Over the years, the traditional golf jumper with its v-neck, thick wool knit and predictable argyle pattern has become a bit of a joke.
This has all changed in the last few years. Golf clothing manufacturers, Pros and amateurs have all come to realise that the thick materials used in traditional golf jumpers were counter-productive. Not only did they look goofy, feel itchy, but old-style golf jumper designs restricted mobility, prevented moisture evaporating and were useless when the weather was not exactly freezing, but not quite warm. They have now been superseded by technical mid-layer garments!
Polyester mid-layers replace golf jumpers
As the selection of golf jumpers shrinks at Function18, there is an uprising from polyester mid-layers. The polyester fabrics used in these garments feature performance enhancing treatments, feel more comfortable and maintain their looks when stuffed in to your golf bag.
Galvin Green are one of the leading designers of next generation golf jumpers. Their Insula technology bodywarmers and full zips provide excellent thermal insulation, comfort and stretch, creating a natural feel throughout the swing. Take a look at the Galvin Green Insula products here.
The innovative golf jumper updates from sporting legends like Adidas, Nike and Puma also provide exceptional insulation, while allowing any moisture to evaporate efficiently.
Then there is the tech-fleece range of golf jumper from Calvin Klein. Their Thermo-Tech materials manage to keep their golfing pullovers as light as possible, making them easy to roll up and stash away. They are breathable, snug and - as you'd expect from CK - they look great too.
The Professional's choice
These polyester zip mid-layer garments are what the majority Pros turn to, instead of golf jumpers, when the temperature drops.
Here are some of the garments seen on tour that are popular at Function18 -
Nike Dri-Fit Performance Cover Up - Lightweight and worn by many of the Nike staff players, including Rory McIlroy.
Adidas Climawarm Heather Zip - Modern camo styling and worn by style icon Sergio Garcia.
Puma Golf PWR Warm Popover - Lightweight spacesuit insulation technology is used in this awesome cover up, which is popular with Rickie Fowler.