Golf Apparel 101: Layering Made Easy
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Golf Apparel 101: Layering Made Easy

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Golf Apparel 101: Layering Made Easy

Layers are important.

We’re not talking about the multitude of layers on a flaky croissant or a zesty seven-layer dip.

Learning to properly layer your golf apparel is paramount if you want to be comfortable and agile on the golf course.

Layers that are too bulky can mess with your swing. Layers that don’t provide enough insulation can leave you colder than your putter.

In short, learning to layer (and choosing the right layers to fit your game) is important if you want to play your best. Unlike the layers on that buttery croissant I mentioned, more isn’t always better.

That’s where brands like Dunning come in. Those unfamiliar with Dunning need only know one thing: They make apparel that’s primed to perform, not just look good. They do this in a variety of ways, including highly technical fabrics like their popular THERMOLITE.

In any case, Dunning has layering down to a science. And they’ve got options for every kind of golfer.

The Basics

Dunning golf quarter zip

Layering is fairly simple if you know where to start. Naturally, you’re going to wear a polo shirt to the golf course, like the Player Pique Performance Polo. If you don’t plan on wearing anything underneath, we’ll call this your base layer. If the event that you do need a solid base layer, Dunning has you covered there, too.

From here, you can stack and build until you feel comfortable. For the spring, summer and fall months, adding a simple mid layer is probably enough to do the trick. During the colder winter months, a mid layer and a jacket may be necessary.

The most important thing to remember is this: Choose what makes you comfortable.

More often than not, comfort stems from the actual weight of the layering garments. If you’re wearing two or three layers, the weight can add up quickly.

Dunning Golf Hoodie

The term “lightweight warmth” comes to mind when I think of Dunning. That’s precisely what you want out of your layers and they do a darn good job at producing technical garments that provide ample warmth without adding bulk or weight.

Whether you tend to run hot (like I do) or 65F and sunny feels more like winter (I’m looking at you, Southern California), Dunning has layers on layers to improve your game.

For The Sophisticated Golfer

Dunning layering

One of the things Dunning does really well is classy layers. While they also have some great “casual” options (more on that later), they nail things like the preppy crewneck sweater.

The Connor All-Season Crewneck is one that you have to try. Made with that THERMOLITE fabric I mentioned, this stretchy crewneck sweater is ultra-light yet still very warm.

  • Moisture-wicking
  • Lightweight warmth
  • Four-way stretch

For The Trendy Golfer

Dunning layering 2

Dunning doesn’t just do classy, they also do trendy. Hence, the popular Player Tech Hoodie. Yes, hoodies on the golf course are the “thing” right now but Dunning’s take on the golf hoodie isn’t just for looks.

As is the case with all Dunning garments, it’s highly technical and made to perform. Best used as a mid layer, the Player Tech Hoodie provides lightweight warmth in a very comfortable package.

  • Zippered front pockets
  • Great for the course of the clubhouse
  • Performance knit construction
  • Stretch fabric

For The Traditionalist Golfer

Dunning Layering 3

We can’t have an article on layering without including a quarter-zip. Perhaps the most iconic piece of golf apparel, the quarter-zip is a layering staple.

Dunning didn’t reinvent the quarter-zip. But they did make it better, thanks in large part to their super-stretchy fabric. I’m a big fan of the Burren Tech Quarter Zip. As the name suggests, it elevates the typical garment with technical upgrades in the way of UPF protection, a bonded chest pocket and more.

  • Four-way stretch
  • UPF 50+ protection
  • 10-inch reverse coil zipper

For the Budget-Conscious Golfer

Dunning Layering 4

Layering doesn’t have to be expensive. A great way to add a little warmth to your wardrobe without breaking the bank is a nice golf vest. A little less fabric around the arms, a little less money.

Dunning’s Player Jersey Vest is probably the most stretchy vest I’ve ever seen. And it costs less than two dozen Pro V1 golf balls. Sign me up!

  • Four-way stretch
  • UPF 50+ protection
  • Show off those arms

More Layering Tips and Tricks

  • If you want an actual baselayer underneath your polo, choose merino wool. It’s moisture-wicking and helps regulate body temperature. Not only can a proper base layer add warmth but it’ll protect you from sunburns.
  • Ventilation is a must for warmer days. Dunning garments with COOLMAX technology are great options if you’re only rocking one layer.
  • Choose a water-resistant top layer. A water-resistant jacket like the Glenberg Performance Jacket is a great option for your final layering piece, especially if you play in a rainy climate.

Layering is important. Dunning makes layering easy. Now excuse me while I throw on my Player Tech Hoodie and snag a croissant.

This article was written in partnership with Dunning.

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      Jason S

      1 month ago

      When it gets below 50*, I don’t play. Unless it’s some type of overseas super special trip.
      I’m a fan of using base layers even in the warmer temps. I use the UA Heat Gear fitted base layers in the summer to help keep my polo from sticking to me like glue. If I want a bit more protection from the sun, I use their long sleeve fitted bases. Comfortable, moisture wicking, UPF50+, and price-appropriate (especially on sale/clearance or from their outlets). 32 Degrees have some options as well, but they don’t fit as well as UA does.
      To play in the cooler months/temps, I use their Cold Gear. Same fit and style, just warmer without cooking me.

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