The Masters begins tomorrow, unofficially kicking off the 2022 golf season. But you can get into the spirit by getting several Masters-themed products that are either now or soon available online.
Linksoul’s Thank You Mr. Elder charity tee shirt honors golf legend Lee Elder who in 1975 became the first Black golfer to play in the Masters – forever weaving his spirit into the game. His widow, Sharon, is now battling Alzheimer’s. Sales proceeds of this shirt go directly to her mounting medical bills.
Galvin Green’s full-zip ARVIN jacket features Augusta’s shades of white, yellow and green – and greatly resembles the caddie outfit of the tournament. Lined with Gore-Tex, it’s 100% waterproof and windproof, plus has excellent breathability. And it’s lightweight. I’ve been wearing it for two weeks and love how warm it keeps me in cooler weather.
SIK by LA Golf’s limited-edition Augusta-inspired putter is a classic plumber neck blade that’s 100% CNC milled. It also sports the brand’s Descending Loft Technology face that aims to get putts rolling quickly and on-target. Comes with an embroidered headcover that features an azalea and red flag. Clubhead and shaft are serialized with matching number designations.
Tiger Woods is officially playing in the event – marking an amazing comeback after his serious auto accident last year. In celebration of his return, his ball company Bridgestone Golf produced one-off versions of his TOUR B XS TW ball with a #TigersBack22 sidestamp. It’s not for sale, but the company is giving away the ball for promotional purposes at Augusta over the next few days. That said, you can buy the regular version of the ball that sports a REACTIV iQ urethane cover that reacts differently for longer clubs – you’ll get maximum speed and distance – than shorter clubs, in which you’ll get spin and feel.
You may glimpse Matt Fitzpatrick donning Skechers GO GOLF Pro 5 Hyper golf shoes in a green-and-white color scheme this week. They will be available to the public later this month. The popular and extremely comfortable shoe integrates the brand’s running and lifestyle features, including a removable Arch Fit insole to reduce shock, a lightweight and responsive midsole, and waterproof synthetic upper.
Perhaps my favorite special-run product this week is the new adidas Golf limited-edition Tour360 22 Waffle House shoe in collaboration with the iconic Georgia-based restaurant. The famed adidas three-stripe form on the saddle looks like pancake syrup. The restaurant’s logo is on the heel. And the upper is an off-white “batter-like” color, and sports a checkered waffle design. What’s not to like here? I get hungry for breakfast just looking at it. Beyond the upper, the shoe features special yellow sock liners with both the adidas and Waffle House logos. A transparent outsole also captures that friendly pour of maple syrup underneath our new SPIKEMORE traction system. It’s available for men and women, starting tomorrow. The shoe is outstanding, by the way – I’ve played several rounds in it this year and find the stability and comfort to be top-notch.