Life is too short to settle for lame golf gear. That’s right, I am a gear snob. Given that most of my business career has been spent managing brands in small consumer products companies, I have an affinity for the “little guys”. Yes, I have a Garmin and play Titleist clubs and balls, but whenever possible I try to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in their dream chasing.
Below are the companies from whom I get my gear. If you’re in the market, give them a go. You won’t be disappointed.
GEAR FOR GEEKS
SEAMUS GOLF CO.
I have a growing collection of Seamus headcovers and a couple of their killer metal ball markers. The covers are cool looking, easy to use, and very durable. On top of their designs being high quality and stylish, the Founder Akbar Chisti is a legit golf geek and genuinely good guy. He supports the game, including our work at Canal Shores, and we appreciate him greatly. To top it all off, the story of Akbar and his wife Megan chasing their dream together is as good as it gets.
My hat collection is out of control. I’ll admit it. Even though Imperial is part of a large company, I am happy to support them because they have cool style, make great hats, and their VP David Shaffer has been a terrific supporter of Canal Shores. He gets it. They have an ever-changing selection of new designs, always beckoning me to get into more trouble.
I started shopping with Linksoul because of the good work that Founder John Ashworth was doing to save Goat Hill. I keep shopping with them because they make clothing that looks good on and off the course, and they make the greatest golf shorts that the world has ever seen – the Boardwalker. If you are not wearing these shorts, stop everything that you are doing right now and go buy some. They are that good.
JAN CRAIG HEADCOVERS
I am sucker for home town companies, and it just so happens that one of our very own makes the best knit covers on the planet. Not only do the folks at Jan Craig make great covers, but they are also over the top with service. I asked them if they would be willing to incorporate a patch into a drive cover for me. They didn’t blink. I then ripped the pom pom off said headcover, and they fixed it for the price of postage. There is a reason why they have been in business since 1962.
JONES GOLF BAGS
For geeks of my generation, this is THE bag. I could not have been happier when the company was revived, and it is great to see them going strong now. Beyond the carry bag being iconic, the company also has great service in my experience. One of my bags ripped (I have 3) and they replaced it. I destroy a strap, they hook me up with another one. I am a Jones lifer.
Embroidered belts are the one exception I make to the my “I don’t want to wear golf clothing that looks like golf clothing rule”, and I dig the fact that J.T. Spencer has designs that are creative and cool. It is also a feather in their cap that Steve DeWall, their Director of Sales & Marketing is a hard core golf geek too and good dude. He created golftripper.com, and clearly has the golf adventure bonafides.
The world is filled with cringe-worthy golf shirts. Thankfully, recent years have seen the launch of several solid brands that look good, and play well too. My current favorite from that category is B. Draddy, and when the Kingsley Pro Shop brought them in, I stocked up. I am hard on shirts, so it is too early for me to endorse them for durability over time, but so far I am digging the look and feel big time.
If there is one thing that distance running has taught me, it’s to invest in good socks. Socks are as important as shoes, and as a walking golf maniac, I trust my feet to Kentwool. At first, it seemed odd to be donning wool socks in the summer, but I am now a devotee.
My plain Jane footwear sensibilities and somewhat wide feet have made me a picky shoe shopper. I also do a fair bit of dew sweeping, and finding a shoe that is water resistant has been a challenge. At this point, True is the only company that I have found that gives me that elusive combo of form, function and feel.
When playing walking golf from sun up to sun down, you very quickly find out which gear isn’t going to cut it for comfort. That goes for the outerwear and the underwear. The ShackHouse guys turned me on to MeUndies, and I am never going back.
Copyright 2017 – Jason Way, GeekedOnGolf