and slim legs, you’ll look better in styles that have a little drape (extra fabric), pockets at the sides and back pockets with flaps. All these details will give your figure some curves. Ruffles are your best friend. You’ll also want to keep your length slightly above the knee, to show off your slim legs. You can pull off any bold print.

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Ruffle Golf Skort Fit for Athletic Body Type

Straight/Thin. If you’re like me, you are thin with a narrow waist and a small bust. You have trouble fitting into clothes that are stretchy. Sometimes, your skorts don’t quite fit the way you want them to. The best advice I have is to find golf skirts with the hem that stops at the shapeliest part of you calf. That will be your best bet. Play with belts, coats, pleats, tights, etc. to maximize the appearance you want to achieve. Also, rocking some bright colors like pink, orange or blue will accentuate your body a little bit more.

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A Golf Skort For Skinny Curves (Photo credit: Aliexpress)

Hourglass. The key to dressing an hourglass body type is to balance your lower body with your bust, while accentuating your waist.  To accommodate this, pick skort styles that fit close to the waist and then drape out over the hips and bottom. And since you have a bigger bust, a nice polo v-neck will suit you well.

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Accenuate your waist with a golf skort that drapes out a bit.

Oval. You tend to have an undefined waist, a full torso, broad shoulders and slim legs. Pick skirts with a minimal waist band or a style with no waist band at all. De-emphasize your midsection and create a more defined waist. Choose clothing that will add curves and fullness to your lower body and tops that taper to a waist. You have amazing legs so feel free to play with skirt lengths, but don’t go too short otherwise you will further a top-heavy look.

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Minimal waistband golf skort

Whatever your body type, you can find a golf skort that will fit you just the way you are. So, go out on the golf course and rock a skort. Be confident, be fashionable. There are tons of brands, sizes and styles to choose from. Just make sure to do some research and find what will best suit you.

Photo Credit: Pintrest & Puma.com