Use a long-sleeved undershirt that fits closely to your body and is a bit longer so you can tuck it into your pants. You should be able to swing without the shirt riding up and without impeding your mobility. The garment should also have moisture-wicking properties to draw moisture away from your body. Avoid cotton, as it doesn’t insulate well when it gets wet.
Add a polo shirt on top of the base layer. Choose a color you like to add some vibrancy. If it gets really hot during your round, you can simply remove the undershirt and continue with your polo.
For pants, it’s a good idea to choose a pair with a higher waist. This helps keep the undershirt in place. If it’s very cold, opt for warmer pants. Alternatively, you can wear rain pants over your regular pants. If it gets too warm, just take them off and stow them in your bag. It’s also a good practice to have your rain pants with you since unexpected rain can occur at this time of year (also, have your rain jacket in the bag).
As for the second layer, I recommend a wool sweater, both for warmth and breathability. They are relatively thin and easy to swing in while providing good insulation. Again, it’s important that the sweater isn’t too short so it stays in place when you swing. If it starts raining, you can put on your rain jacket without feeling overly bulky, maintaining your mobility when swinging.
If it’s very windy, I replace the wool sweater with a windproof, thinner jacket (which fits in the bag) that also maintains a good length over the waist and pants line.
A vest is probably the best piece of clothing for changing weather conditions. It keeps you warm while allowing mobility. I wear it on top of the wool sweater (or wind jacket) and usually opt for a slightly thicker vest when it’s colder and a thinner one when the weather is more variable.
Freezing fingers and hands are probably the worst for golfers since hands are crucial for a good swing. Make sure to have a pair of warm gloves that you can hang on your bag. Put them on between shots to keep your hands warm. Also, use a neck warmer and a hat, as we know that when your neck and head are warm, your body stays warm too.
Some additional tips:
It’s a good idea to have an extra pair of golf gloves in your bag. If it starts to rain, it’s difficult to keep your glove completely dry. Instead, change gloves every few holes to ensure a good grip on the club even in the rain. Also, have extra socks with you. Having dry feet is just as important as having warm hands for a good game and a good mood, even in rainy and cold weather. Remember to have waterproof golf shoes.
I wish you many enjoyable rounds of golf in all kinds of weather!
/ Jenny Hagman
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