So-called “technical fabrics” — designed for movement, wicking and even quietness on the golf course — are the talk of the golf clothing industry. But cotton has its staunch devotees, who profess an almost cultlike “nothing else but” loyalty to 100 percent purity.
Of course, that cult has to iron — and most women golfers would rather be golfing than ironing their golf clothes, especially on vacation. What are the other pros and cons of cotton and tech fabrics (lumped in the category of “polyester”)? GottaGoGolf Magazine caught up with Danielle Dellios, women’s designer for Antigua, to find out.
ON THE COTTON CULT
“I wear a lot of cotton, too. But when it comes to exercising, sweating, being out in the sun, there are so many benefits of polyester and synthetic fabrics that cotton just doesn’t have.”
ON THE NEW DESERT DRY PERFORMANCE COTTON
“We found a wicking treatment that performs half as well as regular polyester. We were shocked at that. We treat the fabric, or sometimes the yarns as well. You wouldn’t be able to tell. It’s not a coating you can feel or smell or anything like that. It lasts about 25 washes.”
ON WHAT ANTIGUA OFFERS IN 100 PERCENT COTTON
“A T-shirt, that’s about it.”
ON COTTON VS. POLY, COLORWISE
“Cotton has a tougher time getting that saturation and depth of color polys can have. As far as bleeding over washing, polyester would also be superior.”
ON COTTON VS. POLY, WRINKLES
“Oh, definitely polyester! But our blends, you can’t pull them out of the dryer without them being a little wrinkled. I usually dry them a bit and then hang them. Then you can pack them in your suitcase and they come out ready to wear.”
ON COTTON VS. POLY, COOLING
“The cotton people think it’s the coolest. But, cotton will stay wet, and if you’re warm that is not going to make you feel very good. Technically, poly wicks faster and keeps you drier, but it does tend to make you feel warm.”
ON WHAT’S TRENDING WITH ANTIGUA LPGA PLAYERS STACY LEWIS, LIZETTE SALAS AND GERINA PILLER
“One is the polyester-spandex texture fabric. I think it’s airy and it wicks, and we have it in some lightweight bottoms that they”ll wear instead of Lululemon skirts at the range — we have a skort (Hope) and a short (Gain). They like lighter stuff for practicing, heavier and more professional-looking things for competing.”
ON WHAT SHE PACKS FOR A TRIP TO JW MARRIOTT PHOENIX DESERT RIDGE RESORT & SPA
“A pair of jeans, a pair of nice shorts, possibly a skort, then maybe one or two tops, maybe a T-shirt and a polo. And then I’d probably buy something while I was there!”
This article first appeared in the Summer 2015 edition of GottaGoGolf Magazine.