Rickie’s high-tops earn a high-five, live...
Rickie Fowler begins 2016 playing golf with skill and the kind of style that is bringing a smile to many of those watching the game.

COBRA PUMA GOLF athlete Rickie Fowler started 2016 off right, capturing his first victory of the season at the Abu Dhabi Championship recently. Fowler, a three-time winner in 2015, shot a three-under-par 69 in his final round to finish 16-under for the tournament, equipped with his new COBRA KING Driver and Irons, while wearing his signature PUMA Golf Sunday Orange.

However, his ‘high-top’ PUMA shoes became a big talking point in both mainstream broadcasting and social media. And the majority of comments were highly favourable for Rickie’s fashion sense as he moved up to 4th in the Official World Golf Rankings with the victory.

The BBC’s golf correspondent Iain Carter warned golf clubs strongly against thwarting youngsters should they choose to emulate the fashion sense of their heroes on the major Tours, as there would be nothing worse than snuffing out a young person’s new-found love of the game because of restrictive club dress codes.

Certainly, CUTTING EDGE GOLF would support this view wholeheartedly. The more relaxed we become over actual golf clothing rules, the more relaxed and welcoming golf clubs – which are clubs of leisure – become for all visitors and customers; meaning more customers enjoying the game.

If conformity is demanded in golf fashion, we golfers become a horribly bland mass of fogeys, and the dinner invitations soon dry up.

So back to Rickie, golf fashion hero for the new generation. Following this high-top excitement, PUMA Golf’s head of footwear Grant Knudson explained: “During a recent meeting, Rickie expressed interest in wearing a high-top cleated shoe that could be worn with more progressive apparel (jogger style pants).

“Our design team took inspiration from a prior PUMA high-top lifestyle shoe and combined it with the TITANTOUR IGNITE outsole. The result is a stylish, cleated performance high-top that includes a lace plus Velcro closure. The apparel team then matched this with a version of our 6 Pocket Pant that has been custom tailored to a jogger silhouette.”
 
We are told that this shoe and the custom pants were made just for Rickie. But CUTTING EDGE hears that given the interest there are plans afoot (ahem) to produce a limited edition in the UK, so stay tuned.

Throughout the week Fowler donned apparel and accessories from the 2016 Spring/Summer collection along with IGNITE footwear. Engineered with PUMA’s proprietary IGNITE foam, the TITANTOUR IGNITE shoe delivers responsive cushioning, optimal rebound, and superior step-in comfort through every shot.
 
Details of the COBRA Golf clubs in Fowler’s bag:

Driver: KING LTD 10.5° | Matrix Prototype 70X | 44.5”
3 Wood: Fly-Z+ 3W 14° Orange | Aldila Tour Blue 70X
Irons: KING Proto Driving Iron 19° | Matrix hm2
Irons: KING LTD MB Irons (4-P)y-Z Pro MB Irons 4-9 | KBS C-Taper S+ 125
Wedges: Tour Trusty | 52°, 57°, 62° RF Grind Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

* For additional details visit: www.cobragolf.com.
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