We’re not writing this post for golfers in their 20s, because you twentysomethings are going to live forever, right? Hah!
But those of us who’ve rounded the corner past the carefree days of youth need to pay more attention to considerations of health and longevity.
On that note, sun exposure should be a key concern for golfers of any age, to mitigate the chances of melanoma or other forms of skin cancer.
We’ve all heard about the importance of sunscreen. But there’s something even better: sun blocking.
But how do you block the sun when golfing outdoors? By covering up with wide-brimmed hats and protective clothing such as a sun-protective golf shirt.
Which brings us to today’s featured “cool stuff” product: the Solar Performance UPF long-sleeve shirt by Vapor Apparel, available for a nifty $22 on Amazon. We found these on Amazon some months back, and ended up buying several in different colors.
These shirts are made with a lightweight, 4.1-ounce microfiber fabric and PURE-tech moisture-wicking technology with a UPF(Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+. So when you wear these things, your arms, torso and upper chest are protected from sun exposure. They are unisex sized, so they say they can run small for men, but we’ve found them true to size for men. If needed, the sleeves can be folded back if you find them interfering with your putter grip or other club gripping. We just fold them back an inch and they stay that way through the round.
The nice thing about these shirts is that in addition to being affordable, they look clean and sporty. Our local golf course is pretty casual, so we often just wear them straight up or over a thin t-shirt, but they’re sheer enough to fit as an undergarment under a polo shirt as well. They really excel in warm-to-hot weather, when it’s really a good idea to cover up. Sure, you feel a bit warmer than you would with short sleeves, but not overly so. They’re also great to use on cool breezy days as a way to keep warm. Plus, just because it’s cool out doesn’t mean you can forget about sun exposure.
Best of all, the shirts are American made South Carolina, and come with a note from the company featuring employ signatures that says, “On behalf fo the 40 hard-working Americans here in the Carolinas, we sincerely thank you for your business.” Now that’s pretty cool.
So go forth dear golfer and remember to be sun smart in all seasons. After all, you want to be at the putting green instead of the dermatologist when you reach your wisest years.