You’ve worked tirelessly on your game all year, but now the season is over and the winter weather is rolling in. If you are a true golfer, you won’t allow your hard work to go to waste during the winter. While everyone else’s clubs hibernating, you’ll be on the wintry links perfecting your game even further. If you are the year-round golfer we are speaking of, we’ve got some tips to keep you covered!

You’ll want to effectively stay warm while out on the course or you’ll spend more time doing warm-up exercises between each shot than actually playing the ball. The simplest solution would be to throw on some outerwear, but proper winter golf attire needs to be warm but flexible so it doesn’t hamper your swing.

Layer 1: Base Layer

Body warmth starts at the core, so a good base layer is important. Thermal underwear (we aren’t just talking about briefs and bloomers here) will be your best friend when it comes to keeping warm on the course. The base layer should hug your body so it can work to optimally in cold conditions. The key advantage of a base layer is the warmth it generates from the body, which helps golfers swing more freely. We recommend a thermal long sleeve with moisture-wicking compression for maximum flexibility and to keep the sweat from sticking to your body.

Layer 2: The Mid Layer

The mid layer is crucial for additional thermal insulation and trapping heat generated by your body. Mid layer clothing is generally made from soft and stretchy material so it does not restrict your golf swing. A good mid layer is breathable so that any excess moisture evaporates easily. These fabrics are susceptible to wind so you will need to choose your next layer wisely.

Layer 3: The Outer Layer

The outer layer is meant to protect you from the weather elements such as rain and wind. It should be adequate for weather conditions but also well ventilated to top off the 3 layer system. A waterproof or windproof jacket is the most ideal for your outer layer. Your outer layer should be lined with water resistant and windproof materials but breathable enough so it does not retain moisture or allow the frosty wind to cut through to the under layers. Here are two common winter weather scenarios you are likely to face on the golf course and how to layer appropriately:

Rainy & Cold:

Base Layer: Full Body Compression

Mid Layer: Thermally Insulated Attire

Outer Layer: Waterproof jacket and pants... we also recommend an umbrella.

Cold & Windy:

Base Layer: Full Body Compression

Mid Layer: Thermally Insulated Attire

Outer Layer: Windproof jacket and pants

Learning which layers will allow you to play to your potential is important, especially for winter golf. Even if your morning starts out cold but warms up during the day, layering makes it easy to strip down to your comfort level without making a trip to the locker room.