How To Dress Warmly For Golf

By Steve Silverman

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Dressing warmly for a round of golf in a cold climate is not easy. The key is being able to maintain the integrity of your golf swing while not succumbing to the elements. Wearing bulky clothes will impact the golfer negatively, so he must dress in layers to complete his round without freezing.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  1. Wear a protective undergarment such as Under Armour when playing on a cold day. Under Armour is light and strong and it will not weigh down a golfer or restrict his movement at the tee, on the fairway or on the green.
  2. Wear rainproof pants when you are playing in the rain or when precipitation is a strong possibility. Rainproof pants will keep you from getting soaked, and they will also wick off moisture so they will not get heavy.
  3. Wear golf shoes when you play in poor conditions. Most golfers will wear golf shoes normally, but even those who normally don't should wear them in heavy rain because they are waterproof and will keep your feet warm.
  4. Wear a Gore-Tex jacket in cold weather. You want to play even though it is below 40 degrees and the wind is blowing. To keep the round somewhat enjoyable, wear a Gore-Tex jacket for protection and flexibility.
  5. Wear a warm hat to keep the heat in your head from escaping. A hat is one of the greatest pieces of protection a golfer can wear in cold weather because 90 percent of your body heat will escape through your head. A wool cap will not interfere with your game and it will keep you warm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you are protected from the elements or your round will not be enjoyable.

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.