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Golf Headwear? Really!


Golf Headwear?  Really!

By Jim Grosjean, Golf Talk America Senior Staff Editor

Years ago my dermatologist told me, “You’ve used up your lifetime supply of sunlight.”   He recommended that I stay out of the sun funny hat 2especially between the hours of 10AM to 2PM.  I curtly replied, “That’s not going to happen, I play golf during those very hours.”   So, next we discussed the use of sunscreens.  (See last month for an article on sunscreens).   He also suggested a wide-brimmed hat for golf days.

Being a baseball cap guy, I resisted the thought of a wide-brimmed hat until I remembered how many times my face burned in the sun while wearing a cap. I bought my first wide-brimmed straw hat at least 15 years ago.   I thought it was a wise choice when someone told me I looked like Tom Kite.  Later I figured out that I needed better sun protection than a straw hat could give, so I bought a safari/outback style hat in the Legends Pro Shop.  I’ve worn it for years and the logo is almost worn off, so I think it’s time for a new hat.  Also, no one ever told me I looked like Harrison Ford .

Let me tell you, there are a lot more choices in sun protection haberdashery for golfers than I had imagined.   You can stick with the vast majority of golfers who wear baseball caps or you can join a growing cadre of golfers who love being in the sun, but don’t like being abused by it.  If you’re ready to think outside the box, here are some basics:

Buy hats with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50+.

Brims should be 3-4 inches in the front and back, and 2-3 inches on the sides in order to obtain maximum protection.

Outdoor stores carry a better selection than golf stores.

funny hatSome good top-of-the-line hats are made by Tilley, Watership Trading Company and Sunday Afternoons.

Try these websites: hatsinthebelfy.com, coolibar.com, or hollandhats.com.

Decide who you want to look like: Indiana Jones, Crocodile Dundee, Sean Connery, Sam Snead, or Walter Matthau and pick your hat accordingly.  You can choose a straw hat, fedora, panama, bucket hat, even a ball cap with a neck cape.

It’s all about protecting yourself.  And hearing someone say you look like Paul Hogan.  “Stay safe, mates.”