Here's how naive I was about golf socks before I
spent some time with an old friend from the golf
business, Dan Murphy of Kentwool.
I thought Kentwool was just a name, but didn't
think the socks were actually made of wool. Boy was
I wrong (and more than a little embarrassed that I
even thought that.) You see, Kentwool is a major
based in South Carolina that was founded in
1843 by Thomas Kent.
The company has developed a truly state-of-the-
art, wool-based yarn spinning operation (all done in
the USA) and serves a diversified international
customer base. I had no idea. The golf division
makes socks from Merino wool, known for it's
springiness. (The fibers have a natural
"crimp" to them). There is no itch, and no
"You could throw a wet pair in your trunk,
and forget about it for a week," Murphy told
me. "And they still wouldn't smell."
My first impression could be best described as a
combination of walking on air and feeling a closer
(but not tight) fit in my shoes. Much better than the
standard street socks I usually wear. Or even the
cotton peds I wear when in shorts.
PGA Tour caddies will be sporting Kentwool this
season, as the Association of Professional Tour
Caddies (APTC) has inked a deal with the company to
wear their socks on the fairways, many of them in
After three rounds in Kentwool I was convinced.
My feet were more comfortable after the round, and
the red, white, and blue pair Dan gave me were
pretty sporty too. After one round, I hung them over
a chair in my closet. The next morning I thought of
that comment about the odor, and since I was
playing again I said 'what the heck' and put 'em on.
After another day in the heat (I live in California
after all) there was no odor. But most importantly,
my feet again felt great.
In addition to the APTC, you'll see Bubba Watson
and a number of other Tour players wearing
Kentwool. And if you're a member of
AmateurGolf.com, don't be surprised if you get a
chance to try them.
You see Dan Murphy, prior to joining Kentwool in
2015, ran the marketing department at Bridgestone
Golf. He was a pioneer of their ball fitting program
that converted hundreds of thousands of golfers to
Bridgestone by showing them what ball fit them, and
how it could help them shoot lower scores. There's
something about us golfers, we will do just about
anything to score lower and feel better on the
course. At around $19.95 per pair, investing in 6
pairs will cost you about as much as a wedge, and
could make you a lot happier.
NOTE: Through the end of May, save 30% on your
order of Kentwool socks (minimum $50) with free
shipping to boot! Use offer code "amateurgolf" at www.kentwool.com