The last thing a golf player wants is to lose. The second last thing a golf player wants is to be judged badly because of his attire. Aside from the essentials of good golf shirts, that is, being breathable, lightweight and fast-drying, allowing the player to freely move and having a good fit, some things are worth more than the basics.
It may be a common knowledge that loose clothes are comfortable. When dressing for playing golf, that isn’t always the rule. The sleeves of good golf shirts or polo shirts should extend only three-fourths down the shoulder and it should not cover the elbows. This would lessen the friction that comes when raising your arms for a swing. Avoid baggy golf shirts that extend up to the elbow. Over sized shirts won’t let you move freely. It will only get in your way.The phrase “polo shirt” is used in this paragraph for a reason. Most country clubs expects its clients and regulars to adhere to proper attire, which means a golf shirt with a collar.
When it comes to getting dressed for golf, less is more. Avoid anything flamboyant. Avoid statement t-shirts (they don’t even have a collar in the first place) and shirts that are meant for other sports (yes, that soccer shirt with your team number and surname on it). Tuck the ends of the polo shirt underneath your trousers, khakis or shorts. They may look chill and laid back on casual days but apart from your point of view, they look sloppy on the golf course. Another one that looks sloppy on the golf course is cargo shorts. In some country clubs, cargo shorts and pants are banned. Speaking of khakis, those are the classic golf staples every golf player should have. They match perfectly with any golf shirt you decide to wear.
Just because collars are required by country clubs doesn’t mean you have to tinker with it. Just let it be a collar. Don’t raise it or play with it to create a statement. If you really want to create a statement, you can select a belt that compliments your top. For example, a forest green top can be worn with an orange belt or a red top with a dark green belt. But this approach can be tricky to work with and works for certain body types only.
If you’re a big man, it is best to match the color of your belt to the color of your trousers, not your golf shirt. That way it attracts less attention on that area, making your waistline unnoticed. Also, don’t wear golf shirts dancing with patterns and designs. Keep it plain, comfortable and structured. Remember the rule about sleeves on this one. If you’re a lean and fit man with a waistline below 34 inches, then you can safely pull off a belt that contrasts your trousers i.e. dark trousers, white belt, white trousers, brown or black belt. Another tip: always wear a belt when your polo shirt is going to be tucked in. Empty belt loops do not look proper.
If you’re wearing trousers, make sure that they aren’t too long. How long is long enough? They shouldn’t touch the ground or collect on your ankles. The bottom of your trousers should be long enough just to touch the top of your golf shoes. When you prefer to wear shorts, there are restrictions. Shorts should end right on top of your kneecaps. If they are too long, they will look unkempt; too short would look obscene.
If you decide to go for a bold-colored shirt, keep your pants simple. This also applies the other way around.