Happy New Year to all Nike Golf fans! Here are some of my notes to kick off 2017 – going forward, these will include a list of observations, release info, rumors, and highlights about all facets of Nike Golf. Suggestions welcome to our Twitter account. Here we go:
Nike Golf is once against taking a bold step with golf fashion. If you thought bringing tights with shorts, collarless polos, and joggers was out of bounds, it seems the company is doubling down this season with items such as the Coaches Golf Blazer and a $60 Crew neck t-shirt. One thing is certain – Nike is definitely leading in innovation and change in golf apparel.
Jason Day’s Lexus Logo on Apparel
New promotional photos on Nike Golf’s website show that Day will have the logo of his corporate sponsor, Lexus, on the left sleeve of his Nike shirt. This was confirmed this week during his practice sessions and press conference at the SBS Tournament of Champions. This is particularly notable because Nike Golf contracts in the past have commanded full coverage of an athlete’s apparel, meaning that no other sponsor could have placement on a hat, shirt, or other apparel. This make mark a change for the rest of the Nike athletes and what their apparel may look like going forward.
Equipment Changes for Nike Athletes
With Nike out of the equipment, ball, and bag business, many of the athletes have tested out or signed equipment deals with other manufacturers. This month’s most reported change was Rory McIlory’s switch to a combination of Callaway, Titleist, and Odyssey equipment, along with the 2017 ProV1x ball. Tony Finau also debuted his new bag that included a combination of Ping, Callaway, Titleist, and Scotty Cameron. Meanwhile, JJ Spaun signed with Srixon and Patrick Rodgers signed with Callaway. Recent photos of Paul Casey showed him with a TaylorMade driver and Titleist ball and Jhonnatan Vegas was spotted with Mizuno irons. You can stay up to date with all the equipment changes at Jonathan Wall’s post here. He is pretty much the authoritative media figure on equipment.
New Colorway for Lunar Control Vapor
Early January saw the release of the fourth of five colorways for the Lunar Control Vapor. To go along the white, black, and wolf grey colorways, Nike recently released the khaki colorway, officially labeled as Cargo Khaki/Palm Green/Light Bone/Lava Glow. The Cargo Khaki and Palm Green combination seems to be a major theme in this year’s apparel line.