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Layering up for optimum winter golf

Layering up is quite possibly one of the most important elements of winter golf.  Long gone are days of thick sweaters and sweaty cheap waterproofs.  Golf has been a little slow to take advantage of new fabric technologies but with the major sports brands now investing in golf, the learnings from their other categories is certainly ensuring golf is now bang up to speed when it comes to fabric technology

The key to this process is combining clothing for different conditions to ensure that you remain dry, regulate your temperature and protect you from the wind, rain or sun.

As a rule, three layers are generally considered to be the optimum amount consisting of a base layer, a mid-layer for either warm or cold conditions and an outer layer whether that be waterproof, windproof or insulated.

Layer 1: The "Base Layer"

The Base Layer as you’d expect is worn next to the skin and moisture management is the key element for this layer, to remove sweat and regulate temperature, which cotton just can’t achieve.

Your base layer should fit snug but not be restrictive so that it works to its optimum in cold conditions. A key benefit of a base layer to the golfer is the warmth it generates to the body helping you swing more freely and therefore perform better.

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

Base layer garments are mainly constructed of man-made materials although natural fibres such as Merino Wool are available but these do not contain any compression benefits.

Under Armour’s Cold gear reactor technology is a smart insulation base layer aimed at keeping you warm to ensure you’re comfortable whilst out playing.

Layer 2: The 'Mid Layer"

A mid layer garment plays a key role in thermal regulation to keep the body warm and comfortable.

In cold weather the mid layer gives 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 to ensure they don’t restrict your golf swing. 

Breathability is essential in a mid-layer to transport additional heat and moisture away from the body. Traditional wool sweaters trap heat and prevent moisture movement, so are not suitable as part of a layering solution.

Whilst Mid-layers are very versatile they are also susceptible to external weather conditions such as high winds, where the wind can penetrate the layer and cool the body.  In cool or wet conditions, they provide the perfect intermediate layer between a base layer and an effective waterproof or windproof top layer.

A great example of Mid-Layer technology is Galvin Greens latest DASH technology. Which is an insular mid layer made from lightweight materials offering flexibility but excellent thermal properties

Layer 3: The "Outer Layer"

The Outer Layer is the protective layer and is designed to provide golfers with maximum protection against rain and wind.

Outer layers will generally fall into 2 categories, Waterproof or Wind/Showerproof.  It’s essential you choose an outer layer to suit the conditions.  Good quality outer layers will provide protection from the wind or rain, but with the improvements in liner technology they will breath to enable you to regulate body temperature

Many conditions, just a few options

We hope this has helped you understand the concept of layering, but if you have any further questions, please pop into the shop and chat to Jim or Rich about the various layering options we currently have in stock.

Finally, here are a few common scenarios you are likely to face on the golf course and our layering suggestions:

Cold & Wet

  • Winter base layer (body and legs)
  • Warm thermal, insulated mid layer
  • Gore-Tex (or equivalent) outer layers (jacket, trousers and possibly even a hat!)

Cold & Windy

  • Winter base layer (body and legs)
  • Warm thermal, insulated mid layer
  • Windproof outer body layer and warm trousers

Warm & Rainy

  • Lightweight skin-tight moisture wicking base layer
  • Breathable golf shirt
  • Light waterproof outer shell and trousers

There are a few key commonalities here, and we are now carrying layering options from Galvin Green, Under Armour, FootJoy, Glenmuir & Rohnisch, so pop in and see the team to discuss options.