Best Golf Shirt: PXG vs. Peter Millar

Introduction

As the temperatures start to hit their annual highs, every golfer is on the lookout for a golf shirt that will keep them cool.  In this apparel shoot out, we’re comparing two shirts that can handle the heat as well as the movements of the golf swing.

The Contenders

For this comparison, we’re taking a look at the PXG  Comfort Fit Fineline Polo and the Peter Millar Dellroy Performance Mesh Polo.  These are summertime polos from one of the most established names in golf apparel and one of the best newer brands.

Fit & Sizes

Starting with the PXG Comfort Fit Fineline Polo, the fit strikes a great balance.  You don’t need to be gym rat to wear it comfortably, but there’s enough taper in the body to give it a cleaner look.  The sleeves are tailored, not tight, and they hit a couple inches about the elbow.

The PXG Comfort Fit Fineline Polo is offered in Small, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL.

The Peter Millar Dellroy Performance Mesh Polo uses their “Classic Fit” which borders on blouse-y.  There is no taper to speak of, leaving a lot of extra material around the torso.  This shirt is clearly meant to be tucked in -untucked it touches the top of my thighs.  Similarly, the sleeves are quite large.

Peter Millar sells the Dellroy Performance Mesh Polo in sizes Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, and 3XL.

Fabric

Peter Millar describes their performance mesh as offering a “traditional feel alongside technical know-how.”  It’s made of 94% polyester and 6% spandex, but it does feel closer to cotton than most other tech fabrics.  They describe the shirt as lightweight, but I would call it mid-weight.

PXG’s Comfort Fit Fineline Polo uses an unapologetically technical material – 85% polyamide, 15% elastane.  It’s extremely light weight with a cool, smooth feel.

Performance

Since their inception, no one has made better hot weather golf apparel than PXG, and that continues with the Comfort Fit Fineline Polo.  The heavily perforated back and ultralight material make it so breathable that you barely feel it.  It also provide UPF50+ UV protection and dries quickly.

During the swing, the Fineline Polo moves beautifully.  There’s ample stretch to accommodate almost any movement, but, if you do find its limits, the material is so light it doesn’t feel restrictive.

On the course, the Peter Millar Dellroy Performance Mesh Polo stays out of the way with its loose fit and four-way stretch fabric.  The level of stretch is impressive, but it feels a little belt-and-suspenders given how much room this shirt provides.

The performance mesh is antimicrobial and breathes well.  Peter Millar promotes this as their go-to for warm weather – and I wouldn’t disagree – but it won’t keep you as cool as the PXG Fineline Polo.  The Dellroy is best from “nice” to “warm,” but I’d stick with PXG when it’s truly “hot.”

Cost & Colors

The Peter Millar Dellroy Performance Mesh Polo retails for $105.  There are four colors available: navy (shown here), pink, lavender, and cottage blue.

PXG sells the Comfort Fit Fineline Polo for $115 in white, black, and navy (shown here).

Conclusion

Both the PXG Fineline and Peter Millar Dellroy polos are solid options when the temperatures rise.  PXG offers a more technical look and feel and better cooling.  Peter Millar will be the choice for those that grudgingly leave cotton shirts behind or those that prefer an oversized fit.

Matt Saternus

2 Comments

  1. Midwest Golfer

    Something else that weighs into it for me….the styles in general. PXG and Petter Millar are about more than just size and such….the design aesthetic of both are a world apart.

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