Meet Jason Day: Australian professional golfer who won the US PGA title in 2015 – one of his 15 professional victories – and just won the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open. He is on a mission to reclaim his No. 1 World Ranking, and is planning on looking good while doing it. Day has completely embraced Nike’s urban street style (remember his high-tops at The Open)? Recently, TRENDYGOLF had the chance to sit down with Day at the Nike Golf Club LDN event in London to talk style, comfort, designing with Nike, and disrupting typical golf fashion. Read on for the full interview, and shop Nike to get his look.

TRENDYGOLF: What’s more important to you: style or comfort? 

Jason Day: There has to be comfort and playability in your clothes. If I am wearing a suit, it’s all style and zero comfort!

I want an aggressive, Euro-style, cut-to-the-bone, standing up looks pure but sitting down is very uncomfortable. You’ve got to deal with it because it looks amazing when you are walking around. But with performance wear with Nike and their athletic wear, the great thing is that they listen to what you have to say, they talk to their team and they come up with something different.

Being able to have some influence on what you wear is pretty special. They are trying to disrupt the normal golf style.

TG: Are you trying to avoid looking like a golfer or were you ever embarrassed about wearing golf clothes when you were growing up? 

JD: Nike is taking things in a new direction and I love it. It’s taken it in a gym direction and this is becoming a lifestyle look. I want to walk down the street and look like it belongs, rather than looking like some dorky golf guy.

Back in the States, people walk around in polos and slacks and that’s fine. But I hate walking around in my golf clothes. I feel like it looks a little dorky but if things look a bit more street, I can go from the store to the golf course, back and forth and it looks normal.

Golf was a very dorky sport growing up. My first golf shoes were a pair of ladies’ shoes but I didn’t care too much about it until later in my career. You want to get your own style as you get a bit older.

TG: Do you see golf fashion continuing in that direction?

JD: It has to go that way. You look at the kids these days and participation levels. Back when I was growing up, there were a lot of rules. That’s fine at a club – they have their rules. But at public courses, they need to relax the rules a bit more on what you can wear on the golf course.

It’s a part of golf where it hasn’t previously tapped into the street style in the real world. If you can mix jeans and a shirt, that would be fun. It would upset a few people, and I understand that, but it’s more about playing golf at the public level. Jeans and untucked shirts are more common in the States, but at a private club, they can do whatever they want as they have their rules.

I don’t know if it will ever get to the jeans stage, but with a nice shoe, it doesn’t look half-bad. There are plenty of nice custom jeans, which look better than slacks. I think it will head that way. 

TG: Just suppose you had to wear clothes from 25 years ago, how would it affect your game?

JD: If I was to dress in stuff from 1992, I don’t know if it would make me play badly, but I wouldn’t feel the greatest and that is such an important thing to me. Standing on the first tee wearing something that I love gives me so much confidence.It’s almost like putting on a super hero costume – it can make you feel strong and confident. It has a psychological effect on you – it really does.

Playing at the Open Championship, I lost my grey belt. I had a dark grey belt with light grey slacks and it didn’t work. So I had to keep my jacket on. It was either that, or not wear a belt and I couldn’t do that – I would feel naked!

I kept my jacket on – I didn’t take it off the whole day – so I was sweating in this jacket and had to suck it up. The wrong colour belt meant I didn’t feel right. It’s funny how these small things can affect you.

TG: How can people who are not built like athletes still wear those styles?

JD: The cut is so key to making you feel good. You can make a person who is not so confident in their body a lot more confident in themselves with the correct slacks and shirt. That’s the hard part when it comes to golf. If I was going out to buy something, I would go for the tighter-fitting stuff. It can be hard to find that in the US.

I like things a little bit higher around the arms and the chest but what you are wearing can definitely affect the way you play.

This article was originally published on Trendy Golf USA


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