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Golf Clothing

Golf specific clothing is designed to help you get the most out of your time on the course. Designed and created by golfers, for golfers, this clothing with offer performance benefits such as moisture-wicking and waterproofing to you keep you dry, flexible materials designed for a free and fluid golf swing, and design styles to for accessory and equipment convenient when in the middle of a round. Read on to learn how the materials, construction, design and function of golf specific clothing can benefit your game.

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Materials

The materials you choose for your golf clothes can impact your comfort, body temperature, concentration level, range of motion, and appearance, so it is important to think about what your golf clothes are made of. Different materials will provide you with more or less comfort and performance in different situations and in different weather. Here are a few of the most common options for golf clothing.

  • Cotton: Clothing made from 100% cotton material is excellent for golfing on hot summer days. This soft, natural fabric is comprised of woven threads of fibers picked from cotton plants. This hypoallergenic material will allow you to stay cool by absorbing perspiration and letting your skin breathe more easily than many man-made fabrics. It is both lightweight and hardy, and it maintains its structure and color fairly well. While this is the case, you may want to wash your cotton golf clothing at a cool or warm temperature to eliminate any potential issues with shrinking.

    Cotton golf clothes come in a wide array of colors and have a tendency to be a little pricier than their man-made counterparts, but they look and feel great. To keep your cotton clothing at their best, it is helpful to iron and hang them after washing. Another tip for keeping cotton clothing wrinkle-free is to simply make sure that you buy the correct size of clothing. If you wear cotton clothing that is too big for you, there will be more creasing and it will wrinkle as you move around throughout your day.

  • Polyester: Polyester fabric is made of strong, man-made plastic fibers that hold dye better and dry faster than cotton fibers. Mildew problems are very rare with polyester. It's durable, and it resists shrinking and wrinkling. These are great qualities, right? Well, there's a little more to it.

    It is almost unheard of for regular golf clothing to be made of 100% polyester fibers. There are a few reasons for this. For one, it does not breath well. This means that if you perspire at all while you are out on the course, you will find the material clinging to your skin. Not very comfortable. It's also not as soft as cotton nor as comfortable.

    And, polyester melts if it gets too hot. Thankfully, there isn't much reason to put it in a dryer on high or iron it at a high temperature, since it dries quickly on its own and is wrinkle resistant. But, if you were to forget about heat exposure, you could end up with holes melted into your 100% polyester golf clothes.

  • Moisture Control: When we are talking about golf clothing, moisture control usually refers to the level at which different materials are able to wick perspiration away from your skin. This is important to think about, because fabrics that leave moisture on your skin can leave you feeling clammy or cold. They can also cause uncomfortable chaffing.

    Luckily many golf apparel manufacturers provide clothing made of special blends of patented moisture-wicking fabrics that are more dynamic and effective than basic cotton, polyester, or poly-cotton blends alone. There are also a variety of polyester/elastane blends with mesh paneling and strategically placed zippers that offer maximum moisture control, breathability, and comfort. Besides fabric options, there are also a variety of moisture-wicking and antimicrobial treatments for moisture and odor control that can help you keep feeling fresh and confident on the course..

Layering

No matter what time of year you golf, being smart about layering your clothes can help you stay as comfortable and protect you from the elements. During the hottest months, cotton shirt and bottoms will often suffice, perhaps with an extra cotton over shirt at hand. But, if you are expecting variations in weather—some wind or showers—make sure you wear a base that will wick moisture away from your skin. You will also want to bring extra layers that are a little warmer, more water-resistant, and more windproof to fall back on.

If you are planning a tee time during colder months, you will want to follow the same basic principal. More specifically, though, you can think about layers in terms of base layer, middle layer, and outer layer. Your base layer's job will be to pull perspiration off your skin. Besides being moisture-wicking, it should also be soft and flexible. Your middle layer (which may be the outermost layer if the weather is not wet or windy), can be a pullover or vest made of fleece, down, or a blend of high-performance athletic materials. Your outer layer is meant to keep out the harsher elements and add more warmth if the weather conditions are especially harsh. This is the layer that will need to be rain- and windproof.

Headwear

Whatever the weather, protecting yourself from wind, sun, rain, and cold can be a challenge. But, there are plenty of styles of golf headwear to help you succeed and look good doing it. Examples of golf headwear that can give you extra weather protection include caps, visors, beanies, safari hats, and bucket hats.

During warmer months, when your main concern is keeping sun off your face and out of your eyes, it's a good idea of have a visor or cap. Visors are lightweight and provide maximum breathability, and caps come in a wide variety of popular designs. Either way, you will usually want to wear something that has a moisture-wicking band. Many golfers also like visor or cap models that are dark (usually black) on the underside of their bills. This reduces glare from the sun.

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If you are concerned about getting a sun burn on your neck or if you simply prefer the style of a full-brim hat, a bucket or safari hat can be a fantastic option. Whatever you choose, a pair of sunglasses and a good sunblock lotion can go a long way in helping you protect your skin and eyes from the sun.

For cooler months, a cap or full-brim hat can still be good options for protecting your head from rain and less extreme temperatures. But, if you know the weather is going to be extremely cold, adding a fleece ear band or changing over to a beanie can help you keep your head in the game.

Beanies are good for cool to very cold weather, and they come in a variety of looks, ranging from simple to sporty to ornate. They are usually soft and flexible. Some will cover your ears, others will not. For the coldest weather, you will want to have a beanie made of wool. A fleece lining can add even more warmth and comfort.

Eyewear

When selecting eyewear for golf, personal style and brand preferences will play a part in what you choose, but it is also important for you to think about comfort and fit, lens color and coatings, and overall performance.

Most golf eyewear will come in an athletic wraparound style with lightweight frames and wide lenses. You will want to select eyewear that is snug enough to stay on but not so tight that it causes discomfort. Buying eyewear with soft nose and ear grips can help on both accounts.

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It is also important to choose eyewear with durable lenses that will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays without hindering performance. Green, gray, and brown lenses are often recommended for golf, as they can enhance colors and contrast. Some golf eyewear comes with interchangeable lenses that allow you to change how you see the course in different situations. That said, many golfers find that it is challenging to read the greens with tinted eyewear and choose to simply wear them for protection between swings.

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