“WITHOUT A DOUBT, IT’S BEEN THE MOST DEMANDING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS I’VE EVER WORKED ON,”
said Creative Director Mats Lundqvist, when talking about the 18 months spent devising the new waterproof jacket worn by Europe’s best golfers at the Ryder Cup contest in Paris.
The man who has been involved in shaping virtually every Galvin Green garment for the past 30 years usually takes these things in his accomplished stride. Each and every year he and his design team embrace the latest fabric technology to create garments that perform in extreme conditions as well as they look.
“The demands of the Ryder Cup – one of the world’s biggest sporting events – make this jacket very different, especially after the experience of the US team at Celtic Manor in 2010 when they suffered so badly from waterproofs that didn’t perform at the time they most needed them,” said Mats. “It’s not something we’d ever expect from our clothing, but you don’t want them to fall short on the one day or session that the Europeans turn to the rain jacket and trousers to keep them dry and contesting in every match. Failure is just not an option.”
The process of designing outerwear for the 2018 Ryder Cup European Team began early last year with a meeting with Captain Thomas Bjørn, who was shown a number of initial sketches. “He was very clear about what he wanted his team to wear...and what he didn’t want,” added Mats.
First and foremost, the European Captain wanted front pockets on all the jackets and long zips on the side of the waterproof trouser legs for easy access in wet weather. In terms of colour, he wasn’t keen on too much white being applied to the garments, preferring strong blue combinations to contrast against those of the USA red.
By happy coincidence, around this time Galvin Green was given access to a new Super Stretch fabric developed by the GORE-TEX® brand to add even more stretch to the shoulders and elbows. The extra stretch is combined with the lightweight GORE-TEX® fabric with C-KNIT™ backer that makes the waterproofs easy to slide on and off garments worn underneath. There are also adjustors on the chest and collar to secure the best fit, plus water-repellent zips and Velcro on the cuffs to tighten around the wrists.
So the jackets worn by the likes of McIlroy, Rose, Noren, Fleetwood and Molinari feature a fabric entirely new to golf and proven features that should give them an edge over their American rivals, especially if showery weather hits the fairways at Le Golf National.
They and their caddies have a choice of long and short sleeved rain jackets to wear with the waterproof trousers, as do the five Vice Captains and the Captain himself.
After fitting sessions for prospective team members in Dubai in November last year, Thomas Bjørn signed off the final designs a month later. He also added an INTERFACE-1™ windproof hybrid jacket made from 100% polyester stretch fabric with a PU breathable membrane and water-repellent finish. It comes in the same colourway styling as the other garments of Navy and Swedish blue with subtle White piping.
Production of the garments began in March this year and the jackets were delivered for cresting in May. The cresting of the Ryder Cup logo is handled entirely in-house at Galvin Green HQ in Växjö.
“Being the Official Supplier of Weatherwear to Europe’s Ryder Cup Team validates our strength in producing top quality outerwear for serious golfers and gives us a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s greatest golfers,” added Mats.
An added bonus for all golfers across Europe is that the Ryder Cup garments worn by the star players this September are available now, plus two matching INSULA™ pullovers.