What is the difference between golf shirts and polo shirts?

Posted February 6, 2020

While golf shirts and polo shirts are similar, there are subtle but very important differences between the two.

Golf Shirts

A golf shirt has a double-stitched collar with points meant to lay flat, loose double-stitched sleeve cuffs, and often a left breast pocket. They’re usually made of either a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend or 100% polyester for maximum moisture-wicking capability, pulling sweat away from the skin to evaporate.

Polo Shirts

A polo shirt features a soft welted collar and cuffs, with a collar that can be turned up to keep sun off the wearer’s neck, a slightly longer tail to keep the shirt tucked in, and no breast pocket. They’re usually made of knitted 100% cotton, often a piqué knit and appropriate for indoor wear. There are also polo shirts made of an interlock knit in pima cotton, or using other fibers such as silk, merino wool, synthetic fibers or natural/synthetic blends.

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