A golf shirt, also known as a polo shirt and tennis shirt, is a form of shirt with a collar, a placket with typically two or three buttons, and an optional pocket.
All three terms may be used interchangeably. Golf shirts are usually made of knitted cloth (rather than woven cloth), usually piqué cotton or less commonly, interlock cotton, silk, merino wool, or synthetic fibers.
René Lacoste, the French seven-time Grand Slam tennis champion, felt that the stiff tennis attire was too cumbersome and uncomfortable. He designed a white, short-sleeved, loosely-knit piqué cotton (he called the cotton weave jersey petit piqué) shirt with an unstarched, flat, protruding collar, a buttoned placket, and a shirt-tail longer in back than in front (known today as a “tennis tail”; see below), which he first wore at the 1926 U.S. Open championship. Beginning in 1927, Lacoste placed a crocodile emblem on the left breast of his shirts, as the American press had begun to refer to him as “The Crocodile”, a nickname which he embraced. The design later migrated to golf players due to the comfortable fit of these new golf shirts
Nowadays, many people looking for a nice-looking, comfortable fitting shirt are turning to golf shirts to wear in everyday use as well as at sport events. The golf shirt is of course very popular in South Africa.
Coming soon: a directory of suppliers of Golf Shirts in South Africa