As South Africa heads into summer we suggest you wear a cap to protect you from the sun when you’re out on the golf course.
Before endorsement deals and increased knowledge about sun damage, many of the best players in the game walked the fairways without hats.
Arnold Palmer’s wavy hair matched his swashbuckling game. Jack Nicklaus’ blond locks led to his ‘Golden Bear’ nickname. John Daly’s mullet elevated his folk hero status. Members of the European Ryder Cup team frequently traded a cap for mousse and gel. Even a young Phil Mickelson ditched the lid in favour of a choirboy cut for his first few years on the PGA Tour. Others, like Sir Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Nick Price and Greg Norman were all golfers at the top of the world ladder who often played without a cap. How times have changed!
The baseball cap has become the staple of golf and is worn by almost every professional player. That has everything to do with the huge sponsorship deals that are generated by the golfer wearing a cap.
For the average golfer, though, the cap is mainly worn for sun protection and as South Africa heads into its hottest months it’s advisable for you to wear a hat and use sunscreen when you hit the course.
Check out the latest golf caps in the November 2021 issue of Compleat Golfer magazine.