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The union of form and function isn’t just for the sake of style. The result can also perfectly complement and protect an athlete’s natural ability. “Comfort and durability are always important characteristics,” DeGeare said. In other words, just as football players have pads and helmets to help them do their job, so must golf have breathable materials and forgiving silhouettes. “Performance fabrics like moisture wicking are best … [also] golfers tend to prefer a fuller cut through the shoulders for better range of motion,” she affirmed.
Not surprisingly, Waterman pointed to an option from the Outer Banks line that boasts moisture wicking as part of its most salable features, but with an interesting twist. The company’s Ultimate Cool-DRI polo has a polyester, wicking interior, plus, “the exterior is 100 percent cotton so you get a more refined appearance that resists picking and pilling,” he explained.
DeGeare also pointed out a few other performance features that can enhance the effectiveness of moisture wicking for better overall comfort. “Antimicrobial is an important add-on to moisture-wicking garments because it prevents odor retention in the polyester fabrics,” she said, adding, “UV protection is also important in certain areas of the country and with people with health concerns.” Whispering Pines has had great success with its Willow Pointe styles, which boast this celebrated combination of features.