David Toms brings a timeless style to course. I had a chance to talk with the 2001 PGA Champion about his Oxford Golf threads, spikeless shoes and LSU purple and gold.
Style Insider: What attracted you to the apparel from Oxford Golf?
David Toms: I like the traditional look and I would say Oxford Golf probably has one of the more traditional lines out on tour. A lot of companies have some pretty trendy stuff, but at my age I definitely prefer the more traditional look.
SI: Oxford Golf offers a nice mix of cotton and performance polos and pants. Which do you prefer and why?
DT: I like the performance polos, especially during the summer. The moisture wicking properties are a big help, especially during the hot summer days.
SI: What are your favorite pieces in Oxford Golf's collection this year and why?
DT: I like all the Coolmax shirts, but one of my favorite styles is the Stirling. It just has a clean look and comes in great colors.
SI: How would you describe your style on the course? How has it evolved since you joined the TOUR?
DT: I think I have always had a traditional/conservative style, even when I was younger. Nothing too flashy for me.
SI: What are the big style trends that you are seeing on TOUR these days? Which ones have you adopted for your on-course wardrobe?
DT: You see a lot of bright colors on Tour, and I don’t mind that. I will wear some bright color shirts, but my pants will always be on the conservative side.
SI: Some TOUR players have switched over to spikeless shoes over the last few seasons. You've stayed with the more traditional soft spikes. Have you tried spikeless models? What performance advantages do you gain with the traditional spikes?
DT: I have been using soft spikes since 1996. I have tried some spikeless shoes, but I am not quite comfortable making the switch. Again, I think I am still old-school when it comes to a lot of things.
SI: Oxford Golf has four LSU Tigers on its staff. Is it safe to say purple is a required color in the Oxford Golf color palette every season?
DT: Considering there are 4 LSU golfers on staff and the President of Oxford Golf is a former LSU golfer, we always seem to have just the right amount of purples, lavenders, gold and yellows. I expect that trend to continue.
SI: The David Toms Foundation plays a big part in helping at-risk boys and girls in your community. Talk a little bit about the work your foundation is doing.
DT: We’ve had the Foundation for 11 years. We have awarded over $3.6 million to local charities that support underprivileged children. We opened the David Toms Academy last year and we are excited about everything we have going on. The 60-acre facility not only serves as a golfing oasis for the most avid golfer, but we also host many clinics for a part of the population that never gets to experience a first-class facility. It is very fulfilling to see the excitement on the children’s faces when they hit their first good golf shot.