Best Golf Mid Layers 2023

Looking for a mid layer that will keep you warm and protected on the golf course? We take a look at the best on the market

Best Golf Mid Layers
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Best Golf Mid Layers

When it comes to playing golf in winter conditions, it's crucial that you layer up correctly so you can keep as warm and loose as possible. Whether it is donning one of the best golf base layers (opens in new tab), or simply one of the best golf sweaters (opens in new tab), it's important that you are keeping warm not just for your golf's sake, but also health's sake.

One other garment that you can apply to your winter gear is a high-performing mid layer, which is perfect for adding an increase in warmth without adding to much bulk and restriction to your golf swing. A number of companies produce premium performing mid layers and, in this guide, we have listed what we consider the best from our testing. What's more, it's not necessarily just winter when they can be worn, with a mid layer making a welcome addition to a cool spring and autumn morning, or when the wind is slightly up.

If a mid layer isn't for you, then Golf Monthly have also created numerous guides on a whole range of apparel, such as the best golf tops (opens in new tab) and best golf windbreaker (opens in new tab). But without further ado, let's get to the models.

Best Golf Mid Layers

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How we test golf apparel

When it comes to testing golf mid layers (opens in new tab), and indeed all apparel, our ethos and methodology revolves around putting the gear on, and using it out on the golf course, in different conditions. Obviously to test comfort and temperature control we game the apparel in a number of conditions to make sure it's as effective as possible.

We think though that the best way of actually testing golf products is to use them thoroughly on the golf course, over a number of rounds, but we also try them off the golf course too because some models are extremely versatile. We then use these experiences to create reviews and buying advice content. Speaking of which we should make very clear, no manufacturer can buy a good review from us, we tell it how we see it.

What to consider when buying a golf mid layer

So what are some of the factors you need to consider when trying to find the right golf mid layer for you? Let's take a look.

Protection and warmth

Like any mid layer, it must provide protection as it is designed to supply warmth whilst not being too bulky. There are usually an array of options of mid layer designs also, such as full or quarter zip, as well as models that have, and don't have pockets. Mid layers also need to be warming to add another layer of insulation to your golf outfit. You can wear them on their own or pair them up with a coat or baselayer to deliver more comfort and warmth. The best mid layers though help to keep the wind and rain out - so if you're regularly playing in poor weather conditions, make sure to look out for one of these. 

Color

If you are wearing it, you have to like what it looks like. Although mid layers are often worn under layers, you still want them to look smart and stylish. In this case, it's simply deciding on a design and color you like.

Freedom of movement

No one wants their swing restricted when they're out on their round. Therefore, it's important that you find a garment that will allow for rotation and full freedom of movement. Usually, a mid layer is designed to offer a slight boost in warmth without adding a lot of extra bulk, but it is worth checking out what the sizing options are, with it varying from brand to brand.

Budget

Finally, be aware of your budget so you can find a mid layer that fits into it nicely. Importantly there are models above which come with premium, and value price points so there is something for everyone.

FAQs

How should a golf mid layer fit?

A good golf mid layer needs to find a delicate balance. It needs to feel slightly snug to keep you warm, but not so tight it restricts your swing. Usually, the cuffs will stay tight to the wrists, with a zip design allowing for breathability and temperature control. 

What are golf mid layers?

Golf mid layers are usually made from technical fabrics that are moisture-wicking, offer stretch and a layer of warmth without restriction. They can be worn under layers or, depending on conditions, can be worn as the top layer. Plus, with the design of a mid layer, it can be worn for both on and off course activities.

Who produces the best golf mid layers?

There are a number of brands that produce golf mid layers, with companies offering a variety of options at a number of different price points. When looking over the availability, FootJoy, adidas and Under Armour make some quality items, but it all comes down to the taste of the individual.

While you're here, why not also check out our guides to the best golf sweaters, best golf quarter zips and best golf hoodies (opens in new tab), for more advice and examples on some of the best and most insulating golf gear on the market. 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

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.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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