February 23, 2018
By Greg Monteforte, PGATOUR.COM
- Stance has partnered with Nicklaus Companies to create a collection of socks to support the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. (Stance)
Jack Nicklaus took a big step towards the hole and raised his large MacGregor Response putter like a magic wand commanding the ball into the hole. “Yes, sir,” was a legendary call from Verne Lundquist, as the ball slowly trundled over the lip. Nicklaus pumped both fists above his head, knowing he was on his way to capturing his sixth Green Jacket and 18th professional major.
The 71st hole of the 1986 Masters was the setting of one of the greatest moments in golf. Nearly 32 years later, Stance has recreated the iconic image of the Golden Bear on a high-performance sock.
Stance, known for its creative designs and technical innovation in accessories, has partnered with Nicklaus Companies to create a collection of socks to support the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The collection will consist of five unique designs, the first of which is the ’86 Masters Sock with the image of Nicklaus walking that memorable putt into the hole.
The design of the sock takes cues from the outfit Nicklaus wore for that historic victory at Augusta National. The yellow accents are a nod to his lucky yellow shirt that he wore to honor the memory of family friend Craig Smith. Nicklaus formed a close relationship with the 11-year-old Smith in 1969 after the boy had been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer with no cure. Following one of Jack’s victory’s, Smith said he knew Nicklaus would win because the Golden Bear was wearing a yellow shirt.
In 1971, Craig Smith died at the age of thirteen. The following year, Nicklaus donned a yellow polo in the final rounds for his victories at the Masters and U.S. Open. Although he moved away from the yellow shirt, he decided to slip it on once again in honor of Smith for the final round of the ’86 Masters. The rest is history.
“The design of our first sock celebrates so many things that were special about the ’86 Masters,” said John Wilson, president and co-founder of Stance. “With the prominent and iconic image of Jack’s putt on 17, and especially the nod to the Golden Bear’s yellow shirt with the sock’s yellow design features, we are honored to support the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.”
The ’86 Masters Sock is built on the brand’s high-performance golf block. The crew length design is fabricated from Stance’s new proprietary fiber treatment, called FEEL360, which is said to reduce odor-causing bacteria, regulate temperature, accelerate moisture wicking, and enhance the durability of the sock. The sock also features anatomical cushioning, engineered arch support, and a seamless toe closure.
The ’86 Masters Sock is now available. The additional styles in the collection will be launched at later dates.