The biggest golf fits from The Players Championship
JT joins the Wolfpack (officially), FootJoy’s latest fire footwear collab, Joaquin’s killer crossover, Golfman > Gold Man, and why the must-have shades for 2022 are from the ’90s.
Cameron Smith (Original Penguin & FootJoy)
To me, Original Penguin is the OG golf apparel brand. Back in the Golden Era of the game, Pete the Penguin found his way onto the chest pockets of Arnie, Jack, and Gary as they dominated the fairways and added Major upon Major to their lengthy resumes. Now, Cam is following in their footsteps by raising trophies while wearing simple, classic fits. While this rose color was all the rage last fall, it is also a perfect way to transition to early spring.
On a side note; if Smith was the big winner, then the PGA Tour’s creepy Gold Man had to take the biggest ‘L.’ What the heck was that?! I’m all for experimenting with new tech, but having a trophy come to life to squeegee greens and recreate GOAT’s ‘Better Than Most’ putt isn’t what I had in mind. Some people are afraid of clowns, but I’m having nightmares about Gold Man coming to get me. We can only hope he has been melted down.
Justin Thomas (Greyson Clothiers & FootJoy)
Cam may have been the on-course story, but Justin Thomas and Greyson stole the golf fashion headlines. In what was the worst kept secret in golf, JT was officially announced as the newest member of the Wolfpack. I mean, if the two sides dated much longer they would have qualified for a common law marriage, anyway. Since Thomas split with Ralph Lauren early last year, he has (mostly) worn Greyson’s stylish threads.
JT certainly didn’t disappoint in his official Greyson debut. He was easily the best-dressed player of the week while showcasing everything from Greyson’s signature print polos to the brand’s luxurious cashmere sweaters. Thomas’ arrival also brings a new Crimson Wolf membership for Greyson fans with exclusive products and limited edition capsules adorned with a unique logo consisting of a flame in a wolf head.
Will Zalatoris (FootJoy)
Who knew FootJoy would become the King of Golf Footwear Collabs? After teaming up with American fashion designer Todd Snyder last year, FJ partnered with streetwear icon and high-end sneaker designer Jon Buscemi on these Players Championship-inspired kicks. The french vanilla leather with hits of gold offered a sophisticated look and showed why a trophy should serve as a creative inspiration rather than a scary mixed reality character.
Lanto Griffin (Galvin Green & FootJoy)
Hey, if this golf thing doesn’t work out for Lanto, maybe Jon Buscemi can add him to his design staff. Griffin took a spin as a shoe designer and created these custom grey camo Tarlows on FootJoy’s MyJoys site. The good news is you can do the same with just a few clicks.
Joaquin Niemann (Adidas Golf)
‘Florida Cold’ temps had many players resorting to looking like mummies roaming the Arctic Circle. None pulled it off better than Joaquin Niemann. In fact, this look will forever be known as ‘going full Joaco’ here at GolfThreads. Niemann dug deep into Adidas’ Adicross Collection and stepped out looking fly. The three-stripes brand has a sick range of layering pieces and this anorak is a must-have for the season.
Tom Hoge (Ashworth)
Don’t call it a comeback. Ashworth has been here for years, but the brand has been on a long and winding road. After being sold by TMaG, Ashworth disappeared from the fairways only to reappear on the back of Tom Hoge as he strolled to victory at Pebble Beach last month.
Ashworth’s Golfman logo is one of the most iconic marks in the game. In the early ’90s, the brand made golf apparel cool as it pushed beyond the big, rigid collars and flammable polyesters that your grandfather wore. Instead, the cotton polos featured softer collars and bold graphics. If you teed it up back in the day, you likely had a closet full of Ashworth. I remember working in the pro shop of a country club and selling out of shipments within a day. I soon got wise to the game and grabbed a few XLs (because XL was the only size you could wear in the ’90s) before they hit the shop floor.
Patrick Rodgers (Oakley) & Adam Scott (Uniqlo)
Speaking of ’90s fashions, old-school wrap-arounds are where it’s at this season. Get your sunglass game in check with some Oakley Radar EV Paths and throw a Prizm Golf Lens in them while you’re at it. All the cool kids are doing it.
Sam Ryder (Greyson Clothiers & FootJoy)
On a pod a few months ago, the guys from At the Turn Podcast asked me what would be ‘the joggers of 2022.’ No doubt hoodies will take the crown this year. While the Ryder Cup was a breakout moment for hoodies on the course, The Players Championship solidified them as a mainstream golf staple. It seemed like every player in the field was layering up with one on Saturday, but none looked as good as Sam Ryder in Greyson’s Koko Hoodie.
Roger Sloan (Lululemon & FootJoy)
For those taking their clubs out of a winter hibernation now, the first rounds of spring will still have a cold bite. An insulated vest is an essential for this time of year. Throw one on over a hoodie, sweater, or pullover, or even wear it under a rain jacket. Get an extra layer of warmth around your core while giving your arms the freedom to move.
Brian Gay (G/FORE)
It is always a bonus when players give us a behind-the scenes look at their scripting process for the big events. BG took to IG to show us his unique approach of lining up all the possibilities on the couch. Lol! Hey, this guy has won four consecutive Threadies so clearly he has a process that works. The navy floral print was a smart choice.
Jordan Spieth (Under Armour)
No surprise seeing Jordan in a navy blue shirt, but pairing it with vibrant blue pants was a welcomed change from his typical grey or white options. Interesting how pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone just a bit can re-energize your look.