Golf is an all weather sport. You’ll get no sympathy if you say you don’t want to go home because it’s raining. That’s why you should do what everyone else is doing, and start wearing the right clothes for the weather. Base layers, mid layers and top layers can, when combined correctly, help to combat cold, wet, wind and heat; it’s just knowing which you need. Being warm and dry makes you more comfortable than being shivering and wet, which means that you play a better game.
The Base Layer
As the name suggests, the base layer is the one worn first, next to the skin. A good base layer will absorb moisture to keep you cool and dry. Cotton doesn’t work for this purpose as it absorbs a certain amount of moisture, but then stays next to the skin and can make you cold and uncomfortable. This works both in hot and cold environs as in either situation you don’t want to have moisture next to the skin. A fabric with a higher absorbency or a wicking system works best when it is tight fitting so it can absorb as much moisture as possible. A wicking system draws moisture out quickly and allows it to evaporate easily.
The Mid Layer
The mid layer is mainly for thermal insulation, so it is only needed in cold weather. Base layers are usually made from a fabric called microfleece as it is effective at keeping in heat, but can carry moisture away too. It is a hydrophobic fabric, which means that it is water repellent, and therefore good for active wear in cold conditions. However, because microfleece is designed to trap air, it means that it isn’t windproof, though higher density fleece can have more resistance to the wind. The mid layer should be looser fitting than the base layer, but won’t be too loose as this can reduce the moisture wicking qualities. In warm weather, you are unlikely to need a midlayer.
The Outer Layer
The outer layer should provide shelter from the wind and rain, but should be breathable so it lets the moisture out. The modern material Gore-Tex is created with tiny holes that are too small for rain and wind to penetrate, but big enough for moisture from the inside to escape in the form of water vapour.
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