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Blue Jeans? (Rory McIlroy Nike Announcement)

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Fourputt    922

I became a Rory McIlroy fan today.  Did anyone else notice that during the official announcement with Nike, Rory was wearing blue jeans (or at least what certainly looked like blue denim)?  Is Nike making blue jeans now?  Maybe they will finally become less despised as cool weather golf apparel.  I thought it an interesting wardrobe choice for a major golf and sports media event.

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iacas    4,182
Originally Posted by Fourputt

I became a Rory McIlroy fan today.  Did anyone else notice that during the official announcement with Nike, Rory was wearing blue jeans (or at least what certainly looked like blue denim)?  Is Nike making blue jeans now?  Maybe they will finally become less despised as cool weather golf apparel.  I thought it an interesting wardrobe choice for a major golf and sports media event.

I'm not sure what your point is here... Are you just trying to whip people into a frenzy again?

I have only two things to say about jeans on the golf course:

  1. I don't care if someone else wears them, but I also support courses that have a policy of "no jeans."
  2. Jeans are almost exactly the opposite of a good material for an athletic activity. They're heavy, aren't particularly warm, don't stretch, and absorb water (and sweat) like it's their sole purpose in life. Many, MANY other fabrics are better for golf.

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MSchott    38
Originally Posted by boogielicious

+1 on Erik's comments.  Cotton and athletic activities don't go together if you sweat at all.


I disagree. Of course today there are many great man made fabrics that wick sweat away from the body and that is great. I don't like how these new materials feel against my skin. I'm good with cotton shorts and polo style shirts. Yeah I sweat through the shirt when it's hot but I'm comfortable.

Regarding jeans, I agree with Erik. They are not comfortable to wear when golfing. Too heavy and too hot.

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divot dave    22
Originally Posted by boogielicious

+1 on Erik's comments.  Cotton and athletic activities don't go together if you sweat at all.

except for cotton t shirts... especially if you want to "look" like you worked really hard at whatever you were doing. I prefer grey cotton t's. A half mile on the treadmill and I look like I ran a marathon.

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zipazoid    266

I got over wearing jeans on the golf course when I was like 16. But it's amazing how many golfers show up to play wearing them only to be told they can't, and end up buying an overpriced pair of pants at the pro shop...or not playing.

Re Rory in jeans for the photo-op, good for him. But I doubt that translates to some kind of fashion trend where we'll be seeing jeans on the course. At least I hope not.

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Fourputt    922
Originally Posted by zipazoid

I got over wearing jeans on the golf course when I was like 16. But it's amazing how many golfers show up to play wearing them only to be told they can't, and end up buying an overpriced pair of pants at the pro shop...or not playing.

Re Rory in jeans for the photo-op, good for him. But I doubt that translates to some kind of fashion trend where we'll be seeing jeans on the course. At least I hope not.

For public golf in Colorado where I played most of my golf, jeans were the pants of choice for more players than not in fall and winter.  They are worn casually for just about any and every outdoor activity from skiing to hiking to golf.  Maybe because of it's "old west" heritage, but denim is an accepted fabric choice at all but the most upscale golf venues.

I wouldn't wear jeans to play golf in Florida either, but then I wouldn't wear them for just about anything in any hot, humid environment - that's what shorts are for.  I live in shorts here on the island.  But where it's cool and dry jeans are quite comfortable.  I lived in jeans for virtually my entire working life, wore them all winter whether for work or play, and have worn them for playing golf when weather and course policy allowed.  I'm simply more comfortable in plain old blue jeans than just about anything else.  I've always been just a bit uncomfortable in "formal" dress.  I'm a laid back, casual, blue collar kind of guy (and no, I don't own a tank type undershirt).  That doesn't make me coarse, crude, or rude.  It's simply my preferred path through life.  I have good friends who don't even own a garment made of denim, but that doesn't make us any less friends because I do and he doesn't.  It's just a choice - it shouldn't inspire the hate that it seems bring out in some internet golfers.

Like one of the comments above, for a shirt, I also prefer cotton next to my skin.  It absorbs perspiration and cools by evaporation like a swamp cooler.  It's softer and more comfortable than the clammy, plastic feel of many of the artificial fabrics, yet it also provides better warmth in cooler weather.

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Beachcomber    204

I've been waiting for jeans to be recognized as a universally approved golf garment for awhile.  Can't wait to sport mine... GO RORS!

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Dave2512    275

I found it odd only that it really wasn't a good look, kind of sloppily thrown together at best. Though I wish I could have gotten a better look. For all we know that's Nike's version of the modern golf pants other's like Puma are heading towards. But it was more than the jeans. Obviously they've provided him with better looking clothes, the commercial obviously proves that. For him to come out of the fog and lights looking frumpy was weird. I've seen better looking pullovers on the clearance rack.

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iacas    4,182
Originally Posted by Fourputt

They are worn casually for just about any and every outdoor activity from skiing to hiking to golf.  Maybe because of it's "old west" heritage, but denim is an accepted fabric choice

Maybe. Because, again, they're not the best material for anything remotely athletic.

I wear jeans all the time. But I won't wear 'em golfing, disc golfing, hiking, hunting.

I'll wear them fishing, but that's just standing around (in the streams) and the true outerwear there is waders/boots... and come to think of it, I wear cargo pants because they're bigger and have room for long johns beneath.

P.S. I wore long johns beneath my pants when I was in Scotland, too. If you want to feel something against your skin, long johns.

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jamo    703
I like jeans, but I don't think I would wear them on a golf course, even if it became accepted. They're just not comfortable enough when you're moving around. When I go to the indoor driving range in the winter I don't wear jeans, even though I do wear them most days for doing other stuff.

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zipazoid    266
Originally Posted by jamo

I like jeans, but I don't think I would wear them on a golf course, even if it became accepted. They're just not comfortable enough when you're moving around. When I go to the indoor driving range in the winter I don't wear jeans, even though I do wear them most days for doing other stuff.

Right. Besides the just, I dunno, 'out of place' look of jeans on the course, they're just not practical. Stick a couple of golf balls & a handful of tees in the front pocket of some tight jeans & try to fish a ball out. Not to mention jamo's point of moving around or trying to make an athletic swing in jeans.

Golf just lends itself to baggier clothes, imo.

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Ernest Jones    994
Stick a couple of golf balls & a handful of tees in the front pocket of some tight jeans & try to fish a ball out.

People will think you're smuggling plums!

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I just don't think golf and jeans mix well together.  Also it was for a photo shoot.  I'll bet you that we'll never see him wearing them in a round.

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phan52    145

I highly doubt that Rory McIlroy is making a golf fashion statement by wearing jeans at his press event with NIke. And I can guarantee that every single venue where he plies his trade as a PGA Tour player does not allow jeans on their golf course, nor will they ever. Besides the fact that I agree that wearing jeans to play golf is about as uncomfortable a choice I can think of.

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zipazoid    266
Originally Posted by Ernest Jones

People will think you're smuggling plums!

Which reminds me of a joke.

A guy walks up to a golfer, asks what's in his pocket.

Golfer says, "Golf balls."

Guy says, "That anything like tennis elbow?"

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