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What type of fabric do you prefer in golf shirts?


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Poll: Fabrics (244 member(s) have cast votes)

What type do you prefer and brands that carry them.

  1. Tech Fabric- (Moisture Wicking, Fast Drying) Nike, Adidas, Under Armour....etc. (182 votes [74.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 74.59%

  2. Light Cotton - (Moisture Wicking, Fast Drying) Hugo Boss, Fairway and Greene, RLX and Polo....etc (36 votes [14.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.75%

  3. Pique Cotton - Lacoste, Polo, Southern Tide....etc (21 votes [8.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.61%

  4. Other (5 votes [2.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.05%

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#1 lehrylegend

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:46 PM

There are many different options for fabric when picking a golf shirt. Tech fabrics have been quite popular over the last 6 years or so. Many people are still fans of natural fibers of cotton, citing it's breath-ability and classic look. Others prefer the casual look of a Lacoste or Polo (they make all of these types-but their classic is a pique). Just want to know what you guys think.

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Edited by lehrylegend, 17 May 2013 - 03:50 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:53 PM

I have to say, the TW line for Nike is ridiculously expensive...  BUT wow that fabric is ridiculous!
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 07:38 PM

I really like Travis Mathew's cotton blend dealie they have. It's soft like cotton but wicks as well as a Nike or Under Armour shirt.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 07:46 PM

I'm perfectly happy with a cotton shirt. Getting tough to find. They'll be back. Just wait.
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 07:59 PM



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:06 PM

I voted for other. I really like a nice soft Modal/Spandex blend.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:45 PM

I voted for Tech Fabric.  My intent with my vote was to say that it MUST NOT have any cotton content.  
Living in SE Texas, cotton is just too blasted hot and heavy.  
There are lots of varieties of Tech fabrics.  Some are good, some are not.

If I lived where the temperature rarely got above 80 degrees, cotton would be fine.

Edited by RickKimbrell, 17 May 2013 - 08:48 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:53 PM

If these companies just used the word polyester instead of their marketing terms like cool dri etc... nobody would have bought them.  You can keep your polyester.  Pulls, stains, smells, terrible.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

 Deggs, on 17 May 2013 - 08:53 PM, said:

If these companies just used the word polyester instead of their marketing terms like cool dri etc... nobody would have bought them.  You can keep your polyester.  Pulls, stains, smells, terrible.

I agree. Don't forget static, and in my opinion tacky looking.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:20 AM

Tech fabric or polyester only pls when I'm playing golf. Natural fibers when I'm doing anything else.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:04 AM

I pretty much wear the tech fibers for everything except when I wear a dress shirt.. I just like the feel of it better
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:06 AM

As someone who works for one of those I'll reputed polyester companies

1) How does a polyester shirt stain worse than cotton? If anything, it's the other way around.
2) Polyester isn't even the same polyester as it was 10 years ago. Antimicrobials keep them from smelling.
3) Pulls, I will give you. Just buy a jersey construction vs piqué or mesh.

But if pulls are all you have, I'll take that vs sweating to death and looking like those guys in the mid 90s with sweat stains all over yourself during the middle of a round. Tell me how that looks good?


 Deggs, on 17 May 2013 - 08:53 PM, said:

If these companies just used the word polyester instead of their marketing terms like cool dri etc... nobody would have bought them.  You can keep your polyester.  Pulls, stains, smells, terrible.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:08 AM

You must be quite older...if you were born after 1975, you pretty much have had the word polyester in your vocabulary for sports apparel for most of your life. Any person 35 or younger doesn't have a negative connotation to the word "polyester".

 Deggs, on 17 May 2013 - 08:53 PM, said:

If these companies just used the word polyester instead of their marketing terms like cool dri etc... nobody would have bought them.  You can keep your polyester.  Pulls, stains, smells, terrible.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:08 AM

Oh, and my preferred fabric is a 95% polyester/ 5% Spandex.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:20 AM

I search for certain blends, too much poly and it breaks out my chest/back. I have found Adidas to be the least penal in that area.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:25 AM

95* and 95% humidity, I strongly prefer 100% Cotton Pique.

Lisle/jersey doesn't breath, and synthetics leave me smelling like a homeless guy after a round.
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:09 PM

I dont like the weight of most pique, not the feel.  The P3 pique from Ping is about the only one I like.
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 05:01 PM

95* and 95% humidity and you prefer cotton? Yes, you look really nice to that cart girl driving around wondering if you are about to die of either heat exhaustion or dehydration from the look of your clothes. Why would anyone be able to smell anything about you other than sun screen?

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:59 PM

It's okay if some of us prefer cotton, Chili.  But we understand your incessant need to push polyester in EVERY thread since that's your career.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:43 PM

I am strongly biased. :)

Just don't understand why someone would prefer to be in agony on the course when they don't have to be. My father-in-law would not wear polyester for 10 years until he fainted because of heat exhaustion and his doctor told him he needed to be playing in polyester fabrics. He won't wear anything but poly now even when he's not on the course.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:33 AM

I've worn both and truly haven't noticed a difference. Last year I switched to pretty much only wearing Southern Tide, which isn't even really a golf brand, I just was tired of the look of the techy clothing, it felt more like I was going to the gym or playing in a basketball uniform. Anyway, we had one of THE hottest summers and Temps in July were in the 100's, now granted I'm in pretty decent shape, and ALWAYS ride, but never any problems in cotton.

I can see wear a lot of the Tech Shorts have made a difference to some guys. Especially guys wearing those very heavy cotton twill shorts. However I still found a way to gravitate away from Tech fabrics for shorts, again because I hated the look. Ralph Lauren makes a tissue cotton that keeps just as cool as any Adidas ClimaCool or Nike DriFit. J. Crew and other brands have very light cotton options as well that i found.

The last thing was finding a good belt to match, I've found that some light fabric belts with leather tips look best with a natural fiber outfit. Oh and a pair of Ecco's to top it all off.

Edited by lehrylegend, 19 May 2013 - 12:35 AM.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:23 AM

 Chilidog, on 18 May 2013 - 11:06 AM, said:

2) Polyester isn't even the same polyester as it was 10 years ago. Antimicrobials keep them from smelling.

I thought you once said that the vast majority of poly shirts have a topical treatment that make them antimocrobial and they will eventually wash out?

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:34 AM

I did. On average about 15 washes. The higher the quality of shirt, the less likely it is a topical.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:44 PM

 Chilidog, on 18 May 2013 - 09:43 PM, said:

I am strongly biased. :)

Just don't understand why someone would prefer to be in agony on the course when they don't have to be. My father-in-law would not wear polyester for 10 years until he fainted because of heat exhaustion and his doctor told him he needed to be playing in polyester fabrics. He won't wear anything but poly now even when he's not on the course.

Really? The doctor recommended poly, not a brim hat or stay hydrated or keep a damp towell handy to wipe down with... but where more polyester?

Edited by topr, 19 May 2013 - 08:46 PM.


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:48 AM

 jdmorris1980, on 18 May 2013 - 11:20 AM, said:

I search for certain blends, too much poly and it breaks out my chest/back. I have found Adidas to be the least penal in that area.

Yes, I have several Adidas Clima-Lite shirts, some with the Adidas brand and some with my Club insignia on them.  Extremely cool, comfortable, easy to wash / dry, proper fit, and so far wearing pretty well over time.


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 06:47 AM

Well, seeing that he already had a hat and water, I guess he turned to the next logical thing. Plus, thin, Pima cotton I am sure this shirt was not knowing him.


 topr, on 19 May 2013 - 08:44 PM, said:

 Chilidog, on 18 May 2013 - 09:43 PM, said:

I am strongly biased. :)

Just don't understand why someone would prefer to be in agony on the course when they don't have to be. My father-in-law would not wear polyester for 10 years until he fainted because of heat exhaustion and his doctor told him he needed to be playing in polyester fabrics. He won't wear anything but poly now even when he's not on the course.

Really? The doctor recommended poly, not a brim hat or stay hydrated or keep a damp towell handy to wipe down with... but where more polyester?


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 07:04 AM

The doctor was, my guess, an avid doctor.  And being so, he prolly believes that the new material are better and keeping you cool.  so he more than likely said"  drink more water, wear a hat, and make sure you wear blah blah blah kinda clothers..

I play with a couple of General Practicians.. and I even had this conversation with one of them.  not so much the shirt, but the shorts...
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 07:39 AM

I like the Tech blends, brings back the Leisure Suit Larry days!

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:18 PM

I prefer synthetics, as its what I use in hiking/fishing most of the time too.  Unfortunately, golf and hiking synthetics apparently think we all want to look like 70s throwbacks or surfers.  Fly fishing clothing is a little better in that regard.

If you look, you can find tech fabrics that aren't covered in gaudy geometric shapes.  I don't know anything about their clothing really, but I recently picked up a couple of Bolle shirts that are great.  Come in traditional patterns too.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:44 PM

I generally like solid color shirts.. I like pinstripes in my pants and shorts.  but solid color shirts work best for me..

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