Shopping for golf shirts online can be a daunting task, especially if you are not acquainted with all of the different fabric options and features available. You may find yourself asking questions like “What is pique?” “What does moisture wicking mean?” and “Why is everything so bright and colorful?” The clothes you wear on the course can mentally and physical affect the way you play. Choose the best clothing by comparing common features; but before making a purchase, decide which features are important to you.
Golf polos come in a couple of common materials, each one having its pros and cons. The most popular option is cotton. Cotton is lightweight and breathable with the added benefits of being durable and cost effective. Another option is a polyester golf polo. Polyester clothing is not a natural fiber like cotton. However there are a few selling points of polyester, for one it does not wrinkle. If you get off a plane and are in a hurry to get to the course you could count yourself lucky to have a polyester shirt. Another benefit is that it does not stain easily. Grass stains from the course or sweat stains will not be a problem. The third runner up is the best of both worlds, the cotton/poly blend. When you blend the materials together the result is a versatile fabric that retains the coolness and lightness of the cotton fiber, but also adds the strength, durability and wrinkle-resistance of polyester. All three of these options come in a pique style, which is a knitting process that gives fabric a waffle-like appearance.
Golf is a great way to get exercise outside, but you can probably do without quite so much sweat. Fabrics that breathe, dry rapidly and wick away moisture will improve how you feel and move throughout the round. Pretty much every brand of golf shirt offers a line that has a moisture resistance feature. Nike calls it Dri-FIT while Adidas calls it ClimaLite and Puma calls it dryCELL. This feature works virtually the same way across all brands by wicking sweat away from skin to the fabric’s surface, where it quickly evaporates, keeping you comfortably cool and dry.
Modern golf apparel is a balance of performance and casual wear. You want to look your best without being restricted by your clothing. Many of our brands offer a tag-less option as well as a slim fit that moves with you. In fact our Puma shirts feature swing engineering at the sleeves to keep pesky seams out of the way and many of our shirts also have a longer tail so the shirt stays tucked in while you move. However, don’t let these features confuse you, comfort can tie into the material that you choose. A 100% cotton shirt will most likely be more comfortable than a polyester or even a polyester blend. Keep in mind though, that most cotton shirts do not have a moisture wicking feature, instead they rely on the natural moisture wicking that comes from cotton fabric.
If you dress well, you will feel better. If you feel better, you will play better. This came up often while doing research for this blog. Find a style of shirt that you are comfortable with and you will in turn feel good about yourself. We have many varieties of shirts to match each individual style of golfer. Each brand has a different appearance that they are known for. Greg Norman, after years of figuring out the style that worked best for him, created his own line of classic cut polos. These are simple shirts in flattering colors. If that is a little too tame for you and you would like to step it up a notch our Nike or Adidas are right on par, both brands are a little hipper without being “in your face,” think Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy. Now for the person that wants to be loud and really stand out on the course, check out the OGIO or Puma. Both brands are known for bright colors and stylish patterns allowing you to contrast nicely with the green of the course. Rickie Fowler’s style is a prime example of this.
Once you have decided the features you want and the style that suits you best, choosing the perfect polo becomes much easier. If you still have trouble, feel free to give us a call. We are always happy to help you, on or off the green!