How to Perform on the Course
by Tony Li, June 14, 2015
Some would argue that playing golf is an expensive venture when it comes to owning a set of clubs, buying balls, tees and special shoes. But why stop there when you can buy golf apparel such as pants, shirts, belts and hats?
Golf professionals such as tour players treat golf as their career and they dress the part. Same goes for the rest of us when we walk into the office in our slacks, dress shirt and polished leather shoes. When we look good, we feel good and we perform well. Can we do the same when we play golf? Perhaps.
This month, I decided to take a look at performance pants from Nike and Adidas. They say these pants will let me stretch and flex where my khaki's won't. I put it to the test and see if I am restricted in any way. I grab a club and go through my warm up routine. So far so good. I swing my driver from the ground up while standing firm and rotate my hips. The pants feel good. Now the big test. I squat down like I am putting a tee into the ground and up. The pants flex and stretch and don't restrict any motion. It wins!
I was lucky to catch a sale at Lumpy's in Palm Springs when all their long pants were slashed because it is over 100 degrees outside. I wouldn't dream of wearing long pants in this heat but on my home course, I wouldn't wear anything else. The Nike pants are the most comfortable pair of pants you will ever find. It is lightweight and cool on warm days.
And if you are worried about mosquitos and the West Nile disease, get a pair of these pants and wear it all summer long. It will keep your legs protected and keep you cool. I highly recommend them!
Golf Performance Pants
There are a lot of manufacturers such as Haggar, Dockers and Arrow that makes great polyester slacks for work but these slacks are different from the performance pants that Adidas, Nike and Ogio makes. Performance pants will stretch where necessary so that when you bend over to put a tee into the ground, you won't hear a seam buckle.
Most of these pants have a SPF or UPF rating to keep you from burning in the sun. The pants that Jordan Spieth wore at the Masters was the Under Armour Performance pants which has a UPF +30. It kept him cool all day in Augusta when all his opponents were sweating in their pants.
Another great pant is the Ogio Knockdown pant that is surely a polyester/ spandex blend.