Review – Loudmouth Golf StretchTech

Over the past several years I’ve had the pleasure to test and review some exciting golf apparel brands. While some of the brands could be defined as a bit more mainstream others have not. One of the brands that I’ve really enjoyed testing and reviewing has been none other than Loudmouth Golf. These fashions are not a part of your grandfather’s wardrobe collection. Then again… maybe they are as I’m a grandfather.

Every year that I’ve attended the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida I always look forward to swinging by their booth to see what new patterns Woody (Owner Scott “Woody” Woodworth) and the crew have come up with. This year was a total surprise and it wasn’t for the patterns that the brand released for 2018. Don’t get me wrong there is a stunning array of new patterns like Castaway, Midnight Lagoon and Flamingo Bay just to name a few. However, what really caught my attention was the development of a new fabric. As much as I loved pants and shorts collections of the past I always felt that there was one flaw. The weight of the fabric. On hot summer days in particular when it came to pants I felt they wore… too hot. This issue has been addressed by Loudmouth Golf with the introduction of a new fabric called StretchTech.

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I had the privilege of discussing the new fabric with Brooke WIndatt (Global Public Relations and Social Media for Loudmouth Golf) at the Loudmouth Golf booth this past January. What I learned about their new fabric was quite significant. Below is a rundown of what I learned about this blend of fabric.

Fabric

The fabric is made from 100% StretchTech Polyester. This blend features great qualities such as being wrinkle free (100%), shrink free and fade free which means that the bold colours used by Loudmouth Golf will not fade. There is a degree of moisture control which ultimately means that the pants won’t cling to you during the dog days of summer thus taking away from your enjoyment on the golf course.

Product Highlights

As most might expect the waistline is detailed by several belt loops ensuring a clean look. The enclosure itself is that of a 2 button-tabbed front closure with zip fly design. Two front pockets and two back pockets make it convenient for sliding a golf glove and scorecard into your back pockets. The right pocket features a “pocket in a pocket” to hold your tee and/or ball marker in between holes. Adding to the comfort is the “Tour Slit” at the bottom hem. Just over the left rear pocket on the hip is the trademark “LM” just for added pop and branding recognition.

I should add that the fit is described as being “modern” and washing in cold water and hanging to dry is highly recommended.

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When I was talking to Brooke at the booth we arranged a review opportunity. I was asked to select any of the new designs. After careful deliberation and narrowing it down to two patterns I opted to go with the new Tahiti StretchTech pants. These pants are bright, bold and 100%… ME! When these pants arrived during the winter I could not wait to put them on. They feature amazing and varying shades of blue, green, pink, orange (coral) and yellow. Flowers and palm fronds are abound. If you want to feel tropical… then these pants are quite simply for you. One thing that I have to add is the ease of scripting an outfit together for your morning round. Because there are so many colours there are always options for a polo to wear just make sure to wear a solid colour with any pants from Loudmouth Golf (or any patterned bottom for that matter).

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The trademarked “LM”.

 

I wore these pants early in the year (first day of Spring) to an appointment with one of my specialists. The nurses loved these pants and they said and I quote “You make it feel like spring”. These pants are eye-catching and the comments that I’ve received about them have been extremely positive. Whether it’s been the GM at the course, the ladies that play in the Scenic Woods Golf Course Ladies league or in one case while shopping at a local grocery store. As a matter of fact, I’ve been asked on several occasions where I got the pants from. Always with a toothy grin I tell people Loudmouth Golf. unfortunately, when you wear fashions from Loudmouth Golf comes pressure. Pressure from a group od ladies that peer over the counter every Monday looking to see what you’re wearing. This week, I wasn’t wearing any Loudmouth Golf and the women walked away disappointed. Apparently, I’ve set the bar too high… too soon. Thanks Woody!!!

Alright so the pants are eye-catching and “aesthetically amazeballs” but how do they perform. Right off of the bat I can tell all of you that these StretchTech Poly pants wear way better than their earlier iterations. This fabric wears “light” and when you get sweaty the new StretchTech fabric does not cling to your body like its predecessor. I think this speaks highly of their moisture management characteristics and I’ve worn these pants in some pretty oppressive heat already this year (33*C or 91*F) plus humidity. Not only are they comfortable to wear but they are also very comfortable to play golf in. Basically, whether you’re going to a social function or the golf course you have a pair of pants that looks great, feels better and performs.

 

As stated earlier the fit is modern and I would classify the fit as somewhere in between traditional and Euro (Slim Fit). That said, the waist sizing is true and when in doubt err on the side of a size up. I ordered a 34″ and they were absolutely perfect. No discomfort ,tightness or bunching in front. I’ve lost more weight where I’m now somewhere between a 32″ and a 33″ waist. That said… the 34’s are still a really good fit.

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This Skort for the Ladies is called Flamigo Bay. I’d wear this pattern in a “NY Second”.

Loudmouth Golf claims that they are “The most fun you can have with your pants on”. You know what? They are! Even the names are witty like a new pattern called “Bull & Cork” which is a darts pattern. I actually would have used “Cork and Bulls”. Not to mention they look amazing and perform. This new StretchTech fabric is tremendous. Patterns are available in pants and shorts for men and for the ladies there are even more options. Women’s apparel feature Bermuda Shorts, Mini Shorts, Skorts. For more information please visit the Loudmouth Golf website.

Until The Next Tee!!

REVIEW – Loudmouth Golf (Fancy Shirt)

Golf fashion. For the longest time they were actually two words in the English language that didn’t belong together. Eventually, that started to change when Arnold Palmer  started to be seen clad in trendy apparel. I remember his original clothing line in Sears and wearing some of it even though the apparel belonged to my father. Then for a while the fashion got ugly again.  A world of double pleats, short sleeves past the elbows and bland colours emerged. Then an epiphany happened. Raise your hands if you remember the “Tabasco” golf polos or any of the tropical prints worn by Duffy Waldorf. They were polarizing. While some hated them there was a smattering of golf fans that liked them. They were fun! Speaking of fun.

Is there a brand of apparel that has awakened golf fashion more than Loudmouth Golf? Love them or hate them the brand has brought fun to the course one garment at a time. In fact, it’s my opinion that the fun that Loudmouth Golf has brought to the game is only rivalled by “Al Czervik” at “Bushwood Country Club”. Loudmouth Golf is everything that traditional golf apparel isn’t. It’s loud, brash, flamboyant and fun. Loudmouth Golf has a vast array of prints that’s nearly endless.

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In the past, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Brooke Windatt who takes care of Public Relations and Social Media for Loudmouth Golf. Of course, I went by the Loudmouth Golf booth during the PGA Merchandise in January and Brooke spent some time with me showing off some of the new prints in the Loudmouth stable. Crazy stuff! As time passed I received an email from Ms. Windatt where she informed me of some new creations. From the mind of Scott “Woody” Woodworth comes a new range of shirt called… “The Fancies”.

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“The Fancies” range  embodies everything that is Loudmouth Golf. Of course, you can wear them on the course (always go solid bottoms please) but The Fancies look just as good with a pair of jeans. Whether you’re  at the barbecue down the street or at a Toronto Blue Jays game on Canada Day the Fancy polo works. In fact, the polo that was sent to me was the “Oh Canada! Fancy Shirt” which was perfect for the aforementioned scenario. The point that I’m trying to make is that The Fancy wears well any time at any place. But this is a golf review. How do “The Fancies” perform on the course?

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The Fancies are more than just a “pretty face” as there is a bit of “apparel tech” involved. The fabric is great with good hand. Whether it’s come right out of your suitcase or out from doing laundry. This fabric is wrinkle-free. Also, the fabric features a 4-way stretch material constructed from 100% polyester, From a fit perspective they have a slim, athletic profile. This 6’0″, 215 pound guy wore a large and the fit was perfect. The sleeves end around mid-bicep while the shoulder seam was perfectly placed on the shoulder. If you find yourself in between sizes err on the side of caution and go a size up. Aesthetically speaking these Fancy shirts are well-appointed. They feature a three-button placket, a self-collar and on the back of the shirt between the shoulders is a yellow Loudmouth golf logo. It’s a small feature that sticks out in a good way truly revealing the Loudmouth branding. I love the material of these Fancy shirts. The material stretches throughout all phases of the golf swing and you never feel constricted. As slinky as the material it never clings to the body. On their website there is no mention of moisture-wicking qualities but the fabric does wick away any moisture from the body. I really liked the fact that I stayed “cool” in the heat of summer and never felt uncomfortable.

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When it comes to golf  polos that exemplify fashion these “Fancy” shirts do not come up short. They garner attention (I received a ton of compliments) and look very sharp. These are golf shirts that perform and never leave you having the feeling of being restricted during the golf swing. The saying in golf is “look good… play good” and these shirts certainly go a long way in living up to the quote. Head over to Loudmouth’s website  for more information and styles. Go ahead and unleash your inner Loudmouth.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

This and That!

Before I sat down to write this article I was initially going to sit down and write a review based on my first impressions of the F7 ONE Length irons from Cobra Golf. However, I have been sitting on some things in the back of my mind for some time and after recent events I feel like putting those thoughts together… here and now! 

The reality is that I may lose followers as a result of this article. In the past, I have been reluctant to post anything controversial or political because of a fear to lose readers. When it comes to topics like religion or political views it’s a surefire way to piss somebody off especially in this… “The Age of Sensitivity”. But sometimes you just have to get crap off your chest and in some cases you just shouldn’t give a “flying rat’s ass” about what someone may think. That’s where I’m at.

Let’s start with the obvious and the day’s most recent news. Tiger Woods. Recently, he said that he has felt the best that he’s felt in a long time. Woods also stated that he was pain-free. Perfect! Maybe it was him inching ever so closer to a return to competition. Bravo! Tiger Woods in competition again would be good for television ratings and TaylorMade Golf. Unfortunately, news out of Jupiter, Florida today shows that Tiger was arrested for DUI. Whether or not Tiger was impaired from alcohol, prescription drugs or recreational drugs is of no consequence and makes no difference to me. He was wrong and irresponsible regardless of what it was. Period! I personally don’t care to hear any bullshit press release from him or any agent (P.R. Firm) acting on his behalf. I don’t care about the infamous “Elin 9-iron” from a few years ago. That wasn’t of consequence to anyone and I don’t recollect whether or not there was drinking and driving when he drove into the tree. Anyways, people came to his defense for his cheating ways back them and again I couldn’t care less about that nonsense. What I do care about is the impaired driving charge and this is his second time. You know the saying… “fool me once….” See his photo? He was freaking “gooned”! You see impaired driving strikes a real nerve with me. I was nearly killed by an off-duty impaired police officer in 1995. As a matter of fact I had an ex-girlfriend killed by an impaired driver. Impaired driving has definitely effected who I am and my life. There is no freaking excuse for putting your life and more importantly the lives of others to drive impaired. I have seen within the last hour numerous Tweets trying to make excuses for him. One uneducated buffoon even said… “everyone has driven impaired”. Buddy, just because you likely have doesn’t mean that we all have. Everyone?! Not me… so enough of putting everyone and myself under an umbrella with a ridiculous statement like that. At this point in time I don’t care what Tiger has or hasn’t done for the game. This is a massive black eye! Tiger you could have killed somebody. A mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle or child with your selfish act. Not to mention you could have taken yourself away from your children. Greed and selfishness!

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Drunken Tiger Hidden Golf Game (Photo Credit: msnbc.com)

 

Politics and golf. I hate politics yet it’s one of those things that just seems to come up. This past week the PGA Champions played their Senior PGA Championship in the Washington, D.C. area this past weekend. German Ironman Bernhard Langer was the eventual winner outlasting Vijay Singh at the tournament which was hosted at Trump National which of course is owned by President Donald Trump. Langer now owns the Career Grand Slam (plus one) on the Senior Tour. A truly remarkable accomplishment. Leading up to the event a few players came to Trump’s defense. Players like Rocco Mediate, John Daly and Fred Funk came to his defense. Stating that they were friends. While Mediate wished to talk about only the tournament because talking about other things weren’t his “forte”. Funk on the other hand according to a U.S.A. Today (fake news? Too soon?) article said that he would “get in their face” of any “fantester” on hand to protest the Trump embroidery emblazoned on his chest (Funk has been sponsored by Trump). Funk said that he wouldn’t talk politics but he ultimately did defending policies and so forth. Daly on the other hand was very diplomatic and to paraphrase suggested that it’s just best to support Trump. That citizens should try to jump on the proverbial bandwagon. Regarding the protesters Daly said that he would “just ignore them”. The activists that were on hand were there because of only one reason… the Trump name.

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Dear Protesters and Players:

Golf doesn’t need protesters and golf doesn’t need politics to mar press conferences and tournaments. Keep the political nonsense at home. The end!

Sincerely Yours

Golf trick shots and general on-course stupidity. I admit that golf trick shots involve a boatload of skill. More than learning to hit a golf ball straight? Perhaps not! I admit that I cannot hit a golf trick shot and in no way do I suggest that it takes no talent. I used to admire trick shots but am I the only one that thinks that they have gotten old and boring? I realize that I sound like an old curmudgeon but I am tired of seeing them. Especially when it involves an original shot being copied by another person and then that person being copied by another. It’s almost like a damn “pyramid scheme”. When it comes to bloopers I don’t mind them but staged stupidity involving damaging golf carts and stuff? C’mon! How many clips are on the internet involving the senseless destruction of golf carts? Too freaking many… which means too many freaking people getting their “five minutes”. For those that play such courses where you’ve destroyed golf carts and other golf course property. You wonder why you have to leave credit card information at the Pro Shop and also wonder why cart rates have climbed? Think about it! I have no issue with playing golf and having fun while playing. For those that haven’t golfed with me you need to know that I am one of the least serious people out there. I love to have fun and I am all about having fun. But you don’t need to be stupid destroying course property. Go ahead… drink and be merry! Enjoy the day but don’t hold the rest of us up lighting carts on fire.

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This cart is on fireeeee….. (Photo Credit: youtube.com)

Until The Next Tee!