While you may not want to turn your thoughts to colder weather just yet the golf manufacturers have to prepare for shifting seasons ahead of time.
Autumn and Winter mean colder, changeable, weather and in golf, like all performance sports, the key is to find the optimal combination of clothing to keep you comfortable and allow you to play your best.
FootJoy has built this layering concept into its new apparel collection, and thanks to the vagaries of the British weather, were able to put it to the test as brand ambassadors Gregory Bourdy, Brett Rumford, Andrew Dodt and Jason Scrivener battled the British 'Summer' during the recent Scottish Open at Castle Stuart near Inverness.
The line focuses on a wide selection of light and breathable pieces, letting golfers easily add and remove garments to match conditions and which reflect fashion and colour trends around the world.
FootJoy Marketing Executive, Paul O'Hagan, outlines the thinking:
We’re really excited about our new Autumn/Winter range and it’s great to hear the feedback from our Tour players, which mirrors that excitement. The new colours and stylings promise to appeal to a wider range of golfers than ever before, whilst several of our best-selling garments have remained in the line-up due to popular demand.
We understand that it can be tough to find the motivation to get out on the course during the British winter, but our new range is designed to help golfers perform in those challenging conditions and look the part at the same time.
FootJoy Outer Layers
The Outer Layer offering consists of a wide range of of waterproof jackets and trousers, wind shirts, thermal fleeces and softshell jackets and vests. Leading the way is the DryJoys Select that uses Japanese fabrics to remain lightweight whilst still offering 25,000mm waterproof protection.
This means the fabric can stand a pressure of 25,000 millimetres of water before it permeates through the fabric. To give this context wind driven rain exerts approximately 1,400mm of pressure whilst hurricane force rain equates to around 7,000mm.
This is backed up by the DryJoys Tour XP waterproofs that add new colours to the range. A StaDry Collar has been designed based on golfer feedback, positioned to ensure it doesn't interfere with the swing whilst keeping rain out.
FootJoy Mid Layers
The Mid Layer category includes a host of popular Chill-Out Pullovers, lambswool sweaters and performance polo shirts that can be combined with Outer Layer garments or worn on their own.
There is a greater focus on technical Chill-Out pullovers with new styles featuring the both the Riverside and Lexington collections.
Colour is also a stand-out feature in the high-performance polo shirts that come in a choice of Stretch Pique, Smooth Pique and Heather Lisle whilst more traditional shirts come in Lisle Solid and Pique Solid and are available in a range of traditional primary colours.
FootJoy Base Layers
Maintaining core temperature is key to both comfort and performance and FootJoy address this with the FJ ProDry Performance Thermal Base Layer Mock, available in three different colour options.
The FJ’s ProDry Performance Seamless Base Layer continues in the range, providing comfort and mobility, as well as body-mapping technology to guarantee breathability.
The collections include several new colour combinations for FootJoy such as Steel Grey, Fresh Green, Orange and Nautical Blue. The Mid Layer section comes in two new collections each boasting three polo shirts and two pullovers. The Riverside Collection combines Black, Charcoal, White and Fresh Green, whilst the Lexington Collection is made up of classic Navy, White and Deep Red colourways.
The Autumn/Winter 2016 Performance Golf Apparel collection from FootJoy will be available in stores from August and you can get more information at www.FootJoy.co.uk.