Todd Snyder’s New Golf Collaboration Brings Back Caddying Memories for His Dad

Most men know about golf through their parents. It’s just how it goes. Professionals like Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy credit their parents and grandparents with introducing the sport. Legend has it that Mcilroy made a 40-yard dash when he was just two years old. And while I really can’t imagine any three-year-old I’ve ever met doing this, Tiger hit a 48 in front nine at three.

While the first few non-professionals probably weren’t as successful, they follow a similar script: Dad or Grandpa would take them out onto the lawns, first just to watch, then to help, and then as competition. Just ask designer Todd Snyder.

“When I was little, I used to caddy for my dad and grandpa,” says Snyder. Sure, he helped, but he has fond memories of those trips. It makes sense, then, that he would come back to them when it came time to make his own golf collection. But he couldn’t do it alone; it wouldn’t be authentic. So, as he did with other famous brands of his youth (Randolph, LL Bean, J. Press, Timex, etc.), he coordinated a collaborative collection.

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“I never had golf shoes until I was big enough to wear my dad’s, and he wore FootJoy… I still remember how comfortable my dad’s shoes were,” says Snyder.

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“I never had golf shoes until I was big enough to wear my dad’s, and he wore FootJoy,” he says. “So I associate them with family time and comfort. I still remember how comfortable my father’s shoes were.”

FootJoy, despite being a brand unknown to anyone outside the golf world (even though it has been around since 1857), was the obvious choice. And this is not the first time the two parties have worked together. The first time around, Snyder designed a shoe called The Packard, as well as a bunch of outfits that nod to the blue jerseys, where you make the match if you’re playing the longest possible route across a field.

This time, the results are more personal, albeit more traditional. There are herringbone pants and logo polos, argyle cardigans and patterned socks – and it’s all made to match the two shoes, the highlights of the collection (and the lighter yarns for Snyder’s first time golfing). They’re their own version of Footjoy’s Traditions Shield Tip shoe, a style that marries the feel of a wingtip with the performance of a traditional golf club. Snyder added a heel tab, removed a side logo and used new materials – like patent leather.

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