Old school golf hats were first introduced in the 1920s and 1930s. Sam Snead is credited with being one of the first players to wear straw golf hats, a tradition which Australian golfer Greg Norman revived in the 1980s. Nowadays, most golfers tend to wear baseball-style caps to protect their eyes and skin from the sun. Vintage golf visors and felt golf hats, once popular particularly among American golfers, are rarely seen on the tour, although visors are still relatively common.
Types of Golf Hats
There are countless types of golf hats. Ball caps, as worn by the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, are the most popular as they shield golfers’ eyes from the sun’s glare and also prevent them from getting sunburn on the top of their head. Visors are also widely used, particularly by female golfers. You may also see wide-brim hats and bucket hats while out on the course, particularly in more tropical climates.
Popular Golf Hat Brands
The TaylorMade Tour Radar, which is available in seven different colors, offers customization and comfort; it also happens to be the hat of choice for Dustin Johnson. The Callaway Mesh Fitted hat features 30+ UV protection, an adjustable fit and a moisture-wicking sweatband for those really hot days out on the course. You could also opt for the Titleist Two-Tone Mesh for added breathability. If you’re loyal to Tiger, you’ve got to go with a Nike hat; the Nike Golf Classic 99, which features Dri-Fit technology, is a great choice and has been worn by Tiger during countless tournaments.