The best golf mid-layers keep you warm and dry but still able to swing your club freely. And the very best golf jumpers look great both on and off the course.
No golfer’s wardrobe should be without at least one mid-layer sweatshirt or pullover that can sit comfortably under one of the best golf jackets. They’re great items to have in your bag for Spring and Summer but, most importantly, vital for getting your layering right in the winter.
The wrong layering can affect your ability to swing the club correctly and make for a highly uncomfortable 18 holes. Keeping your core at the right temperature is also critical to performances and there are some great options. The key is to have all the necessary combinations available to you on the golf course so that you can combat low temperatures, high winds, wet weather or a combination of all three.
The golf tops marketplace is highly competitive with the clothing specialists (Galvin Green, J Lindeberg, Oscar Jacobson, Lyle & Scott, Glenmuir, Golfino) competing with the golfing powerhouses (Ping, adidas, Nike, Puma, Mizuno and Callaway). There are plenty of other options and between them you are guaranteed to find the right golf mid-layer to fit your needs and preferences.
To help you make the right choice we’ve picked out 20 of the best golf jumpers. So, whether you’re a golfer looking to stay comfortable and stylish on and off the course or someone who is seeking the ideal gift for the golfer in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
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But let’s start with our favorite mid-layers.
Galvin Green Damian
RRP £169 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXXL | Colour options: Black; Navy; Sharkskin/Black; White/Navy
If you’re the type who feels a jacket impedes or restricts you on the golf course, have a look at the brilliant Galvin Green Damian midlayer.
It’s designed to work with your body as you swing, plus the Insula fabric is made from 90% recycled polyester, so you’ll be doing your bit to help save the planet.
RRP £70 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Asphalt/Black; Snorkel Blue/Navy
The Ping Vertical is a cracking extra autumnal midlayer that will keep you cosy and comfortable when conditions demand more than just a polo shirt. The Vertical has stretch properties, so it will never impede your swing.
We particularly like the built-in crease resistance, making this is a great low-maintenance option.
Ocean Tee Wobbegong
RRP £84.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes: S-XXXL | Colour options: Light grey
The Ocean Tee Wobbegong is named after an endangered shark, and we love how the 97% organic cotton (and 3% recycled materials) gives a luxurious feel.
Look and feel great while staying warm and doing your bit to sustain the planet… what’s not to like?
Galvin Green Lanzo
RRP £259.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes: S-XXL | Colour options: Black / Navy / Sharkskin
Galvin Green’s Interface-1 fabric is perfect for 90% of the rounds we play.
The Galvin Green Lanzo midlayer combines the super-lightweight and quiet Interface-1 fabric with thin, but extra warm Primaloft insulation.
It’s windproof and water-repellent.
RRP £60 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes: S-XXL | Colour options: Navy/Light grey; Charcoal marl/Black; Garnet/White; Tartan/Light grey; Tahiti/White; Cobalt/White; Black/Light grey; Navy camo/Light grey; Sorbet mark/White; Ascot blue/White
Digital camo prints are bang on trend right now and the Glenmuir Wick midlayer is a very reasonably priced, lightweight, breathable, pop-over-style jersey.
And without any recognisable golf branding, it will work off the golf course as well as on it.
FootJoy Floral Half Zip Camo
RRP £100 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes: S-XXL | Colour options: Grey; Black; Storm Blue
A super-simple and classy option, with on-trend camo print sleeves and collar. A Durable Water Repellent treatment to the outer means a light shower will bead up and roll off this technical jersey. It comes in four colour choices.
Puma Cloudspun T7 1/4 Zip
RRP £54.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes: S-XXL | Colour options: Blazing blue/High rise; Bright cobalt/quiet shade; Mazarine blue heather/high rise; Quiet shade/greenery
The Puma Cloudspun T7 1/4 Zip midlayer is a cracking choice either on its own or as a layering up piece, as it’s so soft and cosy.
An excellent range of colour options and a regular fit mean the T7 is a garment for all, not just Rickie, Bryson and the other ripped elite.
RRP £69.95 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes: S-XXL | Colour options: Blue; Dark shadow
A classic and classy midlayer, the Farah Conly features a soft waffle texture panel on the front chest with raised textured Farah ‘F’ on the left chest.
Constructed with a soft handle material on the lower body, with a high neck ribbed collar, with ribbing details on the cuffs and hem of the garment.
PXG Fairway Camo Pullover
RRP £170 | VIEW OFFER
Made to move with your body, this polyester and Spandex pullover is more suited to milder winter days in the UK. Moisture wicking and quick drying, it’s an excellent and stylish complement to the PXG irons in your bag.
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RRP £99.99 | VIEW OFFER
A great example of how much the modern golf sweater has changed. The TravisMathew Popchock is a super lightweight cotton and polyester mix, which works brilliantly as a fitted, flattering pop-over that you can get on and off easily when conditions change.
Ping Power Half-Zip
RRP £90 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Black; Delph Blue
Ping has really pulled off a bit of a coup with the standard of this golf apparel and where it is placed in the golf mid-layers marketplace. It feels fantastic and, if like me, you really like lots of thin layers when tackling winter golf, this will fit perfectly over a base layer and shirt and you can still add a waterproof and it doesn’t feel too bulky. It’s very stretchy and will do a brilliant job of protecting you in cold weather and isn’t bad either when its wet.
Galvin Green Insula Half-Zip
RRP £90 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Red: Navy; Sharkskin; Black; White; Blue Bell; Green
When you just a bit of extra protection this is the perfect second of two layers and ideal for those who want to their clothes as thin as possible. It’s almost like wearing two base layers and is tailored beautifully so in cool rather than cold weather, it is the ideal piece of golf apparel.
You will need extra help if you are playing in very low temperatures but every keen winter golfer should have one of these. Golfers worried about clothing restricting their movement will love this.
Galvin Green Lucas
RRP £189 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-XXL | Colour options: Lucas Black; Green + Black; Navy; Blue Bell + Navy; Shark Skin + Black
Of course it’s a lot of money but Galvin Green is not just about paying for the name. This brilliantly-engineered piece of golf clothing is the crown prince of the golf mid-layer market. From a layering perspective it could be number one, two or three but in our winters it works as a fantastic number three. It works wonderfully in the wind and, for the most part, in the rain.
With Galvin Green you also get lots of attention to detail and they also look fantastic. That’s not especially important to most of us in low temperatures or wet weather but it’s still a very nice added extra.
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adidas Recycled Content Cold.Rdy Quarter-Zip Pullover
RRP £60 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Crew Navy; Black
While its understandably great that this is made from 100% recycled plastic, this excellent piece of golf clothing is worthy of considerable mention because of performance. It might be a bit too tracksuit top for some but if that’s not a problem, it’s a great second or third layer and if you need to keep warm is a highly effective operator, especially when you consider, price wise, it is near the lower end of the market.
Under Armour Storm Daytona Half-Zip
RRP £75 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Academy; Black; Grey Wolf; Royal
Under Armour’s comprehensive Storm range covers all the style bases and you can even go the full Jordan Spieth via the hoodie option. The American company have done a great job in producing a range that will appeal across the full age range and you get an excellent mid layer with all the weight of UA’s technical expertise without breaking the bank. I particularly like the fit around the neck and although it doesn’t offer the uber comfort of some if its rivals, they are a great option in the cold weather.
Nike Therma-FIT Victory Half-Zip
RRP £59.95 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-XXXXL | Colour options: Black; Blue; White
This won’t win any beauty competitions but don’t let that put you off. This certainly feels roomy and that will appeal to those who don’t want to show off their figure. It looks and feels fleecy and while that is not everyone’s cup of team, it is highly effective in doing what it says on the tin. When the temperatures are really cold this will come into it own. It is perfect for those crisp, dry morning rounds. Not one to be exposed when the weather is wet but again a great, cost-effective option.
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J Lindeberg Kian Tour Merino Sweater
RRP £109 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Blue + Navy; Grey + Grey Melange; Black
I appreciate beauty is in the eye of the beholder but you just don’t get better looking than this for my money. The Swedish clothing specialist has long been admired for its stylish offerings and the Merino feels amazing.
I have always preferred the quarter zip to the half variable, however with garments made like this (it’s 100% wool), there is always a big but.In terms of long-term care they are high maintenance but if you have the time and the inclination they are worth the investment. Sometimes just feeling like you look the part can help and most of us need all the help we can get playing in cold weather.
Puma EGW By Puma Golf Hooded Jacket
RRP £75 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Blue; Black
Puma has always been a bit funky and it has embraced the growing demand for hooded protection as much as any of its rivals. While traditionalists will hate them, they make a lot of practical sense.
In the UK we have lots of need for layers and winter golf clothing that combats squally showers so rather than the phaff of putting your brolley up and down 10 times in a round, why not just flick up the hoodie? Putting that element to one side this is a highly versatile mid layer and very comfortable while swinging. It also feels a lot lighter than it looks.
Lyle & Scott Windshield 1/2 Zip Midlayer
RRP £80 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-XXL | Colour options: True Black; Cactus Green; Observer Grey
This is another great-looking golf jumper option. (What is it about that badge?) The famous Scottish brand has done a great job of combining the best of what made them famous and what’s hot right now.
It is very practical – if like me you quickly run out of storage spots playing in wet weather, the big pocket on the right hand side is very helpful – and this mid layer gives in all the right places which is obviously critical playing cold weather golf.However you’ll definitely need another layer in the wet but overall it feels like a great fit.
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Oscar Jacobson Waldorf Pin Cotton Zip Neck
RRP £89.50 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Light Grey; Navy; Carbon Black; Royal Blue; Carbon Black + Light Grey
If you like the feel of cotton then this Oscar Jacobson option is a must and, as someone who does, I did struggle to take it off. From my own personal perspective, feel wise you just can’t beat it and it is so stylish. From a practical perspective it’s not a match for some of its cleverer rivals but again if you get a cold-but-dry day, this will work perfectly for most players in cold temperatures.
It’s a tad bulkier than the average mid layer and neck wise, if I am being very picky, I would have preferred it to finish lower down but don’t let that detract from the big picture. Also, price wise, it feels like a lot of garment for your money.
FootJoy Diamond Quilted Chill-out Pullover
RRP £65 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXXL | Colour options: Black; Navy; Cobalt; Grey; Red; Charcoal
A very smart and simple-looking offering from the shoe specialists that is very stretchy. If you like that feeling of tightness all over, it is an excellent option and as someone who likes lots of thin layers, this is right up there as a must-have. You can really tell it is 83% Nylon and I would use this over a base layer and under another mid layer to minimise bulk when playing in cold weather. Felt really nice around the neck as well.
TravisMathew Zachary HZ
RRP £89.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): XS-XXL | Colour options: Black; Heather Dark Shadow; Heather Blue Nights; Heather Light Blue
This is another great all-rounder from a company that is making a name for itself in terms of producing high-class golf clothing and mid layers in particular. It is also gaining plenty of traction and its association with Jon Rahm can only help expand its world-wide appeal.
The Zachary does everything you would want from a versatile mid-layer and will stand up pretty well to wet weather as well as cold temperatures. It’s also low maintenance when it comes to long-term care and pulls off that trick of sliding on to you.
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RRP £70 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Black pattern + black; Greystone pattern + Navy; Delph Blue pattern + Navy
Another highly practical offering from Ping with an eye-catching pattern which looks like the world’s hardest version of tetris. What it certainly is is great value for money, even at the RRP. It is 100% polyester and part fleece and that is not everyone’s cup of tea but Ping’s patented SensorWarm technology will certainly be your friend in cold temperatures and, of course, Ping knows exactly where to provide you with more support and more give.
adidas Primeblue Cold.Rdy Half Zip Hooded Jacket
RRP £70 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Black + White; White + Sonic Aqua; Crew Navy + White
The hooded version of its close cousin (Recycled Content Cold.Rdy Quarter-Zip Pullover), again offers the opportunity for distinctive styling if you feel that’s important. Looks very much like a tracksuit top (more so the higher up you go) but adidas are clearly pitching this at players who are looking for something a bit different (very Brooks Koepka and not very Mark Brooks) and the sustainability element of this mid layer is always worth highlighting.
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Mizuno Quick Dry Breeze Quarter Zip
RRP £77 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Deep Navy; Blue Bell; Mint
As you might imagine from the Japanese giants, this is a clever piece of kit that uses all the advancements in technology to increase your chances of staying warm and dry even in the worst of wet weather and cold temperatures. It’s so thin you could almost put two of these on when it’s really cold and it won’t hamper your ability to swing the club just how’d you like to. They also look very smart in the two-piece style.
RRP £75 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Light Grey + Light Grey Marl + White; Ascot Blue + Light Grey + White
Another strong offering that looks the part and Glenmuir has really pulled out all the stops re keeping you warm when the cold weather really bites. The eye-catching padded front is quilted so it is bulkier than most but if you don’t mind that feeling then the extra protection will serve you well. Again the neck protection goes very high and personally I am not a huge fan but again this is just a subjective call. Will offer some protection against the rain but certainly you will need another layer if the wet weather persists.
Golfino Men’s golf sweater with Tencel component
RRP £119.95 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Navy; Grey Flannel; Electric Blue
Tencel you ask? Well that is Golfino’s attempt to replace non-biodegradable elements of its products with ones that are much more environmentally friendly and sustainable. It comes from wood and just once again highlights how clever these people are.
The new collection is also pretty smart and exceedingly appealing to the touch. The downside is after care and it can only be hand washed, but if that isn’t a problem you will love everything about this. This is as good as it gets in terms of combating the cold.
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Galvin Green Dwight Insula
RRP £115 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Black + Green + White; Black + Sharkskin + White; Blue bell + Navy + White; Navy + White; Red + Navy + White; Surf Blue + White; White + Sharkskin
This stylish quarter zip from Galvin was launched last year but remains in the range and continues to be one of my personal favourites.
Not only is it super soft with loads of stretch through the swing, it’s breathable and its excellent thermal insulation helps to keep you warm and comfortable.
It’s a regular fit with elasticated cuffs to help lock in the warmth. The zip chest pocket is ideal for small items.
Puma Alterknit Digi Camo
RRP £59.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXXL | Colour options: Dark Denim; Deep Lichen Green: Ibiza Blue
Golf sweaters have come a very long way over the years, the Digi Camo being a case in point. The cotton and polyester mix is both breathable, moisture wicking and will keep you warm. You’ll probably have seen Bryson DeChambeau wearing it in the last year and, much like the big-hitting America, you’ll certainly stand out from the crowd with this modern design.
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Callaway Blended Merino quarter-zip
RRP £60 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Moody Blue; Black Ink; Steel Heather; Peacoat
Another interesting one from Callaway. This is made up of 50% Merino Wool which means, when it comes to the major players, it has a texture all of its own. Think hard wool but yet remarkably flexible and it certainly feels very protective.
The good news it also does more than feel protective. Excellent at trapping heat but not one to get wet. However, we put it in our best golf mid layer section for a reason and it’s also very attractive from a value-for-money perspective.
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Sunderland Hamsin Lined Sweater
RRP £90 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXXL | Colour options: Lightening Blue + White; Black + Electric Blue; Navy + White; Electric Blue + Black; Silver + Gunmetal; Navy + Red
Another golf mid layer that is 50% Merino wool and 50% Acrylic but Sunderland also utilises a ‘bionic finish’ using nano technology which gives you extra help in wet weather. It will definitely combat Scottish mizzle perfectly fine.
There’s also a lightweight lining designed to help when its windy and you have to hand it to the Scottish manufacturer for its ambition and also its range of colour options. It won’t win points for style but then again for the pragmatists out there, that will be the least of their worries.
Abacus Sunningdale Half Zip Midlayer
RRP £80 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Black; Blue; Navy; Grey + Black
Another very modern/sporty offering from the Swedish sportswear company which definitely feels more effective than comfortable. I’m not a huge fan of the more-loose-fitting bottom-part of this mid layer but that apart there are no issues in terms of the most critical elements… helping you stay warm in cold temperatures and also not restricting your swing.
FootJoy Chill-Out Xtreme Sport Pullover
RRP £89.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes (UK): Small-XXL | Colour options: Charcoal + Emerald + White; Black + Grey + White; Navy + Red + White; Heather Light Blue + Navy; Heather Grey + Charcoal
The 2020 version of FootJoy’s hugely successful pullover, but it’s still widely available at a great price (from £69.99) and we still love it. A modern and stylish option, the Xtreme Sport has a fleece lining to keep you warm and comfortable. Moisture-wicking tech ensures you stay dry, while a zip pocket on the chest is ideal for scorecards and pencils. We love the subtle use of colour.
FootJoy also offer a standard ¼ zip Chill-Out Pullover option without the colour blocking and zip pocket for £65 and a performance fleece version, with reach-through front pockets, for £110.
How we test golf apparel at Today’s Golfer
Here at TG, we believe all golf equipment should be tested thoroughly and, in the case of apparel, in real-world situations, so that we can bring you in-depth guides to help you make better buying decisions. While we can’t put a golf gilet, vest, or bodywarmer on a launch monitor and bring you the data as we would with clubs, we can wear it out on the course to check how it performs in situations all golfers will face.
We test how comfortable the product is, how easy it is to get on and off, whether it lives up to all of its promises, like warmth, breathability and waterproofing, and whether it is durable.
We’ll also wear golf apparel, such as gilets and vests, away from the course to find out just how versatile they are and whether certain models offer better value for money than others.
Every product that features in our apparel guides has been chosen by Today’s Golfer. This is not an advertising feature, none of the brands have paid to feature and no manufacturer can buy their way into our tests and guides.
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