UN­DER­COVER TOUR PRO

It's time to share when you have 300 golf shirts.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Max Adler

Ex­cept for Sun­days and hol­i­days, never has a day passed when both the FedEx and UPS trucks drove by my house with­out stop­ping. My wife is a sea­soned on­line shop­per, but most of the card­board pack­ages left on our doorstep are for me. PGA Tour play­ers, as you might imag­ine, get a lot of stu .

Ev­ery three months I get a ship­ment of 50 shirts, plus a few dozen pairs of pants. My cloth­ing sup­plier wants me to wear the new sea­son and en­cour­ages get­ting rid of the old to avoid con­fu­sion. I’ve purged en­tire boxes when one spon­sor changes a logo. I give clothes to friends as much as I can and save cer­tain items I es­pe­cially like to wear just around the house. Still, I’m al­ways bring­ing garbage bags to do­na­tion boxes. At the mo­ment, I prob­a­bly have 300 golf shirts in my closet. I’ve kept ev­ery shirt that I wore on a Sun­day when I won (never to wear again, but be­cause I think it’s a nice tra­di­tion). And like any golfer, I’m oc­ca­sion­ally com­pelled to visit the golf shop when I play a buck­etlist course. But other than that, I’m re­ally not sen­ti­men­tal. Shirts just pile up.

Pants are more per­sonal, and I can have a hard time part­ing with a pair that works. Hats? Don’t get me started. You’ll nd sev­eral un­opened boxes in my garage. Socks, belts, em­broi­dered tow­els and ran­dom ac­ces­sories – I tell any­one who vis­its to take what­ever they like. Take as many balls as you want, too, though I’ve seen only one per­son grab more than two dozen. I even tell peo­ple to take clubs. There’s just one sta bag that is o -lim­its.The bag is from a year I played well at the Pres­i­dents Cup, and it’s mostly full of put­ters. Tech­nol­ogy never passes put­ters by, and you never know when you’ll need an old friend.

I know this sounds ob­nox­ious, but when I’m on tour, I wear a new glove ev­ery day.To me, there’s a world of di er­ence be­tween a new glove and one that’s a day old. If I’m prac­tis­ing at home, then maybe I’ll wear a used one. Hey, it’s one of the perks of mak­ing it as a pro­fes­sional, so why not?

Com­pared to other play­ers, I’m ac­tu­ally fairly mod­est. Some guys want to al­ways match their shoes to their belt or col­lar, so they travel with eight or nine pairs. I travel with only two pairs of shoes; my gamers and a pair that I’m break­ing in.T hough the leather never gets too worn. Af­ter four tour­na­ments, all my shoes go to The First Tee.

My rule is, if I can’t t ev­ery­thing into one suit­case and my golf-bag travel case, I’ve packed too much. A dozen shirts plus eight or nine pairs of pants is stan­dard.As long as it’s not sum­mer, you can get away with wear­ing pants a cou­ple of times. If I’m play­ing three tour­na­ments in a row, the ques­tion is whether I’ll do laun­dry once or twice. If a ho­tel has a setup for guest laun­dry, I ac­tu­ally en­joy the down­time lis­ten­ing to pod­casts or mu­sic.

Here’s a use­ful se­cret for golf fans: If you ever want a free um­brella, hang around one of our tour­na­ments late on a Sun­day. Play­ers and caddies are great at “for­get­ting” um­brel­las in the locker room and bag stor­age. It’s sort of hor­ri­ble that such an ex­pen­sive item has be­come dis­pos­able out here, but that’s the way it is. They’re heavy enough to pos­si­bly be dier­ence mak­ers when weigh­ing lug­gage at the air­port, and the equip­ment trucks are loaded with them if we ever need one.At the US Open at Shin­necock this year, a bunch of play­ers got caught with­out um­brel­las dur­ing some un­ex­pected rain Fri­day morn­ing.

You might think that’s in­cred­i­ble, a cad­die risk­ing per­for­mance in a ma­jor cham­pi­onship to save 400 grams of freight. But when all the stu is free, the mind-set be­comes how to free your­self from it.

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