Should You Have Pleats or No Pleats on Your Golf Pants?

I am an avid golfer. If I could, I’d play every day all day. As it stands, though, I only get to play about once a week (in the summer time). One of the things I love about golf, aside from actually getting out there and hitting the ball, is the opportunity to dress a little bit differently than I might normally. In real life I’m a lawyer – that means I get to wear a suit nearly every day. The golf course allows me to express myself in ways I normally wouldn’t be able to.

One of the cool things about golf pants is that they come in a lot of different colors and patterns. You can wear lime green golf pants, orange golf pants, golf pants with the English or United States flag on them, or even pants with gumballs on them. You can wear them high on the calf or low on your shoes – the possibilities are endless. But should you have pleats? That’s a very important question.

1. The Argument for Pleats in Your Golf Pants

Now, before I get too far, I want to make sure of one things – this article is targeted to mens golf pants specifically. There’s one main reason for that – I’m a guy. I don’t know about ladies golf pants so I’m not going to write about them.

The argument for pleats in mens golf pants is one of tradition and one of function. In the first place, golf pants have traditionally had pleats in them, typically two pleats on each side. I don’t know if the aristocracy back in the day had a passion for pleats or if the extra cost of material showed you were special. If you are a traditionalist, then pleats might be fore you.

Functionally, pleats, if you look at them, allow a little bit more room for you to move around. The extra cloth has room to move if it needs to. If you are a little heavier, particularly below the waist, pleats may be your best option.

2. The Argument Against Pleats in Your Golf Pants

The argument against pleats is one of aesthetic. Flat front pants just look better than pleated golf pants. There is no question about this. The slim, form fitting look is in, and flat front pants allow for this. If your goal is to look good on the golf course, and it should be, then you take a look at some flat front golf pants.

If you have a choice, skip the pleats. Let your wardrobe look as good as your game out on the course.


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