TODAY golf is much more than a sport; it is a part of one’s lifestyle. Originating 500 years ago in Scotland, for business executives golf has become a means of socializing and networking. That is why you must be fully aware of the etiquette and regulations, choose the right equipment and wear the right clothing according to the golf dress code if you want everything to be in perfect order.
You must choose the right stick, club, golf ball, shoes, gloves, hat, trousers or pants and shirt. The dress code is elegant and rather aristocratic because of its formal British tradition. Therefore, the dress code for golf is more formal compared to other sports.
Leather shoes, whether authentic or synthetic, are specially made for golf to prevent the body from swaying or moving unnecessarily while making a shot and makes the entire game comfortable. Most shoes have laces but some are now normal sport shoes with rubber spikes. Metal spikes are now forbidden because they can damage the course.
A glove is worn on the left hand to prevent hardening of the skin due to playing with the stick or club. Most gloves are made from strong synthetic material, but the best ones are made from deer skin which is softer and more comfortable to wear.
Today’s golfers’ shirts have more motifs and stripes than before when it was pure white. Shirts usually have collars, pants are made from expensive material and so forth. Recently beach designs have been introduced, such as Hawaiian Punch.
A shirt with a collar is rule number one. Initially it was polo shirts but later a collared shirt replaced it. If you do not wear a shirt or a T-shirt with a collar then a hat with a back glare is acceptable. This type of hat was worn by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Unfortunately, not all golfers are aware of the right fashion wear but they don’t have to worry because golf stores have everything available. One such leading store is Golf House.
Golf House has more than 50 outlets in Indonesia’s major cities where they offer premium equipment and accessories. The outlets are not only in malls but also in several select Golf & Country Clubs. The one stop golf shop which has undergone a number of changes was introduced in 1990.
Golf House offers international brands of golf equipment, including clubs, balls, apparel and accessories, such as Mizuno, Wilson, Srixon, Spalding, Adidas, Cleveland, Honma, Adams Golf, Odyssey, Maxfli, Taylor Made, Ben Hogan, Tour Edge, Etonic, US Kids Golf, Greg Norman, Nike Golf, Callaway Golf and many more. So who says you cannot be stylish on the green? (Burhanuddin Abe)
The Jakarta Post, November 19, 2010