Mar 04, 2022
POSTED BY: Nicholas Venditti

How Are Golf Polos Supposed to Fit?

Style on the golf course should be both functional and fashionable, but how you wear a gold polo says a lot about you. Too loose and oversized, and you run the risk of looking like a teenager who hasn't quite come to grips with their size. Too small and tight is neither comfortable nor particularly pleasing on the eye. 

Getting the right golf polo fit needn't be overly complicated once you know what you're looking for, and luckily for you, you've come to the right place. Perfecting that line drive and tricky uphill putts is complex enough—finding a golf polo that fits perfectly really shouldn't be.  

How Should a Golf Shirt Fit?

In a nutshell, not too big and not too small—which may seem absurdly simplistic, but you'd be surprised how many get it wrong. 

What you wear out on the golf course should be smart enough to adhere to specific dress codes and comfortable enough not to interfere with your game. There's no need to complicate things.  

A collared shirt is pretty standard at most golf clubs as the dress code for the game calls for a collared shirt—that's no t-shirts. But beyond that, clubs have unique rules worth looking into before you arrive at the course.

Overall Fit

Slim but not overly tight is probably the best place to start. The days of baggy shirts disappeared sometime in the late 90s, and there's no need to go searching for them again. A correctly fitting golf polo should hug the body gently while giving enough room for that swing and enough space around the midriff.   

Your golf polo should feel comfortable enough that you can knock out 18 holes without a care in the world and smart enough that you can seamlessly move into the clubhouse after your round for a well-deserved drink. 

We know that not everybody comes with the same body shape and size, but regardless of your body type, there will always be something right for you. For this reason, we recomend taking a look at our M/L in-between size shirts. These may provide the perfect fit if medium is too small or a large is too big.

Collar & Neck Opening

Don't worry too much about the collar on a golf polo because most brands come pretty standard. However, the neck opening is another matter.

Leaving two buttons undone is an excellent way to help frame your face, so if you're trying on a new polo, always keep this in mind.

Obviously, you want to give yourself plenty of movement, so make sure the neck opening isn't overly tight. Your last button should end no lower than your armpit. Anything lower, and the neck opening has a habit of dropping down to make a deep v-neck, which is far from attractive.

You also don't want the collar to lay too flat against the chest, which can flatten the pectoral area, but instead, it should stand up and give some definition.    

Shoulders and Sleeves

Another big no-no is when sleeves fall too far down the shoulders. The shoulder seam of the polo should sit on your shoulder bone, not halfway down your bicep. 

The sleeve should end roughly halfway down your bicep and should comfortably hug your arms. Anything too loose can make your arms look thin, and anything too tight might end up restricting your swing.

In a perfect world, the sleeve would gently hug a finely-toned bicep, but hey, we have to work with what we have. If you have naturally thin arms, consider a polo with a ribbed band at the end of the sleeve that will close around the bicep a little more. 

Those with bigger arms (or biceps), don't overdo it with the tightness, as this will prove both uncomfortable and prohibitive for your swing. It's always best to purchase a polo that feels good across the chest and shoulders, then have the sleeves tailored slightly if necessary.  

Length & Torso  

A good general rule for length is that the polo should end just below the waistband but no further than between the top of the fly and the mid-crotch area.

Also, bear in mind that a golf polo should be slightly longer than a regular polo shirt because you will want to tuck it into your shorts or pants and make sure it stays there. A perfectly fitted polo runs the risk of untucking itself just as you're lying up that vital putt, so a little longer isn't a bad thing.  

We know that age has a habit of adding a few extra pounds around the midriff, which can look unflattering at times. With this in mind, you want a polo shirt that gives you enough freedom to move and not feel constricted around the torso area without overdoing it with the baggy look. Try finding a polo that you can pinch 1 to 2 inches of fabric on either side of your stomach for the best results.   


Finding the fitting golf polo needn't be as difficult as you might think. Yes, there are several factors to keep in mind, but if you follow our ideas here, there's no reason you can't find the perfect golf polo that will both look great and feel amazing. 

Now you know what you're looking for, Stitch Golf is here for all golf polos needs and whatever else you might require. Shop today and look sharp on the course the next time you play.