Callaway Apparel SWING TECH Review

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The new SWING TECH collection from Callaway Apparel utilizes innovative construction and materials to maximize performance on the golf course.  Classic Callaway Apparel style and fit.

Introduction

Callaway Apparel’s designers didn’t just look for new colors and patterns for their 2019 clothing lines, they also re-examined the rudimentary form and function of the pieces.  What resulted were changes to materials and construction, plus a fresh name – SWING TECH.

Lupe Benitez, Vice President of Design for Callaway Apparel explains it this way: “With the incorporation of SWING TECH, we are now able to provide significantly less restriction and more stretch to maximize range of motion on every swing.  As a result, we’ve created a game changing innovation to authentic golf apparel that will help golfers look, feel and perform their best from top to bottom.”

Style

At first glance, the SWING TECH tops and bottoms look like classic Callaway apparel.  Taking a closer look at the polos and pullover, however, I quickly observed that the shoulder seam had been moved back off the shoulder – and noted the obvious SWING TECH logo.   I thought the only visual clue of SWING TECH for the Ergo shorts was the hang tag until I realized there was no outside seam.  The clean look below the pockets echoed the look of the tops’ shoulders.

With a variety of colors and patterns, the polos offer choices for the diverse style preferences of golfers.  I’m a big fan of the tropical vibe and refined look of the Printed Gingham Polo in Aruba Blue.  The textured geometric pattern of the Ergo shorts elevates the style and pairs perfectly with solid polos.

Fit

The polos and pullover of the SWING TECH collection follow the generous sizing of previous collections from Callaway Apparel.  In my standard medium size (I’m 5’-10”, 165 lbs) the tops have plenty of room in the shoulders, chest and arms.  Consistency within a brand is important, giving me confidence that going down to small will be perfect for me as in the past.

The Ergo shorts come in even sizes and the 34” fit nicely.  With a 33” waist, it’s sometimes a difficult choice between going up or down a size, and Callaway did a wonderful job keeping the sizing true.  The shorts have a regular cut with some room in the seat and thighs and came down to just above my knee.

Performance

SWING TECH is all about performance on the golf course, and the concept is well executed in both fabric selection and construction.  All the pieces I tested demonstrated wonderful stretch throughout the golf swing thanks to the performance fabrics and positioning of seams – or lack thereof in the shorts.  One unheralded aspect of the shoulder seam positioning is not having the friction point on top of your shoulder when carrying a golf bag.  All the polos feature OPTI-DRY which has proven over many a rounds to wick away moisture.

The Ergo shorts also feature deep front pockets for securing tees and ball markers and a nifty zippered side pocket.  Once again, there’s no button on the right rear pocket – thank you Callaway Apparel for paying attention to details specific to golf.  The active waistband provides enough stretch for a hearty post round dinner and includes subtle chevron grippers to keep your shirt tucked in.

Conclusion

While integrating new construction aspects, Callaway Apparel has stayed true to being an authentic golf brand both in terms of style and performance details.  The SWING TECH tag says it all:  “Brings improvement to every movement.”  And if you’ve never owned one of their ¼ zip pullovers, you’re missing out.  The weight is perfect for stuffing in your bag after a cool morning at the golf course or in a backpack in case it’s freezing in the airport.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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