When you think of stereotypical golfers, you might envision them in a certain type of attire.
Well, there is a traditional way that golfers dress and Chuck McPhilomy, assistant manager of the Courses of Clear Creek, knows all about it.
“It’s a tradition of the game that men should wear a collared shirt with sleeves,” McPhilomy said. “Ladies, if they have a collar on their shirt, they can be sleeveless, but if it doesn’t have a collar, it’s got to have short or longer sleeves.”
Since it gets so hot in Texas, Bermuda length shorts are acceptable, but McPhilomy says to make sure your attire will be allowed where you play.
“At Fort Hood, we allow T-shirts, we allow blue jeans, but if you’re playing someplace else, you might want to call and see what their dress code is,” he explained. ‘I’ve never been to a course that requires long pants, but I’m always going to have a collared shirt.”
Golf attire has always been colorful and many avid golfers dress like pros they admire. Some wear pants with loud and crazy patterns while other keep it understated and conservative. McPhilomy has seen many golfers express themselves through their clothes over the years, but he warns the clothes won’t make your swing any better.
“You can dress like a pro, look like a pro, but you may not play like a pro.”
One element that is less of a fashion statement and more part of your equipment are golfing gloves.
Much like batting gloves, golfing gloves protect your hands from a stinging sensation if the ball doesn’t hit the sweet spot on your club.
“Yes, we get the little stingers,” he said. “I tell my students when we’re doing lessons, we want to be relaxing our hands and wrists so that if we do chunk a ball, the vibration will be absorbed in the wrists and therefore … it’s not going to hurt as much.”
Just like golf clubs, McPhilomy believes that you should also take care of you golfing gloves.
“It’s great if you have a Ziploc bag, stretch them back out, flatten them out, put them in the bag (at the end of the day),” he explained.
Another element to consider are golfing shoes. McPhilomy said tennis shoes are fine for beginners, but there are options if you start to get more involved in the sport. Golfing shoes are similar to cleats and provide more grip on slippery ground.
“Over the last 20 year or more … they have gone from the long one piece, quarter inch, half inch spikes to what they call soft spikes,” he said.
Golf shoes can also be a fashion statement if the golfer chooses for them to be.
“You can spend $40 to $50 for a cheap, inexpensive pair, or you can spend $700 on a pair of exotic golf shoes. I’m talking snake skin, (etc.)” he said.
As far as protection from the heat and the sun, McPhilomy recommends precautions should be made due to the swelter of Texas summers.
“I recommend a hat or something to keep the sun of the head or even a broad brimmed hat to keep it off the ears. If not, you need sunscreen, even this time of year,” he said. “Drink plenty of water on the golf course, even if it’s cool. You want to keep yourself hydrated out there.”