Golf clothing encompasses many styles and colors, but unlike years past, a golfer is not identified by strange fabrics and garish colors.
For men, standard golf clothes on the course includes loose-fitting pleated pants or lengthy shorts, a collared shirt with either long or short sleeves and, on cooler days, a light sweater or vest. Beltless slacks for men are as common these days as persimmon woods.
For women, pleated golf skirts or shorts are standard but no shorter than 19 inches. Sleeveless shirts are acceptable but should have a collar. Golf is a traditional game, and many clubs and courses establish policies for proper attire. Most public courses have less strict guidelines but still expect golfers to dress appropriately.
Golf Apparel: What to Look For
Cotton is the preferred material for golfers. It’s lightweight, breathes and is easy to care for. A cotton/polyester blend produces less shrinkage and fewer wrinkles than 100 percent cotton.
Golf clothes, especially shirts and blouses, should allow full range of motion with any golf club. When buying golf apparel, consider if the fabric might shrink or sag with repeated use.
Pants and shorts for men usually come in even waist sizes. When in doubt, choose the larger size and wear a belt. Women’s golf skirts, pants and shorts are sized the same as dress sizes. Legs should move freely when you bend down or twist at the waist.
To remain warm, wear several layers of clothing rather than one or two heavy layers. Most golf sweaters are often made with an acrylic knit that won’t bag or stretch as quickly as cotton.