Looking Good and Feeling Great, Baby! Galvin Green Golfwear

For some, the words ‘golf’ and ‘fashion’ often imply a contradiction in terms, eliciting scorn and mockery in equal proportion. Mention the fact that you’re looking for something stylish to wear on the course for Christmas, and the reaction of non-golfers is likely to be along the lines of “Plus-fours and gaiters, then?”

But how things have moved on. Bubba Watson wore golfing camouflage trousers during this year’s US Open, raising awareness for American troops abroad, while Brian Gay and Kip Henley were pretty in pink.


For the overtly manly among us, there’s no shortage of sleek and streamlined, muscle-enhancing golf shirts, polos, jackets and trousers to flatter the figure and frighten the opposition, in all seasons and weathers.

To demonstrate the point, the final pairing of the Chevron World Challenge last Sunday provided leaderboard redemption for one, but sartorial triumph for another. Tiger Woods may have won the day with two closing birdies for his first win in more than two years, but it was Zach Johnson in the slim, athletic fits of Iliac Golf who stood out for those paying attention to the day’s style quotient.


Golf apparel these days is brimming with technology, designed to improve performance while looking good, living up to the maxim that looking good means feeling great – and feeling great leads to a better game. In summer, this may mean a non-iron golf shirt with a crinkle-free collar, which protects you from the sun and magically whisks sweat away from the body, keeping you fresh as a daisy even as you swelter in 30 degree heat and 90% humidity (although not in the UK, obviously).

Technology takes off in winter

It’s in winter, however, where the technology element really takes off, and, amazingly, manages to do so without leaving you looking like a Michelin man decked out for the Arctic.

Most of the new ranges, including those from fashionista brands like Galvin Green and Nike, include a body-hugging base layer for the cold, with skintight compression to boost blood flow and keep the muscles warm, and moisture wicking properties to keep you dry. Middle layers feature plain and patterned sweaters, half and full lengths zips, crew and V necklines; some, such as the Glenmuir Arctic, are also lined and windproof.

The trend in windproofs is for convertible, shower-proof and streamlined models, keeping men looking rugged and outdoorsy, and women sleek and elegant. Burgundy, black, navy and grey are stylish constants, but recent seasons have seen in-roads into lime green and lilac for the more daring.


Stylish cuts and bold colours for autumn and winter

Waterproofs showcase both substance and style

Waterproofs, of course, are the ultimate showcase for golf winterwear style and technology, enabling you to stay warm and dry and enjoy your round, even in a howling gale.

Most use Gore-Tex, which is both effective and breathable, as it uses a porous membrane either between fabric layers or laminated to a layer. The points of difference between brands tend to lie in the tailoring and extra refinements, such as sealable pockets, water-repellent zips, adjustability and stretchability.

To coin a phrase, nobody does it better than Galvin Green and Sunderland. Sunderland waterproofs this season include the Club and Tournament ranges, with all the mod cons and yet lightweight, swish-free and breathable to boot. Galvin Green waterproofs boast exceptionally attractive and streamlined ladies’ models, in their Aim and Arissa lines.

But whatever you ask Santa for this Christmas, if you’re lucky enough to receive a new set of waterproofs, they are sure to be basking in both style and substance.


Images by Galvin Green 

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Troy Vayanos January 1, 2012

I have been looking for some new wet weather golf clothing. These designs look very smart and stylish. I’d be interested to know what price they go for.

A lot of the better quality wet weather gear today is very overly priced for most golfers.


Tommy Priest January 10, 2012

Much golf gear is overpriced! Let us know of anything you find. Thanks.