johnnie-O Fall ’17 Apparel Review

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The Fall ’17 golf offerings from johnnie-O keep the focus on performance while maintaining a clean, crisp West Coast style.


In just one season, johnnie-O has become one of my favorite apparel brands.  The clothing just has a simple vibe, perfect for our increasingly casual society.  All summer long, I found myself reaching for one of the soft cotton polos from my Spring ’17 review to wear after a long, hot day on the golf course.  And even though temperatures are starting to drop, golfers still need performance, which is why I was excited to test some of the Fall ’17 gear from johnnie-O.


All the tops featured in this review are part of the golf collection and feature what johnnie-O calls PREP-FORMANCE.  The 90+% polyester fabrics are blended with spandex for a great combination of moisture wicking and stretch.  All three polo styles performed very well during the rigors of golf in hot and humid central Florida.  The Sway ¼ zip pullover is an excellent next layer for adding a touch of warmth while still moving perspiration as needed.  I also foresee utilizing it over a t-shirt for off the course exercising.

Style & Fit

There’s no better style description than johnnie-O’s own tag:  West Coast Prep.  The logo, a surfer standing by his board searching for the next big break, speaks volumes without a single word.  How do you make sure folks know these polos are designed for golf?  Give them names like Birdie, Eagle, and Mashie.  I’m a big fan of stripes like those in the Eagle, but somehow johnnie-O makes even solid colors look hip with crisp self-collars and contrasting piping around the side vents and neck.  The pique fabric and four button placket add marvelous visual appeal to the Mashie polo.

Speaking of shirt tails, I’m a traditionalist as far as golfing with your shirt tucked in, but the length of these polos works great either way.  The fit is athletic but not tight, and I found my normal medium choice to be just right.  Sleeves on the polos fall just past mid-bicep.  The Sway pullover is a snug fit, but in a good way in that it doesn’t interfere with your golf swing.  The sleeves are finished with a simple cuff that easily stretched when I wanted them moved up my forearm.


I’ve been seeing johnnie-O more and more lately in shops and on the backs of PGA pros – good signs of a growing brand.  With quality materials and wonderful color choices, johnnie-O is a great option for stylish performance on the links or in your other casual pursuits this fall.

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Matt Meeker

Matt - aka 'Meeks' - is the Senior Writer at Plugged In Golf based on both tenure and age. Matt lives in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy.

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