Best Golf Shorts 2022 - The Best Models To Wear When The Sun Is Out

Perfect your look with these various short styles and designs

Best Golf Shorts
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Best Golf Shorts

From vibrant colors to traditional styles, the golf apparel market is booming at the moment, with hundreds of brands around the world innovating to produce new golf gear. From the best golf tops (opens in new tab), to golf socks, golfers really are spoiled for choice, and shorts unquestionably fit into that bracket too. Depending on whether you like wearing knee-length shorts or three-quarter lengths, there are plenty of options available to you, but whatever your style, it pays to pick up a pair of shorts that are specifically designed with golf in mind. That way you can get the performance and style you need to feel comfortable and shoot low scores on the course. 

Modern golf shorts don't just need to look good, they also need to have performance benefits in terms of stretchiness, convenience and have some moisture-wicking capabilities too. As such we've put together this guide which de a look at some of the best golf shorts below which hopefully will inform your decision a little better when it comes to making a purchase. Additionally, if you want something for the top half too, take a look at our guides on the best golf polos (opens in new tab), and best golf jumpers (opens in new tab) as well.

Best Golf Shorts

Puma Golf Jackpot Shorts, puma shorts with white background, golf shorts in teal

Puma Golf Jackpot Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 28-42
Colors: 20+

Reasons to buy

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Stretchy waistband
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20+ colors
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Moisture wicking properties

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best for players looking for three-quarter length shorts

These high-performance golf shorts have a mechanical stretch waistband to give you increased mobility and comfort as you play golf. They also feature dryCELL technology which helps draw moisture away from the body, keeping you dry and comfortable. The fact there are 20+ colors to choose from is an incredible bonus so any player can find the right pair for them. We also like the Puma Pounce shorts too which are featured in our best women's golf shorts (opens in new tab) guide.

TravisMathew Beck Shorts, grey golf shorts

TravisMathew Beck Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-42
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Moisture-wicking capabilities
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Cool style
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Very comfortable 

Reasons to avoid

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A slightly pricier designer option

The TravisMathew Beck golf shorts are among some of the best styles on the market today when it comes to all-around performance, versatility, comfort and everyday value. The fabric has a high degree of stretch and moisture-wicking capability which makes them comfortable to wear all day, something that is very easy to do because of the clear versatility on offer. For more TravisMathew apparel be sure to read our guide on the best designer golf clothing (opens in new tab) by the way.

Under Armour Drive Golf Shorts

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Under Armour Drive Taper Golf Shorts

Specifications

Size: 30-42
Colors: 8

Reasons to buy

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Lots of color options
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Water repellant
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Durable

Reasons to avoid

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Minimal pockets for storage

Under Armour really are one of the best brands when designing technical activewear. These shorts seriously embody the brands commitment to producing high quality, high-performance golf gear and are packed with technology that will help you stay both dry and comfortable on the course. Their UA Storm technology repels water, while its 4-way stretch material is comfortable to wear and moves easily in every direction. These are also a very breathable pair of shorts, so if you're looking for something to keep you cool on the course, be sure to check out this offering from Under Armour. 

Nike Dri-FIT UV Chino Shorts

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Nike Dri-FIT UV Chino Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 28-42
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Bright colors
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Features Dry-FIT cooling technology 
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Protection from UV rays

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof

These UV protective shorts are an excellent offering for anyone who regularly plays in hot sunny conditions. They are made from a lightweight fabric with enhanced stretch, that pairs excellently with the Dri-FIT technology that Nike has perfected to keep you cool, dry and comfortable. The regular fit silhouette is relaxed in all the right areas for a comfortable yet stylish look, while the four pockets provide you with ample storage options. 

Mack Weldon Maverick Tech Chino Short

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Mack Weldon Maverick Tech Chino Short

Specifications

Sizes: 30-44
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Premium hand feel
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Quality construction and easy to care for
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Impressive stretch

Reasons to avoid

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On the expensive side

Mack Weldon's Maverick Tech Chino shorts were a standout for us during testing in terms of comfort. The hand feel is soft but premium and some elasticity in the waist band along with four-way stretch provides a quality fit and excellent freedom of movement during the golf swing. The 7.75" inseam was also perfect in terms of providing traditional style while not being too short. The Maverick Tech Chino shorts are also water and stain resistant and they proved to wash up well after use. Their flex snap fly design is also more durable and functional than a traditional button.

Oscar Jacobson Davenport Golf ShortsO

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Oscar Jacobson Davenport Golf Shorts

Specifications

Size: 30-42
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Slick styling 
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Durable 
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Lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Does not have the same bells and whistles as other shorts on this list

These Oscar Jacobson shorts are a lightweight and ergonomic addition to this list that are constructed with a four-way stretch fabric, allowing for greater movement, comfort and control on the course. The shorts also come with two rear welt pockets and a branded internal waistband gripper that keeps your shirt tucked in during your swing. If you're looking for a durable and lightweight pair of golf shorts for a great price, you should certainly check these out. 

J.LINDEBERG ACTIVE ARGYLE GOLF SHORTS

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J Lindeberg Active Argyle Golf Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-38
Colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Very trendy shorts
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Zip-lock back pockets

Reasons to avoid

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The cross design might put some off

J.Lindeberg are currently one of the biggest and best providers of high-end golf clothing (opens in new tab) and these shorts truly reflect them as a brand. They are a unique pair of golf shorts and feature the classic Argyle pattern that plays homage to the traditions and history of golf. They are made from a light, technical fabric, that has moisture-wicking technology and breathability that will help you stay cool even on the hottest days on the course. 

Under Armour Iso-Chill Golf Shorts, black golf shorts

Under Armour Iso-Chill Golf Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-38
Colors: 1

Reasons to buy

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Cooling technology 
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Great technology 
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Stain resistant

Reasons to avoid

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Not the stretchiest shorts

As you would expect, technology is at the forefront of these Iso-Chill shorts. It seems most Under Armour products seem to cram an absurd amount of tech into them and this continues here. Chief among which is the Iso-Chill technology which feels cool to the skin almost instantly when the weather is hot, whilst the fibres also disperse heat as well. The lightweight fabric is stain resistant as well as offering 4-way stretch too adding to the comfort.

adidas Ultimate365 Shorts

adidas Ultimate365 Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-40
Colors: 8

Reasons to buy

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Excellent comfort
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Gripping waistband
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Moisture-wicking fabric

Reasons to avoid

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Limited storage options

Introducing the best golf shorts from adidas. For your comfort, they sport a stretch waistband for mobility and comfort and a silicone adidas printed gripper to keep shirts tucked in. Moisture-wicking stretch fabrication gives you a full range of motion while the water-resistant finish gives you performance and easy care and durability. adidas are one of the best golf brands in the business, so why not also pick up one of the best adidas golf shirts (opens in new tab) to wear with your adidas shorts! 

G/FORE Maverick Hybrid Shorts, navy blue golf shorts

G/FORE Maverick Hybrid Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-40
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Ultra lightweight
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Moisture-wicking
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Stretchy

Reasons to avoid

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May not be the most durable shorts 

These Maverick shorts are ultra-lightweight, moisture-wicking and have a four-way stretch fabric, all of which combine to make these a good pair to consider. We found these shorts were also great to wear away from the course, whether you're heading to the beach, the shops or out to the pub. Wherever you wear them, they are a stylish and trendy pair of shorts that offer flexibility and excellent comfort. 

ADIDAS ADICROSS PLAID GOLF SHORTS

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adidas Adicross Plaid Golf Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: S-L
Colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Traditional styling
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Built in belt 

Reasons to avoid

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Some may not like the built-in belt design

A pair of golf shorts for the golf purists, the Adicross Plaid Golf Shorts are an excellent offering for any golfer who wants to maintain traditional designs from a modern brand. And these shorts certainly offer some cool features with it's built-in belt being a unique, yet standout feature of these shorts. That lets you adjust the shorts to give you the perfect fit. Style-wise, the shorts are also tapered with a cool white line that is embroidered around the base of the leg, bringing a modern look to a very historic design. These shorts will look great paired with any type of golf polo (opens in new tab) or jumper (opens in new tab)

Peter Millar Crown Sport Salem High Drape Performance Short

Peter Millar Crown Sport Salem High Drape Performance Short

Specifications

Sizes: 30-44
Colors: 8

Reasons to buy

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High performance short
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Versatile pair of shorts
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Quick drying

Reasons to avoid

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On the higher end of the price spectrum

Peter Millar makes high-quality golf gear and these shorts are no exception. Part of the excellent Crown Sport range, the Salem's are exceptionally soft and made from a lightweight performance twill that offers two-way stretch, moisture-wicking, quick-dry and easy-care benefits. Versatility is a huge plus point too because we think these can be used anywhere, especially in so many different colors.

Nike Golf Flex Hybrid Shorts

Nike Golf Flex Hybrid Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 28-42
Colors: 9

Reasons to buy

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Flexible and stretchy shorts
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Tacky shirt gripper 
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Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Not totally waterproof

The Nike Golf Flex Hybrid shorts are manufactured from Nike Flex fabric so you'll benefit from being able to play the game in total comfort, especially with the elastic waistband. We also liked the slightly tacky internal shirt gripper which prevents your golf shirt from riding upwards and creating discomfort. Also if you want to complete a Nike look, take a look at our best Nike golf shirts (opens in new tab) post!

Kjus Ike Shorts

Kjus Ike Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-42
Colors: 13

Reasons to buy

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Lots of colors available
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Quick drying material
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Very comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Style may not suit all golfers

Yes, you read that right, 13 different colors to choose from when it comes to the Ike shorts by Kjus. They are a best-seller from the Norwegian brand and it isn't hard to see why. These regular-fit shorts are super stretchy and made from quick dry material to help you stay comfortable on the course. The Ike design is also available in trouser form too and they are excellent as well, as shown by their inclusion in our best golf pants (opens in new tab) guide.

Galvin Green Percy Shorts

Galvin Green Percy Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-42
Colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Breathable shorts
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UV protection
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Sustainably produced

Reasons to avoid

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Comes with a higher price tag

We have written about the high quality of Galvin Green's products in the past so we won't do so again but the Percy shorts are another example of it. They feature Ventl8 plus technology which gives extremely high levels of breathability, coupled with a very efficient moisture-wicking system. Sun protection is also an important factor as they give an impressive UPF rating of 20+ which adds to the comfort factor by keeping the sun's harmful rays in check. We should also mention that they have been designed with a Bluesign-approved fabric which eliminates harmful substances from the beginning of the manufacturing process to control standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.

Original Penguin All Over Pete Embroidered Shorts

Original Penguin All Over Pete Embroidered Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-42
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Made of recycled materials
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Stretchy to allow full movement
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Plenty of colors available

Reasons to avoid

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Embroidered material may not be to everyone's tastes

For all-day every day style on and off the golf course, you can't beat these Original Penguin All Over shorts. Manufactured using the finest materials whilst also using recycled material, the blend of polyester and elastane give enough stretch to allow full movement. We love the aesthetic too as the unmistakable Pete the Penguin logo is displayed throughout the short, and there are a number of colors available that will make sure you stand out on the links. These are perfect for the summer.

footjoy lightweight shorts

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FootJoy Lightweight Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-42
Colors: 9

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight 
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Great for summer
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Stretchy fabric

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best if you're looking for pockets and storage

Featuring subtle FootJoy branding, these shorts are one of our favorites at the moment. Constructed with 4-way stretch fabric, the shorts move with you to ensure every swing is easy and smooth. They are available in nine colors and a lot of sizes from 30 to 42. We also like the fact the fabric is resistant to wrinkling and shrinkage. It's also worth noting that FootJoy are one of the best and most reliable golf brands on the market and this offering emulates the same quality that you might find in some of the best FootJoy golf shoes (opens in new tab)

Callaway Chev Tech II Golf Shorts

Callaway Chev Tech II Golf Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-42
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Aids performance
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Great color options
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Breathable fit

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best for colder days on the course

Another example of why you should always invest in golf specific clothing, Callaway's Opti-Dry fabric ensures a comfortable and breathable fit for the fairways in hot conditions. We also like the diverse color choice and the stretch active waistband has its advantages, too. Combine this with one of the shirts featured on our best golf shirts guide (opens in new tab) and you'll certainly be looking the part on the course.

adidas Go-To Five Pocket Shorts, beige golf shorts

adidas Go-To Five Pocket Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 30-42
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Stretchy and comfortable
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Moisture-wicking fabric
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Great pockets and storage options

Reasons to avoid

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May be slightly pricey compared to other shorts on this list

Maximizing comfort and practicality, these shorts from adidas are a must-have even if you're not planning on wearing them to play golf. For your comfort, they sport a stretch waistband for mobility and comfort and a silicone adidas printed gripper to keep shirts tucked in. Moisture-wicking stretch fabrication gives you a full range of motion while the water-resistant finish gives you performance and easy care and durability. You can get the Ultimate365's in different sizes as well, ranging from the 8.5'' (inseam) model to the 10''. There are obviously lots of different colors in each size as well so there is something for everyone here. 

Inesis Golf Shorts

Inesis Golf Shorts

Specifications

Sizes: 27-43
Colors: 9

Reasons to buy

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Reinforced pocket linings
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Stretchy and comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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May not be the most waterproof shorts on this list

Another absolute bargain from Inesis. After testing a variety of fabrics, the brand went for a blend of cotton and elastane which helps provide comfort and a perfect fit with these shorts. Another little feature that warrants mentioning is the lining of the pockets, which has been reinforced to make them it to tees and divot repair tools. There is nothing more annoying than a hole in a pocket so that is an awesome addition.

How we test golf products

When it comes to golf products, we have a thorough testing procedure (opens in new tab) that revolves around our ethos of trying to give insightful and honest reviews of golf gear so you are well informed if you want to make a buying decision. When it comes to reviewing golf apparel, we get sent clothing and put it to the test on some of the world's best golf courses. We look to test all golf equipment over a number of rounds to gain an accurate picture of how that product performs for your needs as a golfer. 

Specifically, with golf shorts, we look to use these shorts in a number of different conditions to see how they perform in different climates. From rain to sunshine, we will endeavor to see how each pair of shorts can protect or keep you cool in the elements, while also testing out the different features you'll find on each piece of clothing. We look to rate each pair of shorts based on their comfort, ergonomic features and how much storage they offer too. Despite brands sending us gear though, that does not mean manufacturers can buy a good review though, because our testers all tell it how it is. Golf Monthly writer Sam Tremlett (opens in new tab) heads up all apparel reviews on the site, while each of our writers has comprehensive experience playing and testing golf equipment. 

What to consider when buying the best golf shorts

Still thinking about buying a new pair of golf shorts? If you're planning on playing in warmer climates, you absolutely should make sure you have a pair in your wardrobe. But as you might be aware, there are a ton of golf shorts out there each with a variety of different features that you should be aware of before you buy them. For that reason, here are several things you'll want to keep in mind when buying your next pair of golf shorts. 

1. Comfort 

This is the most important factor when looking at golf shorts because if something is uncomfortable then chances are you aren't going to wear them very often. The best way to find out what is comfortable for you is to try different models on.

2. Stretch 

Linking with the above point, good golf shorts need to be able to stretch comfortably because they need to be able to flex with your movements out on the course. Some can be very awkward and this is when stretch comes in handy so that the fabric doesn't restrict a player during their swing.

3. Protection

In case the weather gets a bit poor, another design feature many good golf shorts have is their moisture-wicking technology. Some also come with a degree of protection from rain and dirt with many shorts coming with stain-resistant fabrics. That way, if you're sweating a lot, get caught in a shower or even get some dirt on your shorts, their protective material will continue to function and perform as new. 

4. Size 

It sounds like an obvious thing to say but make sure you know what size you are, and also try different sizes on too because this will aid your comfort. Some brands and styles of short also come in different sizes on occasion so it is worth knowing your size and trying some models on before buying.

5. Budget

Finally budget is another factor to think about because there are models at every price point these days. Whether you want a super premium short, or a model with good value, then you can get either dependent on how much you want to spend.

FAQs

Why do professional golfers never wear shorts?

Professional golfers are allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds or when they're warming up on the golf range before a tournament, but the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour want players to retain a professional image and prevent them from wearing shorts during tournament rounds. 

Are cargo shorts acceptable to wear when playing golf?

Cargo shorts are generally not accepted as okay to be worn when playing golf. Neither are denim shorts, gym shorts or swimming shorts. 

Is it better to wear golf shorts or trousers?

That depends on what you're most comfortable in and how cold or warm it is on the course. If you're playing in a warmer climate, you're probably better off playing in a pair of shorts for added breathability. Trousers can be worn in the summer too, but are definitely more preferrable for autumnal and winter months. 

Thinking about filling out some more of your golf wardrobe? Why not check out our guide on some of the best golf polo shirts, best golf vests, and best golf jumpers too!