Selecting what to wear for your first day on the links can be tough. You want to dress appropriately, but you also want to be comfortable enough to take an athletic swing. With the right pieces in your wardrobe and some planning for the weather, you can look and play your best at the same time. Here’s a quick guide on what to wear golfing for beginners.
To get started, you will want to have some standard pieces of golf clothing available:
The list above makes up your primary golf attire, but there are other items that you may want to have on hand:
As your scheduled round of golf draws closer, be sure to monitor the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately. Remember, a round of golf often takes four hours or more to complete, and weather conditions can easily change multiple times from the first tee to the last green—especially in the summer (think pop-up thunderstorms).
Keep flexibility in mind as you pick out your clothes, especially on a day with an uncertain forecast. For instance, you might not need to wear your rain gear to start the round, but keep it in your bag if there is any chance of showers moving in later. Also, on chilly days, dressing in layers is a good idea so that you can add or remove layers as the temperature fluctuates.
In addition to watching the forecast, take a moment to review the dress code of the course where you plan to play (usually available on the course’s website). It’s better to do this homework ahead of time, rather than arriving at the course only to be told that you’ll have to change.
Before you wear a new outfit for a full round of golf, consider testing your clothes on the range. Golf might not be as physically demanding as some other sports, but it still requires an athletic movement that can be restricted by ill-fitting clothing.
One specific point to check is the way the shoulders of your shirt feel as you take a swing. You need freedom of movement in your arms, so any shirt that feels tight through the shoulders and chest should be left for non-golfing occasions.
Some, if not most, of your golf apparel will likely be made from synthetic materials. These materials can be difficult to clean with regular detergents, which are often designed to treat cotton. If you’ve had difficulty removing sweat or odor from your golf clothing, you could be using the wrong detergent.
To care for your golf apparel and other activewear, order a bottle of WIN Sports Detergent today. Our detergent is specifically designed to take the stink out of synthetic fibers. You are sure to notice the difference after your very first load!