Never Let Them See You Sweat
1. Moisture wicking involves a constructional or chemical treatment to spread the moisture out along the fabric as it’s being absorbed for the purpose of expedient evaporation. It is important to understand that any after-market fabric softeners, such as liquid fabric softeners or dryer sheets, diminish the effects of wicking and therefore should not be used on these garments. The purpose of a softener is to coat the fabric for a soft hand, but in the case of wicking fabrics, this treatment will clog the ‘pores’ of the fabric that are there to affect wicking and not allow the moisture to be absorbed.
2. UV protection involves a constructional or chemical treatment that embellishes a garment’s natural sun protection ability by increasing the protection factor to equal high levels of sunblock.
3. Anti-bacterial involves a constructional or chemical treatment that, by nature of the chemical or yarn used, will kill off live bacteria as it grows, helping to eliminate odor caused by the presence of bacteria. However, since bacteria continues to grow similarly to the rate it is destroyed, at present it is impossible to completely eliminate odor, only control and minimize it.
4. Stretch fabrics—simply adding Lycra or spandex to both knit and woven fabrics to achieve additional give is a benefit to any golfer attempting to obtain full torque for a distance shot.
Water-resistant, waterproof and breathable fabrics, as well as seam-sealed technologies are widely known performance features in outerwear. However, what might not be so pervasive is the fact that “at present, some of the same technologies that are used on golf polo shirts, such as wicking, UV protection and stretch, are also now being incorporated into outerwear [along with outerwear’s] weather resistant properties for enhanced function and value,” explained Gregg.