Lexi Thompson Is Happy She's Not Golfing in 1900s

At the start of a big season for her, watch LPGA star Lexi Thompson at a throwback photo shoot.
This is a big year for Lexi Thompson on the course © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
By Khalil Garriott

2016 is a big year for Lexi Thompson on the golf course. After finishing last year with her all-time high in the world rankings (No. 4, up from No. 10 in 2014), she will look to build off her pair of tour wins in 2015, and hopes to claim her second career major after three top-10 finishes in majors last year.

It all starts in earnest with the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on Jan. 28. A few days later, Thompson will head to her home state of Florida for the Coates Golf Championship on Feb. 3.

Oh, and the Summer Olympics take place in August. It will be the first time golf is in the Olympics since the 1904 Summer Games. Kind of a big deal.

Exciting times ahead for Thompson this year. While her focus is squarely on the future, Thompson did a recent photo shoot depicting what it was like to be a female golfer in the early 1900s. Watch her rewind the clock in some vintage golf gear below:

Shot in Thompson’s hometown of Coral Springs, Fla., the throwback photo shoot recreated the look from the early 1900s. Photographer Robert Snow used a lot of lighting techniques used over 100 years ago, recreating them so the images look authentic to the era.

Snow said, “Really, the biggest challenge is just heat. She’s got to wear a lot of layers, so we’ve got to keep her kinda cool when we’re on set. We want her to be comfortable, but the wardrobe from 1904 wasn’t the most comfortable wardrobe.”

I don’t know how they played golf in those outfits, especially if it was hot out.

Lexi Thompson

That’s an understatement. Thompson wondered how females golfed while wearing at least two layers — top and bottom — plus a jacket over top, which was very restricting on her back.

“It was so different,” Thompson said. “I don’t know how they played golf in those outfits, especially if it was hot out. But they made it work.”

Thompson had fun with the shoot, but the experience made her grateful that she’s living in the present. “I don’t know how my swing would’ve done with those clubs back then,” she said.

“It was a pretty crazy experience getting all dressed up in how they dressed in the early 1900s,” she added. “It’s a lot different than nowadays’ outfits.”

(Speaking of nowadays' outfits, check out Thompson sporting some modern gear by Cobra Puma Golf, including a Road Map Stripe Polo, a solid knit skirt and Puma Blaze shoes.): 

The fashionista in her enjoyed recreating the look from the early 1900s.

“I loved changing into all the different outfits, seeing how they dressed and getting that experience in — especially having the older clubs as props, too,” she said. “That was awesome.”

Lexi had fun in her Progressive Era-clothes © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
Lexi Thompson has the skills and looks to match © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool

Clothing isn’t the only drastic change from then to now; equipment in golf also has evolved significantly over time. A few swings with a wood club made her appreciate golf’s current technology.

She said, “I took a swing with a very old club — what they used in the ‘old days.’ And it’s made of totally different material. It’s made of wood back then, and now it’s graphite. It’s a totally different feel; they’re a lot lighter.”

Thompson’s game has grown by leaps and bounds since she became the youngest golfer ever to play in a U.S. Women’s Open at age 12. Still just 20, she already has six career victories on the LPGA Tour. A scary thought for other LPGA golfers: She has her whole career ahead of her.

All modern-day apparel Thompson is sporting from Cobra Puma Golf's SS '16 collection can be found here

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