ProQuip Golf, the Preferred Supplier of weatherwear to The 2014 European Ryder Cup Team, today revealed the official rain suit for Paul McGinley’s European Team and details of the Irishman’s 18-month hands-on involvement in its design.
McGinley chose Scottish company ProQuip Golf – 20 times a preferred supplier to Ryder Cup Teams (European and American) – to design bespoke rain suits and wind tops for his team, caddies and their supporters.
Russell Brooks, general manager of ProQuip Golf, said: “We first sat down with Paul McGinley in March 2013 to start planning the European Team weatherwear.
“At every stage Paul displayed an exacting attention to detail and drew upon his vast expertise of how to play golf in all weather conditions. Together we have created outerwear that could prove a 13th man for Team Europe if bad weather hits this week.”
Captain’s Picks – McGinley’s Weatherwear Tactics:
Appearance – Bold white and blue panel cut design with gold accent trim, in a choice of full zip jacket and half sleeve playing top. Waterproof trousers in classic European Royal blue.
Technology & Performance – DX5 Fabric selected for its enhanced “instant breathability” properties and added warmth, designed to eliminate any feeling of dampness or chill from early morning or late evening dew and mist, conditions common in late September in the United Kingdom.
Environment – Waterproof bonded fleece lined pockets for warmth and comfort. DX5 Fabric is thicker and warmer than standard without sacrificing ultra-lightweight and super-soft feel pioneered by ProQuip.
Player Comfort – Ryder Cup Team Europe logo positioned on the right jacket sleeve and right trouser leg to avoid any interference with player eye-line when addressing the ball. Extra-long trouser leg zips, specifically requested by Captain Paul McGinley, to make it easier and quicker to pull the trousers on and off. Each player’s suit is tailored bespoke for each individual player’s body shape, including a number of athletic slim-fit cut suits and classic suits.
ProQuip Golf weatherwear will also be worn by marshalls, volunteers and staff from The European Tour and Ryder Cup Travel Services. ProQuip Golf has supplied more than 11,000 pieces of clothing to Ryder Cup Europe.
Richard Head, chief fabric technician at ProQuip Golf, said: “The 2014 European Team Ryder Cup suit is, without doubt, the finest rain suit that ProQuip has ever made.
Every time we have been chosen to supply a Ryder Cup Team it drives us to push the boundaries of product innovation and performance and create the perfect blend of playability, comfort and protection against the elements.”
ProQuip plans to introduce elements of the design and fabric composition from The 2014 European Ryder Cup Team suit into its 2015 Collection.
The general public is able to buy replica ProQuip 2014 European Team weatherwear at the official Gleneagles Ryder Cup Merchandise Pavillion, from today, and also online at http://euroshop.rydercup.com
The replica team jacket retails at £220.