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Performance materials that look and feel like luxury materials. Apparel that looks as good at dinner as it does on the tee box.
99.9% of golf shirts look like golf shirts. And that’s ok…on the golf course. But when I leave the course to go to dinner, run an errand, or meet a friend, I’d prefer that I not look like I’m making the turn. This is why the shirts in my closet are divided into “Shirts I Wear to Golf” and “Shirts I Wear Everywhere Else.”
Dunning Golf has threatened my closet’s organization by making some of the only golf apparel I’ve worn that looks as good off the course as it does on the course. And, lest I bury the lead, it’s also some of best performing apparel on the market.
“Engineered for Athletes. Designed for Players.” is Dunning Golf’s tagline. That would be easy to dismiss as idle talk if the company’s founder, Ralph Dunning, was not a veteran of the cycling and triathlon world, including multiple Ironman races (check out an interview with Ralph HERE). Don’t let the classic looks fool you, this is technical apparel that is built to perform on the course.
One of the most unique things about Dunning Golf is that players are given the choice between pique and jersey polo shirts. If you’re not sure what that means, that’s because every other brand just says, “Here’s what our shirt is made of. Deal with it.” Dunning Golf, however, realizes that different players want different things. If you prefer a lighter weight shirt with more breathability, the pique will be your choice (the striped polo above). The jersey fabric (green polo) is more similar to your average golf shirt, but it’s a much heavier and higher quality fabric. Watch this video HERE to get Ralph’s explanation of the differences.
Regardless of which material you choose, the cut of Dunning Golf apparel is exceptionally well thought out. I would describe the cut as “American Athletic;” it fits somewhere in between the big, shapeless cuts and the super skinny Euro/fashion cuts. The body of the shirt allows for movement, but it has a slight taper to it that gives the shirt shape. The sleeves fall just short of the elbow and allow some breathing room, even for those with thicker arms. It’s a cut that is clearly rooted in performance, but without sacrificing visual appeal.
Timeless. Elegant. Classic. Clean.
These are some of the words I would use to describe the style of Dunning Golf. Their apparel is not plastered with logos (the small label above is the only visible logo on any of the pieces I reviewed), nor is all about dyed-to-match everything in the latest color. As a result, anything you get from Dunning Golf is going to look as good in five or ten years as it does today.
Overall, Dunning Golf is priced just slightly above your average golf apparel brands, but still well below some of the “high end” brands. The Merino Sweater I reviewed retails for $125, and the pique and jersey polo shirts cost $95 and $89, respectively.
Despite being a little more expensive than your typical golf shirt, I think the quality of the apparel makes it an excellent value. The ability to wear these pieces off the course means that you’ll get more use out of them, and the quality ensures that they will keep looking great even after many washings.
Due to its unique combination of performance and wear-anywhere style, Dunning Golf is my among my favorite golf apparel companies. The style is definitely not for those who want to be trendy, but if you prefer a classic look, Dunning Golf is worth checking out.
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First let me say that casually, I live in pull-over wind/rain shirts. I wear them like a sweater, with either a golf shirt or in the winter, a turtle neck underneath them.
Probably 95% of my pull-overs are Zero Restriction, which I’ve worn for close to 20 years, whenever our club started carrying them. Well, I was in the shop a few months ago, with a shop credit that had to be used, and there were no ZR stuff to my liking(I had most of em, some in triplets & quads, lol), so I looked at a new line that we just started carrying this year, Dunning.
Very sharp shirts, and very sharp wind shirts. Nice thick stitching for their name. Nice fit, which is hard for me cuz I have to usually buy a size or two(Ralph Lauren, Nike) to give me room to swing, whereas the ZR has the proprietary fit technology so you can get true to size.
Well, I put the Dunning on and damn, it fit nice, loose like I like, though not like a tent, and the cut was sharp, like ZR. I grabbed a club and went out and hit a few balls and it felt great, and was non-restrictive!
And the third best feature, after the fit & look, is the fact that it’s waterproof yet it’s constructed of “breathable” material, so it’s not like ya have on one of those “rubber” tops that we used to wear in wrestling to work up a sweat and drop weight.
Seriously, have you ever tried on one of Mizzy’s H2O proof tops?
And I’ve played their irons for 26 years so I’m not knockin em. I’m just sayin that you don’t wanna have one of their H2o tops on when it’s 70*+ cuz you’ll be wetter on the inside than on the outside.
So I bought it.
And I haven’t been disappointed.
Oh yea, and reasonably priced!
What the hell else is there?
Excellent review Matt!
Fairways & Greens My Friends,
Where can I buy Dunning golf apparel with the particular club logos on the shirts? Bought a few at PGA National and love them but don’t see them at too many pro shops.
To my knowledge, the only place to buy shirts with club logos is at the club. It’s up to the individual club which apparel manufacturers they use to produce their pro shop gear.