There are all kinds of accessories that the golfer in your home can get. Everything from clothing, to golf shoes, golf gloves, hats, sunglasses, golf balls, GPS range finders, golf bags and even golf carts to help you carry your clubs around the course.
The topics below provide a brief description of certain items and how they apply to the rules of golf, because there are literally hundreds of rules that apply to the game of golf.
Private and semi-private courses require men to wear collared shirts. This usually means traditional cotton, microfiber or polyester golf shirts. Some course managers will also allow golf shirts with a turtleneck-style collar, especially when the weather turns colder. Women’s golf tops can vary greatly, with or without collars, but all must adhere to a traditional sense of modesty. T-shirts and tank tops are not permitted for either men or women on private or semi-private courses, but public courses may allow t-shirts.
Shorts and Pants
Shorts that extend to the knee area with a pleated or flat front are usually acceptable, especially in warm months and in warmer states. Cotton is a popular material for golf shorts, with khaki shorts among the most common choice. Similar material is common for golf pants, but not required. Many golfers wear pants made of water-resistant material. Pants normally don’t have cuffs and you are not allowed to wear jeans or jean shorts on private or semi-private courses. Women are permitted to wear long trousers, capris, dress shorts, and golf skirts/skorts. You are not allowed to wear workout clothing, running or basketball shorts on private or semi-private golf courses for either men or women.
Golf shoes are considered an essential part of the game’s equipment. They help to anchor your golf swing, and they provide traction and comfort when walking. Remember, a round of golf can require you to walk upwards of six miles and take close to five hours to play. Most of these shoes used to have metal spikes on the soles but all courses now require “soft” spikes made of hard rubber or plastic, not metal. Furthermore, there are other types of shoes that may offer the same comfort and stability but they may not be allowed on the golf course. As well, sandals, street shoes and boots would not be permitted on most courses.
Socks are as necessary with golf shoes as they are with any sports footwear. Over the years, socks have become an important part of golf attire, mainly because advances in fibers have helped keep golfers’ feet comfortable and dry. Golf socks come in a variety of styles. Many golfers who wear shorts choose ankle-length socks that are barely visible above the shoes. But more traditional tube socks are also permitted.
Golf hats are usually not specified in a dress code, but certain head wear is more appropriate than others. Baseball-style hats or visors, for men and women, are the most popular ones worn on a golf course. Their primary function is to help provide protection from the sun. Straw hats of many varieties and what are known as Ben Hogan caps are also permitted. Cowboy hats, dress fedora-style hats, and gag hats would not be considered appropriate for a golf course.
GPS Range Finders
GPS range finders have become popular items in golfer’s bags over the past few years. Now that the price has come down, more and more golfers are purchasing them. The reason for the interest is that many golfers know how far they can hit each golf club so the range finder helps determine how far their next shot will be, so it makes it easier for club selection. Professional golfers are not allowed to use them. Instead they have to rely on the yardage calculations that their caddies determine before each round of golf. I know a number of my golfing buddies who have either hand held GPS range finders or you can buy GPS watches that have courses built into them.
All of these items should be on your golfer’s wish list, so please have a visit through this site. Hopefully you’ll find what you are looking for.