It’s getting cold across much of the country now. But that only makes avid golfers want to play even more – squeezing in those last few rounds before snow begins blanketing the fairways. And that comes with a conundrum: How do you stay warm out there and still have the freedom to comfortably take a powerful golf swing? After all, the bulkier your clothing, the more restricted your physical movement will be.
Many golf outerwear companies have thankfully figured out how to make golf-specific jackets, pullovers and pants that are thin, warm and quietly move with your body. Which means you can take a full hack at the ball, as if it was a warm summer day. Such is the case with adidas Golf, which makes some of the most-popular golf outerwear around.
And this season, the brand is offering several layering tops for men. I’ve had the chance to try some lately and vow that they’re pretty awesome. The Ultimate365 Tour COLD.RDY Crewneck Pullover ($130) for instance, looks more like a sweatshirt and is made with recycled materials as part of the company’s initiative to end plastic waste. It’s insulated to keep you warm, and has a zip pocket on the upper sleeve where you can stash away tees and markers until you need them. By the way, and I cannot underemphasize this, accessible pockets like this are your friends in cold-weather golf. You never know when rain will kick up and you need a place to keep your phone or wallet dry. Or they’re convenient to keep a fresh golf ball dry until the next tee box.
In that same family is the Ultimate365 Tour FROSTGUARD Full-Zip Padded Jacket ($250) that includes PrimaLoft insulation, a stand-up collar and cuffed sleeves to seal out the chill. But best of all, lightweight fleece on the sleeves allows you a full range of motion throughout your swing. What’s especially nice about that is the fleece stays tight to your arms yet is flexible, so it won’t start creeping up your arms during a swing.
Speaking of cool-looking garments with soft fleece sleeves, there’s the Go-To Quarter-Zip Jacket ($130) that keeps you warm – especially convenient on early morning rounds where you know it’s going to warm up somewhere along the front nine. Put this on early until the sun comes out. A water-repellent finish shrugs off moisture, too. This has front pockets, as well, so you can keep your hands warm when needed.
So what about the rest of your body on those brisk rounds? The Ultimate365 Tour WIND.RDY Warm Pants ($130) will do the job, while being incredibly comfortable and looking good. They are essentially golf pants for cold, windy and rainy days. Made of water-repellent fabric that sheds light showers, they have plenty of built-in stretch to give you a full range of motion on the course. The jogger style has tapered legs for a modern look, and elastic cuffs to seal out the chill as you play.