What To Wear Golfing: 9 Items Every Golfer Needs

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If you are new to the game of golf, or are just getting serious about playing, then you know that what you wear tells a lot about how you play.  If you have ever been to a golf course just to embarrassingly get sent home for wearing the wrong thing, then you definitely need to read this article about “what to wear golfing.” This list is not going to improve your game, but it could improve your confidence, and it will definitely improve how other people view you on the course. 

What To Wear Golfing: The List

1. Collared shirt

A collared shirt is an absolute must on any golf course at any time. Even if you are just going to your local college’s par 3 or city municipal course, you should always wear a collared shirt. After all, there is a reason that many people call them “golf shirts.” If you are wondering, our favorite golf shirt is made by Under Armour, and it is comfortable, breathable, and stylish.

2. Shorts/Slacks

It doesn’t really matter if you wear shorts or slacks on the course, it is a matter of comfort and climate. What does matter, on the other hand, is that you do not wear anything with drawstrings or anything that you would also wear on a soccer field. Our favorite shorts are Polo Golf Shorts and our favorite golf pants are made by Oakley. For either option, Amazon Essentials are a great low price option.

3. Belt

A belt is important because it keeps your pants in place throughout the round and it can add style to your golf attire. Our suggestion is to not go too big and to make sure the belt is stretchy and less formal than your normal work attire.

4. Socks

Socks are one of the most underrated aspects of a golf outfit when it comes to comfort on the course. A cheap pair of socks will get wet in the rain, make your feet too hot, and slip in your shoes. On the other hand, a nice pair of Adidas ClimaCool socks will do just the opposite and keep your feet comfortable for the whole round.

5. Golf shoes

There are a lot of golf shoe options out there. You have spikeless, metal spikes, and soft spikes to start with. Stay away from metal spikes as many courses do not allow them, but either of the other 2 options are fine. Today’s golf shoes are as comfortable as running shoes, and if you spend a little money they can also give you as much stability as you need. Soft spike golf shoes are easily the most popular and the most stable. The key is to not wear running shoes or trainers, but to actually get a pair of golf shoes both for the look and the performance. Our favorite shoes are as follows:

6. Golf Glove

Golf gloves are not required on any golf course, but if you played a few rounds then you will probably wear one. The most important thing to remember is that right-handed golfers wear their glove on the left hand and left-handed golfers wear their glove on the right hand. If you want to look like you have no idea what you are doing, just wear a glove on both hands. Find a glove that fits, that is durable, and cheap, and if you want to look like a real golfer then wear a brand


7. Hat/Headwear

While not required, almost all golfers wear something on their head. A baseball style cap is the most common, and you can find one in your favorite golf brand or one with your favorite team. For a while, visors were pretty popular but you do not see a lot of those anymore. To keep the sun off your head, a bucket hat might be tempting, but if you want to fit in and look like most golfers, the classic baseball style is your best bet.

8. Sunglasses

There are a lot of great pairs of sunglasses out there, but our favorites are Oakley, Ray Ban, and Costa. These are companies who do sunglasses first and other apparel second and they make a great product. The key is to make sure they are comfortable, they do not affect your vision, and they are polarized to protect your eyes.

9. Sunscreen 

We recommend sunscreen if you are going to be out in the sun for any reason, but if you have seen a golf tan line then you know it is especially important on the golf course. If you have ever been or seen a “golf lobster,” then you know it is both uncomfortable and extremely unattractive to see a man’s skin turn that bright red that only comes from being in the sun for 4 hours without protection. 

Final Thoughts On What To Wear Golfing

Being properly dressed on the golf course is almost as important as being properly dressed for a friend’s wedding. Like we said before, being dressed correctly may not improve your swing, but it can improve your confidence.

If you liked this list and learned something from it, please share it on social media and let your friends know about redbirdiegolf.com! Also, make sure to follow the advice above to ensure a great afternoon on the links.


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