The Complete Guide to Buying Golf Clothing on eBay

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The Complete Guide to Buying Golf Clothing on eBay

Anybody approaching the game of golf with a view to taking it up as a sport is likely to be overwhelmed by how difficult and expensive it can be just to buy the necessary clothing and equipment, never mind learning how to hit the ball. Fortunately, eBay is the perfect place to buy new and used golf equipment, with thousands of options at a wide range of prices to suit all budgets.

Items of Golf Clothing Available

Just in terms of clothing, a golfer is going to need the following items right from the start:

Then, fairly soon after acquiring these items of clothing, the golfer is going to have to start thinking about the impact of the weather and add such items as:

eBay sells hundreds of thousands of these items and is able to bring the biggest brands in designer golf clothing to you at costs to suit most budgets. There are brand new, unused designer articles of clothing, as well as unused second hand items and used items in ‘as new’ condition.

There are certain things to look for, and some to avoid, when buying golf clothing – the potentially contentious areas lie in the purchase of Shoes, Shirts, Shorts and Trousers and so these will be examined separately.

Golf Shoes

While most driving ranges are unconcerned as to the footwear of their customers arriving to hit a bucket of balls, most golf courses – private and public – will require members and visitors to wear proper golf shoes on the course. Trainers, ordinary shoes, even a nice pair of brogues that look like golf shoes, will not be accepted.

Golf shoes have ‘spikes’ made of metal or ‘soft spikes’, made of plastic, to give the golfer a firm base for the athletic swing, and also to provide stability walking around a potentially muddy and slippery course. Some golf courses will not allow metal spikes anymore so it is essential that you check before arriving as a visitor. Most Pro Shops at a club will be able to switch spikes for you but ask in advance and leave plenty of time for the spikes to be switched.

Golf shoes in common with many aspects of golf clothing have become more high tech. Many shoes now have a ‘breathable’ inner lining and water repellent outer to wick moisture away from the feet and keep the golfer dry.

The leading brands are:

  • Adidas
  • Callaway
  • Footjoy
  • Mizuno
  • Nike
  • Ping
  • Puma
  • Taylor Made
Golf Socks

Many golfers just learning the game will start playing using any old pair of socks. Most realise very quickly that a 4 mile walk around a course requires very comfortable and hard wearing golf socks. Long golf socks, (often required when wearing shorts) short golf socks and thermal golf socks will be important additions to the golf kit bag.

Golf Shirts

The essential thing to know is that all clubs, both public and private, have a dress code and visitors in unacceptable clothing will be refused access to the golf course.

Acceptable at Most Golf Clubs

Not Acceptable at Most Golf Clubs

Short Sleeve Polo

Vest style Shirts

Long Sleeved Polo

Sleeveless Shirts

Roll Neck Shirts

T- Shirts

Turtle Neck Shirts

Collarless Shirts

Wind Shirts

V –Neck Shirts


eBay is the place to look for everything from plain Polo Shirts to branded golf shirtsthat come in high performance materials to keep the golfer dry and wick moisture away. Some of the leading shirt designers and manufacturers are listed below to get you started on your search:

  • Adidas
  • Ashworth
  • Callaway
  • Calvin Klein
  • Cutter & Buck
  • Glenmuir
  • Galvin Green
  • Green Lamb
  • Lija
  • Lyle & Scott
  • Nike
  • Oakley
  • Oscar Jacobsen
  • Ping
  • Puma
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Stromberg
  • Taylor Made

Golf Trousers and Golf Shorts

As with golf shirts, all golf clubs include their attitude towards golf trousersand golf shorts in their dress codes. It can be summarised as follows:

Acceptable at Most Golf Clubs

Not Acceptable at Most Golf Clubs

Tailored Trouser

Jeans

Chino Trousers

Shapeless Trousers

Plus Fours

Jogging Pants

Tailored Shorts

Swimming Shorts

Waterproof Golf Trousers

Drawstring Shorts


Many golfers see golf trousers as part of their sport equipment and they seek a level of performance that enables them to get the best out of their game.

High Performance Golf Trouser Materials

Increasingly high performance materials have been developed to address these issues:

  • Fabric technology enables manufacturers to produce extremely lightweight materials for playing golf in hot climates, the material is able to wick sweat away from the body leaving the golfer as comfortable as possible to focus on the game. Fabrics designed for the winter can include a base level of wind and waterproofing that can enable the golfer to delay or avoid the need to stop and pull waterproofs on.
  • Stretchable textiles make the athletic elements of the golf swing less restricted allowing the golfer greater concentration on getting the ball into the hole – and once there, more comfort while bending down and reaching into the hole to retrieve it.In addition, machine washable and Stay Press fabrics ensure that golf trousers perform like most other items of sports clothing – from crumpled up in the sports bag to machine washed, dried and ready to wear.

These specialist golf trousers are available on eBay through a wide range of manufacturers, some of which are listed here:

  • Adidas
  • Ashworth
  • Callaway
  • Calvin Klein
  • Cutter & Buck
  • Lyle & Scott
  • Nike
  • Oakley
  • Oscar Jacobsen
  • Ping
  • Puma
  • Ralph Lauren

Golf Sweaters

Most styles and types of sweater are fine to wear to the golf course. However, the changeability of British weather makes choosing a good quality golf sweater preferable to anything else. Things to look for are:

  • Windproof Golf Sweaters
  • Waterproof Golf Sweaters
  • Breathable Golf Sweaters with a fabric barrier to wick away moisture

Leading Brands include:

  • Adidas
  • Ashworth
  • Callaway
  • Calvin Klein
  • Cutter & Buck
  • Glenmuir
  • Galvin Green
  • Lyle & Scott
  • Nike
  • Oakley
  • Oscar Jacobsen
  • Ping
  • Puma
  • Ralph Lauren

Waterproofs

Few golfers will admit to enjoying the game in driving rain. However, when playing in a competition there is little choice. The key to success is to have a really good waterproof golf suit. Things to look for are:

Fabric

This needs to be Gore-Tex or similar to provide the breathability of material so that moisture is wicked away from the inside
Windproof and Waterproof

As above with the fabric keeping the wind and water out

Comfortable
Make sure the waterproofs fit over several layers of clothing

Quiet
Many golfers hate their waterproofs because of loud rustling noises as they move – a real distraction when you are making a swing in the rain

Base Layers

Most golfers won’t find the need for a Compression Shirt but nearly all at some time will think about some thermal underwear. If you are going to play winter golf then you need to take a look at buying a warm base layer. There are lots of styles and a wide range of prices so nobody needs to be cold on the course this winter.

Gloves

Some golfers don’t bother, but the vast majority do wear a golf glove. They are worn on the leading hand (left for right-handed players, right for left-handed players). The benefit is a better grip on the golf club, especially if the game is tense and nerves are causing sweaty palms. Most golfers change gloves regularly and keep a spare wet weather glove and a dry weather glove in the bag. They can be bought with confidence on eBay where there is a huge variety for sale with brands from nearly all of the club manufacturers.

Hats, Caps and Visors

While the professionals may wear these as part of some sponsorship deal, the club golfer does so simply to keep the sun out of the eyes and of the head, or to keep dry if it’s raining. Once again there is a broad range of golf caps on eBay from many manufacturers.

Buying Golf Clothing on eBay

Armed with a shopping list of golf clothing it makes sense for the buyer to watch a couple of auctions for something you are not interested in come to an end. This is useful experience for learning how to time bids and how and when to enter the maximum amount you are prepared to pay.

Do the research on the brands you are interested and decide a spending budget, and take advantage of the wide range of prices from used items of clothing (which may have been an unwanted gift, outgrown or no longer required) to new golf clothing options.

Payment and Search Options

To search for any particular item of golf clothing, visit the Sporting Goods portal. Alternatively you can use the search box provided to type in specific information to your golf clothing requirements eg Nike Golf Shirt, Black, XL. When your search comes back look at the sellers photographs and descriptions, particularly if buying second hand, to make sure there are no flaws in the clothing. Ask questions if unsure about anything and make sure to specify the correct size and colour if the options are presented. Visit the Buying Basics page for more information.

When you are comfortable with the product information you can consider how to pay for your selection and proceed to purchase. In an Auction the buyer has to place a bid in order to buy the item of golf clothing at auction by the date in the listing – it may take more than one bid to ensure you are the highest bidder. Use ‘Buy It Now’ if it is offered as an option and you would like to buy it immediately or to put down your ‘Best Offer’. Buying through PayPal will ensure the transaction proceeds directly between the seller and buyer. eBay users are protected by the Buyer Protection Programme.

The eBay Shopping Experience

Delivery and shipping of the golf clothing to you is provided by the seller.

It is recommended that you only purchase from sellers which are authorised through eBay.

Bundles are sometimes offered where the listing may include the specific main core product such as maybe a golf shirt with incentives to buy more than one or perhaps another product. It is always worth having a look at a seller’s other products for the chance to pick up another bargain and also save on postage costs.

Conclusion on Buying Golf Clothing on eBay

When choosing how to buy an item of golf clothing on eBay the buyer must consider their individual needs in terms of the style, size and any colour preferences, whether to buy a simple fabric or a high tech fabric and, of course, the image and brand that they prefer. Buying the clothes on eBay will deliver a huge range of choices for you to select from in the comfort of your own home – or wherever else you may be – with the protection of PayPal and eBay.

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