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Compression Clothing for GolfDecember 29, 2013

 

I am going to make a bold prediction: compression garments will be worn by many top PGA tour players in just a few years. I played competitive golf growing up, varsity golf in college and still play about a 2 handicap (I have two beautiful small kids :-).

I have been wearing running compression socks and compression arm sleeves while playing golf for little over 6 months now. The benefits and results I have observed are tremendous. By the way, I walk the course whenever possible…

How do compression socks help in golf? Well, in golf you spend typically over 4 hours standing up and walking or maybe even longer times if you take into account the warm up routine as well. Standing for prolonged periods of time is one of the many causes of foot, leg and ankle swelling. Compression stockings can be very helpful in controlling swelling when worn properly. I have worn these socks (compression socks) while playing or training for hours and I stopped having sore feet and legs. It also helps that the Lurbel trail running socks are built with cushioning and padding in the areas of the foot that receive the most friction. You would be surprised how much pressure and friction is experienced by the foot during a golf swing. Obviously the socks must be combined with a comfortable pair of golf shoes and, unless you want to be known as the “golfing clown”, I recommend you stay away from shorts and use pants while wearing the knee high socks…

The compression arm sleeves have helped me tremendously as well (compression arm sleeves). In golf it takes a few minutes of walking between shots, unfortunately sometimes you may have to stay idle in between shots if the golf course’s pace of play is slow (I am a big advocate of the “while we are young” USGA campaign by the way). Regrettably when you stay inactive your muscles will cool down or may become tight. Controlled compression garments improve your blood circulation; hence your muscles receive more oxygen and remain warmer using less energy. I personally like the way the arm sleeves feel as well and the protection they offer from the sun's UV radiation.

Lastly, I want to clarify something because a lot of people ask about "compression shirts". I honestly think the term is being used incorrectly by many companies. They must really mean ergonomic or tight-fit rather than "compression". Compression MUST be accurately measured and applied to the right body part, and typically that would be the extremities (arms and legs). I would be skeptical about companies that are trying to compress your torso with a shirt….

Wishing you a 2014 full of long and straight drives!!!

Luis C.