Looking to update your winter wardrobe? Steve Carroll has put the Lyle & Scott Golf Technical Baselayer to the test

Lyle & Scott’s Golf Technical Baselayer promises to keep you warm without compromising your swing.

Lyle & Scott Golf Technical Baselayer review: NCG Summary

Lyle & Scott Golf Technical baselayer review
Lyle & Scott Golf Technical baselayer review
NCG SUMMARY

It seems like every reputable golf clothing firm is rocking a baselayer these days but this is a genuinely impressive addition to the market. Snug, but flexible at the same time, it’s an help – rather than a hindrance – to your swing. Put it in the winter wardrobe.

PROS

  • Fit is snug but also very flexible and doesn’t constrict the swing.
  • Traps heat like you’re wearing a hot water bottle.
  • Stays in place without riding up your body.

CONS

  • Large sleeve transfer is starting to peel after only a couple of wears.


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Lyle & Scott Golf Technical Baselayer review: First impressions

When the clocks went back, the clubs were put away – never to be touched again until April. Yes, there was the odd one – and I mean odd – who’d go out when the mercury dived and the turf was frozen solid. But many of us had one certainty back in the old days. Winter was not for golf.

Some feel it was the advent of good waterproofs – the type that actually repelled water rather than storing it until gravity weighed you down – that brought about the change in our seasonal playing habits. For me, though, it was baselayers that proved the revelation.

It didn’t seem to matter what I did, whether it was layering up or going for maximum size, I could just never get warm.

Lyle & Scott Golf Technical baselayer review

Then came the humble baselayer and everything changed. It’s the defensive midfielder of golf clothes. It doesn’t seek the glory or glamour, but it’s absolutely pivotal to winter success on the course.

This model from Lyle & Scott is an absolute belter. Why am I so enthused? Let me explain. I have hit a certain age where, shall we say, my physique is not as taut as it once was.

To be frank, that presents some challenges for a garment such as this. You know, one which needs to stretch a bit. I’ve felt like the blood supply has drained from my top half in other models.

What we’ve got with the Lyle & Scott Golf Technical Baselayer is a polyester elastane blend and what the company describe as a “4-way stretch” that promotes freedom of movement. The material certainly does shift. It’s tricky to get this right because, on the one hand, you need it to be snug to keep the heat in but, on the other, if it restricts how you move with a golf club it’s all pretty pointless.

This does both really well. It fits tightly without keeping constrictive and so traps the warmth, but there’s enough flexibility in the material to keep everything moving. It feels a lot like an outer skin.

Lyle & Scott Golf Technical Baselayer review: On the course

We’ve already talked a fair bit about flexibility and that’s a central concern with this type of clothing. So let’s get to this quickly: swinging in the Lyle & Scott Golf Technical Baselayer is a breeze. No tightness, no problems.

When it comes to warmth, while I’ve yet to put this on in the icy cold of January, at the moment it is surpassing expectations. It feels like wearing a hot water bottle. It’s been a warm autumn so far, but I’ve been shedding layers with this underneath.

Lyle & Scott Golf Technical baselayer review

There’s one more key thing to address with a baselayer on the course. Does it stay put? It’s incredibly frustrating to be constantly adjusting these because, every time you take a swing or trudge more than half a dozen steps, it starts riding up your back.

There is no worse sight either than a bit of paunch poking out as the fabric slips further up your stomach. So congratulations to Lyle & Scott because this is one of the few baselayers I’ve had that actually remains in place and forms a proper heat seal.

It all adds up to an enjoyable, comfortable, and warm 18 holes.

Lyle & Scott Golf Technical Baselayer review: The 19th hole

It’s minor grumble time now. The Lyle & Scott logo is essentially a series of single letter transfers on the left arm. Visually, it’s very impressive and I like the boldness of it. However, two washes in and little bits of the white lettering are already starting to peel.

While it still looks OK now, I’m going to gamble that in half a dozen further cycles of the machine, some significant tracts of this are going to be missing and, while the baselayer itself will still be relatively new, it’s going to look a bit tattier than I’d like.

Not a big problem in the depths of winter, when this is the foundation layer underneath a lot of other clothing. But in the spring, when it’s not quite warm enough to graduate into shirt sleeves on their own, this may bother me a bit more than it should.

I say it’s a minor grumble because, in every other way, this is a fantastic bit of kit which will become an essential of my winter wardrobe. It’s very warm and flexible but stays where it needs to and looks pretty stylish too.

Fit: True to Size/Small/Large
Comfort: 9/10
Value for Money: 7/10
Sizes: XS through XXL
Colour options: Black, White


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Lyle & Scott Golf Technical Baselayer review: The Details

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Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap.

Handicap: 10.9

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