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More Cold Weather Training Tips

As we’ve mentioned before, just because the weather outside is cold and unforgiving does not mean that your golf game has to suffer from it. Carnoustie Sportswear not only believes that golf wear is made to be worn year round, but playing golf is meant for all 12 months of the year as well. Rather than posting up on the couch when the thermostat dips, utilizing that time to improve your golf knowledge and expertise will only pay dividends when the snow melts and the courses are green. We’ll take a look at some other steps you can take to make your offseason more beneficial.

Nets are Your Friend

A piece of golf equipment often overlooked is a standing net. Much like what kickers in the NFL use to warm up on the sidelines, investing in a similar net can pay massive dividends for your golf swing. Wearing your golf pants and other golf attire will also make hitting balls into a net much more beneficial, as it will simulate conditions as well as you can indoors. A net will allow you some flexibility in terms of angles and clubs, while also allowing you to swing in an enclosed space without fear of breaking any valuables.

Stretch

Golf is not just a game of inches, but a game of continual twisting and turning. Whether you have a powerful and quick-turning swing or have to stand at an awkward angle in a bunker, your body may be unforgiving of the odd positions you make it assume. With this in mind, taking up a stretching regimen will help make sure your body is used to the torsion and explosiveness a golf swing requires when the spring rolls around. You may not be used to yoga, but it can be a big help in creating flexibility as well as giving you another physical activity with which to occupy your time if your local golf course is covered in snow. Golf pants are great, but they aren’t meant to be worn out in below-freezing temperatures, so opt for some stretches instead. Better yet, do some trunk or shoulder stretches with your clubs in hand will help your body stay used to handling a golf club.

Read Golf Technique

Reading books is a great way to spend the time when you’re snowed in. There are countless books on topics from the best golf ball, what golf apparel is best for the course, golf etiquette, golf history, and especially golf technique. Maybe you’ve developed a slice you can’t shake or you’re looking for a way to get more loft on your chip shots. Reading a book that covers the subject can help you begin formulating more ideas for your game and give you ways to visualize your game you never encountered before. It may also enlighten you on a topic or a method you had never heard about, giving you ample time to practice before hitting the links.

Get Used to Your Golf Apparel

Golf gear, as comfortable as it is off the rack, can always use some getting used to. Golf shorts and trousers can certainly take some getting used to, especially if you are investing in a new brand like Carnoustie Sportswear. Taking some of our advice and practicing with a net or stretching with your golf clubs are great steps, but go even further and wear what you would wear on the course. Breaking in your new golf polos and pants will make them that much more comfortable when the season begins.

Carnoustie Sportswear wants you to be ready for the next golf season, and taking the winter off is the last thing you should do. Instead, use the colder months to improve your game, buy some new golf apparel, and for mental preparation. When you are ready for that new gear, shop our wide variety of golf clothing and apparel and look and feel your best on the links!

Shorts on the Golf Course

Here at Carnoustie Sportswear, we want men and women to look and feel their best out on the golf course, regardless of temperature or other playing conditions. If you are a fan of the sport, you may have caught a tournament or two on television and noticed something; golfers on the professional tour do not wear shorts, nor are they allowed to do so. You may be wondering if something is wrong and questioning your recent purchase of several pairs of golf shorts and contemplating exchanging them for some more appropriate golf trousers. While there is no wrong answer here, today we want to take a look at why shorts are an okay option for your next golf outing and why you don’t need to worry if you don’t look like a golfer on tour.

Weather Dictates Your Outfit

When dressing for a round of eighteen with your normal group, you should plan your outfit according to the weather that day. If you’re playing out in Scottsdale in the dead of summer, wearing a half-zip golf jacket and pants probably doesn’t make sense. Rather, you want to be comfortable in what you’re wearing and know that you can easily make it through several hours of play. Your golf shorts can be broken out when the weather calls for it, and the same goes for your jackets and windbreakers.

Most Courses Have Loosened Their Dress Code

For a while, golf was associated with higher social classes and played by people who could afford it. With that in mind, private and public golf courses alike often held dress codes when it came to golf attire. From ladies golf clothes to men’s golf polos and trousers, there were continual minute details each course would demand players adhere to. Nowadays, as golf courses and the game itself aims to be accessible to a wider audience, the dress code has also loosened up. Now, golf shorts are allowed, hats and cell phones are no longer seen as a nuisance, and a player’s golf fashion does not have to fall within certain limitations. With that in mind, Carnoustie Sportswear has plenty of golf clothes and apparel for women and men who are looking for more options in their links wardrobe.

You’re Not a Professional

You might be a professional golfer, but in most cases the casual golfer plays not for competition but for a hobby. In such cases, players will not be subject to the rules of any sort of governing body of golf or their rules. This means there is, for the most part, no one who can tell you what to wear on what course, other than the course itself. You are not subject to a monetary fine if you don’t wear golf pants on the course, so you have the freedom to wear your favorite pair of shorts during any golf excursion.

Carnoustie Sportswear wants to ensure that our customers are comfortable and fashionable on the golf course. Men’s and women’s golf apparel and attire is our specialty, and we will make sure you look great no matter when or where you play next. Shop our fall collection today and get ready to be the best dressed on the green!

2016 Gift Guide for Male Golfers

The holiday shopping season is here! If you have golfers on your list, we have the high-end golf apparel and best golf shirts that they really want. Check out our 2017 gift guide for the male golfers in your life and get all of your shopping done for them today. 

Place an Order for High-End Golf Apparel Today

For the Golfer Who is New to the Game

Cotton Diamond Jacquard Polo

$105

This is one of the most popular items in our online store because it's one of the best golf shirts in the world. The shirt has a classic fit with a three pearl-button placket and comfortable collar. It can be washed in the machine, too, so it's easy to keep clean after a long day on the green. Available in four different gorgeous colors. Pick one (or four!) up for your favorite golfer and they'll be wearing them on and off the green.

For the Golfer Who Doesn't Want to Stop for the Weather

Line Button Mock Pullover

$183

This mock pullover is perfect for cooler days on the green. It's even lined so you can stay warm on the coolest days without giving up your tee time. The brushed cotton feels good against your skin, too. Hand-wash this pullover to help it retain it's shape and color. It's available in gray, black, or brown so you can coordinate it with virtually anything. Perfect for the avid golfer who doesn't want to leave the green when cold weather arrives!

For the Golfer Who Has a Meeting Afterwards

Modern Plaid Woven Button-Down Shirt

$145

This is a gorgeous modern plaid button-down shirt that looks as good on the golf course as it does at a meeting or dinner afterwards. This shirt has a classic fit with a pocket over the left breast, perfect for golfing pencils and business cards. You can wash this shirt by hand or machine wash it in cold water on the gentle cycle to keep it looking its best. Perfect for the busy golfer who needs to go from golf course to business meeting without missing a beat.

For the Golfer Who Already Loves High-End Apparel

Merino Wool Vest

$155

A merino wool vest is an ideal thing to pull on over your regular golfing shirts to give yourself a little extra warmth on a chillier day. It has a nice quarter-length zipper on the front so you can adjust for ventilation. It's available in five fantastic colors chosen to coordinate with all of our polo and button-down golfing shirts. Perfect for the golfer who is already a fan of Carnoustie Sportswear!

For the Golfer Who Needs to Up Their Game

Plaid Cotton Shorts

$95

Golfing shorts can be good looking, and these plaid cotton shorts are proof. They are cut from 100% cotton and sewn with a flat front so they look modern while still looking clean and crisp. You'll love the Orchid blue color with gray check that coordinates with so much of your favorite high-end golf apparel. Perfect for the golfer who needs to up their apparel game out on the golf course!

We have even more on our website that's perfect for the golfing fans in your life. Place an order for all the high-end golf apparel that you need so complete your shopping list today! 

Great New Year's Resolutions for Golfers

The New Year is coming! For avid golfers, this is a chance to make a New Year's resolution about improving your game. What should be on your New Year's Resolution list? If you are having trouble thinking of some ideas, we're here to help. Here are some ideas from our team to help you make the perfect resolution for 2017!

What Resolution Will You Make for 2017?

Have a regular tee time. 

If golfers have one complaint, it's that they aren't getting enough time out on the green. Make a resolution for 2017 to get in a little more golf time. One of the best ways to do this is to set a regular tee time and clear your calendar to keep it. Of course, emergencies are going to come up, but by and large if you set a regular time and make it known that you'll be golfing at that time you'll be free to keep it.

Lower your handicap. 

It's every amateur golfers dream to break into a single digit handicap. If you've been struggling in the double digits for a while, make it a goal this year to break that single digit barrier. Of course, the best way to do this is to spend more time out on the golf courses. A regular tee time (see above!) could be the answer.

Find a serious golfing buddy.

While you might know a variety of people who are happy to go out on the golf course, but they might not be the kind of golfing partner you really need to help you reach your full golfing potential. Make a goal of finding a buddy who can help you keep that regular tee time and get better at your favorite game. You can do this by talking to some of your fellow golfing buddies about your goals and ask them if they are interested in partnering up with you.

Perfect your swing. 

Practice, practice, practice. That's the best way to achieve this 2017 resolution! You'll need to spend a lot of time at the golfing range hitting balls, but it's the best way to get better at your swing. If you are really serious about making this resolution a reality, you might consider hiring a golfing coach to help you.

Improve your gear.

Sometimes the improvement doesn't need to happen with yourself, but with the gear that you are using. If you've been "making do" with your golf gear for a while now, maybe this should be the year that you step up your game and invest in nicer golfing gear. This could include your golf apparel, too, 

In fact, your golf apparel plays an important role in your game! Make sure you have the high-end golf apparel that can help you achieve your goals. Comfortable golf apparel helps you concentrate on the game instead of on your clothing. If you are serious about your golfing resolution, make sure you have the high-end golf apparel to help you achieve your goals. Place an order with us today and get all the high-end golf apparel you need!

Improve Your Game in Cold Weather

Golfing in winter may be a pleasurable experience for those who live in Arizona, but for much of the country, winter means putting an end to your golf season. Whether you prefer to avoid the freezing temperatures, or don’t have access to a year-round golf course, there are ways you can continue to improve your game.

Go to an Indoor Range

While you may not enjoy hitting the driving range during the warmer months, heading to the indoor range during the winter can be the best way to improve your game in the off season. At an indoor range, you’ll be able to exercise your swing at full-force. Best of all, many of these facilities have coaches on hand who can analyze your swing and help you improve for the upcoming season.

Putt Anywhere You Can

If you think you need a bunch of fancy equipment to set up an in-home putting green, think again. You can, and should, putt anywhere you have room. Simply place a coffee mug or sturdy ceramic cup on its side and putt away. It won’t give you the exact sensation of putting on the green, but it will let you improve your swing and your aim on a daily basis. Since it requires minimal equipment, you might even be able to set up an impromptu putting area in your office. Keep a spare putter with you so you can practice during those never-ending sales calls.

Forget the Ball

Golf is a game that involves incredible muscle memory. Luckily, all you need to do to keep your muscles in adequate shape is practice your swing. Find a clear space in your living room, garage, basement, or bedroom. Make sure all fragile items are out of your way and warn your family that you’ll be practicing your golf swing. Grab your club, and start swinging. Since you don’t have to focus on where your ball is headed, you’ll be able to shift your attention to your swing. You’d be surprised how much your swing and your muscle awareness can improve when you’re not focusing on that tiny white orb.

Head to the Gym

Going to the gym is a fantastic way to stay in shape during the colder months. We’re not suggesting that you need to start running several miles a day, but you should exercise! Walk on the treadmill to simulate walking between holes and lift weights to keep your muscles strong and active. For best results, work with a personal trainer. They’ll be able to design a fitness regimen that will strengthen the muscles you use most in your game.

Watch the Pros

Don’t be afraid to spend some time on the couch, watching professional golfers do what they do best. Simply observing their technique and seeing the way they handle the trickiest shots can help you better analyze your own performance.

Get New Gear

Keep your equipment and your wardrobe fresh over the winter. Clear out your old and worn shirts and order the best golf shirts from Carnoustie Sportswear. Having a new wardrobe will help you feel ready for the upcoming season, even if you’re not able to hit the course during the colder months.

Check out our selection of the best golf shirts for fall. Our new outerwear selection is the perfect addition to every golfer’s cold-weather wardrobe. Order today and get free shipping on all orders over 150 dollars!

Play Your Best, Even in Cold Weather

November is here, and that means cold weather is just around the corner. Rather than staying indoors, watching reruns of golf tournaments, you should be out on the course, playing round after round with your friends and colleagues. At Carnoustie Sportswear, we believe that golf is a year-round sport as long as you use the right high-end golf apparel to stay warm! However, if you’re one of those dedicated summer golfers who believes that cold weather will ruin your game, we’re here to help. Here are a few tips to help you play your best, even during the coldest weather.

Ditch the Cart

Everyone knows that physical activity can increase your body temperature. While this is a downside during hot summer days, it’s a wonderful side effect of exercise in the winter. Instead of using your favorite golf cart to travel between holes, walk the course! Not only will you get more exercise every round, you’ll also stay warmer during your game! Best of all, walking keeps your muscles loose throughout your game, helping improve your swing and boost your game!

Remember to Wear Layers

When the temperatures drop, be sure to dress for the weather. The mornings are chilly in late autumn, but the afternoons do still get warm. Start with a light base layer, like one of our short sleeve polo shirts, and layer up from there. A high-quality merino wool sweater is the perfect way to stay warm in milder temperatures and the breathable material will keep you from overheating should you need a heavy winter jacket to combat a frosty morning.

Keep Your Ball in Your Pocket

Cold weather does more than get your nose running; it alters the flight pattern of your golf ball. When exposed to cold temperatures, golf balls simply won’t travel as far as they usually do. Even when your swing is perfect, a cold golf ball will result in diminished performance. Keep your ball in your pocket in between holes. This will keep the core warmer and help each shot fly farther.

Always Remember Your Gloves

In the summer, a glove is necessary to help you keep sweat from interfering with your game, but in winter, you’ll need them to keep your hands warm. Even a small layer of protection against the elements can help you maintain control over your club throughout your game. Since golf gloves are so thin, wear an additional glove as you play, or use your golf glove as a liner for a thicker, insulated glove. Consider using hand warmers in your pockets to keep your hands warm as you walk the course.

Don’t Forget Your Socks

Like your hands, your feet will bear the brunt of the cold weather. Most golf shoes simply aren’t insulated against cold temperatures! Instead of suffering through a game with cold toes, wear an extra pair of socks, or opt for your favorite pair of athletic wool socks. Not only will the wool help reduce sweat, it will also keep your feet warmer if your shoes get wet.

This winter, be prepared for all that the weather can throw at you. Browse our fall collection today and order the best high-end golf apparel from Carnoustie Sportswear so you can enjoy your favorite sport year-round. 

Improve Your Game with These Tips

You’ve mastered your drives, figured out how to properly chip out of a bunker, and have looked like a pro when you hit the course wearing the best golf shirts from Carnoustie Sportswear. However, there’s a good chance you struggle on the green. Once you remove the flag and stare at your angle of approach, something happens to make you miss your shot. We’ve all been there, and today, we’ll share a few tips that helped us improve our performance on the green.

BE GENTLE

Unlike the rest of the game, when you line up to hit your ball, be gentle. Remember, on the green, your goal should be to help your ball roll into the cup. You don’t want to hit the ball. Instead, tap it! One of the most common causes for missed shots is due to hitting your ball too hard. Putting takes skill, patience, and a gentle hand.

FOCUS ON YOUR TARGET

We’ve all made the mistake of staring at our ball too long when lining up a shot. If you focus exclusively on the position of your putter and ball, you’ll find that you’ll miss the shot. Instead, shift your focus to a few inches in front of the ball and keep your eye on the target. Your focus should be on the arc of the putt rather than on your ball’s position. Trust your hands. They’ll know where to go.

KEEP YOUR WRISTS LOCKED

Rather than relying on wrist movement to provide a gentle tap on the ball, keep your wrists locked. Once you flex your wrists as you take your shot, you may end up sending the ball in a direction you didn’t want it to go. That’s because the more movement you have in your wrists, the more the angle of the putter changes. Keep your putter in line with your target, swing gently, and sink the shot.

We hope these tips help you the next time you line up at the green. Let Carnoustie Sportswear help you take your game to the next level with the best golf shirts available. Shop our collection today!

Making Sense of Slang - Part 2

In our last post, we looked at three interesting slang terms commonly used on the course. Today, we’ll take a look at four more terms!

ROLL THE EGG

This term is commonly used when golfers are on the green. In this context, the phrase refers to the proper way to handle the ball. Experienced golfers understand that the best way to play a ball on the green is with a gentle hand. There’s a fine line between using too much force and using too little. The best way to think about sinking your putt is to think of the ball as an egg. While the ball won’t crack with a hard hit, it will overshoot the hole. Be gentle, roll your egg, and watch it fall into the cup.

FOOT WEDGE

A foot wedge refers to a sly way to cheat without attracting too much attention from fellow golfers. When your ball is in a bad position, you may be tempted to nudge it with your toe or club to place it in a better position. This tactic is referred to as a foot wedge and is commonly utilized in casual play by inexperienced golfers.

MULLIGAN

This is probably the best-known golf term out there. A mulligan refers to a do-over after a golfer has a bad shot. While do-overs are not legal in tournaments or formal games, many golfers make allowances for them during practice games or casual rounds.

OVERCOOKED SHOT

An overcooked shot happens when a golfer hits the ball too hard, resulting in a severe curve or inaccurate shot. Often, the ball falls in an inconvenient location or makes the next shot more difficult.

Next time you hit the course, be sure to do so in style. Order the best golf shirts from Carnoustie Sportswear and save on our summer closeout now!

Making Sense of Slang - Part 1

Golf is one of those sports with an ever evolving vocabulary. It seems like every year new terms and slang is created by people seeking a new way to express the sport. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the more unique phrases we’ve heard on the course.

FIRST TEE SYNDROME

This is one of the most common issues new golfers have to overcome. First tee syndrome refers to the buildup of nerves and jitters prior to hitting the first shot of the day. Many newer golfers struggle with to overcome the idea that the quality of their game is determined by their performance on the first tee. Nothing could be further from the truth. No matter how far along you get in the course, you’ll always have the opportunity to improve your game.

IN MY POCKET

When a golfer concedes a hole and picks up the ball to clear the green, they’ll often tell the other players that the ball is “in my pocket” as an indication that they will not continue to play the hole.

YIPS

Yips is a common problem for newer golfers and occasionally experienced professionals. It refers to the jitters one gets on the green that leads the player to fidget. Golfers suffering from the yips will often struggle to find a good grip on their club, shift weight from foot to foot for several minutes prior to teeing off, and otherwise appear twitchy. This behavior can come and go depending on your comfort level playing a course.

Check back next week for more interesting terms we’ve heard on the course and stock up on the best golf shirts from Carnoustie Sportswear. Check out our sale and save up to 50 percent!

Be Prepared for Your Next Tournament

No matter how experienced you are, tournaments can be nerve wracking. You spend months preparing your game, perfecting your grip and your swing, and pushing yourself to play to the best of your ability. All the practice you put in will come in handy come gameday, but there are still some things you can do to prepare for the tournament right up until you tee off.

GET THERE EARLY

The last thing you want to do the morning of the tournament is feel rushed. Get to the course at least an hour before your tee time. This will let you prepare your mind for the game, analyze the course one last time, and prepare your strategy before you set up your first shot. Golf is just as much a mental game as a physical one. Take the time to visualize the course before you tee off.

DON'T SKIP THE WARM-UP

Since you’ll already be at the course, take a few minutes to warm up before your tee time. Stretch your shoulders, wrists, and back so you can make the most of your swing without causing muscle strain. Consider taking a few practice swings off the practice tee before you start your round. This will let you find the right swing for each club and will help get your mind focused on the game.

REMEMBER TO BREATHE

Even experienced golfers get nervous before a tournament. Nerves have a way of making your muscles tense and this can do a lot of damage to your golf performance. If you notice that your shoulders are bunching up or becoming stiff, take a few deep breaths. Inhale for ten seconds and exhale for 15. This exercise will take your mind off of the competition, help your body relax, and let you regain your focus. Best of all, you can do it before every shot to stay relaxed throughout your round.


While mental preparedness will help you perform well during your tournament, you’ll also want to show up looking like a pro. Carnoustie Sportswear has the best high end golf apparel for your game. Browse our styles today and look sharp at your next tournament.