I’m the type of golfer that gets a hat and wears it for every round for a while until I remember I’m missing one of my favorite golf hats. I like to have a mix of golf hats to wear. Even though the beanie and golf bucket hat options have been on my list in the past, a traditional golf hat/baseball cap seems to be the best fit for an everyday round of play.
Here are a few things I would be aware of when choosing a golf hat:
Moisture Wicking Technology
I like having moisture-wicking technology on the interior of my hat. I don’t play a round of golf where sweat is not an issue. When hats don’t have sweatband technology, they just deteriorate so quickly. The hats turn yellow, they don’t hold up, and I’m left getting another one.
Another thing I love is when a moisture-wicking sweatband can be washed. Not too many hats are washable these days, but when you can wash them, you will get a much longer lifespan.
The fit is very important in golf. When a hat is moving on your head when you swing or obstruct your vision slightly when hitting, it’s not fit. For this reason, I tend to go with adjustable-closure golf hats.
Remember that each golf manufacturer has a different type of fitting when you look at their hats. Essentially the measurements are different. So if you find a hat you love from Callaway golf, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will wear the same size from Adidas.
Most of the time, neutral colors are great in hats because they will match with the things you want to wear them with. However, I like to have a few different color hats to choose from. Sometimes the darker color hats show sweat marks when they can’t be washed.
Light color hats sometimes turn yellow; keep both of these concepts in mind when you choose a hat, especially a hat for summer golf.
Golf hats used to range from $15 to $20. This is no longer the case. A great golf hat is in the $20 to $35 range. The good news is that with advancements in technology and performance, you will be getting better fabric and materials than you saw in the past.
Golf hats have all different types of features. Some will have UPF 50 protection; others have a removable moisture-wicking sweatband that you can wash. Some will have a magnetic brim for storing your ball marker. The key is to determine which features matter most to you.
One of the features I tend to look for all the time is breathability. The more breathable a hat is, the more I can handle wearing it!