Product Reviews

Tasc Performance Apparel

When I look into my closet, I have about 900 golf polos to choose from. About once a year, I go to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and donate those that I wore out, or those that just didn’t make the cut.

There are a simply a lot of good options for golfers when it comes to selecting a golf shirt. This is why I have only chosen to review those that stand out from the crowd (those that get worn out.) The fine folks over at tasc Performance have created one of these polos.

My tasc apparel looked so good that  Bruce the goat caddy  attempted to “eat my shorts” twice.

My tasc apparel looked so good that Bruce the goat caddy attempted to “eat my shorts” twice.

The relaxed nature of this model pose is in harmony with my  tasc Performance  apparel.

The relaxed nature of this model pose is in harmony with my tasc Performance apparel.

One thing that initially grabbed my attention aside from the seriously comfortable golf polo was the company itself. It’s a family owned operation based out of New Orleans and unlike your typical clothing manufacturer, they believe in the power of creating something original and superior. That’s why tasc has opted to use bamboo in the construction of their apparel. You seriously won’t be able to find anything like this in the marketplace.

I don’t understand the science of using bamboo to make a golf shirt, but the result is hard to argue with. It is seriously comfortable. You can read more about the company and it’s patented bamboo process here.

It’s like you are golfing in your pajamas without any of the embarrassment of actually golfing in your pajamas.
— Patrick Koenig
The  Switchback II  in action.

The Switchback II in action.

While the polo is fantastic, my favorite part of the tasc performance apparel line just may be the shorts.

This particular pair of shorts is the Switchback II short and it’s got a double back pocket situation that adds a little bit of style but still gives you the look of classic golf shorts.

With tasc, you won’t find any bright purple polos with bananas on them and you won’t find that pair of neon pink golf shorts that you have been looking for. But that’s the point.. it’s classic good looks with an incredible level of comfort. They have several basic and simple designs to chose from right now.

tasc is not new to the game of golf either and already has some cool deals in place with tour pros Chris Kirk and Scott Stallings.

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Interested in getting your tasc on? The golf party starts here. 

Lunatic Fringe Brand

The story behind the Lunatic Fringe Brand clothing company is an interesting one.  The founder of the company is a young entrepreneur named Matt Matchett and his company is not an original idea, but a family one.  Back in grad school, Matt's father created the angry golfer logo and started selling shirts and polos to local stores.  In 2017, Matt picked up where his father left off.  Right now, the company is only selling polos, so that's what we are digging into today.

To me, the angry golfer logo is what really makes the polo pop.  Everyone understands what a maddening game golf can be and the logo encapsulates and expresses that raw emotion.  While you don't have to act like a maniac and smash clubs all over the course, you can just let your polo do the work for you.

I have modeled some of the finest polos in some of the finest locations.  Even in this poorly lit pose, The Lunatic Fringe Chambers Bay modeling session was no exception.   Book me today.

I have modeled some of the finest polos in some of the finest locations.  Even in this poorly lit pose, The Lunatic Fringe Chambers Bay modeling session was no exception.  Book me today.

Right now, the polo is only available in 100% cotton.   I would really like to see a polyester blend provide a more athletic option for some of the warmer days on the course.  The cotton option is nice but can get hot quickly.  You can view the current offerings here on their website.

A logo is a great start to building a brand, but the company has done very little to capitalize on a solid foundation.  I am excited to see how things develop and expand with Lunatic Fringe Brand.

Recover

Recover Brands is an apparel company that uses 100% recycled materials to create it's products.  Their mission is to create the best, most environmentally friendly and socially responsible products possible; and to educate and inspire those around them to live and work for a sustainable tomorrow.  

My golf polo model game remains strong.  Hit the  contact  button below to book me for a shoot today.

My golf polo model game remains strong.  Hit the contact button below to book me for a shoot today.

Since 2010, Recover Brands has diverted 5.4 million plastic bottles from the landfill.  Holy crap, that is a serious amount of bottles.  But get this!... America actually disposes of 5.4 million bottles every hour.  The good news: Recover Brands has tapped into an economically vast and environmentally helpful source for its products.

The actual process of how Recover turns 8 bottles into 1 shirt is quite interesting.  But in short, they shred those bottles into flakes, melt the flakes into pellets, turn those pellets into yarn, and then sew the shirts.

When I first heard of the company, I thought the idea sounded interesting, but I remained skeptical on the quality.  I feel like the majority of people perceive that anything that is made from 100% recycled products must somehow be inferior to something made by a large name apparel brand.

After receiving the polo in the mail, I realized that I was mistaken immediately.  The shirt fit great and has a simple classic style.  It feels similar to other polyester blend shirts and you would never guess that it is made out of plastic bottles.  The cost of the shirt is $39.00.

For a guy with an entire closet full of golf polos, it says something that this shirt made it into the regular rotation right away.

Now, I am well aware that big brand apparel deals with PGA players have typically shaped the landscape of what people are wearing on the golf course.  But perhaps, it is worth taking a second to consider an alternative.

If name brand isn't a requirement and you are looking for a good quality shirt at a reasonable price, Recover is one of the easiest environmentally sound decisions you can make.  You gotta do something to offset the environmental impact of spraying a dozen Titleists into the woods every Sunday.  

Recover also makes more than just polos, the company also has hoodies, shirts, and accessories available on their website.  Learn more about Recover Brands and the great work they are doing here.
 

 

 

Bad Birdie Golf

Are you tired of blending in with the local golf crowd?  Perhaps you are looking for an edge that will set you apart from the traditional golfer?  If this sounds like you, then perhaps Bad Birdie Golf is your sort of company.  Bad Birdie makes golf polos for players whose style is as fresh as their game.  

Stories of increased net worth, free beers, and less shanks have been reported after golfers have worn a Bad Birdie polo.
— badbirdiegolf.com
Here I am wearing the Salty Savage.  When was the last time you received 4 compliments on your golf polo in one round?

Here I am wearing the Salty Savage.  When was the last time you received 4 compliments on your golf polo in one round?

There are a variety of impressive styles offered on BadBirdiegolf.com.  It's worth heading over to their site just to read the shirt descriptions. You will find things like, "We attached a golf polo to a giant electromagnetic metal rod on top of a skyscraper during an intense lightning storm.  A lightning bolt struck the polo and left this design."  Each polo is hand sewn with moisture-wicking and anti-odor fabric that’s 100% polyester and 100% made in the USA.

The "FAF (Fresh AF)"

The "FAF (Fresh AF)"

The "Pineapple Patrol"

The "Pineapple Patrol"

If you have spent some time around the game, you have seen the golfer that shows up to the course wearing loud pants paired with an aggressive polo.  Or maybe you saw Billy Horschel wearing octopus pants Sunday at the 2013 US Open.  Perhaps you saw a picture of John Daly... just any picture of John Daly.  Clearly, there is something happening here.  There must be some sort of power in the apparel.  

A player can actually benefit greatly from looking good on the golf course.  A golfer that dresses boldly and with confidence is more likely to play in a bold and confident manner.  A golfer that doesn't care about other people's opinions is also more likely to play within himself.  With this same type of approach, Tiger Woods used his "Sunday Red" to win 79 times on the PGA tour.  With golf being such a mental battle, why not turn in that tired old polo for a new confident approach?  

You look like an idiot
— My wife - 2010
Oh I get it now. Go get em, honey.
— My wife - 2017

Bad Birdie might not be the company for you and it certainly isn't the company for everybody.  However, one cannot deny that there is power in the polo.  

The question is, are bad enough to harness it?

Maide Golf

When Stanford student Brian Spaly couldn't find a pair of pants that fit correctly, he decided to build his own company and call it Bonobos.  Shortly after, he would team up with his roommate, Andy Dunn, and create the largest clothing brand ever built on the web in the United States.  in 2012, Bonobos expanded to physical locations and opened up "Guideshops."  These are locations where you can try on clothes and find your perfect fit.  Your order is then shipped to wherever you need them.  A year later they would launch Maide, the golf brand of Bonobos.

There is an authentic passion for the game of golf among members of our company that inspired this product. Like Bonobos, Maide was launched to fill a void in the marketplace. It’s the answer to what we see missing in the golf world as it relates to fit, style, and functionality.
— Andy Dunn - Bonobos CEO

To me,  Maide is all about great fitting clothes that look sharp and still offer a fun vibe to them.  The festive polo you see below is easily one of my favorites in the closet right now.  It also is my #1 compliment fetching polo in the current rotation.  Based on my estimates, It averages 3.2 compliments per round.  As evidenced in the video, the polos also help with eagle putts.

Sean Ogle and I finish up an epic golf trip at Aronomink in PA.  Sean has even declared the Maide golf pants to be the "Best in the world."  Check out his review  here ..

Sean Ogle and I finish up an epic golf trip at Aronomink in PA.  Sean has even declared the Maide golf pants to be the "Best in the world."  Check out his review here..

The Blue Palms Minicheck could possibly dazzle your opponents into missing all putts within 6 feet.

The Blue Palms Minicheck could possibly dazzle your opponents into missing all putts within 6 feet.

The Flatiron Half=Zip and the Highland Golf Pant deliver the one two punch.

The Flatiron Half=Zip and the Highland Golf Pant deliver the one two punch.

Maide apparel is available at www.maidegolf.com and offers a full lineup of polos, pants, shorts, sweaters, and t shirts.  The brand is also available to try on in person at one of your local Bonobos "guideshops".  To experience Maide Golf, you can set up your very own fitting appointment at www.bonobos.com/guideshop.

State Apparel

State Apparel is not your typical golf pants and polo company.  They have taken a unique approach to "reinventing golfwear" by transforming golf clothing into golf equipment.  Now that you are thinking, "How the hell are pants gonna help me make that downhill 6 foot slider?"

These pants won't make the 6 footers any easier but they can potentially make managing your round easier.  State Apparel incorporates wiping layers into their golf pants and shirts.  The idea is that by providing towel like fabrics on their clothing for wiping hands, clubs, and balls, golfers will never need to step away from a shot.

I was skeptical when I first read this. "Will I really use these?" and  "Won't my clothes get dirty?"  "Oh look, here comes Koenig all covered in dirt, he uses his shirt as a golf towel."  

However, once I put on the clothes, I was actually surprised at how often I took advantage of the wiping layers, a scrub of the ball here,  a wipe of the wedge there.  Granted, the clothes are not for scrubbing the sod off your 60 degree after you chunked one into the water, but they definitely serve as a nice option for keeping things clean.

The wiping layers on the polos are incorporated into the side panels on the shirt.  From San Francisco to New York: The competition shirt was an obvious fit for a day of 36 at Winged Foot.

The wiping layers on the polos are incorporated into the side panels on the shirt.  From San Francisco to New York: The competition shirt was an obvious fit for a day of 36 at Winged Foot.

The wiping layer on the Fairway Pants and Match Play Shorts resides in the pocket lining.  It's pretty easy to access and I use it more than I thought I would.

The wiping layer on the Fairway Pants and Match Play Shorts resides in the pocket lining.  It's pretty easy to access and I use it more than I thought I would.

Another point of pride for State Apparel is that all of their clothing is actually made in San Francisco, California.  With the majority of the clothing world utilizing overseas options, State Apparel has kept the business domestic.  For those that make purchasing decisions after considering product origin, economic impact, and authenticity, State Apparel is a great option for the educated consumer.