Best Golf Snoods 2024

Although it may not seem it, a golf snood is an important part of equipment in winter conditions. Here, we take a look at the best

Best Golf Snoods
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Best Golf Snoods

Up there with base layers, thick socks and wooly hats, a golf snood is an essential piece of winter clothing for those brave enough to play through the elements. To clarify, snoods are not scarves. By all means, wear your favorite scarf on the course, but it will come loose and flap about at the most inconvenient time and you wouldn't catch a pro doing that.

Talking of pros, we've started to see the neck warmer feature more often on Tour because, occasionally, the world's best players are required to play in cooler climates. Additionally, many brands have sought to make snoods fashionable as well, with varying designs and prints. In short, snoods are an excellent way of keeping the cold at bay around the neck without compromising on your swing or mobility and they are a way to look good as well. As such, we have tested some of the best golf snoods below, but if you need more gear to deal with the cold, also check out our guide on the best golf windbreaker and some of the best lightweight golf jackets for bad weather as well.

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How we test golf snoods

When it comes to testing golf snoods, our comprehensive methodology revolves around, as you would expect, playing a lot of golf. We feel putting golf products to the test on the golf course, on the range and in practice, is the best way to find out how usable and well-designed some snoods are.

On that note, we feel it is particularly important to use all golf snoods in different conditions, whether that be rain, wind, hot or cold, to give a clear idea on the protection on offer. 

We also looked to use the snoods away from the course as well to see how versatile they were. Importantly, every member of the Golf Monthly team is a regular golfer, so we put snoods to the test over a number of rounds. The final point we should mention is no manufacturer can buy a good review. This is because our testing team tells it how it is and we seek to be as insightful and honest as possible.

How to choose a golf snood

Golf snoods come in all shapes, sizes and materials. For that reason there are many different things to consider when purchasing your next golf snood. To help you make the best choice for you, we've set out several key considerations you need to make in order to get the right golf snood for your needs. 

Comfort
This is the most important factor to consider when buying a golf snood. It sits on your face and around your neck so has to be comfortable and fit properly. Too loose and the cold in particular will impact you, and too restrictive and it might feel too tight around your neck which definitely isn't what you want. Therefore go for a model designed for your profile and also a model that gives a good deal of stretch too.

Breathability
Sometimes it can be hard to breathe through certain materials, and as a snood will often rise up over your mouth and nose when the cold weather starts to really kick in, you may want to consider how easy it is to breathe through that snood.  

Protection
A good golf snood is not only going to keep you warm in the cold and wind, but help keep you cool when the temperature rise. Additionally, they will keep insects at bay and provide some kind of moisture wicking as well. 

Design
Snoods are a great way of mixing things up whether it be with a patterned design, or maybe you want to show your team support in the NBA, NFL College and so on. That being said you can also get designs that are more neutral if needed. Whatever kind of style you want, there will be a gaiter for you. 

Value

Of course, there are snoods at different price points and you should obviously consider how much you are willing to spend here. Additionally be aware of how many come in a pack, or if there are good deals to be had out there. Some brands, like SA Company at the top of this page, offer outstanding deals on buying one model, and getting more free. 

If you're also in the market for a complete winter wardrobe refresh, then why not take a look at our guides on the best golf base layers, best golf tops and best golf sweaters for more cold weather apparel options.

FAQs

What is a snood?

A snood is often called a neck warmer or gaiter and it is designed to be worn around the neck to protect the wearer from the cold, wind or even the sun. They can be used for a variety of sports and activities and often have cool and unique designs and prints on them. 

Can you wear snoods or neck warmers for golf?

Yes, you can! Snoods are an excellent way to stay warm and comfortable on the course. While a scarf can be a little hard to manage during your swing, and can often fall off, a snood will stay in place and will not fall or move when you swing through the ball. 

Can you wear a snood on your head?

You can wear a snood on your head too if you fold it in the correct manner but it won't offer the same level of warmth as a classic golf beanie might. 

How should my golf snood be designed?

A snood should be easy to pull up and down over your face. You don't want them to be lose, otherwise you will be spending the majority of your round pulling them up. A snood is designed to protect your neck, so there should be a notable amount of adjustability provided.

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Sam Tremlett
E-commerce Editor

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.


Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

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's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer