A Quick Round with Marty Hackel

By Randall MellMay 21, 2010, 5:54 am

With the conversation so serious of late in golf, with Tiger Woods’ doctor charged in a drug investigation and European Tour pros grinding their teeth over changes to the Wentworth Club in England, we seek relief.

We turn to Marty Hackel.

We turn to Golf Digest’s Mr. Style and the man who can make us laugh even as he takes us to task for our lack of fashion.

In a Quick Round, Hackel gives us his take on Rickie Fowler in orange, Paula Creamer in pink, Ian Poulter in just about anything and Paul Goydos as Mr. Comeback in the golf fashion world:

So what did you think of Rickie Fowler going head to toe in orange on that Sunday at the Quail Hollow Championship?

It’s like what I’ve said about Paula Creamer in all pink. It’s too much. Stop. Enough already. We got it the first time, back off a little bit. This is like orange overload. Either move to Florida, or stop wearing all orange. Look in the mirror before you go out.

You’re a big believer in the power of mirrors, aren’t you?

Looking in the mirror is one of those things people don’t do. Generally, Rickie dresses great. The only time he makes a mistake is when he goes this way [with orange].

Why is fashion important?

It’s important to feel good. If you look good and feel good, then you have confidence. A big part of this game is confidence, so when you are feeling good about yourself, feeling good about the way you look, that’s an absolute positive.

Who is on your list of best dressed men on the PGA Tour?

Ian Poulter always has it together, because he’s creative, and he has imagination. Imagination is a very, very good thing to have. And he has confidence. A lot of times, it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. If you wear it with confidence, you can sell a lot of things. It’s very important. I have the Freddy [Couples] shoes on. You’ve got to be able to sell those puppies. Freddy’s on that list. Lee Westwood’s on that list. I think Davis Love III looks great all the time. Brian Gay, who wears Sligo, he looks terrific, and he wears a lot of color and he has a lot of fun and he pushes the envelope.

So whose confidence really sells their clothes?

Luke Donald, Adam Scott. No matter what Adam Scott wears, he looks terrific. He could take out the garbage looking terrific.

Who needs the most help?

There are a number of players who I would like to send a full-length mirror and only ask that they look at themselves in the mirror before they go out the door. If they do that, it’s all I need. They know who they are, and there’s a bunch of them out there. But there are reclamation projects out there. I think Paul Goydos has really picked his game up in the last year. I think he’s looking pretty stylish in that department.

Did you help him?

No, I had nothing to do with that. It’s Paul’s manager, Bobby Kreusler. I did a makeover for Billy Mayfair, and six months later he was back wearing his favorite things. He’s very superstitious. A lot of these golfers are superstitious. Billy won the U.S. Amateur wearing khakis and a white shirt, so you see him every Sunday he’s in contention with khakis and a white shirt on. He’s one of the few guys left on the Tour wearing khakis.

Do players ask what you think?

A lot of players have fun with that, but I get players who will call me and say, “Where do I get this?” Or, “How do I get that?” Whether it’s tailoring their Augusta green jacket so it looks absolutely perfect, or finding the best socks.


Let me tell you something, you’re on your feet all the time. You better make sure your shoes and your socks work and they fit and they’re comfortable and you’re not thinking about them and you’re not feeling them. If you do that, you’ve got the right formula.

What’s the big fashion thing in golf these days?

Patterns. You don’t see them so much on Tour, but you definitely see them with golfers every day. That’s plaid and stripes and checks. You see a lot of that in shorts.

Are the 70s coming back in golf?

A little bit. It’s a little classic coming back, absolutely.

Any last bit of advice?

If I were going to tell people how to pack for a golf trip, I would say pick one color, a central color, and work your whole wardrobe off of that. If you decide it’s going to be blue, pack everything that matches blue. It keeps it really, really simple. I see people wear diverse colors every day. They must have the biggest suitcase in the world. If you’re in doubt, go with white pants, if your waist is under 34 inches, because white will go with everything. If your waist is over 30, go with black bottoms. Black will go with anything.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

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Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.