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Golf is a sport that combines many different elements to get the best from your game. The fashion of golf may not seem to be one of these but wearing the right clothes can have an impact on your game for a number of reasons. Plus there’s the fact that we all want to look great while on the course and that’s why most keen golfers invest in quality golf clothing. But what are the top things to avoid in your golf fashion?
Get the right fit | There are two main reasons this is an important point around choosing your golf clothing – one, because poor fit looks terrible and two, because the right fit clothing ensures that what you wear doesn’t interfere with your game. Little tricks can help you get that right fit – aim for sleeves that are no lower than your elbow and even a little higher.
Collarless shirts | Collarless shirts (a.k.a T-Shirts) aren’t considered the thing to wear on the golf course. Many clubs have strict dress codes about what you can wear on the course or even while in the practice areas and they will expect that you stick to these rules. Sure, they might seem a little traditional, but golf is a traditional sport with some clubs having been around for hundreds of years. One of the rules is that you have to have a collar on your top – so polo shirts or shirts are a basic of the golf clothing range.
Not tucking in | If you look at sites such as Golf poser, you will notice two things – collar points are tucking into jumpers when worn and shirts are always tucked in. The collar is one of those things that can help your game as it stops the collar flapping as you swing. The tucking in of a shirt is a similar thing and also a bit of golf etiquette – it looks smarter when on the course.
Right length trousers | Proper golf trousers from brands like Galvin Green are a specialist piece of gear custom designed for the course. They help you with your game in little ways such as using breathable materials and having a stretch fabric that allows natural movement. You can wear normal trousers on the course but never jeans and always make sure they are the right length – they should kiss the top of your shoes, no lower and no higher.
Shorts not cargo shorts | You can wear shorts on the golf course but never wear cargo shorts – it just isn’t the done thing. And when you wear shorts, fit and shape are also important. Aim for a length just above the kneecap – too long and they look strange and can slow your movements. And we just won’t discuss too short shorts at all.
Well fitted rainwear | Rainwear such as jackets and rainproof trousers are a great addition to your gold wear kit if you plan to play at all times of the year. Even summer only players keep them in their kit because, let’s face it, you just can’t predict the British weather. The key to rain gear is to get a good fit – you don’t want something that looks like a cape worn at a festival but instead, you want a well-fitting, comfortable item. Not only does this look better but if something has too much material around it, then this will complicate your swing and other movements and could spoil your game.
Wear big patterns | We have all seen famous golfers with bright coloured shirts and trousers on and there’s nothing wrong with using colour in the right way – just ask Rickie Fowler. But there are some things to avoid on the course – big, bold patterns being one of them. Those Hawaiian shirts you got on vacation may be brilliant on the beach with their big floral patterns and eye-catching colours but not on the course. If you do want to bring a little pattern into your looks, go for subtle ones such as checks or areas of patterns along the side of a shirt or trousers.
Don’t pair brights with brights | Another thing you will notice when players wear bright shirts or trousers – most of the time they go for a neutral colour at the other end. So that beautiful sky blue and white shirt can work perfectly with white trousers or even navy ones. That stunning orange shirt you have seen on certain well-known golfers is best paired with black or navy trousers (yes, you might have seen otherwise but only certain people can pull of these looks!)
Use colourful accessories sparingly | Golf may sound a little serious when we talk about the etiquette on the course or the dress code at clubs but there are still plenty of ways you can bring some personality to a look without risking a sharp word from the tournament organiser or a little sidebar with the club secretary.
Using colourful accessories sparingly is a great idea – that funky orange belt works perfectly with black shorts and a rich, green shirt. It adds some colour without being too eye-searing. This is just one way you can use accessories to personalise your look in a good way.
Wear golf shoes | Golf footwear is big business and that’s because proper golf shoes help your game. The studs are the right length for the course and for the movements that you make. They are comfortable to wear for a full 18 holes and the materials use clever breathable technology, wicking moisture away from your feet. Always wear proper golf shoes, never trainers, sandals or other sports footwear.
There are a number of good reasons why golf fashion has a list of things not to do. Some of it is about course rules or club standards but much of it is totally practical and helps your game. So learning what to do and not to do in terms of your golf clothing is a big part of mastering your game and enjoying yourself when on the course.