Golfing is a sport which requires participants to be well dressed. Many clubs and private courses have strict dress codes in place which must be adhered to in order to play. Clothes should fit comfortably, feel light, allow freedom of movement and never cause discomfort as this may affect your standard of game.
Not only do good clothes make the game what it is, they can help to push players to perform at their very best. Looking good and feeling good can boost confidence, and that in turn can help raise the standard of play. The shirt is central to the whole look and therefore seen by some as the most important garment.
The four factors
There are four key factors to consider when choosing a shirt:
- Design – in terms of both appearance and performance
- Fabric – natural, ‘technical’ or a blend
- Brand – golf heritage or name for sport
- Price – getting the best deal with eBay
Today’s popular polo shirt is characterised by:
- Shirt sleeves
- Pique knitted fabric
- Ribbed fold-over collar
- Short placket – the opening which covers the fastenings
- Three button –allowing more ventilation
- Breast pocket.
All of these features can be found on a single garment, however they are not necessities.
- Solid pastel colours, even shades of pink and lilac are acceptable in a polo shirt
- Horizontal stripes with muted and bright colours in counterpoint are a classic
- Consider how the shirt teams with the trousers. If one is bright (red, pink, yellow), leave the other neutral (brown, black white). Both can be patterned provided the pattern does not dominate both shirt and trousers.
- Strong contrast of dark top and light bottom works for the trim figure, but not for everyone.
- Traditionally men’s shirt sleeves should be three quarters of the way to the elbow (if the elbow can’t be seen, the sleeve is too long)
- For women, sleeveless or capped-sleeved shirts are allowed, provided they have a collar, but be aware of the risks of perspiration and sunburn
- Slim-fit styles in stretch fabrics for women comfortably follow the contours of the body.
- Having pattern on pattern can create a cluttered look. If you fear the look is too busy, it probably is.
- Pattern on pattern can work when the pattern isn't dominating both the shirt and the pants
- Colours don't always have to be bright to make a statement. Keep colours in the same palette to create balance.
Choosing the right shirt for you can be just as important as choosing the right driver, putter or sand wedge. Anyone who has ever felt a hot, sweaty shirt restrict their shoulder when taking a swing can verify the importance of the fit of the garment. There’s nothing worse than irritating discomfort when trying to play your best shot.
Ensuring your body is at the right temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, can be a key factor in performance. Sticky sleeves can really hinder your game; note how pros tug their left sleeve upwards. This keeps the sleeve from grabbing the shoulder on the backswing. A well designed golf shirt should allow space for free movement between the shoulders, so important to the execution of a model swing. Conversely, golfers should not wear baggy shirts that can get in the way of fluent movement. A form-fitting shirt that allows leeway is the ideal.
When purchasing a polo shirt, think cotton. It could be finest Peruvian pima, pique knit to give a fine waffle effect; a good cotton polo shirt clearly says quality. Likewise fine merino wool looks great and can be that bit warmer.
Cotton is breathable, which is a requirement for comfort. However cotton is also renowned for absorbing moisture, whether from perspiration or a light rain shower. That can make them heavy and stick to the body so a little tip – don’t forget to pack your waterproofs.
New technologies have been introduced by manufacturers that keep golfers cool, dry or warm depending on the temperature which they are playing in. These ‘technical’ fabrics are light, breathable, flexible and able to draw moisture away from the body through wicking. This disposes of the moisture back into the atmosphere to keep the wearer comfortable and most importantly, dry.
Often shirts are made from a blend of materials. An all-round, reliable jersey knit shirt can be 61% cotton and 39% polyester to combine lightness, durability, easy care and breathability. A high performance, figure fitting polo shirt can be 84% polyester and 16% elastane.
Fashion note: When selecting materials for your perfect golf shirt make sure you keep your in mind. Stretchy materials can be flattering for lean models, but not so flattering on those of us with a fuller figure. A looser but still fitted style made from a more appropriate material such as cotton could be a better idea.
Many of today’s sporting fabrics are manufactured to provide UV protection from the sun. Lots of sporting attire also include anti-microbial to prevent any unwanted odours.
Gore-Tex materials provide warmth and waterproofing when playing in damp or wet weather conditions. Lycra in a shirt has the advantage of allowing the player to bend and reach with their drives.
More than any other sport, golf attracts a mix of genres when it comes to clothing brands:
Names known universally for sport
Nike, Adidas and Puma
Names specific to golf
Ping, Lyle and Scott, Pringle, Ashworth and Callaway
Famous fashion designers
Hugo Boss, Armani, Lacoste and Ralph Lauren (the Polo collection, of course)
Serious technological advancements in the golf shirt industry add to the performance of any serious golfer. Both Nike Golf and Adidas Golf have created moisture wicking technologies to inspire confidence in your golf shirt on the golf course. From Nike Golf, Nike Dri-Fit, keeps you dry and comfortable on the golf course, as it wicks unwanted moisture away from your skin to the surface for rapid evaporation. Created by Adidas Golf, Adidas ClimaCool, offers superior moisture wicking management for fast cooling and quick drying comfort in your golf shirt for a cool comfortable game of golf.
Many of the top golfing-specific brands manufacture superb ranges, styled for wearing in any weather condition that can be encountered when out on the course. These world famous golf clothing brands appreciate the importance of striking a balance between fashion and practicality, offering all sorts of innovative materials and features of design to keep players driving, chipping and putting in total comfort and peak form.
Lyle & Scott, and Pringle, both established in Scotland in the 19th as luxury knitwear companies, went on to launch golf clothing ranges, successfully taken up in the 1970’s and 1980’s by players such as Tony Jacklin, Gary Player, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman.
Faced with such a diverse choice, many individuals go for clothing that has been endorsed by pro-golfers. Not only is this likely to make a sought-after fashion statement, but it will be most appropriate for playing the game itself.
Price can be the key determining factor to any consumer when looking to purchase a product. If you’re on a tight budget, looking up customer reviews on particular brands can help you determine whether you are getting value for your money.
Opting for the highest profile brand names is the safest way to meet expectations of high quality, flattering, fashionable, fit for purpose, long lasting golf clothing. However be ready for a premium price as quality can often come at a cost.
Shopping on eBay provides the ideal forum for price comparisons. With little trouble it’s possible to find high-end shirts at medium range prices; whilst reputable smaller brands can be on offer at more affordable prices.
Buying Golf Shirts on eBay
Golf shirts of all kinds are readily available on eBay. With access to a huge range of sellers, tracking down the right golf shirt for you is simple and convenient. Many vendors offer free shipping and competitive prices. Once you have a clear idea of the sort of golf shirt you need, just navigate to www.ebay.co.uk.
While you shop, don't forget balls, tees, shoes, and other appropriate clothing for the course. To start shopping, go to the Sports and Leisure category. Click the Sporting Goods portal and click Golf .
Categories: The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Accessories , Apparel , Bags , Balls, Books , Videos , Golf Club Components, Footwear, Golf Carts<, Cars, Schools, Lessons, Experiences, Tee Times<, Green Fees,<Training Aids, <Vintage, and Other Items. As you refine your search you'll be able to narrow down your choice by subcategory.
Product Finder: Use the Golf Clothing Finder to quickly narrow down item listings by type of shirt, brand, model, condition (new or used), and product material.
Keyword search: Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find new golf shirts for men, type the keywords "golf shirt men new" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips ppage for more tips on searching with keywords.
If you can't find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.
Buy Golf shirts with Confidence
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In golf style is a key part of the game, with many clubs have strict dress codes regulating what can and cannot be worn. As well as being stylish and adhering to the code, your clothes should enable you to play to the top of your game, giving you the freedom to swing easily and concentrate on the hole at hand. It is said that the clothes make the man, and being dressed well can certainly give you the confidence to give your best. With a wide selection of golf shirts on eBay, you'll be sure to find the right shirt for you no matter how eclectic your tastes.