Do you need a new golf top? Well here we have taken a look at the current market and come up with a list of our favourites.
Best Golf Tops
The best golf tops are a necessity especially as we come into the winter months in the Northern hemisphere.
If we want to continue getting out onto the golf course we need a good layer to keep us warm, comfortable and act as a protector against the wind and rain. Not only that, but they have to look good too and be light and easy to wear because nobody wants to put on a cumbersome heavy top that restricts the swing.
Of course the word ‘top’ implies anything to be worn on the top half of the body, however we have taken it to mean garments to be worn over polo shirts and under specifically designed waterproofs. So bearing that in mind, below we have taken a look at some of our favourite jackets, pullovers and mid-layers that act as the best golf tops to be worn on the golf course.
Alternatively if you are looking for something else in the golf apparel sector, take a look at some of our other buyers guides too – such as the best waterproof golf jackets, best golf polos or the best golf trousers.
Best Golf Tops
FootJoy Hybrid Jacket
Colours: 3 (Black, Navy, Grey)
+ Retains heat nicely
+ High quality performance
– Waterproof needed if playing in hard rain
Building on from the popular Quilted Jacket, FootJoy has introduced the Hybrid Jacket which seeks to be the perfect top to wear on the golf course. It’s quilted woven panel gives protection from the cold by retaining heat against the body and the water resistant finish repels light rain away nicely. The design also enables you to swing freely and two more nice features are the convenient pockets and high-collar for added wind and cold weather protection.
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £129.99
Under Armour Storm Windstrike 1/2 Zip
Colours: 5 (White, Red, Black, Navy, Grey/Orange)
+ Storm tech repels water well
+ Stylish, eye-catching design
– No front pockets
Made from a light but tough stretch-woven fabric to shield you from the elements, this top also has Under Armour’s Storm technology which repels water without limiting the breathability. We particularly liked the aesthetic too which is modern and eye-catching without being over the top.
We also included this Under Armour model in our best golf wind jackets guide too because it deals with blustery conditions so well.
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £69.99
Adidas Cold.Rdy Hoodie
Colours: 3 (White, Navy, Black)
+ Fantastic warmth on offer
+ Stylish, modern design
– Traditionalists will be put off by hoodie design
Stay warm and active in the winter with this adidas hoodie. Gone are the days where hoodies aren’t allowed on golf courses so take full advantage of that with this smart, comfortable and soft garment with Cold.Rdy technology which insulates and manages moisture to make sure you are prepared to play. One of the best golf tops on this list that symbolises the current game of golf.
US Buy Now at Adidas for $80
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £54.95
Galvin Green Duke
Colours: 2 (Navy, Black)
+ Ideal for cool conditions
+ Clever warmth technology
– Price may put some off
Constructed with Insula fabric, which has built-in air chambers which are warmed by the body heat and provide extremely effective and long-lasting thermal insulation, this top finds a way to keep you warm when you need it most. This therefore makes it ideal for cooler conditions on the links.
Galvin Green also make some of the best golf waterproofs anywhere so if you want to go that one step further be sure to have a read of our guide on protective golf apparel.
UK Buy Now at Golf Gear Direct for £139
Ping Norse S2 Zoned Jacket
Colours: 2 (Black, Oxford Blue)
+ Warmth to the body
+ Modern design
– Colour choice is limited
The Norse S2 Zoned jacket has been specifically designed to deliver core warmth and wind protection. It does so by utilising PrimaLoft Gold insulation with Cross Core for lightweight warmth without bulk. Add to this a breathable feel and a modern, yet understated aesthetic and you have a very good golf top indeed.
UK Buy Now at Golf Gear Direct for £119
Under Armour Storm Mid-Layer (1/2 Zip – Full Zip)
Colours: 4 (Blue, Academy, Black, Grey)
+ Tour proven performance
+ Warmth and snug feel
– Slim fit may require going up a size
An ultra-warm mid-layer by Under Armour, this top has a brushed interior and a smooth, fast, drying exterior thanks to Storm technology, which repels water without sacrificing breathability. We also liked the overall design of this top in both the 1/2 and full zip models so have a think about which design you want to go in terms of length of zip.
US Buy Now at Under Armour for $85
UK Buy Now at Under Armour for £60
Puma Cloudspun 1/4 Zip Pullover
Colours: 5 (Peacoat, Thyme, Black, Digi Blue, Quiet Shade)
+ Good versatility on and off the course
+ Low profile collar is a nice touch
– Limited protection from severe weather
A top that can be used on and off the golf course – it also featured in our best golf jumpers guide – Puma has delivered extra soft feel and good performance here thanks to the Cloudspun fabric which has moisture wicking capabilities along with four-way stretch. Not only is it a good top for when the cold weather moves in but it also works a nice layer in the sun as it is UV-resistant as well.
US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $79.99
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £59.99
ProQuip Mistral Mid-Layer
Colours: 5 (Red, Pale Blue, Charcoal, Grey, Black, Navy)
+ Pleasant fabric and warmth
+ Good value
– Lacks shelf appeal
Stay warm and comfortable with the ProQuip Mistral Zip Neck top. Its thicker and warmer polyester cotton fabric makes it a good option for those colder days on the golf course.
UK Buy Now at Golf Gear Direct for £24.99
Mizuno Techfill Jacket
Colours: 4 (Black, Deep Navy, Grey, Vapor Silver)
+ Excellently warm jacket
+ Waist pockets
– Quite bulky
This crossover jacket provides added protection from the cold in virtually any outdoor environment. Mizuno’s Techfill technology maintains the jacket’s volume whilst the Thermo material helps manage temperature by generating heat and returning it to the body.
Inesis Cold Weather Fleece Sweatshirt
Colours: 3 (Green, Navy, Black)
+ Fleece fabric feels nice and warm
+ Stretchy and not restricting
– Lacks any wow factor
As far as good value on a golf top goes this Inesis option is right up there. For less than £30 you can get a top that keeps you warm thanks to the fleece fibres which trap air. This fleece also makes it comfortable and windproof too whilst there are also water-repellent panels on the shoulders. Did we mention it is also stretchy and doesn’t hamper movement too?
UK Buy Now at Decathlon for £24.99
FootJoy Chill Out Xtreme Fleece Pullover
Colours: 2 (Light Blue/Navy, Grey/Charcoal)
+ Very soft fabric construction
+ Warm front pockets
– High-collar can be distracting
Built with an exceptionally soft fleece lining that offers body heat retention and comfort, this top looks great, feels great and performs as well as a good golf top should.
UK Buy Now at Golf Support for £87.50
US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $164.99
Stromberg Par Mid-Layer
Colours: 2 (Black Iris, Grey Marl)
+ Versatile in many weather conditions
+ Elasticated cuffs and hem
– Doesn’t fit as well as others in this list
Take to the golf course with this mid-layer from Stromberg. Featuring a full-zip design, elasticated cuffs and hem and a soft fabric, it gives a comfortable fit and can be adjusted to suit your needs whilst on the links. It’s versatility is a plus point too because not only does it work well as an extra-layer when it is cold, but also works well on cooler summer days.
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £49.99
Glenmuir Arran Mid-Layer
Colours: 4 (Navy, Black, Blue, Light Grey)
+ Performance in different types of weather
+ Recirculates body heat to help you stay warm
– High-collar could be softer
Play golf in all weather conditions with this Arran mid-layer. It is constructed with a combination of technologies, such as the Teflon finish and Storm Bloc water and wind resisting polyester fabric. Additionally the front is quilted to insulate heat, and the stretchy fleece panels add to this feeling of warmth too.
Galvin Green Lanzo Jacket
Colours: 2 (Black and Navy)
+ Fabric and padding creates soft, comfortable feel
+ Incredibly versatile
– Premium price will deter some
A premium golf apparel brand, Galvin Green has been making some of the best golf tops for just over three decades now and this Lanzo is no exception. It features the Interface-1 technology which aims to give optimum protection and ultimate comfort in lots of different weather conditions, whilst also being breathable and made from a stretchy fabric to aid the golf swing, not hamper it.
UK Buy Now at American Golf for £250
Callaway Thermore Mixed Media Pullover
Colours: 2 (Caviar, Peacoat)
+ Eco-friendly design
+ Performs well in a variety of conditions
– More colour choice would be great
A top that shows Callaway’s commitment to eco-friendly materials and design, this pullover has been designed with Thermore Freedom technology which uses plastic fibres from recycled bottles. This technology also provides a super lightweight feel without limiting the insulation capabilities either.
TravisMathew Stopover Pullover
Colours: 3 (Black, Quiet Shade, Mood Indigo)
+ Works well as a mid-layer
+ Incredibly versatile
– Questionable elemental protection
We are fast becoming fans of TravisMathew because the brand makes some of the best designer golf clothing anywhere.
Take this pullover top for example. It would look right at home on and off the course and is made from a four-way stretch, wrinkle resistant and supremely comfortable fabric that makes it very easy to wear all day.
US Buy Now at TravisMathew for $124.95
Nike Therma Victory 1/2 Zip Top
Colours: 6 (Blue, White, Black, Olive, Obsidian, Sky Grey)
+ Very soft and comfortable
+ Good colour choice
– Other tops will deal with rain better
Stay cozy in the Nike Therma Victory Top. The soft fabric and a 1/2-length zipper let you hold in heat when the chill sets in, or vent it out when your round heats up. Also if you are a huge fan of Nike be sure to check out our specific guides on the best Nike golf shirts and best Nike golf shoes too!
US Buy Now at Nike for $75
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