|This photo was taken in Thailand. It is never not hot in Thailand. You do the math.|
Well some people need to get with the times it seems. Apparently fabric technology has progressed to where long sleeves on a hot day can actually be a good idea.
|Wicking moisture away from the skin is a good thing apparently. Notice also that Dri-Fit isn't down with UV rays.|
|In basketball, they're called "shooting sleeves" my brotha.|
|Robert Griffin III's use of the sleeve is based on the wisdom of Deion Sanders: "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good."|
But leave it to the Asians, notoriously scared of the sun, to spearhead the trend. I'm not surprised, I see the sun-phobia firsthand out on my local courses. Nobody wears bigger visors, or sports bigger umbrellas, than Korean ladies playing golf.
|In Asia, having a suntan implies that you are low class.|
Nike Dri-Fit UV Solar Golf Arm Sleeves". Retailing for about $25, they're made of Nike's proprietary moisture-wicking fabric (really just polyester rebranded with a cooler name), blended with Lycra spandex (duh). It's a very thin, stretchy material. They come with sporty little mesh pouch for storage. Nice.
They felt odd when I first put them on, seeing as how they fit pretty tight (I'm probably between sizes, and went for the smaller). There is a definite compression effect for better or worse. Since I'm not really accustomed to wearing stuff quite this tight, awareness of my arms was especially heightened.
Consequently they do make the golf swing feel different. They just make your arms feel... different. It's hard to describe beyond that--sorry. Some might like the feeling. The first time I wore them out on the course, I had the worst start to a round ever. That could've been coincidence though, it was a gusty day. I know that I did struggle to feel right swinging with tight sleeves on. Unlike Dwight Howard, I wouldn't fall in love with them right away.
|My initial experience wearing the sleeves.|
I brought them along once on a cool day thinking they might offer a bit of insulation for when it got chilly later in the afternoon. Wrong! I might've appeared warmer to anyone who saw me wearing them but their cooling effect holds up in cool weather too, rendering them ineffective as an outer layer solution.
|There's me, hard at work doing product testing.|
Ok, so they're not the magic-wear that I admit I'd wished they'd be. They don't feel invisible, like I had hoped. The compression effect, I'm still on the fence about. I guess for me nothing can really top the feeling of bared arms swinging free in the open air. But hey, these sleeves do offer some good sun protection along with you know, some rakish style, if you're into that. If you're tired of your same old same old golf gear and looking for something to shake it up, then why not, give these a try, you could do worse.
Considering their popularity among the sports elite, as well as the whole other half of the golf globe, it's only a matter of time before we're all wearing them. Might as well get in the vanguard and lead the way for you and your dweeby friends.