Stylish Golf Apparel for Men

Just because you are playing a sport doesn’t mean you can’t look good. This has never been truer than with golf. Golf is often called the gentleman’s sport. It only makes sense to make an effort and look like a proper gentleman when golfing, isn’t it?

Here are some do’s and don’ts in golf apparel. They can help you look stylish in the golf course as respectable gentlemen should.
The Do’s:

1.Wear clothes in good fit. If you had the muscle, accentuate it without comprising free movement in your clothes. The best golf apparel should make you look trim in the golf course.

golf shirt2.If you wear a sweater over you golf shirt during cold weather, tuck the collar in the sweater to keep a trim and proper look.

3.Long pants should fit your legs comfortably and just kiss the tops of your shoes to make you look taller.

4.Dress shorts are strictly just above the knee caps only.

5.Rain wears and other outer wears should fit the body just right to keep a trim look in the golf course.

6.Always match the color of your belt to your shirt to elongate your torso.

7.Always have a good pair of khakis. They go with everything. They are simple yet stylish and versatile like black dresses to women.

8.Do a good contrast on your tops and bottoms for a sophisticated look. Light colored pants for bright or bold colored shirts and vice versa.

9.Belt loops are in pants for good reason. If it is truly needed, use it and spare yourself from the embarrassment of hiking your pants up whenever they ride down because it does not fit around your waistline.

10.If you have a big waistline, match your belt with your pants. It draws attention away from the waistline. It also elongates your legs at the same time, which gives you a trimmer and more polished look.

11.Contrasting top and bottom colors may not work for everyone. The best solution is to play with the colors and patterns. Dark colors, especially black, can give a slimmer and sleeker look. This is highly recommended for the both shirt and pants. Vertical lines can give an optical illusion of being taller and slimmer while horizontal lines can make someone look wider. Apply these patterns in areas you want to look trimmer or bigger for a more pleasing accentuation of your body.

The Don’t’s:

1.Avoid wearing over sized or baggy clothes. Not only do they get in the way of your movements, they can also make you look sloppy.

2.Pants that go past the ankles are not appropriate golf apparel. Its edges could get dirty easily, which is improper for a gentlemanly look.

3.Too long and too short dress shorts can make you look like unkempt and vulgar respectively. So cargo pants are a strict no in any golf course.

4.Dominant prints and patterns on both shirt and pants are frowned upon. Subtlety is much more appreciated in golf apparel.

5.Never pair patterned pants with a patterned shirt. It will give a cluttered look and make you seem smaller. Always pair patterned clothes with simple ones for balance.

6.Do not untuck your shirt when playing golf. It looks casual and sloppy for a game among gentlemen.

7.Never let a shirt without a collar be a part of your golf apparel. The collars make you look respectable and professional. Never get rid of it.

8.If your shirt does have a collar, do not tuck it up. Not only will it make you look ridiculous in the golf course, it will also completely destroy the proper gentleman look you are aiming for.

Types of Golf Balls

Golf balls are one of the most recognized golf equipment. In fact, even those who do not play golf could easily recognize a golf ball. What the public does not know is that there are different kinds of golf balls. Many, especially those who do not really play golf, believe that there is only one kind of golf ball, and the type lies in the manufacturing firm. Though there may be some truth in that, as most manufacturing firms have their own designs and styles of golf balls, there is a lot more a person could know about these balls.

A golf ball is the tiny ball covered in grooves that is hit with a golf club. This ball should weigh around 1.620 oz. or 45.93 grams. It should also have a diameter of 1.680 inches or 42.67 mm. Golf balls, regardless of type, are required to undergo testing and approval done by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews or R&A, and the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Golf BallR&A is the leading authority in golf for all countries except the United States and Mexico, which are handled by the USGA. These two associations collaborate to produce and habitually revise the “Rules of Golf” which are the official and legal standard rules about any aspect regarding golf. These two associations also set the standards on the acceptable range of performance of the balls concerning their distance, velocity, and symmetry.

For the classification, there are a number of types of golf ball available but they are classified into two for simplicity. The first type is the recreational balls. These are golf balls designed for a typical golf player. These have low compression and reduced sidespin characteristics, making it appropriate for players who tend to have low swing speed, at most 80mph or 130 km/h. They are also quite affordable, ensuring that players who have a high tendency to lose balls would not have as high financial loss.

The second type of golf ball is the advanced ball. As the name implies, these are multi-layered balls, often three or more layers, which were designed for professional use. They generate greater higher amount of sidespins, especially from lofted shots using wedges. The advanced ball is draining to use, as it demands higher swing speed to compress upon impact, thus requiring the player to be physically strong. If the given golf ball compression would not match the resulting swing speed, whether because of under or over compression, there will be loss of flight distance for the ball. Advanced balls are also significantly more expensive than the recreational balls. They are often used during official games and professional trainings.

There are other types of golf balls in the market. There are even balls for those who enjoy playing but prefer not to splurge on equipment. A type of ball for the frugal player is the range ball or the practice ball. This ball is patterned from the recreational ball, but is manufactured as low-cost as possible. The practice ball is durable and has the same behaviours as a real golf ball, but is capable of shorter flight distance. Since its hitting features are far from ideal, this type is best for practice and not for actual games.

Another affordable type of golf ball is the recycled golf ball. These are used but lost balls found by golf course groundkeepers when they clear areas. These found balls are sold to a recycling firm where they are cleaned, resurfaced, and graded according to the resulting quality. These are then sold in bulks at great discounts.

There are a lot more types of golf ball available in the market. A golf player should do well to check these and match the type of ball with his skills and with the game he’d be playing.

Recognition through Recognition Pins

psinsRemembering someone who performed well with his given task is one way to lift up his spirit and to make sure he will continue to work properly. One way to recognize them is to honour them with recognition pins.

Recognition pins are usually given out to honour those who have been able to achieve a certain goal. These pins are usually lapel pins which show a symbol which signifies what was achieved and will be given during an event to honour those who deserve it.

recognizedRecognition pins are given out as a means of boosting morale among employees in a business. It is a way for those who work hard for their company to know that their efforts do not go unnoticed. Schools also give out their own pins to show they recognize the great work that a student has given. These are usually given out during the graduation ceremony, and are given as a special award. Other ways when a lapel pin is given out is when it becomes a symbol of honour for a person when he is being recognized in an organization. It can be part of his initiation into the group.

Recognition pins are usually made of metal and can undergo different methods of production. These are the common steps in making such a pin:

  1. The metal that will be used is first moulded to follow the design that will be used.
  2. Each mould is then cut and then the outline of the pin is the one that is cut next.
  3. The method of attachment is soldered at the back of the metal portion of the pin.
  4. Further metal plating is done to make sure that the pin will be as durable as possible. Afterwards it is then polished to make it shine, though the only ones that are polished are usually the pins made from brass.
  5. Soft enamel is used to add colour to the design on the pin. Each colour is laid out and is made to make sure that each colour doesn’t end up mixing with another.
  6. Once the layout of the colours is placed in properly, baking the design into the pin is done and is done at a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.
  7. An optional coating of clear epoxy can be placed over the design of the metal pin as a way to both protect the design and to make the design shine as the end product.

Lapel pins will have different ways for it to be attached to your article of clothing. It depends on how the pin will be used and how the user will want it attached to his clothing:

  • Butterfly clutch – This is the common type of clasp for a lapel pin. This is attached using a small prong from the back of the pin and the actual clutch is then pushed onto the prong.
  • Jewelry clutch – This kind of clutch is simple, with how it can lock in place when it covers the prong.
  • Safety clasp – A long prong is pushed into a small hook to lock it in place. It works the same way as a safety pin.
  • Magnetic clasp – These are used during times when puncturing the clothing is not an option. A magnet will be found at the back of the pin and will attach to another magnet at the clasp itself. This style is not used often due to its weak support.
  • Screw and nut – the clasp can be screwed into the prong; the prong will be threaded to act like a screw.
  • Stick pin – This has a thin needle with a collar that protects the pin and leaves it in place.

longestRegardless of where it will be used, recognition pins will be the less expensive means of giving recognition to those who deserve it.