It is not unusual to see people who never wear a hat use a cap or visor on a golf course. Other than making a fashion statement, it also shields the eyes and protects the skin from the sun’s rays.
Golf players around the world understand that wearing sun protection hats gives them a competitive advantage over players who struggle in the heat without proper safeguards against the sun’s damaging UV rays.
Many professional golfers began the trend of straw hats and full-brim hats, which also help keep the sun off the ears and neck. When looking at men’s and women’s golf hats, you will find many different styles to choose from.
PGA tour pro Briny Baird frequently dons one of the broad-brimmed variety, providing extensive protection to his face and neck, freeing him up for more important matters, like sinking that next chip shot. Other golf pros such as Greg Norman popularized the wearing of wide brimmed lightweight hats while on the course.
What To Look For In Golf Caps And Visors
Look for lightweight materials. An internal sweat band keeps perspiration from running down the face. The hat should feel comfortable during the most intense full swing.
Ideally, you want a hat that is made of a lightweight yet durable weave that offers plenty of ventilation. A golf cap with cut-away mesh features, or tightly woven mesh hats are a good example.
Find a hat that provides shade for the entire head and as much of the neck as possible. Wide or medium sized brimmed hats also provide much more protection for the face, ears, and neck than a average visor. These types of hats are good for those who play often in sunny weather.