“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” So goes the famous saying attributed to U.S. Postal workers, but hey, why can’t the same be said for golfers? We’re talking about appointed rounds, after all. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the few places where being a fair-weather golfer is actually sustainable, well done!
For the rest of us, there’s going to come a time when a planned round includes less-than-ideal weather conditions. When that day comes, don’t let extreme heat, biting cold, blustery wind or sideways rain stop you. These selections ensure that you’ll be ready to face any and all weather conditions—and look good and feel comfortable while doing it.
The Thermometer tops 90 degrees in a dry Heat, or it’s 75 but the humidity is off the charts
Breathable and lightweight, this Adidas polo is probably as close as you can get to wearing nothing at all. Four-way stretch-fabric construction and raglan sleeves provide minimal resistance during your swing. And to top it off, a UPF 50+ rating on the polo’s fabric helps protect you from the sun’s powerful UV rays. Adidas Ultimate 365 ClimaCool polo, $65; adidas.com
You know—the wet stuff
Gone are the days when rainwear really cramped your style and your swing. KJUS — a unique brand that offers a full range of ski, golf and lifestyle apparel—analyzed both the golf shots players need to hit and the swing biomechanics required to create a breathable, waterproof rain jacket that stretches in all the right places. As an added bonus, it’s available with lefty-specific tailoring, too. KJUS Men’s Pro 3L 2.0 jacket, $499; kjus.com
It’s in the 50s and low 60s—or it’s early morning
Golf broadcaster Jim Nantz teamed up with Vineyard Vines to create a namesake line of apparel, and this spiffy merino wool cardigan—a tribute to the late Arnold Palmer—is one of the items on offer. On a cool day, this cardi will not only keep you warm, it’ll also let you look as classically dapper as The King himself. Vineyard Vines Palmer Cardigan, $168; vineyardvines.com
Those ultra-rare and perfect 65-75-degree days. Ahhhh.
Lightweight and streamlined enough to go under a jacket and structured enough to stand on its own, this flattering RLX polo has a relaxed fit and a knit collar with an unfinished, three-button placket. Ralph Lauren Featherweight Airflow polo, $98.50; ralphlauren.com
Gusty days over 15 mph
Three-layer bonded knit-fabric construction makes this FootJoy jacket both lightweight and stretchy. Seam sealing allows for protection in both wind and rain, and there’s even a zip pocket on the back of the jacket for your scorecard and accessories. FootJoy HydroKnit Pullover, $250; footjoy.com
40-degree and below shoulder-season rounds. BRRR!
Not only is this Under Armour pullover super-soft, it’s also water-resistant. You’ll stay nice and cozy via UA’s double-knit insulation panels and smooth spacer fleece, which enables heat to be trapped inside without sacrificing breathability. Another cool feature: Compression cuffs on the sleeves keep them firmly in place. Under Armour Storm Daytona Half-Zip, $90; underarmour.com
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