With seven major golf championships, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a spot in the PGA Hall of Fame, and one helluva refreshing beverage to his name Arnold Palmer has racked up quite the cache of accolades in his day, but we think he’s deserving of just one more – The King of the Polo Shirt. During his dominating run through the professional golf circuit in the late fifties and sixties Palmer was best known for three things: his immaculate swing, his unflappable attitude, and his endless supply of polo shirts.
For a shirt that is intrinsically linked to so many sports, it might seem imprudent to declare just one athlete as the epitome of a perfect polo wearer, but no one owned this pullover quite like Palmer. The key behind Palmer’s mastery of the polo was consistency. His shirts (which for those that are interested were primarily Munsingwear based on the logos) were almost always in the same style – three button placket worn open, high cuffed sleeves, trim fit around the body with a loose knit collar that flapped carelessly as he charted his way around the course. Not too loose, but not too tight, refined enough for the country club, yet comfortable enough to play in, to this day Palmer’s tops remain the paragon of a proper polo. We’re not gonna say that the polo was the secret to Palmer’s success behind the tee, but it certainly helped to immortalize him as the coolest cat to ever swing a club.