As is the norm for all golfers, the required golf shirt features a collar and a placket with three to four buttons. Golfers can choose any kind of length of sleeves for their tops, as long as it is appropriate with the current weather. The classic is the short-sleeved polo; long-sleeved ones are usually better worn during cold windy days. The sleeves could be hemmed plain or cuffed. These tops could also have a button-up front for a more professional look or the usual casual polo style. The physical similarities, however, end here.
Men actually prefer to wear the classic knit golf tops because this style permits space for better movement. Polo shirts nevertheless are still classic attire out in the green. These tops are normally paired with a cardigan or a golf sweater.
For women, it is normal and acceptable to go out in the course wearing sleeveless tops, especially during the warmer weathers. Sleeveless golf shirts are still considered conservative by most golf courses. The sleeveless, along with the short-sleeved, are more preferred because it gives more room for movement. What is not considered conservative are the halter tops, tube tops, see-through tops, tank tops, and tops with plunging necklines. Wearing the listed tops would ensure that the golf course would not allow the woman to enter.
In addition, the fabric of the shirt also plays a large part in determining the right golf top. Shirts are usually made of cotton, which provides a nice, airy and breathable feeling. However, during warmer days, it is best to wear polyester-based clothes as these effectively wick the sweat away from the body and on the surface of the fabric. For golfers who tend to sweat a lot and heat up faster, it is best to invest in a polyester golf shirt.
Women have also more leeway in wearing a simple shirt, without the collar, to a golf course. These shirts are already altered as to create a nice fit for the women. Baggy shapeless shirts, however, are still not allowed by most golf courses.
Women’s tops are more fitted and conform to the body shape. It is therefore important to find a top that fits comfortably. When the shirt is too taut, the wearer might not be as flexible and would feel warmer out in the green. Loose-fitting shirts, on the other hand, hamper in the swinging of the player.
Moreover, women are not required to tuck in their golf shirts. The current trend actually shows a golf shirt that fall exactly at the hip, too short to be tucked without it being undone during playing. For those who prefer to tuck their tops, there are golf shirts created that have tails at the back. This means that the back of the shirt is slightly longer as to prevent it from being un-tucked.
The largest difference for the men and women’s tops is the design. It is normal to see women wearing loud-designed and extravagant prints on shirts. Golf clothing manufacturers even release women’s top that follow the current designs in the fashion world. Prints and designs are actually not part of the dress code so it is for this reason that women enjoy playing with the different styles of the tops.
In all, women really do have more freedom in choosing their preferred golf shirts. They could deviate from the standards as long as their chosen outfit still has a semblance of the dress code of the course. They just need to keep in mind that whatever they choose should reflect the level of sophistication and conservatism found in golf players.