I just ordered a new putter. It’s red. I like red.

Unless it has some kind of magic that isn’t advertised, this new piece won’t help me make the six-footers I miss with the consistency of my 7 a.m. alarm.

But it’s pretty. 

Does pretty matter when it comes to golf clubs?

Of course it does.

Fancy colors used to be all the rage in golf clothing. Bright yellow shirts. DayGlo green pants. Red rain jackets. It’s still possible to find these, of course. If puzzled, check with Rickie Fowler. But the color game also is very much a part of today’s array of golf clubs, and you don’t want to be caught on the course with a boring set. If the kid unloading your clubs at the bag drop sneers, you’ll know you need some help with club fashion.

I occasionally play with guys who have a lot more money than I do (for them, this is not a particularly outstanding achievement), and I typically am envious of their sparkly clubs. Their drivers shout with green and blue hues on the crown and face, and even the hosel sports a golden touch. 

These players even have sparkly bags, golf towels from private courses, silver name tags with their names in gold, and those expensive pouches that hold wallets and keys and such.

But it’s the clubs that really matter.

Manufacturers seem to have selected blue hues like the most impressive ones in the golf club space. Check out the classic Ping Sigma 2 Anser putter with a deep blue line across the base. Only $199.99.

Or the Mizuno M Craft Blue ION putter, also with blue accents. $299.99 at your favorite golf shop.

Hard black also works as a color, as evidenced by the TaylorMade Spider Tour model. Its snazzy surface will cost you $199.99.

The Ray Cook Limited Edition Green putter (only $69.99!) is so green that there is no chance you will nod off standing over a three-footer.

Drivers? Even if your game off the tee stinks, it will look good if you’re swinging the TaylorMade SIM2 Max, a strikingly handsome club with blue accents. If you find it for less than $400, plunk down the plastic.

The Ping G410 driver, only $349.99, has distinctive red striping on the sole, enough to make it look like you know what you’re doing even when you don’t.

Colorful wedges? You’re covered. The LAZRUS three-wedge Rainbow set ($147.00) has splashy colors not seen in nature.

Mix and match these clubs for a golf bag that will earn the attention of everyone who sees it.

The spectrum of audacious colors also will make it much less likely that your clubs will be stolen.

Mike Hembree

Mike Hembree is a veteran journalist who has covered a variety of sports for numerous publications and websites, including USA Today, Fox Sports, TV Guide and The Greenville (S.C.) News. He has written 14 books and has won numerous writing awards at the national, regional and state levels. He is a seven-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.