Callaway Ladies Birdie & Eagle Print Long Sleeve Golf Top Review

Carly Frost dons this colorful garment and puts it thoroughly through its paces in this long-sleeve top review.

Callaway Ladies Birdie & Eagle Print Long Sleeve Golf Top Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

If you like to express yourself and show personality on the golf course, this is the polo shirt for you. The vibrant colors and pretty parrot pattern is eye-catching and gives it real stand-out shop shelf-appeal. There’s also plenty of performance packed into this excellent and comfortable garment.

Reasons to buy
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    Oozes personality thanks to the parrot pattern

Reasons to avoid
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    The pattern might be seen as too ‘busy’ by some

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Every now and then you walk into a pro shop and just see that one golf top that stands out that you absolutely have to have. I was instantly drawn to the pretty parrot pattern and the vibrant colors of this long-sleeve top. It definitely reflects my personality, which I think is very true of women's golf clothing in general. We all know the women who wear the same pair of trousers and sweater every week. How very boring I say! I’m definitely a lover of fashion and seeing a fun and funky top like this has abundant appeal to me, even if it’s only a one season fad or fashion phase.

Let’s talk next about the fact that it’s long-sleeve yet designed to be worn throughout the summer. Yes, that’s right, a mid-layer that’s actually lightweight enough to allow you to completely cover up and protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays but with the luxury of staying cool and comfortable. When I slipped this long-sleeve top on I fell in love with it even more. The sheer fabric is velvety soft against the skin. It’s almost translucent when you look at it closely and yet it offers privacy from your bra underneath. The qualities of the fabric are boundless, with in-built UVA sun protection in the material ensuring that no skin damage can be done. The long-sleeve top has been very popular on the Asian tours for many years, where you’ll see most of the women professionals covering up. It’s nice to see that the same thought has gone into designing for the mass market now and with skin cancer more prevalent than ever, it’s good to see Callaway’s design team taking this seriously.

Callaway Ladies Birdie & Eagle Print Long Sleeve Golf Top Review

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As for the shaping, I’d describe the top as fitted yet flattering. Because the material is so lightweight it almost floats on top of your trousers, shorts or skort. There is plenty of room for bigger arms and the subtle stretch just allows the arms to taper in close to your hands so that you don’t find yourself having to pull the material up and out of the way to grip the club or address a putt.

The round neck mock-style collar will give that added protection from the sun catching the back of your neck and also looks very stylish. With a long-zip front you can also choose to keep it zipped up or open for a little added ventilation. One of the absolute wins of a moisture-wicking fabric like this is it is quick dry. It virtually comes out of the washing machine after a spin cycle dry and doesn’t crease, so there’s no need for ironing, you can simply put it straight on. The anti-odor qualifies of the fabric also ensure that you will smell just as fresh after a round of golf in the clubhouse bar as before.

In this day and age, environmental responsibility and sustainability is at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds, so it’s good to know this polo is crafted from recycled materials. The Callaway Golf long-sleeve polo shirt is a beautiful product and I’ll be wearing it as much as possible over the summer months.

Carly Frost
Golf Monthly Contributor

Carly Frost is one of the golf industry’s best-known female writers, having worked for golf magazines for over 20 years. As a consistent three-handicapper who plays competitive club golf at Parkstone and the Isle of Purbeck courses in Dorset every week, Carly is well-versed in what lady golfers love. Her passion for golf and skill at writing combine to give her an unbeatable insight into the ladies game.  

Carly’s role at Golf Monthly is to help deliver thorough and accurate ladies equipment reviews, buying advice and comparisons to help you find exactly what you are looking for. So whether it’s the latest driver, set of irons, golf ball, pair of shoes or even an outfit, Carly will help you decide what to buy. Over the years Carly has been fortunate to play some of the greatest courses in the world. Her view ‘from the ladies tee’ is invaluable. She ranks Sea Island, Georgia, USA, where she met her husband, world-renowned golf coach Dan Frost, among her favourite golf resorts. Their aptly-named eight-year-old son Hogan is already hitting the ball as far as Mum and will undoubtedly be a name to watch out for in the future. Carly is a keen competitor and her list of golfing achievements are vast. She is a former winner of the South West of England Ladies Intermediate Championship, a three-time winner of the European Media Masters and she once beat an entire start-sheet of men to the title of Times Corporate World Golf Champion. She has played for both the Dorset and Surrey County Ladies first teams and is known for her excellent track record at matchplay.

Carly holds the ladies course record (68) at her home club Parkstone and her lowest competition round (seven-under-par 65) was carded in the pro-am of the Irish Ladies Open at Killeen Castle, playing alongside Solheim Cup superstar Anna Nordqvist. Although her current handicap index has crept up to 3.7 since Covid she has her sights firmly set on achieving that elusive scratch handicap and hopefully playing for her country when she’s 50.

Carly’s current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Callaway Epic Max, 10.5° 

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM2, 15° 

Hybrids: Titleist TS2, 19°, 21°, 24° 

Irons: Mizuno JPX900, 5-PW 

Wedges: Cleveland RTX, 52°, 56° and 58° 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5

Ball: 2021 Callaway Ladies SuperSoft