An offshoot of polo and tennis shirts, the golf shirt that many know and love today has been constantly evolving since its introduction to the game and to the green. Depending on your enthusiasm and involvement with the sport, your purchase will boil down to two factors: style and function. A plethora of options combining the two exists, and online stores like eBay are the best place to browse the choices, with access to a wide array to select from. Nobody wants to trade style for function, or vice versa, and this guide will help you to get the most out of your purchase.
Golf shirts have been adapting new fabrics and technologies to push both form and functionality. From the more fashion-savvy Ralph Lauren line to the more technical and athletic lines of Adidas and Nike, the consumer is faced with a multitude of choices that combine or distil aesthetics and functionality. Getting to know the ins and outs of these options is essential to find the golf shirt that is right for you.
The devil is in the detail, but finding personalised golf shirts online is not difficult. It is important to learn what is available in terms of fabric, before making a choice. This guide will equip you with the knowledge you need.
How to Personalise Your Golf Shirt
Choosing the right golf shirt requires knowledge of the fabrics and styles available. Long or short sleeve, bright colours or dark finishes, golf attire can be just as important as having the right set of golf clubs. The easy part is finding a place to customise or personalise your shirts.
When it comes to personalising shirts, eBay sellers offer services to suit the buyer’s needs. A standard shirt for men can run from £15-20 at a base price, and with a personalised touch can reach upwards of £30-40, although this is merely a guide to the lower ranges. A designer golf shirt will cost considerably more than this both to buy and to personalise.
Shirts can be customised in a variety of ways and on different parts of their anatomy, including the front, back, breast and lapels. Sellers on eBay will make it clear which services they offer, with most offering a range of different fonts for any text, as well as a different thread colours for embroidered text and logos. Some sellers also offer printing services, which allows the creation of photo-printed shirts.
Golf Shirts: Style and Form
The most common reason for the purchase of a golf shirt is that the shirt looks good, on and off the course. A good shirt will not look out of the place in your everyday wardrobe. If you aren’t a golf enthusiast and hardly touch the clubs at all, the cut and fit of golf shirts do still hold a lot of appeal. Most of the designs available on eBay are made with both athletic and fashionable sensibilities in mind, so it should not be too hard to find golf shirts that could also double as smart-casual clothes.
Most golf shirts come with the distinct and recognisable features of ribbed collar, draped shirttails and button down collars. Modern designs that deviate from this traditional one include recent trend such as the long sleeved mock turtlenecks. Most golf shirts have a variety of fabrics and meshes. Some allow for tighter, form fitting styles that, while very sleek looking, might not be the best for a free-flowing swing.
If looking for a design that will stand out on the course, the Ralph Lauren Polo line offers a sizeable amount of variety for the more traditional golf Shirts, and has many colours and shades to choose from.
Traditional golf shirts are usually made out of cotton, with Pima cotton and mercerised cotton being the most common types used.
- Pima cotton is extremely durable and absorbent providing a good deal of warmth for the wearer.
- Mercerised Cotton, named after the process which removes stray fibres after the fabric has been treated, yields a fabric that is more lustrous than regular cotton. The shinier fabric is more durable and has fewer tendencies to shrink, providing comfort and a good fit for the wearer.
The colour chosen for a personalised golf shirt is usually a matter for personal preference alone. Brighter colours might be gaudy but they are easily visible on the green and help mark you out from other players. Lighter colours, especially white do have a tendency to show wear, tear and marks of dirt more readily. Dark colours are often easier to match and more stylish but they absorb heat and retain it easier – a comfort factor which should be taken into consideration.
For active golf enthusiasts, taking the right equipment to the course can make or break their game. There have been many developments in golf equipment following the introduction of new technologies to enhance performances in gloves, shoes and even hats. The same line of thinking has been applied to golf apparel, where advancements allow the wearer to be primed and ready for a variety of conditions.
It wasn’t long ago, however, that many courses had a strict dress code for golf. Like the move during the latter half of the 20th Century to more casual attire, the sport of golf has given way to new types of golf shirts.
Some serious players have customised golf shirt, tailor made to their preferences. Like business professionals, golfers need to look good and get their job done in what they are wearing. Custom business suits share one thing in common with custom golf attire, in that they are specifically made for motion.
The fit becomes more important when considering performance on the green, especially for cotton based shirts. A looser fit allows for freedom of movement in the traditional shirts.
Performance fabrics allow for freedom of movement without sacrificing fit. Made using a polyester base, performance fabrics aid the performance of the wearer in a variety of conditions—rain or shine, high heat or humidity and even in chillier courses.
Performance fabrics offer the following benefits:
- moisture reduction or absorption
- UV protection
- Thermal layering
See below for an analysis of the different fabric technologies and their specific functions, as available on eBay.
Moisture reduction is the most common feature in all shirts that use performance fabric. These fabrics take the moisture away from the skin and push the moisture to the top of the fabric, allowing it to evaporate naturally. They help to regulate a player’s temperature throughout the game. They are also less clingy and allow the player to stay cool during hot days and warm during cold ones.
Nike’s Dri-FIT, IZOD’s G-Cool, Ping’s Dry Fiber Dynamics and Addidas’ Climacool technologies also all address the moisture reduction issue.
UV protection refers to the performance fabric’s ability to protect the wearer from the sun. Most of these shirts have Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF. These shirts disrupt the UV rays and help prevent sun burn, which can accelerate skin aging and lead to skin cancer. Combined with normal means of sun protection like sun block, caps and umbrellas, these UPF fabrics are essential to those who have sensitive skin or are looking to keep their skin healthy.
Below is the American Society for Testing and Materials’ table for UPF ratings.
% UV Radiation Blocked
UPF 15 - 24
93.3 – 95.9
UPF 25 - 39
96.0 – 97.4
UPF 40 – 50+
97.5 – 99+
Some of these polyester based performance fabrics are also weather resistant, having been treated to make them water-proof and wind resistant. For the player who chooses to brave the elements, these fabrics make wind and rain more manageable, but allow moisture and body heat to escape. Breathable and comfortable, they allow the player to focus on his or her game.
Usually a golf shirt has any number or combination of these features. Ultimately the choice depends on the type of golf game being play and the conditions of the course. The key is knowing the different kinds of fabrics, what they offer and which would work best in the right climates and locations. Depending on location and the season, players will have to dress accordingly and pick attire in the same way they choose the rest of their sporting equipment.
How to Buy Personalised Golf Shirts on eBay
To search for personalised golf shirts, type into the search box ‘personalised golf shirts’, which will bring up lots of results. Browse through the results and click through to a seller. Select the size and colour of shirt you are looking for and check out using ‘Buy it Now.’ Sellers generally ask you to use the ‘message to seller’ box to infill details of the personalization required.
When searching through listings, carefully review all the data. Make sure the item matches what you had in mind. Look over the photographs a couple times. Feel free to Ask the Seller a question if you want additional details. Visit the Buying Tips page for more information.
Once you’re ready to buy, either place a Bid, Buy it Now, or put down your Best Offer. Buying with PayPal will ensure the transaction will go smoothly. eBay users are protected by the Buyer Protection Program.
Personalising a golf shirt adds a note of distinction to otherwise anonymous or generic golf attire, and helps to identify the golfer as part of a team or a club, or simply as an individual. eBay sellers offer a range of golf shirts that can be personalised, from both ends of the market. Because of the bespoke nature of the service it is a good idea to be specific in the description of the images and type required and to include personal contact details for further clarification. With these steps taken, acquiring a personalised golf shirt from eBay can be a fulfilling creative experience.