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Study reveals the best and worst colors to wear in the summer heat—ranked from 1 to 9 – Australian Golf Digest

Study reveals the best and worst colors to wear in the summer heat—ranked from 1 to 9 – Australian Golf Digest

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The golf season has entered its dog-days-of-summer portion of the schedule, which means heat management becomes an essential part of playing good golf.

No, that’s not an exaggeration: If you’re overheated and dehydrated, you sweat more, which means your muscles are more prone to cramping, stiffness, and injury. Your body gets weaker; your brain does, too. You can’t focus as well, and you can start feeling anxious for no reason.

“Your body doesn’t understand what’s happening, so it goes into survival mode,” explains Hans Larsson, Ludvig Aberg’s longtime swing coach.

Outside of snacking and drinking lots of fluids, the clothes you wear play a big role. And, specifically, the color of that clothing.

I was reminded of this last week, when I came across this 2019 study for the first time on social media.

Toshiaki Ichinose is executive senior research scientist at the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Japan. He and his team of researchers set about studying the link between clothing color and heat with an experiment: The team placed nine different-colored polo shirts in the sun and measured the surface temperature with a special camera, which revealed how much radiant energy was absorbed by each color.

The coolest shirts finished around 60 degrees Fahrenheit; the hottest, a whopping 113 degrees. The results can vary by material type and design (as in, one company’s blue shirt may stay cooler than another’s), but either way, interesting.

Here’s how they all finished, from coolest-to-hottest.

1. White

If you remember from high school science class, white is the color that absorbs the least light of all colors, and therefore a lot less heat.


Andrew Redington

2. Yellow

Solid showing for yellow, which finished alone in second.

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3. Gray

Specifically light gray rounded up the top three. Bit of an upset that this finished so high.

https://www.golfdigest.com/content/dam/images/golfdigest/fullset/2023/1/david-leadbetter-instruction/leadbetter---7-9-24/Z82_5283.jpg 4. Red

Tiger’s signature color with a slightly better-than-expected showing.


Gerry Melendez

5. Purple

Feels like an upset for purple to have finished this high up. Still, sadly, the first color to miss the cut.


Ezra Shaw

6. Blue

Perhaps a different shade would’ve pushed it navy blue higher up the ranks.


David Cannon

7. Green

One of the most interesting findings this analysis turned up is that green absorbed even more infrared light than black, making it one of the hottest materials to wear.


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8. Dark Green

Maybe save the Masters polo for Spring or Fall, rather than Summer.

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9. Black

Black absorbed 86 percent of infrared, and the most heat. In five minutes it finished 60 degrees hotter than white—but damn if it doesn’t look cool.


Dylan Buell

This article was originally published on golfdigest.com