GOLF POLOS. WHAT TO BUY AND WHAT IS THE REAL DIFFERENCE?
When it comes to buying golf apparel, there are many options available. For the occasional golfer, there is simply what do I need to wear to meet the required standards and for the more serious golfer, it is a whole manner of different options which range in price, brand, quality, style and more.
So how do you determine what’s right for you and your time out on the course? We dissect the needs of the golfer and offer some simple advice to help with your next purchase.
WHAT TO WEAR
Firstly, let us provide you with some simple tips on what to wear and how to wear it. A collared shirt and in most cases a polo shirt and neat shorts, skirts/skorts or pants are required. Leave any denim or street wear at home and simply dress neatly and respectfully. Golf is a sport of respect, etiquette and tradition and your apparel should represent as much, however, personalisation is something that is a social and global trend that has also moved its way into golf and you should feel comfortable to express yourself in line with golfs dress standards. After all, you want to look good and feel good out there.
For those that are a little louder in their choices, there are ways to do it, and ways simply NOT to do it. If your preference is to wear louder or bolder outfits on the course, that’s ok but try not to take it too far.
Firstly, we recommend you choose tops or bottoms and not both. If you have a loud pair of bottoms, then wear a block colour polo with a softer colour or at minimum a colour that matches something in your bottoms. Conversely, if you wear a loud polo, keep your bottoms simple with a block colour. Some simple DO NOTS….
- DO NOT WEAR CHECKS AND STRIPES IN THE SAME OUTFIT
- DO NOT WEAR LOUD COLOURS PATTERNS ON YOUR BOTTOMS AND YOUR TOP
- DO NOT WEAR ALL ONE COLOUR AT RISK OF BEING MISTAKEN FOR THE LOCAL CLOWN
If you see anyone doing the above, please feel free to call the local fashion police and have their outfit corrected immediately.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF POLOS AND WHY THEY ARE DIFFERENT
Yes, believe it or not, polos can be cut up and sliced into a variety of different categories. Above is just a few ways to set them apart. With these choices, we would simply say that technology and fabric should be a key part of your decision-making process.
Golf is a sport that requires movement, it is a sport that has you exposed to the sun for long periods of time and it is a sport that causes perspiration. For these reasons, many golf fashion and golf athletic brands have worked hard to create apparel with technology that allows for things such as free movement, anti- odour, moisture wicking and UV protection. These technologies will make a significant difference to your comfort out on the golf course and protect you at the same time. These technologies are the start of why you might pay a little more for a golf polo vs a polo found in your local retail store. Even within brands, price varies based on fabrics and technologies.
We may see a nice polo shirt at our local shopping centre. Sure, it looks good, the price point is quite cheap, and it will pass the golf dress code. But that should be far from a done deal for the golf shopper. Many of these cheaper polos will wear after 8-10 washes. The material used is often a lower grade so you will find things like the colour, shape, feel and other aspects degrade easily and quickly. They are also highly unlikely to have the key technologies found in golf apparel. So whilst you might pay around $39 -$49, you might find yourself buying 3-4 of these polos in the time you could have worn and used a better quality polo.
The next point of difference in the quality of the shirt is the material. This could be the grade of the cotton, the fabric count, multi-material, stitch and seem quality and more. The quality of the material will make a significant difference in;
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- The feel of the fabric on your skin
- Durability and how the polo holds shape and colour over time
- The weight and movement of the polo during wear and play
Over time, we have seen significant improvements in golf polos and the technology within them. Sport and golf brands such as FJ, Under Armour, Adidas and Nike invest significant dollars in their RnD (Research and Development) teams whilst fashion brands such as Calvin Klein and Lacoste invest significant money in their fashion, fabrics and technology research. This means it is always going to cost more money for these brands as the cost to create the product is higher, the cost of the fabrics and the cost of the technologies in the products is also higher. The price difference and what you get in return, however, is worth the additional investment.
In our BGA stores, we segment our apparel into 3 simple categories;
- GOLF SPECIFIC – The avid golfer who loves wearing golf brands on the course knowing the technology and fits help their game.
- SPORT – The athletic golfer who loves the technology sports brand deliver whilst allowing them to wear their golf products on and off the course.
- FASHION – The golfer who loves the fit and quality of fashion knowing the feel of the product will be great, the products will last, maintain it’s quality and can be easily worn anywhere.
These simple segments easily allow you to identify with your personality and style type whilst providing you with options and high-quality products. See images below of some of this seasons lines.
For advice on technology, fabrics, brands or anything we’ve mentioned above, ask the friendly staff if you local BGA Pro Shop or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org