Look, I can admit it…I’m getting older. My tastes are changing. My preferences have evolved. I once searched high and low and paid top dollar for a yellow Nike Golf Tour shirt that was the exact same as the one Anthony Kim wore in his victorious 2008 season. It had a black swoosh on the chest and a white one on the sleeve. I coveted it.
And now I’m on the older side of 30, and I care more about fit and tailoring than I do about logos. And so Nike did a very smart move in segmenting its apparel lines into Tour Performance including Tiger Woods, Sport, and Tour Premium. I had a chance to briefly see everything in the Fall and as I thumbed through all the garments I began to think about all the occasions where I would wear each line. The Tour Premium collection makes me feel stylish on the course and allows me to support the Swoosh without being in-your-face about it.
And so now my golf apparel collection includes the Tour Performance line and now the Tour Premium line. My first review is of the Woven Front Polo which retails for $100.
The premium garments are all synthetic which means it has the appearance of a cotton garment but the feel of soft, stretchy, and flexible. The designers clearly kept in mind the importance of being able to take full swings and durability. The design is clearly different than the Tour Performance collection. It’s a slim fit vs. standard fit, and along with that, the sleeves are shorter which I like. There is no swoosh on the chest or sleeve, but instead on the back right shoulder, similar to where the TW Platinum swoosh was. Except this one is a little more visible.
I’m going to be honest here. The fit is not going to be for everyone. If you are built like Charl Schwartzel or Ross Fisher, this is for you. Even Tiger himself might be a little bulky up top for Nike’s slim fit. Because it has a more tailored fit, the arm holes are higher which might feel uncomfortable for some. I did find it a little snug in the chest, but my better half assured me that I looked good. The length is also good for tucking in, but laid untucked, say, after a round, the shirt looks suitable for wear. Here are the official benefits of the polo:
- Dri-FIT fabric to wick away sweat and help keep you dry and comfortable
- Slim fit for a snug, comfortable feel
- Foldover collar with concealed snap placket for polo styling
- Seam taping at shoulders, sides and back for durability
- Stretch fabric for a motion-friendly fit
The Woven Front polo is just full of subtle design features. The polo has a covered placket with three metal snap buttons. The flap pocket has a single metal grommet on the upper right corner and a button hole, although no button, that is in grey stitching. The side piping also has grey stitching, as does the the piping going up the middle of the back. There are also metal grommets on the sides where the bottom splits for added comfort. The swoosh is in silver and feels like a lightweight rubber screen print. Inside the collar is a felt like material to be comfortable around the neck. There is also some grey piping for extra styling.
- Chest pocket with tee holder for easy access
- Fabric: Body: Dri-FIT 86% polyester/14% spandex. Back panel/Sleeves: Dri-FIT 92% nylon/8% spandex.
Room for Improvement
The shirt is pretty flawless, so these are just my personal suggestions, but here is how I would improve on the Woven Front polo in future models. For the white version, I would include a black inside collar (where the felt is). The black color would add some contrast but would also help prevent staining from ring around the collar. The white version of the shirt is transparent when wet, so non-white colorways might be a good idea.
If your lifestyle has a more tailored vibe, then the Tour Premium apparel line will allow you to take that same lifestyle onto the course. The Woven Front polo is certainly slim fit, so if you love the look, make sure you try it on if you can. Slender frames work best in these garments. The sleeve length is ideal for me and I am sure you will see that other Nike Athletes have taken a preference for shorter sleeves. The performance has not been compromised at all. The Woven Front is extremely breathable, light weight and can withstand an enormous amount of stretch. The white version is best paired with black or grey pants or shorts – See how Charl is going to wear it during Round 1 at the U.S. Open.