Best Golf Polo Shirts 2022

A look at some of the best golf polo shirts on the market

Best Golf Polo Shirts
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Nowadays, the best golf polo shirts look very different to how they did ten or even five years ago, with a whole range of new performance fabrics and technologies used in construction.

This is because golf polos have to be able to do a lot of things these days. The best models give a lot of mobility so the athletic movement of the golf swing is not compromised, whilst they also sit comfortably on your torso and arms. A good model will also be lightweight, breathable on those hot days, and even help in terms of wicking sweat, blocking UV rays, and maybe even anti-odor technology. Finally, they have to look good as well. Some brands and models decide to really push the boat out which is great, whereas some look to have a more understated design so they can be worn anywhere. 

Acknowledging all of this, below we take a look at some of the best designs on the market.

These are shirts that will help you feel and look good on the fairways, allowing you to focus on your game and play your best.

Additionally, if you want to complete the ensemble, we recommend checking out some of our other buying guides on the best golf tops (opens in new tab) and also best golf trousers (opens in new tab), so you can get the entire outfit right.

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Puma MATTR One Way Polo Shirt

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Specifications

Sizes: S-XXL
Colors: 10

Reasons to buy

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Very breathable and stretchy fabric. 
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Good value for money in the golf polo market.
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Loads of colors

Reasons to avoid

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Perhaps just a polo for the golf course

Puma is a brand always at the forefront of golf fashion, seeking to push the game and its style forwards and to new different places. The new MATTR One Way polo gives visual evidence of that.

In terms of performance, Puma has implemented a new MATTR (Materials, Technology & Research) performance fabric designed for the highest level of comfort no matter the climate condition. It is a moisture-wicking, fast-drying fabric that has a breathable, stretchy and lightweight feel to it so you can play your best.

adidas go-to no show polo

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Adidas Go-To No-Show Polo

Specifications

Sizes: S-XXL
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Environmentally sustainable fabrics
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Comfortable and breathable
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Versatile to use anywhere

Reasons to avoid

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design perhaps a touch bland for some

A supremely well designed polo shirt with an environmental focus at the forefront of the design, the Go-To No Show is one of our favorite polos on the market right now.

It is made with recycled content generated from production waste, e.g. cutting scraps, and post-consumer household waste to avoid the larger environmental impact of producing virgin content. Sounds complicated but the long and the short of it is adidas continues to play a big part in environmentally sustainable design in golf. 

From a feel perspective it is very soft on the skin and despite using it on a couple of very hot days in the USA, it dealt with sweat well and temperature well. To some the look may be a touch bland but we relaly liked it because the white version we got sent allowed us to use it both on and off the golf course. The other four colors will allow you to do the same as well. 

Overall this is a high quality, performance polo for the environmentally conscious golfer. 

Under Armour Playoff Polo 2.0 Shirt

Specifications

Sizes: SM-3XL
Colors: 18+

Reasons to buy

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Loads of designs
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Extremely breathable
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Sweat resistant

Reasons to avoid

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Material is quite thin
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Runs bigger than previous Playoff polo

Another excellent Under Armour product and one of our favourite men's golf shirts. The soft anti-pick, anti-pill fabric is extremely breathable & lightweight, the moisture management is fantastic, the anti-odour technology prevents the growth of odour-causing microbes so you can smell fresh constantly, and finally the variety and choice of aesthetic design is mind-boggling.

Available in more than 18 different colorways and prints, the Under Armour Playoff Polo 2.0 is a great way to stock up on a solid polo shirt in loads of different looks. For example we have seen Jordan Spieth wear the Color Block design pictured in the gallery above, but there are also Heather, Low Round, Pitch and Hollen versions as well. 

The 'performance' fit is neither too tight or too baggy and we really enjoyed the moisture management on offer - when testing on a hot sunny day at no point was any perspiration visible, nor was it ever uncomfortable. 

Nike Victory Color Block Polo

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Nike Victory Color Block Polo

Specifications

Sizes: XS-4XL
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Really breathable
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Fits really well

Reasons to avoid

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Hit-or-miss style

A shirt worn by several Nike staff players out in the professional world of golf, this striped polo is one of the best Nike golf shirts (opens in new tab) on the market.

A new design for 2022 it is available in some understated and 'out there' colors. It is made from 100% recycled polyester whilst also featuring tried and tested Nike Dri-FIT technology keeps you cool and comfortable while the hem vents offer the possibility of wearing this polo either tucked or untucked. This short sleeve polo shirt also features a two button placket, ribbed collar and the signature Nike swoosh is transferred on the left chest.

Stuburt Alton Polo Shirt

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Stuburt Alton Polo Shirt

Specifications

Sizes: S-3XL
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Soft-feeling material

Reasons to avoid

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Three color options look very similar

The final striped design we want to mention is the Alton from Stuburt. A brand that regularly offers good performance and good value, the Alton has been constructed with technology to help regulate body temperature and maximise comfort.

The high-performance material feels lovely next to the skin and provides abrasion resistance and durability with the added bonus of it being easy to care for with no special washing requirements and needs little to no ironing.

All-Over Print Shirts

FootJoy Leaping Dolphins Print Polo

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FootJoy Leaping Dolphins Print Polo

Specifications

Sizes: S-3XL
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Unique aesthetic
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Keeps you cool and dry

Reasons to avoid

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Dolphin print won't be for everyone

FootJoy continues to innovate and create apparel and shoes designed to help players get the most from their games, regardless of the conditions, and in the new collections, FootJoy has attempted to inject an element of sunshine and positivity into golf and its apparel. Chief among which is this Leaping Dolphin design.

The polo, we are sure you agree, has a unique and trendy design that is sure to get people talking, but it is not just about the look. It has been created with ProDry stretch fabric, which is an exclusive FootJoy creation designed to keep you cool and dry for the duration of your round of golf and beyond. The polyester and spandex blend gives a comfortable and lightweight feel that doesn’t hinder movement between or during shots, and you don’t have to fret about the sun either because it provides SPF 30 UV protection as well.

We had the navy and pink version of this shirt but if that isn't for you then there are five other colors to choose from. 

Callaway Soft Focus Floral Polo

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Specifications

Sizes: S-XXL
Colors: 1

Reasons to buy

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Striking design
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Soft, stretchy feel
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Fits nicely

Reasons to avoid

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Only one color option

Part of the brand’s Spring/Summer collection, the striking design may not be to everyone’s taste but the performance on offer means it warrants a spot on our list of the best golf polo shirts.

As for performance, the polo is made from 86 per cent polyester and 14 per cent elastane which gives it a soft, stretchy feel. The moisture wicking material also meant we had no problem with sweat, and we noticed no restriction when swinging a club thanks to the lightweight, flexible material.

galvin green monty polo shirt

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Specifications

Sizes: S-2XL
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Really comfortable
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Stretch fabric allows for total swing freedom
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Breathable
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Good color choice

Reasons to avoid

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Runs a little small
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Style might split opinion

Galvin Green has always been known for its quality so it was no surprise that this polo shirt was extremely comfortable and soft-feeling. Thanks to the stretch fabric used in construction, it also allowed for total swing freedom, moving with the body rather than against. In addition, it is highly breathable, making it a great option when the sun decides to make an appearance. 

From a style perspective, it’s something that will divide opinion. Available in five different colors, the stripes with polka dots really stand out and whilst it is an excellent polo for the golf course, the design does limit its versatility off it. Two more things to be aware of are the short sleeves, and the garment is made with sustainable fabrics and labels so you can do your bit for the environment too.

G/FORE Perforated Stripe polo

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G/FORE Perforated Stripe Polo

Specifications

Sizes: S-XXL
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Bold, unique patterns
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Stretchy, high quality fabrics

Reasons to avoid

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At the top end of the price spectrum

G/FORE make a lot products that really stand out but this polo has an understated design which we love. Available in four nice colors, it is made from silky tech jersey fabric designed to offer maximum breathability on those hot days, as well as enhanced mobility. It is also lightweight, elegant and washes easily in a cold wash.

Ping Rae Polo Shirt

Specifications

Sizes: S-3XL
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Stretch fit is excellent
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Very comfortable and soft to wear
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Minimal styling is classy

Reasons to avoid

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Sizing can come up a touch small

From the moment you put on the Ping Rae polo shirt you'll realise it is a high quality, stylish garment. It is a fantastic polo shirt that, whilst out there, subtle in its design. It comes in just three colorways but all are nice. The price tag is very affordable for a polo that clearly offers up great golf versatility with plenty of stretch and flexibility.

We especially loved the feel of this polo as well as the look and the minimal Ping branding. One thing to note though is the sizing can come up slightly small so we would perhaps recommend trying it on or going up a size.

Classic Looking Polo Shirts

adidas Go-To Polo Shirt

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Specifications

Sizes: XS-XXL
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Sustainably made
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Super comfortable
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Can be worn on and off course

Reasons to avoid

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Looks a little basic
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Runs large

Adidas is a brand that regularly pushes the limit on technology and innovation when it comes to its products and one particular avenue the brand has gone down of late is sustainability. One such initiative is PRIMEGREEN which is high-performance apparel made from recycled ingredients, with the aim of ending plastic waste. This is where this polo comes in as it is made from 89% recycled content.

It also looks good and has versatility as a huge plus point too because it is the kind of polo that can be used absolutely anywhere, without compromising on performance when the time comes to hit golf shots.

Galvin Green Marcus Polo Shirt

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Specifications

Sizes: S-XXL
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Great design
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Lightweight and stretchy
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Environmentally friendly

Reasons to avoid

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Sleeves are very short

The Marcus polo from Galvin Green is an easy inclusion on our list of the best golf shirts. It makes use of the acclaimed Ventil8+ technology to offer lightweight comfort with exceptional moisture managing capabilities. We think it also looks great too thanks to the contrast shoulder panels and the stripe detailing on the sleeves, both of which give a unique and stylish look.

The fabrics used are light, soft, comfortable and enable you to perform to your best ability round after round. To make sure you're protected from the summer heat, this item is also rated with a UV Protection level of 20+.

Original Penguin Earl Polo Shirt

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Specifications

Sizes: S-3XL
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Great for moisture control
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Simple, classic design
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Lightweight
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Good value and versatile

Reasons to avoid

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Pocket is a bit redundant

Original Penguin do a great line in polo shirts, part 'golfy' and part very much more leisure wear. This Earl offering probably sits in the latter category. With five nice colors to choose from and the really noticeable thing about this is that it's really cool, both in appearance but also in its performance.

It feels lightweight and breathable, ideal for hot weather. This is done through its construction from a moisture-wicking fabric and, to repeat the point, it will keep you fresh and dry throughout the round. Additionally the white tip detailing on the collar and cuffs gives the shirt a real lift and it washes great and, if anything, is even better after a few rounds as the shirt softens a bit.

Ocean Tee Reef Polo Shirt

Specifications

Sizes: S-XXL
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Environmental design
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Provides total swing freedom
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25% of profits go to charity

Reasons to avoid

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Bit of a bland design

This shirt is all about sustainability. Made from fabrics and materials to help the environment, this shirt is as environmentally friendly as they come. The polo shirt has a performance stretch, offers temperature regulation, and is anti-odour and fast-drying for great performance as you play.

Oh and 25% of Ocean Tee's corporate profits go to charities that are focused on tackling plastic pollution and promoting the health of marine environments, as well as charities focused on promoting sustainability in golf, so this is a good shirt to buy for a variety of reasons!

Polo Golf Ralph Lauren bear polo

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Polo Golf Ralph Lauren Bear Polo Shirt

Specifications

Sizes: S-2XL
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Premium feel
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Little details really elevate this polo

Reasons to avoid

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Bear logo won't be for some

Our final pick on this guide is the famous Bear polo. It is constructed with breathable mesh, allowing air to reach the skin to help prevent sweat build up. Additionally the cotton fabric is durable enough to be worn, and importantly washed, all the time so this could fast become your favorite polo. It also has nice little details as well, such as the side slits, ribbed collar and sleeves, and the bear embroidery on the chest. For more polo shirt buying advice check out our guide on the best men's golf shirts (opens in new tab) as well. 

Castore Tota Golf Performance Polo

Specifications

Sizes: XS-2XL
Colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Stylish fit around the body
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Not baggy around the arms
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Keeps sun off the arms.

Reasons to avoid

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The collar can often pop up which some golfers might find annoying

Similar to their TOTA Performance short sleeved polo shirt, which also performed well in our testing, this is an extremely lightweight yet soft polo made of a stretchy material that doesn’t constrict you in your swing. While it is a long sleeve shirt, the polo’s breathable material keeps you cool and perspiration free on warmer days.

The additional long sleeves also keep the sun off your arms and don’t feel too baggy around your wrists. The shirt also looks good with its buttons done up or undone but the collar can often lift up, which some golfers may find annoying. Overall, this is a great polo shirt and comes in two different navy and mist colors which you’ll be able to easily combine with other clothing.

How we test golf apparel

We test golf apparel (opens in new tab) in the same way we test all golf equipment, by using products properly. In relation to polo shirts this means putting them to the test out on the golf course to see if the design is well thought out, if it moves nicely throughout the swing, and simply is the polo is usable. Additionally, wearing it on the course in different conditions gives us an idea on breathability, warmth if needed, and looks. 

We would also wear the polos off the golf course as well because versatility to use a garment anywhere is a great way to get value for money. The final point we wanted to mention here is no manufacturer can pay for a good review because our thorough testing team tells it how it is. 

How to choose the right polo shirt

As mentioned, there is a lot to think about when picking the right polo shirt for you. With that in mind, we have come up with several things for you to think about before purchasing.

Length - During the golf swing if you find your shirt coming untucked often, or your belly starts to show then you should think about a polo with a longer length. That way it will remain tucked in throughout the round and beyond.

Fit - Do you want a more loose fitting polo or something with more of an athletic fit? Slim fit or classic fit? Most polos come in lots of sizes so be wary of getting something that isn't fitting correctly for you.

Sleeves - It doesn't sound that important, but a polo with sleeves too long or too short can be annoying. They should come to the middle of the upper arm, and the seam should align with the middle of the shoulders.

Fabric - Have a think about what fabric you would like the polo to be made from. For example, there are loads of materials used these days such as polyester, spandex, lycra, nylon and cotton. Often polos are made with a combination of these.

Technology - Most brands make polo shirts that offer technology to help in a variety of ways. For example, many help with moisture management and sweat wicking which keeps the body dry and comfortable. Some also offer UV protection and anti-microbial properties too, so it is worth thinking about what aspect you find important here. Of course, several of the models above have been designed with all of these facets in mind.

Design - Striped? Floral? An all-over print? Gone are the days of drab boring polo designs and in modern golf most brands really push the boat out. The sheer array of polo shirts we picked out above shows this clearly. Whatever fashion sense you have, there will be a polo for you.

Price - Of course the price is always something people should think about. There is great value to be had with the models above but there are also more premium models for those wanting to spend a little more. Put simply, there is something for everyone.

What is the difference between a polo shirt and a golf shirt?

The main difference between a normal polo shirt and a golf shirt is the fabric used in construction. Most polos are made from fabrics like cotton and linen whilst golf polos are often made with a combination of fabrics like spandex, polyester and also cotton. After all, the golf polo has to be able to stretch and deal with the athletic movement of a golf swing. 

Can you wear golf polos casually?

The short answer here is yes but it has to be the right shirt. Many of the models we selected in our best golf polos guide have understated designs that would look at home off the golf course, whilst others are perhaps best suited for the links and not many other places. 

What makes a good golf polo?

A good golf polo does a lot of things. It has to be breathable, lightweight, help with sweat, protect from the sun, feel comfortable, and also look good as well. We also think the best designs can be versatile enough to be used anywhere. 

We hope you enjoyed this guide to the best golf polo shirts. For more buying advice, check out the Golf Monthly website.

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6