In accordance with its traditions, golf is a game that has a strict dress code. While most sports don’t really have this kind of thing, there are reasons that these dress codes exist. The purpose is to maintain a certain level of dignity on behalf of the players, and there is something to be said for that.
Most courses call for men to wear long pants, but this is not a great option for hot summer days. Since summer golfing tends to be some of the best, most courses will let you wear shorts. In this article, we will look at ten different kinds of golf shorts so that you can get a better idea of what to look for, and how to choose the best pair for you.
These are the best ten products that we could find on the internet. They are presented in no particular order.
Slick and Stylish
|Аdidas Golf Men's Ultimate 365 Short|
|Travis Mathew Men's Hefner Golf Short|
The Budget Option
|Amazon Essentials Men's Slim-fit Stretch Golf Short|
|PUMA Golf Men's Tech Shorts|
The Hybrid Pair
|EEZ-Y 58 Inch Portable Golf Umbrella|
The Non-Chinchilla Khakis
|PGA TOUR Men's Expandable Flat Front Short|
The Strongest Option
|Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts|
The Sleek One
|Greg Norman Men's Ml75 Microlux Short|
The Mysterious One
|IZOD Men's Classic Fit Golf Short|
Like a Rubber Band
|Nike Men's Flex Hybrid Golf Shorts|
These slick and stylish shorts from Adidas offer a great blend of functionality and visual appeal. We see a few things that we like about this product, such as the fact that it is available in a staggering array of colors. Seriously, they’ve got colors here that we’ve never even seen before.
Only two problems here: First, these shorts can be kind of expensive, although the smaller sizes aren’t too bad. Also, the return policy is not very reasonable. Free returns are not available for certain sizes and colors, which doesn’t seem very fair to the customer.
These shorts look almost like a pair of cut-offs made from suit pants. Of course, they don’t have the raggedy edges, so the overall look is quite distinguished. We also like the fit of these shorts, as they do a good job of hugging the body without being too tight.
These shorts are only available in black, which is a slight downside, but that isn’t so bad. We really like the anti-microbial feature, though, as it helps to provide an extra barrier against infection and disease. A golf course isn’t usually full of diseases and filth, but it never hurts to be careful.
This is a very basic and inexpensive option which maintains a classic kind of look. If you tend to destroy a lot of golf shorts anyway, this might be a great disposable option. We like the nice large openings on all the pockets, which make it easier to access them. We can also see that these shorts are meant to absorb sweat from the body, wicking it away to be evaporated by the sun. That makes a significant difference in the comfort department.
These big blue shorts are a little cartoonish, but are a great fit for those with a more gregarious style. The look is both conservative and bold at the same time. On the more practical side, this is another pair of shorts that will mick moisture. Thus, it’s a good choice for those hot and sweaty days.
We do see a problem when we examine this product from the rear. It has a tendency to ride and cling to that personal crevice, resulting in what grade school kids call a “wedgie”. Not only does that look silly, but it’s annoying and embarrassing to adjust.
As you may already know, most golf courses will not allow athletic shorts. However, Underarmour has created a hybrid product here that may offer the best qualities of an athletic pair while maintaining the semi-formal look that the sport requires.
We really like the elastic waistband, as it makes for a closer fit and a more secure fit without any need for a belt. It’s also designed to wick sweat (as most of these products are) and it’s also designed for fast evaporation. The deep pockets are also a nice touch.
This one is advertised in a color called “chinchilla”, but it’s basically khaki. No, it isn’t made of Chinchillas. That’s just a clever name designed to grab your attention. However, this product is pretty good overall.
We see a product that is quite cheap and made to resist staining. That’s a good feature for light-colored shorts, to be sure. We also like the strong multi-band elastic waistband. But that’s the only place where these shorts can stretch.
These shorts are mostly made of nylon, which makes them the strongest shorts that we have examined thus far. Nylon has a really high tensile strength, which is a fancy way of saying that it’s hard to rip.
We really like the cargo pockets on both sides, as it gives you a better place to store rounded objects like golf balls. Carrying a golf ball in a hip pocket can be a little awkward, which is why many players don’t do so. With these shorts, the option is available. However, there are some courses that might not allow these shorts.
There are a few potential problems, though. The thick denim-like fabric is meant to wick sweat from the body, but it doesn’t dry fast enough for that benefit to matter. With these shorts, the sweat will build up faster than it evaporates. Besides that, the cut makes for a very tight fit that almost feels like a wetsuit. Still, it doesn’t ride up the rear like some others, so at least the cut is comfortable.
You also could have a problem with these shorts if you belong to a club with stricter rules. Most courses will not allow denim shorts, and these things look a little bit like denim. Of course, it’s an entirely different material, but the people at the club won’t necessarily take your word on that.
We call this one a mystery because we don’t know how it is able to stretch. On the one hand, the advertising says that these shorts are 100% polyester. On the other hand, it says that the fabric can stretch in all four directions for maximum comfort. Upon checking these claims, we find that they are (more or less) true. This stuff is a lot more flexible than a 100% polyester garment would normally be.
These are another pair of hybrid shorts, designed to give the comfort of athletic shorts while maintaining the look and feel of traditional golf shorts. The first thing we notice about this product is its insane stretchiness. We mean “insane” in a good way because this thing is springy from top to bottom, including the waistband. This makes for excellent comfort and less chance of tearing.
These shorts are only available in charcoal gray, but that’s a color that goes with anything. Therefore, it’s not a big disadvantage. Also, unlike some Nike products, this one isn’t covered in “swoosh” designs, which will maintain the semi-formal look that is proper for this sport.
Now that you have had a closer look at the various brands and products, let’s go a little deeper into the subject and talk about the essential characteristics that you should look for in a good pair of golf shorts.
Like any athletic wear, golf shorts are meant to be semi-disposable. Although a well-made pair should last for at least a couple years, all will eventually wear out. That’s why you don’t want to break the bank on a set of shorts. Besides, you shouldn’t have to worry about this kind of thing during an intense game. Everyone has heard the old saying about “keeping your eye on the ball,” and this saying represents the importance of concentration in the game of golf. When your shorts didn’t cost you an arm and a leg, you have no real reason to worry about them.
Comfort And Fit
A piece of clothing isn’t worth much if it doesn’t provide comfort. Thus, you want to avoid anything that constricts your waist or legs, and anything that is excessively baggy. That being said, a little bit of bagginess is perfectly alright. All in all, just remember that you are buying active wear, so it needs to be comfortable throughout the entire range of motion.
Your best bet is to stick with shorts that are specifically designed for golfers. They might be a little more expensive than that pair of cargo shorts from the department store, but there are reasons for that fact. These shorts are designed to have a greater degree of flexibility than other shorts and to stretch without deformation. This is usually achieved through the use of technical fabrics. By mixing traditional fibers with things like polyester and spandex, you get a mixture of flexibility, durability, and comfort.
Obviously, you don’t want to waste your money on a set of shorts that won’t last. That part of the equation is obvious, and you might also have considered the distraction and potential embarrassment that could come from a pair of ripped shorts. Just imagine having to go all the way back to the clubhouse for a new pair of shorts, and having to walk through the door with a risk of exposing yourself to random by-standers! They might even think that you’re some kind of sexual predator like this guy!
It’s also a good idea to avoid shorts that are made of excessively thin material. Even though you are trying to keep cool, you need a slightly thicker pair of shorts to deal with a full day on the greens. To get an idea of how durable a pair of golf shorts might be, take a look at the waist button. If the button is flimsily attached, it indicated that the company did not put a high emphasis on durability. The good news is that you can always re-sew the button yourself using a stronger thread and more stitches.
This one is a no-brainer. During a game of golf, you might carry any number of things. Balls and tees are probably the most common pocket items, but you might also choose to carry stroke counters, ball markers, a pair of gloves, or any number of other items. Besides, you still need room for your keys, phone, and any other items you normally carry. If you like to carry a lot of stuff, you might consider a set of utility shorts like the ones pictured here.
Every golf course has its dress code, although most of them tend to be similar. Still, it’s a good idea to know the code very well before you go shopping for a set of golf shorts. Get a rulebook (or something like it) from your local club and make sure you don’t miss any of the details.
Just to give you an example, let’s look at this set of rules from a golf course selected at random. As you can see from the picture, shorts are no problem. However, there are several conditions. First of all, the shorts cannot be more than three inches above the knee. This is meant to discourage people from wearing excessively short shorts, which would only be a distraction to others. They also disallow denim shorts, swimming trunks, cargo shorts, athletic shorts, and tennis shorts. In other words, they want to look like both an athlete and a gentleman.
By now, you can probably see why normal shorts are not going to do the job. This is a sport that calls for the perfect mix of form and function, and you need to have a pair of shorts that can provide that. Besides, there is something to be said for the value of tradition. Golf is traditionally a gentlemen’s game, and those who play it should be dressed accordingly.
There is no one pair of shorts that will be perfect for everyone. Your needs and budget must be taken into account, which means that we cannot give you a one-size-fits-all recommendation. Instead, we have chosen to give you the necessary information and allow you to choose for yourself. We hope that you have enjoyed our work, and that your next day at the course will be a victorious one.