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.
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.
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 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.
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.