FootJoy HydroKnit Pullover

Joel Tadman delivers his verdict on FootJoy's latest outerwear offering

FootJoy HydroKnit Pullover Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

We often get days in the UK where you never know what weather you will encounter during your four or so hours out on the course and for these days, the HydroKnit is ideal. But you’ll find most of the year it will be the outer layer you call on the most and given the relatively modest £180 price tag, it offers excellent value for money.

Reasons to buy
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    Soft, stretchy material allows complete freedom of movement. Keeps water and wind at bay impressively well while maintaining breathability.

Reasons to avoid
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    Lacks pockets at the waist. Collar could have been made softer on the neck at the front.

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FootJoy HydroKnit Pullover Review - Joel Tadman delivers his verdict on FootJoy's latest outerwear offering

FootJoy HydroKnit Pullover Review

When the weather is changeable, usually so is the outer layer you have to wear. But not if you’re the owner of the FootJoy HydroKnit Pullover.


Most definitely not a jacket, this top provides the versatility every British golfer is looking for when it comes to the ideal golfing garment.

It’s soft and stretchy like you would expect from a modern mid-layer, but boasts the protection of a waterproof. It’s a dream combination and one that will surely make it a big hit.


We love the feel of the fabric and how well it fits. It’s snug without restricting the swing and the elastic section on the back of the hem provides extra movement while offering decent rear coverage.

Velcro cuffs ensure the sleeves don’t ride up and down unnecessarily and there’s even an inside chest pocket for your scorecard.


Pour water on the fabric and it disappears in an instant, so you know you’ll stay dry when the rain comes and it is also just as effective at keeping the wind out. We testing it on a warm, muggy day, but at no point did we feel excessively hot or sweaty – so it’s clearly a very breathable garment too.

It makes you wonder why you'd need a waterproof jacket - perhaps if you prefer the full-zip design - given how well it keeps water at bay.


We’d like to have seen pockets at the waist and the part of the collar that comes into contact with your neck could have been designed a little softer and less intrusive, but all-in-all this is a very thoughtful, practical jacket clearly built with the serious golfer in mind.

It’s stylish too, with accents of colour bolstering the modern look and three choices available to match your favourite outfit.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x