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Best Cheap Golf Shirts
When out on the golf course it's crucial that you remain as comfortable as possible so you can focus on your game with no distractions. One of the ways to achieve this is by wearing apparel that allows for freedom of movement and doesn't cling to your skin, or by wearing garments that feel good and look good as well. Comfort is king on the golf course and so is style, so finding a clothing that does that, for a good price can be hard to do. The key piece of apparel to get right is the polo shirt, and currently there is a wide array of golf shirts on the market, with some of the best golf polo shirts delivering all of that.
But golf polo shirts can come at a pretty hefty price and some players aren't wanting to splash out on some of the best designer golf clothing on the market, but still want to look smart on the course. The good news is that there are plenty of options out there that will still help you perform on the course, but also look good, feel good and not break the bank. And we've set out some of those fantastic options below that'll help you save cash and save shots around the course. If you're looking to find more golf clothing on a budget, you should also check out our guide to the best cheap golf rain gear for some excellent waterproof gear that'll help you stay dry on the course.
Best Cheap Golf Shirts 2023
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+ Very breathable and stretchy fabric
+ Good value for money in the golf polo market
- Striped design won't be for all
A brand that is always at the top of the game when it comes to golf fashion, Puma have recently been changing the mould when it comes to introducing new modern styles to golf and the new MATTR One Way polo is evidence of that, ranking in our guide to the best golf shirts on the market. In fact this shirt is so good, that it is worn by several pros including Bryson DeChambeau.
It's not just a visually excellent golf top, it also is built to help you play better too. It is made from what the brand are calling MATTR performance fabric. That stands for Materials, Technology and Research, and the polo certainly delivered during our testing sessions on comfort and breathability. It is a moisture-wicking, fast-drying fabric that has a breathable, stretchy and lightweight feel to it, so you can play your best.
+ Used by Jordan Spieth
+ Loads of designs and sizes
- Can be a touch tight in sizing
Known for producing some of the best golf shoes on the market, Under Armour are an elite sportswear brand with bags of experience using high-performance materials. You might think that means their gear comes expensive but you can cop a bargain on some of their stuff, including their Playoff Polo 2.0 shirt, one of our favorite tops in the game right now.
This top is extremely breathable and lightweight, making it a great option for summer golfing. The soft anti-pick, anti-pill fabric feels really comfortable and the moisture management on this top is also great to help you feel cool and free from perspiration. There is also anti-odor technology built into this top that again helps you to stay fresh throughout your round. Overall there are plenty of designs available, but what's really great here is that you can snag this option for as little as $30.
+ Very stylish design
+ Nice, flexible fit
+ Comfortable stretchy material
- Lack of color options is limiting
As with most Nike products, we expect them to deliver when it comes to performance, comfort and breathability and the Dri-FIT Victory polo certainly does all of that. It is firstly a very stylish option that boasts a very sleek and minimalistic design in the black colorway. The fabric is packed with technology that'll wick moisture away from your skin and keep you cool, dry and comfortable throughout your time on the golf course.
After taking this for a spin, we were impressed with how aerated the polo kept us on the golf course. That's down to the lightweight polyester material it is built from, which gives the shirt a very soft and stretchy feel, but a premium one too at that. The fit is nice around the body too with this being one of the best Nike polo shirts on the market.
+ Great for moisture control
+ Simple, classic design that offers good value and versatility
- Pocket is a bit redundant
Original Penguin do a great range of polo shirts, part 'golfy' and part very much more leisure wear. This Earl Polo Shirt 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. We loved the versatility this polo shirt offered, which makes it a stand-out on this list, as one we felt comfortable wearing on the course and in our day-to-day lives.
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.
Sizes: XS - 4XL (Tall)
+ Well trusted brand
+ Loads of colors and sizes
- Can be quite loose fitting
Under Armour is known for its premium quality, with the likes of Jordan Spieth donning the apparel at events. The brand produces a ton of excellent golf clothing but here we are most interested in the Tech Golf Polo which boasts a stunning minimalistic aesthetic as well as some fantastic performance features that make it one of the best polos we've tried lately.
Priced at under $40, the polo is designed to be loose and light whilst keeping you cool in warm weather. Made from a textured fabric, it is incredibly soft and breathable, which is perfect for when you want to concentrate on your golf game out on the course. What's more, it has wicking material, which draws liquid away from the body. That makes this a great top if you catch yourself in the rain or are playing in hot conditions where you can be prone to a bit of perspiration.
+ Environmental construction
+ A well respected brand
- Loads of colors but design is a touch bland
adidas is arguably the most recognized sports apparel brand in the world, with the company being used by a number of golf's biggest stars. For $30, you could have this Performance Primegreen Polo Shirt, with the German company creating an affordable premium performing shirt.
Made from Primegreen, which is a construction of high-performance recycled materials, the polo also has a polyester knit that creates a light texture for a comfortable feel. It is extremely breathable, with the jersey fabric keeping moisture away. We also really liked the cool visuals on show in this polo shirt which comes with a futuristic, sci-fi design.
+ Great value
+ Soft-feeling material
- Three color options look very similar
Another striped design we want to mention is the Alton from Stuburt. A brand that regularly offers good performance and good value, just take a look at some of the best budget golf shoes if you don't believe us! And the Alton has been constructed with technology to help regulate body temperature and maximize comfort while coming in at a very very good price.
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. If you're someone who doesn't play too regularly, or are relatively new to the game, this option is a fantastic polo for you, that comes in at a great price.
+ Cool heathered effect
+ Moisture wicking
- Sizing can come up a touch small
Mizuno may be known for producing some of the best golf irons on the market, but it also knows how to make a top quality polo shirt, with the Alpha Polo combining stylish looks with premium performance. The Japanese golf brand also produce some of the best golf shoes too, so if you're a fan of the brand, this stylish offering is certainly one to consider.
Featuring Mizuno's DryLite Technology that transports excess moisture away from the body, it also features in a range of simplistic colors which certainly look smooth and sleek. At the moment you can get the polo for as little as $46 on Amazon. It also comes packed with Mizuno's Dry-Lite technology that'll help keep you cool and dry if you're playing in warmer conditions or are prone to perspiring on the golf course.
Perhaps one of the cheapest golf shirts on this list, the Oakley Golf Previous Season Icon TN Protect RC polo offers up a minimalist design that is great for those players not wanting to avoid some of the very vibrant and eye-catching designs on the market right now, but still look smart. Oakley are best known as a brand who design some of the best golf sunglasses in the game, and their experience and quality of product in this space makes them one of the best brands around.
And while it comes with a classic design, the polo also packs in plenty of comfort and technology thanks to the hydroxyl fabric used to design the shirt. Sweat-wicking fabric helps you remain cool and dry on the golf course, but this shirt also offers a 30+ UPF rating, that again means it's great for warm weather golf and can protect your skin from the sun's harsh UV rays. It's also made from recycled polyester too, which makes this a great option fro those looking to be more sustainable.
Want to celebrate the magic of the Masters on the golf course? Then this vibrant polo shirt from Snake Eyes is for you! It comes printed with a very cool pattern of azalea flowers, the flowers that adorn the fairways around Augusta National, and is up there with some of the best Masters merch you can get your hands on.
The shirt is lightweight, comfy and the perfect addition to any summer golf wardrobe. It is made form 90 percent polyester and 10 percent spandex, which fits nicely on your body and stretches as you swing through each shot. The brand says it comes with 160 GSM moisture-management antibacterial properties that also work to limit your perspiration on the course. Ultimately it is a fantastic-looking polo shirt that will add a touch of class and color to any golf outfit.
Callaway are renowned as one of the biggest and best brands in the industry, with the best callaway drivers being some of the top performing clubs in the game. The brand has also ventured in to the apparel marketplace too producing some excellent styles and clothing lines such as the Ventilated Heather Jacquard Polo Shirt. This is a value for money option that looks the part and will be a great purchase for any beginner or casual player looking for a shirt they can wear around the golf course.
It comes with a three-button placket and offers up a very cool and comfortable feel, providing you with a full range of motion too. This polo is also great for warmer conditions as it comes built wiht moisture wicking opti-dri materials that are designed to help you stay dry and cool around the golf course.
Another value option from one of golf's leading apparel brands, the Caddie Stripe offers up bags and bags of technology that'll help you perform better as a golfer. It features Puma's patented DRYCELL technology that draws sweat away from your body to keep you cool and comfortable on the golf course. The polymer and elastine material will stretch to the movements of your body, making this a great polo shirt for anyone who is looking to maintain a fluid swing, and not feel constricted by their golf clothing.
The shirt is also machine washable and comes with a classic fit that will suit a broad range of golfers. It's great for playing in warmer conditions too, providing UPF 40+ UV protection that will help keep your skin safe on the golf course. Overall, its a very comfortable addition to this list that many players will enjoy wearing.
How we test golf apparel
Our testing ethos for golf apparel, as well as all golf products, revolves around using products properly. This means when we test polo shirts we do so out on the golf course to see the performance in relation to comfort, breathability, looks and so on. We also use the polos in different conditions to see how thy get on in changing conditions.
Additionally a lot of golf polos these days are designed for use off the course so we test for versatility away from the links as well. 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 a golf polo
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 a few key considerations you need to keep in mind before purchasing your next golf polo shirt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of course the price is always something people should think about and if you are reading this guide then budget is a big factor. 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 if you want. Put simply, there is something for everyone.
What are the best brand of polo shirts?
There are many fantastic brands that produce premium performing polo shirts, with companies offering an array of options for various different price points.
Why is moisture-wicking technology important?
Having moisture-wicking technology in your golf clothing can be a great way to keep you feeling fresh and dry on the golf course. Particularly if you're prone to perspiring while you're out on the golf course, this tech can be a really piece of technology that will help to keep you feeling comfortable.
Why is getting the right fit so important when buying a golf polo?
It's important to ensure your golf polo shirt is not too restrictive while you play. That can limit your mobility and prevent you from playing the best golf possible. Having a shirt that is too lose fitting may go the other way and be annoying when you swing, so getting the right balance is very important.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
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