What To Wear When Playing Golf In Cold Weather

Fergus Bisset, 19th October 2018

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As the clocks go back and the weather takes a turn for the worse, golf becomes a more challenging prospect in the British Isles. However, this doesn’t mean you have to put the clubs away until spring. If you prepare well, golf can be a 12-month sport, even in the chilly UK!

We’ve picked out some essential garments that you should wear when playing golf in cold weather.


The base layer


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In recent years, the base layer has emerged as a must-have item in every golfing wardrobe. Not only does it deliver excellent thermal qualities, but its compression versions also deliver support and stability to the muscles.

The base layer is comfortable and fitted, so won’t hamper your swing. It is generally constructed of performance fabrics that are designed to trap heat in colder conditions while releasing moisture and sweat, thus regulating body temperature.

Recommendation: Under Armour ColdGear Compression Crew Top

The most famous manufacturer of base layers in recent times is Under Armour. This base layer is designed to act as a second skin. 4-way stretch fabric allows full mobility while the moisture transfer system dries fast and keeps the heat in.


The mid layer


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Effective layering is key to keeping warm in cold conditions but, when playing golf, it’s important that the layering doesn’t hamper your swing. Many of today’s top manufacturers offer “layering” systems, allowing you to select garments based on your requirements.

Recommendation: FootJoy Fleece Quilted Jacket

This performance sweater offers exceptional insulation. It delivers great heat retention without being bulky. This is an ideal mid-layer in the most testing weathers.


The waterproof suit

In the most extreme weather, only a full waterproof suit will suffice to protect you from the elements. Golf waterproofs have come a long way since the heavy, unbreathable offerings of the 20th century.

There are plenty of options on the market, but it makes sense not to cut corners when it comes to quality. You don’t want to find that the rain is getting in when you’re at the far end of the course on a dismal December day. Economising on performance wear in winter is a mistake!

Recommendation: Galvin Green Al Jacket and Axel Pants

Go for the very best. These are 100% waterproof and constructed from ultra-lightweight stretch GORE-TEX fabric with C-KNIT backer. The revolutionary Japanese-made fabric has a smooth texture and it slides over garments underneath for maximum freedom of movement. The complex 3-layer construction makes these jackets and trousers highly breathable as well as durable.


The beanie

A warm hat is an absolute must-have in colder conditions. There are many styles and materials to choose from, but comfort is key – you don’t want a beanie that will irritate you over four hours on the links. Go for one that is cosy but comfy.
Recommendation: Under Armour ColdGear Reactor Knit Beanie

Its durable stretch construction delivers flexibility and warmth, while the ColdGear Reactor lining adapts to your activity level for the right breathability and warmth depending on the conditions.



Cold hands are not much good at gripping golf clubs effectively. Keep your hands toasty warm and you’ll be able to keep playing as normal. Get yourself a pair of roomy golfing mitts and even consider putting hand warmers inside to insure your fingers don’t freeze up.

Recommendation: PING Cart Mittens

Featuring PING’s Sensor Warm technology, these sizeable mitts have a 5-finger fleece liner for extra comfort and usability. They are weather resistant, and one size will fit all. Make sure you are prepared for golf this winter. Speak to your PGA professional and get advice on the best performance wear on the market. Get it right and you’ll continue to enjoy taking to the fairways when the mercury drops.


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