Golf Shirts 101: Everything You Need to Know

Before Buying Golf Shirts: Read This

Ever wonder what makes golf shirts different from another? If you’re like me, you buy a new golf shirt every time you play a new course. We wanted to put together everything relevant you ever wanted to know about golf shirts (and more).

Golf shirts 101 - read before you buy

There have been several reasons (below) why I’ve purchased shirts and have ended up liking some and never wearing others again.

  • Purely on looks
  • In dire need of a golf shirt because I forgot my suitcase at the airport
  • Strictly because I knew the brand

We thought you would enjoy this information when shopping for shirts that are right for you.

What Are the Different Parts of a Golf Shirt?

Here is a basic look at the different pieces of a golf shirt.

The parts of the golf shirt

When reviewing how shirts SHOULD fit it here is some basic information for you to consider. If you’re like most, when we look at shirts, we all see collars and cuffs.

The fast number of golf courses have dress codes and require players to wear a collared golf shirt. Here are some tips for playing golf.

Have you ever had a golf shirt that felt too tight across the back? One thing to know is that the yoke is the back body panel that goes across the shoulders. The shirt’s yoke is critical to its fit through the back.

The armholes are the inset areas where the sleeves are attached, in some shirts these are cut slightly larger for ease of movement. The side seams start at the base of the armholes and move down to the bottom hem of the shirt on each side.

In front, most golf shirts have a placket, a vertical length of fabric into which the button-holes are stitched. Placket-fronted shirts have a fold on either side of the button row. Sleeve length is usually shorter if it a slim fit golf shirt and longer in regular fit shirts. Sleeve cuffs can be tight or relaxed fit, some of our dressier shirts feature tighter cuffs around the arms.

What Are the Best Materials Golf Shirts Are Made From?

The material a shirt is made out of is very important. It can determine the use of the shirts (casual play, hot weather, etc.), how the shirt feels, how it fits and drapes and also how expensive the shirt can be.

Cotton Golf ShirtsCotton – There are different types of cotton used to make golf shirts. Here is a short summary.

Cotton Pique 

  • Cotton Pique is what most fashion polo shirts are constructed from. Breathable, Wicking Moisture, Soft feel and little heavier than other materials

Cotton Plus Elastane 

  • Similar look and feel to a cotton polo but with a percentage of Elastane which enables the fabric to stretch with the movement of the body, resulting in freedom of movement.
  • These shirts will feel stretchy, are breathable while wicking Moisture

Polyester Golf Shirt MaterialsPolyester 

  • Polyester is what most high-quality sportswear is constructed from. These shirts can look sportier and have a nice sheen. Some like this effect and other golfers don’t.
  • Some golfers like the breathable feel of these shirts that are also designed to wick moisture

Polyester Plus Spandex 

  • Similar look and feel to a polyester polo but with a percentage of spandex which enables the fabric to stretch with the movement of the body, resulting in freedom of movement.
  • Stretchy, Breathable, Wicking Moisture, Soft hand-feel, Nice Texture.

Performance Fabrics for Golf ShirtsPerformance Fabrics – this category of golf shirts have become very popular because they are moisture-wicking and have an athletic fit. These shirts are made from microfiber, which makes them lighter than cotton. When cotton is blended with polyester it makes the shirt more flexible to improve during your golf swing. Some “performance fabrics” feature antibacterial treatments that inhibit odor-causing bacteria for a while.

What Technology is Used In Golf Shirts? 

StretchStretch – Generally, shirts will stretch 2 ways, across the grain. 4 Way will stretch across and lengthways resulting in better freedom of movement. Don’t feel restricted through your golf swing no matter how many layers you’re wearing.


Wicking FabricWicking – Moisture management or moisture-wicking tech fabric is designed to draw sweat & perspiration from the skin to the exterior of the fabric. It is much easier for the moisture to evaporate on the surface of the fabric than when it’s between the shirt and the skin.


UV ProtectionUV Protection – Very important in golf shirts for the Australian golfer. Fabrics can be made from many types of fibers, including cotton, wool, and polyester. Most fibers naturally absorb some UV radiation, and some have elastic threads that pull the fibers tightly together, reducing the spaces between the holes. Some clothing will have UPF rating up to 50+


Anti-OdorAnti-Odor – Some shirts now feature Anti-Odor technologies. These shirts contain silver nanoparticles shrunk down to sizes one billionth of a meter thin and embedded in the fabric to prevent bacteria that is produced when you sweat.


Breathable FabricBreathable – The most basic property that the golf clothing must-have is breathability. Here, breathability denotes the ability of the garments to transfer the moist vapour through the pore of garments. Breathable golf shirts ensure rapid moisture vapour transmission through garments, thus making any physically strenuous activity comfortable.

What Are Top Golf Shirt Brands?

Brand name golf shirts are very important in associating your company with quality. The better the quality brand the bigger your company will be in the eyes of your customers. Here are our picks for quality brand name shirts that you can make a part of your next golf outing.

Read our Review of the best golf men’s golf shirts.


Having the right fit of your shirt is very important as it will determine how comfortable the people wearing your promotional apparel will be in it.

Men’s vs. Women’s Golf Shirts

A small men’s golf shirt is not the same as a women’s golf shirt.

Golf shirts for men and women are cut differently to conform to different body shapes.

If you want to golf with your significant other, there are matching styles for many shirts in men and women.

Men’s shirts typically have a looser cut while women’s golf shirts are typically more fitted with a smaller placket and collar and tailored sleeves.


For shirts and other golf apparel, weight refers to the thickness of the fabric, specifically the weight of a square yard. For shirts, these weights range from 4 ounces to 8.5 ounces.

The lighter weight shirts are typically performance or blended fabrics, and the heavier weights are typically 100% cotton. While heavier shirts are more substantial and better in cold weather, the current trend is towards lighter weight, more flexible shirts.

What Are the Best Golf Shirts for Different Seasons?

Spring – When it starts to warm up on the course, but there are still some days when it is a little cooler than expected. You still need breathable golf shirts and depending on what climate you are golfing in you might also need a nice rain jacket.

Summer – When the sun starts staying around longer and the heat bears down on you during your round. Staying cool is the name of the game, but you may want to carry a light zip up to wear in the clubhouse after so you don’t cool down too much on the 19th hole.

Fall – This is when the weather goes between summer and the cooler fall – very unpredictable.