Whether the play is formal or informal, golf clubs and tournaments enforce dress codes. Proper comfortable attire should be worn at all times. A basic golf look may include shirt, pants and shoes, plus outerwear as an optional addition. Below are complete guidelines in choosing your golf apparel.
Choosing the right Shirt and Outerwear
Many golf players prefer to wear conservative styles and colors when playing. But, there is no harm in trying other fabrics, hues, and designs to complete your look. The most popular attire in golf is the classic collared shirt. Polo shirts give the golf players a sophisticated look, a combination of formal and casual.
Comfort and flexibility are the most important aspects that you have to consider while choosing your shirt. Comfort means your shirt provides the cooling effect of the fabric, which means cotton is the best choice. Cotton is suitable in every climate. Flexibility, on the other hand, gives you ease of movement during play. So, your shirt should be neither too tight nor too loose.
Your shirt can either be short sleeved or long sleeved. Short sleeves are more appropriate on a sunny day. But, if you worry about getting sunburned, you can wear a jacket to protect yourself from the sun. Alternatively, you may wear long sleeved shirts. Nowadays, long sleeved shirts and jackets are manufactured to fit sudden climate changes that make golf games a lot more challenging and unpredictable. Windbreakers and vests are other options if the weather gets cold while playing.
As for fabric choices, other than cotton, there are other options such as performance tech-fabric. Tech-fabric shirts are made of polyester and are getting quite popular as of late. Interestingly, these shirts are actually less expensive than cotton.
Selecting your Pants
Golf, despite its “boring” look to others, involves a lot of walking, squatting, kneeling, bending, and twisting. Thus, in buying your pants, the important things to consider are type of fabric, hemline, and length. These things contribute a lot in giving you comfort while playing golf.
When it comes to matters regarding fabric, choose pants with a mixture of polyester and spandex. This kind of fabric has a stretchy characteristic that allows you to move freely. It also goes back into its original form after stretching. Other options include polyester and cotton, microfiber with spandex, as well as wool and cotton. Buy pants with different fabrics so that you do not have to solely rely on one style. Pants with a combination of polyester and cotton are more suitable for summer, while pants with wool fabric provide extra comfort against the chilly autumn weather.
Your pants should be sturdy and should have solid stitches. Inspect for any gap in the stitches. If you find gaps, do not buy the pants. Hemline should not be frayed. The length should be just above the top of your shoes. You can also wear short pants if you prefer them. They’re a lot cooler than long pants. When buying your pants, trying them on is necessary. Try moving as you would in playing golf. That way, you get to feel how your pants would shift with your movements.
Buying Your Shoes
Metal spikes are not allowed in most golf courses since they damage the greens. So, look for shoes that have soft, rubber spikes. Another option is to buy shoes without spikes but still give you the grip you need in your swing.
As for style, you can choose from one made of rubber with soft spikes and one that’s spike-less (sneakers like shoes, or a brogue with spikes). Whichever you select, always remember comfort and flexibility. Your shoes should have comfortable insoles to absorb shock and sudden movements. Breath ability is also necessary. Your feet are exposed to heat during play. Thus, they should be able to “breathe”, meaning the material of the shoes lets in air to cool your feet.
In golf apparel, there are minimal accessories allowed such a belt, eyewear, and gloves. Choose a belt that can expand as you move. Sunglasses should have UV protection and must protect your eyes against wind and sunlight. Gloves are important since these items help you with your grip. Gloves are also helpful if your hands are always sweaty.
Jewelry is not allowed during play mainly due to their shimmer. Besides, these jewelry, especially necklaces, may restrict your swing movement. Watches may be allowed as long as they are not made of metal that could shine under the sunlight. Another optional accessory is a cap or a visor, in place of sunglasses. Wearing a cap or a visor protects your eyes against the sun but not against wind and dust. If you do not want to wear a cap, an umbrella is also an alternative.
Choosing your golf apparel requires attention and time. So, when shopping, do not rush; take time to fit everything you intend to buy, especially shirts, pants, and outerwear. Move while wearing the golf apparel to see the performance they offer. As you move, you should feel comfortable. You should feel that the fabric “stretches” to your movement.