I will preface this by saying, I do not golf.
I go to the driving range. Sometimes I put golf tournaments on TV when I’m working on the weekend and need some soothing background noise. I have conflicted feelings about Tiger Woods.
But I do not golf.
However! I do have fully formed oPiNiOnS about the best men’s golf clothes and how to look and feel your best on the links.
Because there’s still a lot of outdated notions about what golf clothes should look like, which were all decided by a bunch of old white guys who also harbor outdated ideas about who should be playing golf at all.
Thankfully, there’s a younger generation coming up that has decided they’re not wearing what’s always been worn on the golf course just because it’s always what’s been worn. They inspired me to do a deep dive on the best men’s golf clothes for 2020 (and beyond)!
This isn’t a rundown of golf apparel and accessory brands — though you will find brand and product recommendations!
Instead, think of it as a permission slip for trying something new with the clothes you wear to play the sport.
Check out the best golf clothes for men in 2021:
1. Swap your golf pants for joggers
Just gonna say it: It’s time to switch to joggers on the golf course, full-time, full stop.
“We feel joggers are acceptable on the course now,” says Olajuwon Ajanaku, founder and CEO of Eastside Golf.
“For so long it’s been these pants that weren’t tapered right and sometimes really baggy. Now with all these really nice different shoes out, joggers are definitely a way to keep the attention towards them.”
Even more so now in our WFH lives, joggers are creeping into our everyday wardrobes; why wouldn’t you want to extend that trend to the golf course?
Ajanaku agrees. “I definitely feel the new school golfers are more into fashion and have the ‘If you look good, you play good mentality’.”
Shop #SGapproved golf joggers:
2. Tech Shorts > Chino Shorts
Not saying you should show up to the tee box in basketball shorts, but there are plenty of brands making performance shorts in 2020 that still have belt loops and pockets.
And that don’t go to your knees.
You can dress well for the course without looking like you’re ready to tailgate at an SEC school. (aww, R.I.P. tailgating!) Shorts that look acceptable on a golf course, and move with you while you play.
Shop #SGapproved golf shorts:
- Lululemon Commission Warpstreme Shorts, $90 (above)
- Bonobos Lightweight Golf Shorts, $78 (go with the 8″ not the 10″!)
- Peter Millar Stealth Crown Crafted Performance Shorts, $98
3. Break out from boring golf shirts
When it comes to golf shirts, I’m not going to say to switch things up so drastically as with your pants. A polo shirt totally works! As does a zip-up!
But please, try something new this season.
There are so many great brands hitting the scene that are making golf feel fresh and interesting. Embrace them!
Shop #SGapproved golf shirts:
- Malbon Golf striped cod shirt, $108 (above)
- Sugarloaf Social Club rugby shirt, $165
- Todd Snyder x FootJoy quarter-zip sweatshirt, $165
Head to eBay, search men’s clothing > golf shirts > your size NWT.
You might get a company logo on the sleeve. Or overstock from an invitational that got rained out. Who cares? Makes for an interesting story anyway.
4. Update your golf shoes to something more modern
Remember in The Last Dance when Michael Jordan talked about wearing the original Jordans for a game however many years later? He was bleeding through his shoes in the first five minutes.
That’s how I feel about men wearing traditional golf spikes in 2020.
Why would anyone wear uncomfortable shoes when there’s sophisticated, athletic footwear created just for this sport…and that looks modern and stylish to boot?
Everyday Drew’s Andrew Westphal, a men’s style blogger and a golfer, agrees.
“Golfers will walk anywhere between 3-6 miles per round so we need comfortable shoes. Until recently, golfers chose classic longwing shoes as the dress staple. While classically stylish, they weren’t the most comfortable.
For me personally, I want to look as cool as I play, so I’m happy that brands have shifted towards turning classic basketball and sportswear styles into golf shoes. I’ve been wearing the Nike Air Max 1 golf shoe and the React Infinity Pro models this year and absolutely love them.
The Air Max is both comfortable for 18 walking as they are stylish. The React Infinity Pro is a newer model this year that has Nike’s React foam which is the same tech that they put in their running shoes.
Golfers want the comfort of a running shoe along with the traction a golf shoe offers and Nike hit it out of the park with their newest model the Air Zoom Infinity Tour. They sold out in my size when they released so I’m hoping to catch them when they restock.”
Shop #SGapproved golf shoes:
- Nike Air Max 90 G, $130 (above)
- Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour, $160
- (and yes, more Nike) Nike React Infinity Pro, $120
5. Go for ‘subtle sophistication’ with your layers
Write this down: Three-quarter zips are not your only option for long sleeves on the golf course, guys!
The best men’s golf clothes go beyond the expected.
For instance, our team loves Mr Porter’s new golf collection, especially this logo-appliquéd sweatshirt in a sturdy cotton-jersey fabric.
(There’s also a varsity jacket that would look great in the clubhouse while downing a few John Daly’s after your round, just saying…)
Consider your second layer an opportunity for some bonus style. Maybe it’s a modern, luxe-looking sweatshirt like the number above. But it could also be a new take on something more traditional, like a sweater vest or cardigan.
6. Show your personality in a hat
And finally, what you all cap it off with. Literally.
A hat is a great place to show affinity for a smaller, independent brand on the golf course. So long as it’s keeping you from squinting, it’s doing its job.
When I say hat, yes, I mean a standard cap with a brim, but do not for ONE SECOND think I’m against a bucket hat. In fact, we’re very pro-bucket hat here at SG HQ.
Shop #SGapproved golf hats:
- Random Golf Club ‘Til Death dad hat, $35 (above)
- Eastside Golf tournament hat, $45
- Bearfoot Golf unstructured dad cap, $35
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