The Importance of Golf Clothing

By Bill Herrfeldt

"You're as good as what you wear." So it was said a long time ago, and nothing is more true than when you are dressed properly on the golf course. There's a direct corollary between how well you are dressed and how well you play the game, so you should go the extra mile to be neat and stylish. What follows are ideas about how you should approach your golfing ensemble.

Comfortable, Stylish Clothing

You will be on the golf course for up to five hours, or more, so you need to wear clothing that's comfortable. But that doesn't mean that you abandon the essence of style. First, make sure that what you wear is loose-fitting and coordinated. For example, think twice about wearing a pair of green striped shorts with a blue polka dot top. It's OK to wear loud colors, but be sure they match. And what you wear should be loose-fitting because you will constantly tax your clothing with every swing.

Hats Are In!

Watch the touring golf professionals on television and you'll see that the vast majority of them wear some type of hat. They range from simple visors to more ornate hats with brims and colors. Those who wear them are making more than a fashion statement. They are protecting themselves from the sun which effects everyone's game. Whether you have skin that is sensitive to the sun, or you need to shield your eyes from the sun's glare, having on the right hat is both utilitarian and nice to wear.

Shoes

There was a time when you could only get golf shoes with metal spikes. Now many courses outlaw them in favor of shoes with so-called "soft spikes", because metal spiked shoes damage the greens. Before you buy a pair, check with the course you usually play for clarification.

Be sure that the golf shoes you buy are a good fit because you will walk up to six or more miles every time you play 18 holes. There's nothing worse than having an ill-fitting pair of golf shoes that cause blisters on your feet before the round is over. Because they are stiff when they are new, consider wearing them around the house to break them in before taking them onto the golf course. Finally, keep your golf shoes in good shape. Regularly change all the spikes and polish them. Remember, you will see them each time you address the golf ball on the golf course.

Prepare For Bad Weather

You never realize how important appropriate weather gear is until you run into bad conditions without it. If there is a chance for the temperature to drop during your round, have a sweater or a jacket handy. If it should rain on the golf course consider investing in water-repellent golf pants and coat. Most golf bags have large pockets where those items can be stored.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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