Short Par 4 Review: Golf Clothing Subscription
As soon as you let someone know that you're a fan of golf, you're going to start to get golf-related gifts. It doesn't matter what my other interests are - as soon as a friend or family member catches wind of the fact that I like to play, I know that there's going to be at least one golf-related item coming my way every holiday or birthday.
The truth is, most of the golf-related stuff I get isn't all that useful. Most of the time I'd be much happier to have something to wear on the course. I'm not exactly a huge fashion person, but I'd like to look a little bit less like a lost caddy when I walk up to the clubhouse. That's why I've found Short Par 4 to be so interesting.
A golf box with a unique focus on fashion, it's been a real game-changer for me. If you look at what makes the box work, you can definitely see why it's so popular.
What's in the Box?
The Short Par 4 box is, at its heart, really more of a fashion box than it is a sporting goods box. Yes, it gives you items for golf - but the vast majority of what you're going to get is clothing. Everything's high-quality and works well on the links, but it's good to remember that subscribers are mostly here for the fashion.
Unlike most of the subscription boxes around these days, Short Par 4 gives you a choice between four different styles from the word go. This is actually a really nice feature because it stops you from getting items that you absolutely would never wear out on the golf course.
If you've got more a traditional style, you'll probably like the Traditional Box. All the clothing here is pretty low-key, but it's also fairly classy. You're looking at the kind of things that older tour pros wear, or at least what the more serious pros are likely to rock when they're playing a tournament.
If your tastes run a little more towards Jon Daly, the Loud & Wild collection is probably more your speed. The clothes in here are definitely as advertised, but they're still not cheap. These are for people who want to look a little crazy on the course but who don't want their clothing to fall apart mid-swing.
You can also grab the Athletic style if you're a fan of looking a little more like a college golfer or a younger tour pro. These clothes look really good on and off the course, though they're obviously still meant for golf. This is a great choice for anyone who just wants to go out and have a good day on the links.
Thankfully, Short Par 4 also provides a really nice All Styles option. This one has a good mix of styles for those who just want to see a wide range of golf gear. You'll get bits and pieces from each of the other collections, which you can then use to determine which type of box you'd like to get next.
While the styles all differ a bit between the boxes, you're going to see very similar content in each box. You'll get a good combination of shirts, gloves, hats, and glasses, along with other accessories like golf balls in each box. It's a good set of items, especially when you take a look at the monthly price.
How Much Does it Cost?
Short Par 4 has two different pricing options for its members. The first, Fairway, runs about $45 per month and it includes two or three premium items. The higher tier, Executive, costs $79 per month and includes at least one more premium items.
While both prices are around the average for sporting goods boxes, it's nice to note that Short Par 4 claims that the items in the box will cost you about half what they'd cost you at retail. This means that the Fairway membership is usually full of at least ninety dollars worth of items, while the Executive membership should have somewhere around one-hundred sixty dollars worth of items.
Which membership works for the individual subscriber is really up for grabs. The extra item in the Executive box is usually really good, but many subscribers are going to be perfectly happy with the two or three items that they get from the regular membership. Both, however, are definitely worth pursuing depending on your personal budget and your desire for new golf gear.
What's The Verdict?
If you are looking for a quick way to build up a closet full of clothing for the golf course, Short Par 4 is the box for you. Though the upper tiers of the service can be a little expensive, everything you get in the boxes will be worthwhile. Whether you're trying to come up with a fashion worthy of the Majors or you're just looking for something to wear that won't get you kicked out of the country club, this box definitely has you covered.