Joel Tad­man tells us why the clothes you wear can be just as im­por­tant as the clubs you swing

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row­ing up play­ing golf as a teenager, I was never one who fully em­braced the con­cept of lay­er­ing. In fact, my in­abil­ity to check the weather fore­cast prior to leav­ing the house (this was pre-smart­phone days) of­ten left me ei­ther too hot or too cold and cer­tainly ru­ing my choice of out­fit as I stepped onto the first tee.

Add in the fact I liked to tee off rel­a­tively early, and there­fore the tem­per­a­ture could change by up to 15 de­grees from the start to the end of the round, and it made not em­ploy­ing proper lay­er­ing all the more re­gret­ful.

Most days, the base layer was the most se­ri­ous of­fender – it’s the gar­ment that seems like such a good idea at the time, but in­evitably you end up strip­ping half naked on the eighth tee drip­ping with sweat try­ing to main­tain your dig­nity as you re­move it, while also not hold­ing up play. It’s worth say­ing here that mod­ern base lay­ers have im­proved im­mea­sur­ably in re­cent years and I now have no such prob­lem!

GLos­ing fo­cus The point of this tale is that when you’re wear­ing the wrong out­fit for the en­vi­ron­ment you’re fac­ing out on the course, it can of­ten con­sume your mind and fo­cus, dis­tract­ing you from what re­ally mat­ters – play­ing good golf. You start think­ing about The right out­fit leaves you free to fo­cus on your game

Our two golfers go­ing through their FootJoy ap­parel makeover

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