As Thomas Edison famously said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration” — and this statement can certainly be true on the golf course. If you’re a profuse sweater, don’t be ashamed — it may be part of your golfing “genius”, and it’s all part of the game.
However, you don’t have to sacrifice style or comfort for sweat. With the right tips, strategies and apparel, you can look stylish and feel comfortable rather than looking and feeling sweaty. Take a look at these tips:
1. Wear performance fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin.
Over the last generation, the clothing industry has done wonders for the world’s most prolific sweaters — it has come out with performance fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin. When shopping for golf apparel, look for fabrics that promise to do just that. There are a number of proprietary fabrics that are specifically designed for golfers and other athletes who sweat.
They will keep you comfortable on the course and allow you to focus on your game rather than on the uncomfortable feeling of moist and sweaty skin.
Additionally, after the sweat migrates to the surface of your moisture-wicking golf apparel, it quickly evaporates. As a result, you are not forced to carry around heavy sweat-laden clothing.
2. Don’t skimp on the underpants and socks.
It’s easy to balk at an expensive pair of workout socks, boxers or sports bras, but in most cases, expensive workout socks and underpants are worth it.
Like all other moisture-wicking golf apparel, expensive moisture-wicking socks move the sweat away from your feet. This keeps you comfortable, and it also stops your feet from sliding around in your shoes and feeling sweaty and unstable. Performance underwear and sports bras have the same effect on those often sweaty parts of your body.
3. Pair a sweat band with your golf viser.
If you sweat a lot, a sweat band is an essential part of your workout outfit. You can layer a sweat band with your golf visor, or you can skip the layering, and look for a golf visor that incorporates an absorbent headband in its design.
If you opt to layer sweatbands with visors, keep a few extra sweatbands in your golf bag. That way, you can switch to a dry one when the one you are wearing gets too sweaty.
4. Play with dark colors or stick with white.
Unfortunately, in addition to discomfort, one of the issues with sweating a lot is that it can stain your clothing. Some people argue that if you want to avoid sweat rings, you need to avoid wearing antiperspirant. In particular, the aluminum in many antiperspirants causes yellow sweat stains.
Additionally, you can also hide your stains by wearing black golf apparel or pure white clothing. Busy patterns can also help to hide sweat stains.
5. Choose the arms of your golf shirts carefully.
If you want to avoid sweat stains, you can also take steps to reduce your armpit sweating by choosing golf apparel that is loose and lets in a lot of air. In particular, if you are looking for a golf polo, try to avoid ones with tight or fitted short shirt shelves. Instead, look for golf polos with wide, short sleeves that let in air, or even look for ones with grommets for ventilation.
If you are buying a tank top for golfing, you also want to look for one with wide openings. That can help increase airflow and reduce sweat.
For more tips on how to look stylish on the golf course in spite of being sweaty, contact a golf apparel fashion and workout expert. You might also want to check out a golf apparel shop like The Golf Guys.