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Golf Clothing

October 9th, 2013

Wearing the appropriate clothing on a golf course is essential. If the club deems your outfit unacceptable, you may be refused entry. Dress codes vary in strictness depending on the policies of the golf course that you are playing. A good indicator of whether there is a dress code is the price of the course you plan to play. The higher the greens fees, the more likely there is to be a dress code for golfers. It can often be useful to check the course’s website prior to visiting to see their guidelines on suitable attire. The wrong type of clothes can also hinder your performance and affect your game out on the green. It is important to bear in mind the amount of movement required when swinging a golf club, as well as the extensive walking and carrying a heavy golf bag around the course entails.

There are usually different sets of rules on clothing for separate areas of the golf course and clubhouse. Both members and visitors are asked to ensure that they conform to a good, neat and clean standard of dress both on and off the course, you are expected to be tastefully dressed and tidy at all times. The majority of clubs ask you to bring a change of smart, presentable clothes to wear during your time at the clubhouse. It is not acceptable to wear soiled or torn clothing inside the clubhouse, especially during bad weather.

So how do you know whether you need to dress in smart golf trousers and wear a shirt with a collar? If you’re planning on playing a course you’ve never been to before, and you’re unsure of its dress code, call ahead. Don’t assume – always call ahead. Golf courses will turn away golfers who show up without meeting the dress code or you can choose to buy expensive pro shop golf apparel in order to bring yourself up to the course’s standards. Don’t always follow the professional golfers’ examples from world tournaments. Just because it is deemed acceptable for them to wear their signature outfit on the course, it may be an exception simply due to their celebrity status. Wearing similar clothing does not guarantee entry into a golf club, it is always best to ring reception and ask about their clothing policy.

On the whole, it is best to avoid the following:

• T-shirts
• Cut-off shorts
• Denim of any kind
• Halter tops
• Mesh shirts
• Short skirts
• Gym or sports style shorts
• Swimwear
• Cargo shorts or trousers
• Camouflage clothing
• Football, rugby or sports jerseys
• Tracksuits
• Trainers

Golf shoes can be one of the most important parts of your outfit to get right, as clubs are very strict when it comes to potential damage to the course and putting green. The majority of clubs have banned shoes with metal spikes as they cause too much destruction and disruption to the turf out on the fairway. They are also important to the success of your game, as well as your day overall. The average golfer walks approximately 4 to 5 miles during a round, as well as being on their feet for up to 6 hours straight.
Here are some tips to choosing the right golf shoes:

• Comfort should be paramount, should be sure to try plenty of different brands and styles on when shopping for golf shoes.
• It can also be helpful to wear the normal type of socks you choose on golfing days.
• Test your shoes by standing on one foot at a time. Wiggle your toes and stand on your tiptoes. Shoes should bend at the same place where your foot bends.
• Look for a pair that is lightweight and flexible. Golf shoes need to be sturdy, long lasting and supportive.
• Golf shoes should fit tighter in the middle portion of the foot than other shoes. This area offers the most support while swinging. The middle portion of the shoe will stretch over time.
• Consider the normal conditions you play in. Is it often damp, raining or constantly hot and sunny? Should you choose waterproof shoes to ensure maximum grip and comfort during bad weather Moisture- wicking material on the exterior can be very beneficial, even on slightly damp grass.
• Even high-quality golf shoes can be improved with supportive insoles. If you have specific problems with your feet or have encountered pressure points, it may be helpful to get some custom made insoles for your golf shoes. These can then be transferred from your old pair to a new pair once they have worn out.
• The right shoes can aid with the correct posture in order to give that added oomph to your swing that could make the difference between being a mediocre player and becoming a great one.

Golf socks are also important to complement your new golf shoes. It’s no good investing money in a quality pair of shoes to skimp on the socks inside them. It can be very uncomfortable, not to mention annoying, if your socks keep falling down or rubbing your feet whilst walking around the course. White ankle length or knee high socks are usually the most acceptable on the modern golf course, rather than the traditional argyle patterned types. Advances in technology mean there also cushioned and supportive socks specially designed for wear during rounds of golf. These help to protect your feet from additional strain and blisters from the movement whilst playing.

Some more advanced performance socks offer moisture wicking capabilities. This means that your feet won’t overheat when playing in warm or cold conditions. The materials suck out the moisture when you perspire and quickly force it out through the fabric to allow evaporation. This keeps your feet cool, dry and smelling fine. It also means you won’t end up with cold, soggy feet in wet weather conditions.

Trousers or shorts are always on the smarter side of fashion, and many do not allow relaxed style cargo shorts or generic sportswear. Both should be a standard length i.e. No short-shorts or excessively long trousers, especially cuffed as these tend collect dirt. The key is to look respectable and maintain the precedent set by the members of the golf course. Loose, smart trousers, known as “slacks” in America are the norm for both men and women out the on golf course. Men should always wear a leather belt with both trousers and shorts.

Women have the option of wearing trousers and shorts similar to men’s attire, but also can choose to wear golfing skirts and “skorts”. These should always be of a modest length, close to the knee. “Skorts” are a combination of shorts with the appearance of a skirt. This gives the outfit a feminine touch whilst being entirely practical for activities on the golf course. There are also dresses specially designed for golf, but these are not as common as practical separates.

The golf shirt is a common wardrobe item, and many people that have never played may own one of these already. Often called a polo shirt, these two items are pretty identical, with the only differences being in sleeve length and sometimes the weave of fabric. The perfect casual shirt, a golf shirt is usually made of a smooth or pique knit jersey and features a short button placket at the neck with a collar. Sleeves may be cuffed or hemmed plain. Men and women’s shirts are also very similar, with women’s golf clothes often having a slightly more defining cut and style, with different colour options.

The iconic golf outfit usually includes a vest layered over a smart golfing shirt. These help the torso to keep warm and retain heat, whilst allowing the arms free range of movement so your swing is not hindered or restricted. Many traditional sweater vests have the classic argyle patterned, but modern equivalents include plain neutral colours, as well as wind-breaker styles and fleece fabrics.
Golfing accessories are more than simply an item to finish off an outfit. Items such as a golf glove, sunglasses and visors can really help to improve your abilities.
Hats and visors should be worn with caution, as it is easy to get this item wrong. It can be helpful to get an experienced golfer to accompany you when buying this item to ensure you are choosing the correct style. Keeping the sun out of your eyes is a primary concern with any outdoor sport, including golf. Baseball-style caps and visors are commonly worn, as they provide the essential peak to shields your eyes and help with visibility in bright conditions.

Sunglasses can also help during very sunny weather, as the golfer tends to look towards the sky multiple times to follow a balls trajectory in flight. Moreover, course hazards, such as water and sand traps, reflect sunlight and cause glare. Sunglasses protect the eyes and also enable players to see better when hitting in bright conditions. Frequent players often choose to invest in specially design golf sunglasses, which are often rimless to increase the field of vision. This is particularly helpful when the bottoms of the lenses are rimless as it makes looking at the ground a lot easier. Many favour wraparound style frames to filter light coming in from the sides of the face, as this can be very distracting when trying to concentrate on a shot. Some brands offer high-contrast lenses that enable players to find golf balls more easily. Be sure that sunglasses fit snugly, since a lot of time is spent looking down at the ground, which can cause glasses to slip down the nose.

Golf gloves can also benefit players by improving their grip on the upper handle of the club. A golfing glove should be carefully fitted as a glove that is too tight or too loose can be more of a hindrance to your game than a help. Gloves should fit like a second skin but not be uncomfortably tight. Loose gloves or fingers that are too long will only interfere with one’s swing, not improve it. Sizes for golf gloves generally run from small to extra-large, or occasionally extra extra-large. A range of sizes called cadet gloves are designed for those who have shorter fingers and wider palms.
They can help to protect your hands from the sun, as well as preventing painful blisters and calluses from forming. Gloves for golfers are usually made from leather, synthetic leather or sometimes a combination of the two. They often have perforations for ventilation and adjustable wrists incorporated into the design.

Learning about basic golf dressing etiquette, paying attention to individual golf course dress codes and selecting individual garments in an educated manner can help golf beginners blend in with experienced players out on the fairway.

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