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How do the pros get their logos on their hats and shirts?

post #1 of 24
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I am curious, where do the pros get their logos on their hats and shirts? I know that some of the hats are normal hats like anyone can buy, but others have a mixture of logos that did not come that way from the factory.

Like when Freddie wears an Ashworth shirt with a Cadillac logo.

I know that there are tour vans that do club and shaft and grip fitting. Are there vans that put on the logos? Does a pro show up at an event and find x number of balls, y number of gloves, z number of hats, and z number of shirts ready to go in a locker or meet someone in a hotel room or tent? Does Ernie show up somewhere with a box of shirts he got from one vendor, and hats that he gets from another vendor, and a lady or gentleman sits and puts SAP on all of them for him?

Are there "artist relations" type people from each sponsor that works all this stuff out?

I always wanted to know this type of stuff.

Let me know if you know.

Thanks,

Tim
post #2 of 24
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Re: How do the pros get their logos on their hats and shirts?

I know how the logo machine works. I have watched them put stuff on hats and shirts at the mall, I am not asking about the technology, I am interested in how it happens.
post #3 of 24

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My best guess is that the player has the hats and shirts that they will use for the year/month/week whatever, and has someone put the company logo on them. Probably not a difficult process, just need to find someone to do it. They may even send the shirts/hats to that sponsoring company and they take care of it.
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The PGA owns and operates a Guatemalan textile sweat-shop which is set up specifically to handle the sewing of logos on both hats and shirts for all Tour players. The good news is that the facility is located on the grounds of a Pete Dye designed golf course, and the sweat-shop employees get discounted greens fees after club hours.
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Re: How do the pros get their logos on their hats and shirts?

Seriously laughing out loud.
post #6 of 24

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Originally Posted by Über$winG View Post
The PGA owns and operates a Guatemalan textile sweat-shop which is set up specifically to handle the sewing of logos on both hats and shirts for all Tour players. The good news is that the facility is located on the grounds of a Pete Dye designed golf course, and the sweat-shop employees get discounted greens fees after club hours.
Do they play with out the backdoor clubs sold in Hong Kong? or do they get a 10% discount in the PGA store?
post #7 of 24

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i dont know how they do it but i found a cool Bridgestone golf shirt on Ebay a few years ago that had Bridgestone Golf on the chest, a Precept logo on the side of the collar, and another Precept logo on one of the sleeves. never seen one like that before.
post #8 of 24

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The company PR and contract guys basically fight it out for space via contracts.
post #9 of 24

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With an embroiderer, duh.
post #10 of 24

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I had the opportunity to visit the Taylor Made tour van a few weeks ago... Besides all of the clubs they had stacks of visors, hats, and shirts in one of the closets inside the van... At least 20-25 of the hats that Mike Weir (Weir Golf on the side)wears were in there... I didn't ask but I'm sure he just walks in and gets a new one when he needs it...
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Originally Posted by apex53 View Post
I had the opportunity to visit the Taylor Made tour van a few weeks ago... Besides all of the clubs they had stacks of visors, hats, and shirts in one of the closets inside the van... At least 20-25 of the hats that Mike Weir (Weir Golf on the side)wears were in there... I didn't ask but I'm sure he just walks in and gets a new one when he needs it...
I wonder how many pink visors the Ping van carries for Bubba Watson.
post #12 of 24
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Re: How do the pros get their logos on their hats and shirts?

With an embroiderer, duh.
I was very specific that I understand the mechanical process of putting logos on material, but I am very curious how this works on tour. For example, I saw a picture of Ernie Els wearing a shirt that had SAP on the left breast logo position, and Mercedes Benz on the right sleeve. And you would think that it would have been an Adidas shirt. So there is some person in the background who is either sending shirts to SAP and then to Mercedes Benz, or there is an embroiderer who has both those logos in their computer and Ernie sends his shirts to that vendor with his contract requirements.

It is ok with me if you don't think about this kind of stuff, but I do.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by jonnythan View Post
The company PR and contract guys basically fight it out for space via contracts.
I absolutely do understand this part. I know that different positions have different values. I remember that part of Phil M's new contract a few years ago was that he had to start wearing a hat with his new sponsors logo, to make the type of money that they were willing to pay.
post #14 of 24

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Probably like many other sports.. the sponsers send them out, actually a good question.. who does the shirt Barclay or Callaway for instance?
post #15 of 24

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Pro golfers have Agents like other pro athletes, for things like contract negotiations and finding endorsement deals.

I would assume the Agent (the firm) would be the "single point of contact," responsible for gathering the clothing and the logos, attaching everything together, and delivering them to the venues each week.

For someone like Tiger who has only a single sponsor on his clothing, Nike probably takes the reins and delivers everything to each venue. No need for IMG (Tiger's agency) to be involved.
post #16 of 24

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I used to work for the Greg Norman Collection so I am sure it works everywhere else how it worked there. We had Vantage apparel do our embroidery for us. Logo's would be sent to us and we would have them digitized and set up on machines to emboider on our shirts. We could them ship embroidered shirts anywhere from several Vantage locations. Fairly certain every company is hooked up with some large embroiderer to take care of their needs.
post #17 of 24

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I'm sorry, but I'm so confused. The TT says "How do the pros get their logos on their hats and shirts" Then when someone says with an embroiderer you flame them.
post #18 of 24

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I'm still tring to figure out where pros and teachers get those awesome Callaway straw hats. Us mere mortals cant seem to find any.
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