Golf Apparel Sale – Layering For Bad Weather

Now that we are into late October and the days are getting cooler and the weather is not as perfect as it was just a few weeks ago it is time to think about Golf Apparel Sales and how to dress and stay comfortable to extend your golfing year.

Keeping warm and dry is one thing but doing it so that you maintain an unrestricted golf swing is a total different matter. I have seen players wear all sorts of non golfing clothing in hopes of staying warm but they totally inhibit their swing and movements to the detriment of their game.

In recent years golfing apparel has come a long way as manufactures have developed fabric technologies to produce clothing to meet the needs of golfers and many other outdoor sports to keep us warm, dry and to provide unrestricted movement to not affect our game, whatever it may be, in whatever weather conditions.

Layering has been around for many years as a means to combat weather conditions so we can enjoy the outdoors. As fabric technologies have evolved you can remain very comfortable in bad weather and enjoy a good round of golf no matter the conditions.

Layering as it relates to golf will consist of basically three layers, base layer, a mid layer for either warm or cold conditions and an outer layer.

The Base Layer

Base Layer garments are worn next to the skin and moisture management is a key element for this primary layer to remove moisture from the skin which natural fabrics such as cotton, cannot achieve on their own due to high absorbency.

The base layer works best in cold weather if it fits very snugly and conforms to the body shape thus allowing a wicking of moisture. One of the key advantages of a base layer is the warmth it generates to the body. Helps golfers swing more freely and therefore perform better.

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Golf specific base layers have been designed to warm and support the muscle groups specifically used in the golf swing such as the upper back and shoulders reducing the risk of muscular tears or strains

Some base layers come complete with Compression Technology that are a tighter fit developed to enhance circulation, aid body posture and boost stamina by stimulating oxygen levels in the muscles.

In cold weather conditions thermal base layers are available that combine heat trapping materials with breath ability and high levels of moisture management to keep you warm and dry.

In warm conditions, the base layer should wick moisture away from the skin to the outside of the garment where it evaporates quickly to give a cooling effect on the body. Hot Weather Base Layers have no thermal properties and are extremely fine in construction.

Base layer garments should be very comfortable and are made with “Flat Lock Seams” to minimise abrasion and are mainly constructed of man made materials although natural fabrics such as Merino are available but these do not contain any compression benefits

Mid Layer

The mid layer plays a key role in thermoregulation depending on the conditions.

In warm conditions the mid layer acts primarily as a transport layer designed for maximum breath ability and moisture transportation to keep the body cool and dry. In warmer conditions the mid layer may be worn next to the skin rather than over a base layer. They are designed to be light, soft and comfortable when swinging the club. Many fabrics now have built in anti-bacterial properties to keep the shirt fresh as well as built in UVP for protection from the sun.

Mid-layers are very versatile but are susceptible to external weather conditions with wind being able to penetrate the fabrics and replace the warm pockets of air created. In cool and wet conditions they provide the perfect intermediate layer between a base layer and an efficient waterproof or windproof top layer.

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In cold weather the mid layer should give additional thermal insulation to keep the body warm and comfortable by trapping heat generated by the body. Mid-layers for cold conditions are generally constructed from soft and stretchy materials that provide a snug fit that in no way restricts the golf swing.

Breathability is essential in a good mid layer so that any excess moisture or heat is transported away from the body for easy evaporation. Traditionally wool sweaters have been used as a popular mid layer however these trap heat and prevent moisture movement, so are not suitable as part of a layering solution

Outer Layer

The Outer Layer is the weather protective layer and is designed to provide golfers with maximum protection against rain and wind. Outer Layers can be Waterproof, Rainproof or Windproof.

It is essential that the outer layer you choose is adequate for the conditions you face but should also be of a breathable moisture wicking construction and well ventilated to allow the 3 layer system to work efficiently.

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Mix And Match For Different Conditions

So hopefully you understand that the concept of layering is to a combination of suitable garments dependent on the external combinations. Here are some common scenarios you are likely to face on the golf course and our layering solutions:

Cold and Rainy

  • Full body compression base layer
  • Warm thermally insulated mid layer
  • Goretex outer layer (including trousers and hat)

Cold and Windy

  • Full body compression base layer
  • Warm thermally insulated mid layer
  • Windproof outer layer and trousers

Warm and Rainy

  • Lightweight skintight base layer
  • Breathable golf shirt
  • Light outer shell and trousers if required

Bottom Line

As you can see the combinations are endless and learning to manage your different layers will allow you to play to your potential whatever the conditions.

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