For some of us, spring means one thing: golf season has arrived! If you spend any amount of time out on the course, you know how important it is to wear clothing that can hang with you through 18 holes. This week, we’ll be talking about golf apparel that can handle the elements while still being functional and showing our style.
Sweat Control is the Name of the Game
Contrary to what non-golfers may think, there’s a decent amount of physical activity involved in golfing. Standing in the sun, swinging at a golf ball, and making your way from hole to hole can quickly turn a big guy into a sweaty beast if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Be sure to look for clothing that is breathable and wicks away sweat. Most of the well known sports apparel brands have their own fancy names for their breathable fabrics, like Dri-Fit ® or Climalite ®, but they basically do the same thing, which is to keep us from soaking through our shirts, shorts, and pants.
Dressing for the Occasion
Although you’re usually safe with a collared shirt and some neutral or khaki shorts, it pays to call ahead if you’re planning to visit a new course. Some clubs have pretty specific dress codes that may be more restrictive than you’re used to. I usually call or visit the course’s website so I don’t run into any problems with being underdressed.
Learn Golf Style from the Greats
There’s a long line of great golfers who brought their personal style into the game. Guys like Ben Hogan made the driving cap his signature, while Sam Snead was known for a fedora and tie combo. If you do a little research, you’ll find that you can easily replicate both of their vintage looks. If you want something a bit further out there, take a look at photos of the late Payne Stewart, whose unique looks won’t soon be forgotten. It’s not often you get the opportunity to say this, but his old school knickers were a sight to behold.
Spring for the Soft Cleats
It’s normally frowned upon to wear your Chuck Taylors on the golf course, so take some time to think about the type of shoes you should be wearing. Most golf shoes come with some sort of tread or rubber spikes that help us keep a solid grip with the ground, so keep an eye out for the style you like best. Also important to note, most courses have outlawed golf shoes with metal spikes, so if you’ve got an old pair in the closet, or you somehow come across a pair that you’re interested in picking up, put your money toward rubber spiked shoes instead.
Hats are a Golf Course Essential
I’m a sucker for accessories, as they help an otherwise normal look stand out a bit more. If you’re playing somewhere with a fairly strict dress code, you might be able to integrate a unique hat or cap to finish off your look. Try a basic golf cap or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try rocking a driving cap or a straw golf cap if you think you can pull it off. I’ve even seen some engineer’s caps that are specially made (read: marketed) for golfers, so there’s quite a bit of variety out there when it comes to headwear.
These are just a few tips to help ensure our golfing look is up to par. What do you wear when you’re on the course? Tell us in the comments below.