Golf and style are two words that are not commonly associated with each other. Who can forget the classic Rodney Dangerfield line from Caddyshack where he picks up a hat in the pro shop and quips, “If you buy a hat like this, I’ll bet you get a free bowl of soup?” From hideous plaid pants to polos with massive collars to those unfortunate hats, golfers have a history of hitting the links in clothes that made them look ridiculous compared with more stylish athletes like NBA players. The fact that golfers weren’t in the best shape didn’t help matters.
Luckily, as younger golfers like Rory McIlroy have emerged, so has the game’s fashion sense. These guys are legitimately fit athletes and they want clothes that reflect that, not ones that have them swimming in a sea of madras cloth. Brands have responded with styles that, look sharp, perform well on the course, and that you don’t rush take off as soon as your round is over.
We rounded up the season’s best golf styles for our latest Lookbook. Because if you look good you feel good; and if you feel good you play good. And even if you slice half a dozen balls into the water hazard two holes over, well, you still look good.
1. UNDER ARMOUR TIPS CLUB JACKET
The bomber jacket is one of the coolest silhouettes there is. It’s hard to imagine why it took so long to be adapted for golfers. Under Armour’s Storm technology helps the Tips Club jacket shed water without feeling like a sauna inside. It also has a sleek camo lining that gives it a streetwear look and helps you hide when you’re hacking away at a ball in the woods.
2. OAKLEY HOLBROOK
The styling on the Holbrook is reminiscent of Oakley’s iconic Frogskin but they are slightly more beefed up and fortified. So you get the great looks of a casual wayfarer, but don’t have to worry about the glasses staying put when you swing. The G30 Iridium lenses on the golf-specific version emphasize the green and brown shades you see around the course making ball tracking easier and helping you read putts on the green.
3. ADIDAS ADICROSS IV
First there were spikes, then came soft spikes, now golf shoes have gone spikeless. You give up a little bit of traction (unless you’re driving it 300+ yards, you won’t notice) but get back a lot more in style. The Adicross IV have 72 lugs on the outsole to keep your firmly planted on the tee box and fairway but look like a classic pair of Adidas sneakers so you won’t have to deal with the fuss of changing in and out of your “golf shoes” on the bumper of your car.
4. NIKE GOLF AW84 HAT
Part of Nike’s “Golf Club” collection (in contrast with stuffy country clubs), this five-panel hat features the praying hands emojis that are instantly familiar to anyone on social media, but as a nod to the “good walk, spoiled” the hands are shorn in golf gloves. Hopefully it inspires a little more confidence in your short game than the crying with laughter emoji.
5. NIKE PRINT WOVEN SHORT
You don’t play on the PGA Tour so there is no reason to wear pants when you tee off. (There really is no sane reason for Tour golfers to wear them either, but that’s a different issue.) These Nike shorts have a great-looking all-over print of embroidered polka dots. But they also feature a stretch fabric and a grippy waistband so you’ll be able to have full range of motion on your swing and don’t have to worry about your shorts moving in ways you don’t want them to.
6. YODA HEADCOVER
We could all use a little bit of The Force when we’re out on the course, so why not have Master Yoda himself atop your driver? If you chuck your wood into the water after an errant shot, it may even teach you to levitate it out with your mind.
7. J. LINDEBERG CHRISS SLIM LUX BRIDGE JERSEY
J. Lindeberg was one of the first designers to create more fashion-forward golf clothes and still does it better than most. By combining slimmer fits with performance fabrics, they create golf-specific polos that don’t scream, “Look, I’m a golf shirt!!!” The minimalist color blocking on this shirt adds a modern feel.