The fall provides some of the best weather to play golf, however, the weather can be a bit unpredictable during the fall season.
Is your golf closet ready? Even if you believe that your closet is good to go, you might want to check out these 10 tips that could possibly make you the best and smartest dressed person in your group this autumn.
1) Be prepared
Tuesday you could be wearing summer attire and then on Wednesday you are wearing everything in the closet. Such is the weather for the fall in the Midwest and in other parts of the United States. You must to have your closet wide open in the fall and make sure that you don’t leave the house without grabbing that jacket, just in case. Also, keep extra layers in your car or golf bag throughout the fall months for emergencies.
2) Plan ahead
Have a checklist of what you need and compare it to what you already have. If you don’t have rain pants, maybe this is the year to buy them; they’re helpful in the cold and wind too, not just the rain. Do you have a long sleeve shirt to wear under a golf shirt for extra insulation? How about a winter cap/beanie for those extra cold days where you just have the itch to play golf? If you’re prepared with smart apparel choices, the golf season can go on longer than you previously thought, and 40-degree days aren’t so bad. Also, always check the weather before you head to the course in the fall. This will save you from any disasters.
3) Layer up
Winter layers use to be a hindrance for the golf swing. However, companies such as Under Armour, Greyson, Southern Tide, Polo Ralph Lauren, Peter Millar and others have designed products specifically for golfers, allowing freedom to make a full swing and still keep warm. With proper layering and quarter-zip pullovers, you can also get away with not even wearing a jacket in cold conditions. Pants with rain pants over the top is a great way to keep your legs warm, too.
4) Keep the feet warm
Look into acquiring waterproof leather shoes to help keep your feet dry. The sock game has stepped up as well and should absolutely be a part of your plan. Pro tip: Double up on socks on cold or wet days to keep your feet warm and dry.
5) Lose the baggy attire
This is a great rule of thumb at all times, but it is especially important during the colder weather because it will keep your body heat closer to your body. And for the plus size guy, I promise it looks slimmer and better having form fitting clothing compared to the baggy clothing.
6) Don’t forget the gloves and hats
Having cold hands and ears during a round of golf is absolutely miserable. Make sure that you prepare with some winter gloves, a beanie for your ears and of course some Hot Hands hand-warmers. Finding winter gloves that are different colors than black are difficult to find, but not impossible. Make sure that you treat a beanie just like a hat in that you have planned it out ahead of time and it goes well with the rest of your attire.
7) Stick with neutral colors
A dark top goes well with light bottoms, or you could try a light top with dark bottoms. If you would like to make a bold statement, follow these colors: black or navy pants with green, yellow, red or orange top. Jordan Speith is fairly conservative with how he dresses on the golf course and is a good professional to copy in style.
8) The “social situation” test
If you wouldn’t wear the outfit in a social situation, don’t wear it on the course either. There are some outfits that I am sure we have all seen in person or on the television that we cringe at. You can go bold without being too ridiculous.
When in doubt, K.I.S.S (Keep it simple stupid!). Hope this article helps you prepare for the unpredictable yet beautiful fall season of golf!