Tips & Guides
It can be safely stated that the accessories that provide the maximum benefits to a golfer to improve his game are a golf cart, a motorized caddy and golf clubs besides perhaps one of several types of home training machines available. Few people would give much thought to the attire that nevertheless play an important part not only in the improvement of the game, but also in the preservation of a golfer’s good physical health. We have taken below for discussion some most popularly used items of different attire when you are out on the golf course playing golf.
The primary benefit accruing from your attire should be the extent of protection they provide you from the outside elements. The element that causes the most concern to a golfer is the sun. You have to be properly clad so as not be adversely affected by the sun as to be compelled to cause any stoppages or interruptions to the game. The glare of the sun hitting your eyes as a result of reflection and refraction of the sun’s rays from other sources can seriously impair your vision as to render you performing well below your potential.
Direct sunrays getting in your eyes is still worse in effectively blinding you completely from playing strokes with any degree of accuracy or certainty. Wearing sunglasses with higher ratings of protection can protect your eyes not only from the temporary impairment of vision, but also from the permanent harmful effects of the sun’s rays. Your body (particularly the skin) too needs protection from being burned by the vicious rays of the sun especially over long period under a bright and hot sun. This may be countered by slathering the most exposed and vulnerable parts of your body such as the face and the arms in sunscreen. Wearing a good hat will add to the protection of your face, neck and head areas.
Many devoted golfers wear golf shoes not necessarily as a showpiece or for enjoyment of the game, but rather for the other benefits they confer. Golf shoes are so designed to facilitate walking smoothly and easily on grass while safeguarding the blades of grass too from being trampled with a heavy force as in the case when wearing regular shoes. Golf shoes soften the possible damage to the grass thus lessening the threat to their survival and propagation. There is no appreciable price difference between golf shoes and regular shoes. So, if you golf a minimum of one day a week on the average, golf shoes should serve you fine considering your ease of movement and also the good health of the grass. If not, you may continue with your regular shoes since if you buy any golf shoes, they would have no other use for you outside golf.
The rest of the attire for a golfer is very much a matter of individual preferences with regard to comfort, brand and style etc. However, wearing too formal a type of pants could result in coming up with a thigh rash. Watch what other golfers generally wear so as to get an idea of what is good for you. What goes for a vast majority could be expected to go well for you too; though there could be exceptions depending on any peculiarities in your skin sensitivity to certain types of materials of cloth especially under continuous sunny conditions. A trip to a few golf accessory stores will reveal to you any additional options available for trying.
Generally golf courses are not likely to impose any conditions or restrictions and limitations with regard to what you wear on the course. Golf is meant to be a sport for relaxation and personal enjoyment and you should be able to carry on unhampered by obnoxious rules and regulations except when taking part in certain tournaments when the rules (if any) pertaining to accepted or permitted attire for a particular tournament will apply. Except under such rare and exceptional circumstances, you should be able to use your discretion on the matter of what you wear when golfing.