Written By: Chris Conley
Over the summer we did a review of a great company and product by Imperial Headwear. We are back with another review of their Tailgate collection of houses, stylish golf inspired hats that represent your state and state schools.
About Imperial Headwear
Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer and marketer of premium quality headwear for the golf market. Imperial is committed to style, functionality and perfection in fit and comfort. It is this commitment that has allowed the creation of a wide variety of headwear with quality that is second to none. Renowned for its superior customer service and art customization capabilities, Imperial offers its products using the most innovative digital design, logo and embroidery technologies. For further information please visit imperialsports.com or call 800-950-1916
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About the Tailgate Collection
Imperial came up with a cool idea with the tailgate collection and what is stronger than someone’s state pride? Imperial currently has 14 states represented in it’s tailgate collection, each hat has the state outline on the hat in various colors and styles. For instance I tested the “Moonshiner” from their Tennessee line, I am from Maryland but Maryland isn’t one of the options yet so I have family in Tennessee and decided to go with that. The Moonshiner is a tannish color hat with the state outline in Tennessee Volunteer Orange centered on the hat. When I think of Tennessee, I think of the back country where my grandparents live and of the university of Tennessee which is a 30 minute drive from their house. So the Moonshiner name reminded me of the back roads and the Volunteer Orange reminded me of all the signs you see for the football team when visiting with my grandparents. Every state in their line has several options, with most of the line being named after something to do with the state. IE: Virigina has a Chesapeake hat, named after the Chesapeake Bay (Imperial please make a Maryland line with one option being called the Blue Crab, Maryland does have the best flag in the nation, just saying). Currently the states offered in their tailgate line are Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virigina. They have three main hat styles to choose from the bucket style rain/sun hat, the standard baseball cap and the high faced (what I call the Bubba Watson) visor; I only tested the baseball style cap but if the visor and bucket hat are as comfortable as the baseball cap you can’t go wrong. The hat just like the other Imperial stuff I tested is light weight, cool and stylish. Some of the names and color schemes pay homage to State University’s, landmarks and geographical features of each state. IE: The Run N Gun Florida hat, has the Florida Gators Blue and Orange Color Scheme and pays homage to the Steve Spurrier coaching days. With currently only 14 states having products, you are either going to be elated or upset after reading this review. In Maryland, and I am sure in most other states, we are proud of our state so the tailgate collection is the perfect hat for on or golf the course to show your state pride. I have zero allegiance or family in North Carolina but out of all the models my vote for their best model would be “The Sweet Caroline” in their North Carolina collection.
Check out all their models HERE, and represent your state proudly today!
More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.