How to Dress for Golf

By Steve Silverman

Golf is a game that is known in part for its apparel. However, while plaid pants and newsy hats might be optional, many private country clubs do have dress codes that must be followed in order to play at their course. In general, no t-shirts, jeans, athletic shorts, or non-golf shoes are allowed on the green, and a collared shirt is required. 


Difficulty: Easy
Step 1
Dress for the weather. On hot summer days or any day when the sun is shining, wear a hat to keep your head shaded. If it is cold and windy, long pants and a sweater may be appropriate clothes. However, pants should never be tight fitting and the sweater should not inhibit movement. Even great golfers have trouble playing in the wind, so stay as comfortable as possible when playing in tough conditions.
Step 2
It's important to have a rain poncho to put over your clothes, because matches continue in the rain until the first lightning strike or thunder, and you may be out there for quite a while with the wet stuff coming down.
Step 3
Wearing a glove is a fashion statement for some golfers, but it is considered a necessity for many players who play regularly. A glove helps keep your grip on the club without any slippage. Usually, right-handed players wear the glove on their left hand. Some golfers take it off for putting, while others leave it on.
Step 4
Wear the proper shoes on the golf course. Even though you are standing still when you strike your shot, you can easily slip coming through the ball with your downswing and follow-through. Spiked shoes help avoid this slippage. In a bygone era, all spikes were metal and while they helped keep your footing, they also left marks on the green and delicate spots on the fairway. Now spikes are softer but they still help you keep your footing.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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