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Staying light, but warm on the course?

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Sup dudes,

With winter creeping up on us, I was thinking: "How does one stay warm in the cold wind and frost, but still stay light weighted?" You know, without having to lug around a heavy jacket, heavy pants, heavy undershirt, etc.

Any clothes that do the trick for you?

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I play down to freezing, not much below that.     So my standard issue is a long sleeve t-shirt, fleece type light shirt/jacket and a sleeveless golf vest over that.      Not toasty warm, but still have enough mobility to swing.

HATE HATE HATE underarmour type tight fitting compression wear shirts - feels too restricting & I look like the pillsbury doh boy !!

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HAHAHA, I was just going to reply with suggesting the underarmour mock turtle necks and then I saw your post and had to laugh. To the OP, if its around 40 degrees and above, I'll go out. I usually go with light thermals, 2 pairs of socks, the underarmour turtle neck, light sweater or jacket and sleeveless fleece vest. Last time out I also went with the FJ winter golf gloves, athough I found them a little annoying at first (not as much grip to them) but I got used to them after awhile.
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For me a t-shirt, loose fitting sweatshirt and a windbreaker. I stay warm and can still swing freely.  Also a stocking hat is a must.  One thing I also do is to wear my heavy winter gloves between shots.  Warm hands make a big difference.

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It was like 30-something degrees tonight.. I had on pants, two longsleeve shirts, and a windbreaker. Plenty loose and felt warm enough.

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"How does one stay warm in the cold wind and frost, but still stay light weighted?"

The easiest way is to grow up in the northeast and develop high tolerance for cold. But if you have to do so with clothing: I like to wear an Under Armour compression shirt, a polo (I prefer shortsleeved), and a v-neck sweater. If it's still too cold, I'll put in a winter hat. Still too cold, I'll put on one of those neck warmers meant for skiing. I don't have rain pants, so I just wear regular cotton khakis.

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The easiest way is to grow up in the northeast and develop high tolerance for cold. But if you have to do so with clothing: I like to wear an Under Armour compression shirt, a polo (I prefer shortsleeved), and a v-neck sweater. If it's still too cold, I'll put in a winter hat. Still too cold, I'll put on one of those neck warmers meant for skiing. I don't have rain pants, so I just wear regular cotton khakis.

Thanks for that! I kinda grew up with the cold, kinda, as in baseball practice we had practice in the FREEZING rain with my teams cause my coach wanted it that way.. we would just stand around shagging.. cold as fuk! But got me ready for the cold

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I don't mind the Underarmour style clothes underneath but more times than not I just wear sweatpants and a sweatshirt under my clothes (and I make sure my outer clothes aren't tight). Mostly because I have a whole drawer full of sweat clothes and might as well use them.

A turtleneck is great if I know it's going to be cold all day but I usually just put one of those things that looks like the neck of a turtleneck on. Probably 9 times out of 10 I end up taking it off as the day warms up (and taking off the sweater).

Always have a stocking cap (what we call a toboggan here in the south) in my bag and wear it over my cap.

Lastly I have a very comfortable fleece lined coat that is loose enough to wear over all of my other clothes but doesn't make me look or feel like I'm fat or wearing half of a sleeping bag.

Main thing for me is to dress in layers so I can make adjustment during the day and know that it's better to have clothes that I don't need than to need clothes I don't have.

(And I always have hand warmers in my bag).

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Played in slight overcast, 10MPH wind, 28 degrees the other day-last day of the club being open.  rode in a cart.

Bottoms; Techincal  long underwear Columbia omniheat reflective- silver dots works great. I wore these under the footjoy rain pants in Black- that's all I wore

socks: smartwool light hiker crew

Top  Columbia omniheat, Light 1/4 zip tee neck,  lightweight fleece top, Footjoy 1/2 sleeve tour rain top.

Titleist fleece hat

Gloves- Titleist Cart mitts ( oversized mitts) with handwarmer heaters inside. I took these off for shots only and immediately put them back on. I had great feel with warm hands.

I was fine, never cold at times I took the shell top off  because I was getting warm. The best part is I felt my swing was not constricted at all like some of the guys I played with, with heavier bulkier clothing they were wearing. with todays fabrics geared for running, skiing, hiking, they are light weight, thin, easy care and work great. you don't need bulk, weight anymore..

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underarmor long sleeve

thermals

windbreaker - important

I want to be warm with thin stuff.  bulk (sweatshirts, too many layers) kills my swing

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Forgot to mention - as for pants, I've found CORDUROY'S are the shizzle for cold golf - really work nicely.

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I find a long-sleeve cotton full turtleneck shirt (double-roll collar) is a good base, and helps keep the heat in without making you sweat.

A Champions undershell is also a good base. I tried the undershell + turtleneck on occasion, but I started sweating rather quickly from the combo.

A windshirt with lining goes on top. // If I need a third layer, a wool polo shirt is a good item to put over the base layer and under the windshirt.

Jackets with zippers and seams get low marks, even if designed for golf - too restrictive.

In general, the day has to be sunny for me to play if temp is below 50*.

For the head, I wear either a "driving cap" (a wool version of a Hogan cap), or an Underarmour double-layer knit cap.

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I used to work outside for a living and came to prefer dressing from the inside out instead of wearing coats and such on the outside.  I like the UnderArmor type stuff, mock turtles and such - I actually prefer Nike but it is basically the same stuff.  They have cold weather base layer type stuff for top and bottom. It is a little pricey.  If you don't want to feel constricted, the base layer is where to start.  You can also get skiing type stuff.  Merino wool base layer stuff is really thin and really warm.

So I go with some base layer, then normal golf clothing, then a Nike pullover half zip thing that I have that is made for golf.  I also have a 'storm fit' pullover that is really made for rain, but works for cold as well and it a little lighter, so I substitute it sometimes.  With these 3 layers, I never feel too constricted.  This gets me well down into the 30's.  I don't play much in the 20's because it doesn't get into the 20's very much here in Georgia, but I imagine I'd be OK with the same 3 layers.

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When it's really cold (30s or less) I wear and underarmour base layer then a long sleeve golf shirt. Over that I wear my Footjoy merino wool performance seweater. I have a lined pullover I wear over that.

I wear ski socks and a ski base layer over heavy corduroy pants. Also a wool ski cap and a fleece ski "gator" for my neck.

Keeps me warm into the 30s.

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When it get cold, I like to wear a tee shirt, a turtleneck, and a fleece vest.  I might also add a layer of light sweater or jacket on top.

A turtleneck (or scarf) is a must to keep warm.

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I use base layer pants and shirts, usually Under Armour but I also have some from Patagonia that work well. On top of that, I will wear a regular golf polo and pants. Depending on how cold it is, I will choose a vest, windbreaker, or Under Armour fleece pullover on top of that. Usually this is plenty to keep me warm, but I keep rain/wind gear in my bag that can be used as an additional layer in a pinch. Also will wear a knit hat when it gets really cold.

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