BRAND AMBASSADOR EXTENDS HIS CLOTHING DEAL
Troy Merritt has been the face of Galvin Green on the PGA Tour since 2017. Last July he won his second Tour title at the Barbasol Championship with a closing round 67. Eleven days later, he suffered a blood clot that stretched across his chest into his bicep. Amazingly, six days after surgery he was competing at the PGA Championship and only missed the cut by one stroke. Having just signed a new contract extension, here he talks about the brand and why he loves the clothing.
What was your first impression of Galvin Green clothing having worn it for the first time?
What drew me to the line when I was looking for new clothes was the outerwear and how good it was. Reading all the reviews, it really intrigued me and all of it looked great. There was nothing over the top with wacky colours or weird prints. It was all very crisp and professional.
Then when I got my first shipment and tried it all on, I loved it right away. What I like most is the little elastic lining on the waistline of the pants that keeps the shirts tucked in, so your shirt doesn’t come flying out when you bend over a putt. That’s a great thing to have.
The outerwear is phenomenal. We have plenty of quite cold mornings playing on the west coast and late in the year when the outerwear really comes into its own. Some guys on Tour load up with three or even four layers, but with Galvin Green gear I can put on my normal polo shirt and a jacket and I’m totally fine. And that’s something I haven’t found with any other clothing brand I’ve worn before.
How much of a feel good factor does the clothing give you on the first tee?
If you look and feel good, then you’re going to play good. When you’re standing on the first tee, all you want to be thinking about is hitting the tee shot. If you’re thinking how do I look or how do my pants fit, then your mind isn’t where it needs to be. But with the Galvin Green clothes, your mind is never on the clothes, because you just feel great and everything fits properly.
I always make sure I look good with matching colours before I leave the hotel room for the golf course. After that, the clothes speak for themselves so I can just go out and play golf. Some guys on Tour load up with three or even four layers, but with Galvin Green gear I can put on my normal polo shirt and a jacket and I’m totally fine. And that’s something I haven’t found with any other clothing brand I’ve worn before.
Do you get comments on the clothes from fans and fellow professionals?
The fans are funny and are always asking ‘can I have your signature Mr. Green’. They think my name’s Galvin Green, because they see it on the shirt!
Other pros always compliment me on how I look and dress, especially on the outerwear and I’m sure many are a little bit jealous. Whenever we have poor weather, I feel I have a one-up on everybody because I’m dressed more appropriately.
What’s your favourite Galvin garment?
I really like the Ventil8™ shirts. They’re sharp and they allow a little bit of a breeze through on those hot summer days when you’re sweating. So you’re a lot cooler out there than some of the guys who are wearing cotton shirts. The Ventil8T™ shirts keep you a good 10-15° cooler and that also gives you one-up on the competition, as you don’t have to be looking to change shirts as often as everybody else.
What determines your tournament colourway choices?
I don’t have any preferences like Tiger or Patrick Reed wearing red and black on the last day. I always have a hard time picking out what I want to wear from Tuesday to Sunday, because you always want to look your best at the weekend. But the problem is, everything I have I can look my best in! So, the issue is what’s going to sit out, come out on the practice round or the Pro-am and what’s going to make the tournament rounds. With Galvin Green clothing everything is so nice and looks so well that I feel like I’m wearing my best outfit every day.
Is Galvin Green the ideal brand for serious golfers?
Absolutely. It’s not for your typical fair-weather golfer, because they’re not going to be out there when it’s cold or blowing, raining or even snowing. But for golfers who are very serious about it and don’t mind the weather that they play in – from really hot and sunny to cold and miserable – there’s something in the Galvin Green line that’s going to make you feel as though you’re really warm or cool enough to go out and seriously compete. With Galvin Green clothing you’re always going to be dressed properly and that’s exactly what the serious golfer wants.
How do you see the brand growing in the US?
We need to get the brand greater exposure on the PGA Tour and I’m looking to get it on the leaderboard more often. I think it will catch on in the States, especially in the northern part of the country where it gets cold, but it can be humid too.