The 2021 Masters, only five months removed from the major's first fall iteration, was a welcome return to normalcy. “Hello, friends” greeted us on TV, patrons returned to Augusta's hills, and the Golden Bells behind the twelfth hole bloomed once again, providing the picturesque backdrop for one of the most famous holes in the world.
Golf is back—in more ways than one—giving us weekend hackers a glimpse of optimism after months of alternating between hibernating and quarantining.
Golf.com reports that 2020 saw a record number of rounds, as Americans teed it up 20% more than they did in the previous year. But that begs the question, will the boom keep going, like a Bryson drive, or will our golf affair be short-lived? With “normal” on the horizon, will we still browse tee times while working from home, or will our new clubs start gathering dust?
Some of us hit enough good shots in 2020 to keep our dreams of the Champions Tour alive. That motivation, combined with enough time away from a fairway can lead to a flurry of online shopping before our first round of the season. Sam Snead said, “Nobody asked how you looked, just what you shot.” But, if your wardrobe inspires a little bit of confidence, what's the harm right?
Watching professional golfers gives us an undeserving bout of self-assurance. We feel we can mimic their tempo from our couches, or sink 12-footers with ease. The shot-tracer that's been drawing a straight line on our television all week is what our ball flight looks like too, right?
Easier said than done, and there's a reason we're not traveling the world getting paid to throw logos on our polos and hats. Fortunately, there is plenty of new gear that's designed to help us look the part of a card-carrying pro—even when our weekends boast more gimmes than birdies. And while the Saddle shoes of yesteryear may be making a comeback there's plenty of new golf attire and accessories to keep you looking cleaner than an Augusta National fairway as we welcome in the new season.