Best Golf Gear for Summer 2020
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This upscale GPS golf smartwatch will impress style-focused and tech-obsessed golfers alike. Made from lightweight titanium, the new Tag Heuer watch includes precise shot-tracking and a display with easy-to-read distances to greens and hazards. The watch tracks stats and provides insights after your round but can make course-strategy recommendations based on previous tee shots. The Tag Heuer Golf app has precise, interactive mapping of more than 40,000 courses that can be displayed in 2-D on the watch or 3-D on a phone.
BUY NOW: $2,550
Summer-ready golf shirts (solid)
The technology in golf shirts is so advanced these days, there's no excuse for wearing anything uncomfortable that makes you overheat and show perspiration. As a general rule, opt for light: Light colors that won't absorb the rays and lightweight materials that are breathable. Most golf shirts have moisture-wicking properties, and you can even find some with anti-microbial technology, so you'll still look and feel fresh after 18 holes. It's important to find a shirt that works for you, like Under Armour's Iso-Chill Golf Polo ($80), made with fabrics designed to disperse body heat for a noticeably cooler feel. Lululemon's Metal Vent Tech Polo ($98) is optimized for summer activity with a seamless construction that will prevent abrasion or uncomfortable chafing mid-round.
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Under Armour Men's Iso-Chill Golf Polo | BUY NOW: $80
Mizzen + Main Phil Mickelson Polo | BUY NOW: $50
Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Polo 2.0 | BUY NOW: $98
Nike Men's Dri-FIT Vapor Golf Polo | BUY NOW: $65
Statement-Making Summer Golf Shirts
Great for outings and events, patterned golf shirts are an easy way to show some personality. As long as the shirt is made from breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics, it's a way to have a little fun on the apparel side. The Tasc Performance Cloud Golf Polo ($89) is a great option made with super-soft fabrics that originate from bamboo, and the sustainable material has a ton of stretch, feeling more like a T-shirt than a traditional golf shirt. The Southern Tide Jack Sail Stripe Performance Polo Shirt ($95) has built-in UPF Sun Protection and a hemline that's slightly longer in the back for an appropriate untucked look.
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Southern Tide Jack Sail Stripe Performance Polo Shirt | BUY NOW: $95
TravisMathew Men's All Of The Above Golf Polo | BUY NOW: $76
FootJoy Athletic Fit Lisle Golf Print Self Collar | BUY NOW: $72
Tasc Cloud Golf Polo | BUY NOW: $79
It's vital to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style in the process. Opt for a quality pair of sunglasses with clarity-enhancing lenses, a lightweight construction and a shape to flatter your face. Oversize shades with a slightly rounded shape like the Knoxville XL Sport ($220) are a safe and stylish bet. Not only are large frames on-trend, they'll cover a large area of the face for even more sun protection.
Knoxville XL Sport | BUY NOW: $220
If you're going to wear socks with sandals, at least find a pair of sophisticated slides that don't make you look like you're headed to high school soccer practice. These Hugo Boss Slides are stylish, refined and have a fun pop of color to enhance the look. The contoured footbed adds structure and comfort that'll feel great post-round or on the way to the pool.
Hugo Boss Slides | BUY NOW: $88
There are few things worse than the feeling of a damp hat after a passing shower mid-round. It can be distracting, reduce sun protection qualities and look sloppy. Find a cap with proper ventilation and a lightweight build—it'll also be more likely to last longer. Nike's AeroBill collection is ultra-breathable and made with moisture-wicking materials to keep you fresh. There are tons of varieties of this model—including options for men, women and junior golfers—so you're sure to find the perfect fit.
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Nike Men's 2020 AeroBill Tiger Woods Heritage86 Perforated Golf Hat | BUY NOW: $35
Nike Women's 2020 AeroBill Golf Visor | BUY NOW: $22
Nike Women's 2020 AeroBill Heritage86 Perforated Golf Hat | BUY NOW: $26
Nike Men's 2020 AeroBill Classic99 Perforated Golf Hat | BUY NOW: $35
Even with the proper ventilation, some golfers are just more prone to having beads of sweat roll down their neck. The NoSweat Hat Liners are disposable stick-on liners that absorb sweat before it reaches your forehead. It'll prevent staining on the crown of your caps, reduce odor and some have even found it helps eliminate fogging your eyewear.
NoSweat Golf Hat Liners | BUY NOW: $13 (for three)
Not all golf shorts are created equal. Material, fit, length and color must be taken into account to find the right pair. Look for a wicking material that won't show sweat, a length that falls a few inches above your knee and a fit that gives you room to breathe, without requiring a ton of adjustments. Match your belt to the short color and don't be afraid to experiment with new colors or patterns—as long as you keep the rest of the outfit fairly simple, you're good to go.
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Adidas Men's Ultimate365 Golf Shorts | BUY NOW: $65
Peter Millar Natural Touch Chambray Short | BUY NOW: $115
Bonobos Highland Golf Shorts | BUY NOW: $78
Vineyard Vines 8 Inch Performance Breaker Shorts | BUY NOW: $85
Staying hydrated on the golf course is essential, especially during heated rounds. Regardless of what your preferred on-course beverage is, you should always pack at least 16-ounces of water—more if you're prone to having multiple alcoholic drinks per round. Look for a bottle like this Yeti that'll fit into most cup holders, is durable to withstand a few drops and will keep drinks cold. This bottle has an easy sipping lid that can be removed for a wider mouth to make it easy to drop some ice cubes in.
YETI 18 oz. Rambler Bottle Elements Collection with Chug Cap | BUY NOW: $35
The JBL Clip 3 reigns supreme when it comes to Bluetooth speakers for golfers. It comes in a ton of different colors, has a 10-hour battery life and will clip to almost anything with a built-in carabiner handle. It's lightweight, waterproof and has great sound quality for such a compact size. The speaker was recently remixed by Jones Sports Co. for a little extra golf-touch.
Ready-to-drink cocktails are having a moment this summer. Significant improvements have been made to the offerings with companies like Cocktail Squad stepping up and mixing with quality liquors. The Cocktail Squad Bourbon Smash has handmade bourbon whiskey, Colorado-sourced blackberries, spearmint and a touch of lemon for a smash that really packs a punch. To help you get going in the morning, Mad Bean Co's hard iced coffee is made with 100-percent Arabica coffee beans and enhanced with vanilla and coffee liquor.
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Links Drinks Classic Transfusion | BUY NOW: $16 (for a four-pack)
Mad Bean Vanilla Hard Iced Coffee | BUY NOW: $3 (per can)
Cocktail Squad Bourbon Smash | BUY NOW: $6 (per can)
On The Rocks Margarita | BUY NOW: $12 (per bottle)
This natural spray will sanitize just about anything with a cooling-yet-neutral citrus scent. It's made with ethyl alcohol that can be sprayed on skin, fabric, equipment, shoes or whatever needs a little freshening up. The addition of Calendula infused olive oil to the mix also soothes dry or irritated skin.
EIR Pure Eir | BUY NOW: $20
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No-distraction Golf Shoes
Shoes are much more on display during shorts weather than when wearing pants, so pay a little extra mind to your footwear choices in the summer. Low profile silhouettes are more universally flattering and while there are a ton of bold colors and patterns to choose from, you can never go wrong with a neutral pick. Sport-forward options like the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour Golf Shoes or the Adidas Codechaos bring a sneaker-like feel with modern enhancements like waterproofing and energy-returning midsoles. The FootJoy Flex LE2 and Puma Ignite Nxt offer sophisticated looks with lightweight construction and extra-breathable materials.
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Puma Men's IGNITE NXT Golf Shoes | BUY NOW: $99
Adidas CODECHAOS Golf Shoes | BUY NOW: $150
Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour Golf Shoes | BUY NOW: $160
FootJoy Flex LE2 | BUY NOW: $130
These reusable masks are non-medical grade but offer comfortable face covering when social distancing is not an option. Easy to keep in the car or slide into a pocket, these poly-spandex masks won't add any heat and are made for a comfortable stretchy wear. Mizzen+Main has 19 versions that you can even match to your dress shirt.
Mizzen+Main Mask | BUY NOW: $10
If you're going to pack your own cooler, make sure it fits in the basket of the golf cart or push cart. The Stitch Golf Super Cold Cooler ($258) is leak-proof, waterproof and made with an ultra-durable material. It holds 1 cans and can keep drinks cold for up to 72 hours.
Stitch Golf Super Cold Cooler | BUY NOW: $258