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Bad Birdie review: Comfortable, colorful golf clothes

Golf is a sport steeped in tradition; it’s hard to find another game where etiquette is paramount and unspoken rules are followed by almost every player.

Fashion in this game feels the same way, as the older generation tries to blend in with the crowd with neutral and traditional styles from head to toe. But as the game expands and more players take the field, it’s inevitable that golf apparel will grow and evolve in the same way.

Bad Birdie fits that picture. This isn’t your dad’s golf gear; they are colorful, cool and much nicer than plain khaki pants and polos.

As an avid golfer I love seeing what the latest brands have to offer, so when I got the chance to try out the Birdie Snapback, the Heather Quarterzip, the Randy’s Moss polo and the Players Jogger, I packed my bag and booked a time to see how they fared on the course.

Let’s tee off with Bad Birdie.

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Buy Birdie Golf Apparel

Say goodbye to boring polos and khakis and say hello to bold, beautiful patterns from Bad Birdie.

What is Bad Birdie?

Credit: Reviewed / Liam Feldstein / Bad Birdie

Bad Birdie deviates from traditional golf clothing.

Bad Birdie is certainly a disruptor in the golf apparel industry, offering bold prints and branding that opens up the game to a wider collection of golfers from eclectic backgrounds and experience levels. As newer generations pick up some clubs and hit the links, there is a renewed energy around the game, and Bad Birdie is part of this revolution.

As golf continues to evolve and become more inclusive than ever, Bad Birdie has brought innovation to the apparel side of the sport. The brand sells golf apparel for men, women and youth, ranging from T-shirts and quarter-zips to skirts and dresses. They’re not cheap (men’s polos cost around $78 each), but they’re cheaper than Nike polos ($80) and slightly more expensive than Under Armor tops ($45-$70).

What I liked about Bad Birdie

Credit: Reviewed / Liam Feldstein / Bad Birdie

Bad Birdie is comfortable and flexible.

Unique and comfortable style

In a market saturated with competitors, the best way to stand out is with styling that is striking yet comfortable. When you’re running and swinging clubs for more than four hours straight, the last thing you want to deal with is an ill-fitting shirt or a hat that keeps slipping off your head because the crown is too high.

Bad Birdie’s greatest strength is that you never sacrifice comfort for a cool look.

The Birdie Snapback, one of their flagship products, is breathable and lightweight, so you don’t have to worry about sweat seeping through your locks on a hot summer day. The Bad Birdie logo is sharp and striking, with a stylish brand logo stitched onto the side and back of the hat. There is no subtlety or question about who you are wearing. And it’s also hard not to appreciate the branded packaging as you unpack your order.

Golf snapbacks come in a variety of fits, from high crown to five panels, and the Birdie Snapback fits comfortably as a hat with a center crown that doesn’t look goofy or be a distraction while playing a round.

And it’s a universal style and design, so no matter how you identify, this is the right cap for you on the court.

Slim yet flexible

Bad Birdie’s clothing is quite slim and body-hugging, so if you prefer a looser fit with your tops and bottoms, you may be put off by the styling at first.

However, when I played my round with the Quarterzip, I had no instances where the form-fitting top created any restriction in my mobility. It really lets you move and swing freely for each short, which is paramount when navigating those long par 5s full of uphill lies and potentially blind second shots towards the green. And while it’s light enough to keep you going during your ride, the Quarterzip provides a great deal of protection from the cold breeze during early morning start times.

The same goes for the Randy’s Moss polo: it hugs your chest and shoulders for a great fit that won’t get in the way of your backswing. Made from polyester and spandex, these tops focus on mobility and breathability so you won’t get stuck during 18 holes.

It’s worth noting that Bad Birdie’s polos tend to lean towards a loud and boisterous design, so if you’re not a fan of a loud outfit, you’ll probably find yourself looking for some of their quieter, more neutral tops in the catalogue.

What I didn’t like about Bad Birdie

Credit: Reviewed / Liam Feldstein / Bad Birdie

Bad Birdie pieces have limited versatility off the court.

Lack of storage space

Honestly, I loved every part of the set, so this is where it gets nitpicky.

The Players Jogger has an elastic waistband with drawstring that provides maximum stretch and the comfort of these pants makes them extremely versatile both on and off the court.

But I wish they came with more pocket options beyond the standard hand and right back pockets, and the same goes for the quarter zip: a side pocket would elevate this top a little more.

As you work through a round, you’ll be storing gear between shots — tees, pencils, ball markers, scorecards, etc. — so it would be nice to have more than three pockets to choose from for added versatility. It can be frustrating to only hold on to a few pieces here and there and have to reach into your bag for the rest, so I’d like to see a second back pocket or zippered pocket along the thigh to tick these boxes.

Limited versatility

While the joggers are subtle enough to wear casually off the course, the hat, quarter zip and polo just scream “GOLFER” if you try to wear them anywhere other than the links.

For example, the polo is long, so if you leave it loose you run the risk of looking a bit sloppy.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you want to complete a round and then meet friends or a partner, it will set you apart from the crowd. That’s not to say these products are ugly or unfashionable, there’s just a time and place for vibrant designer clothing, and Bad Birdie may not offer that un-and-natural versatility you’re looking for in clothing.

Is Bad Birdie worth it?

Credit: Reviewed / Liam Feldstein / Bad Birdie

Bad Birdie offers comfortable clothing at good prices.

Yes, one hundred percent worth it

Bad Birdie produces sleek, comfortable clothing and accessories that are priced well compared to other brands in the industry.

Due to the quality and versatility of the styling you get from their clothing, you’ll be purchasing products from one of the best golf brands on the market, so it’s definitely worth investing your time and money stocking up on Bad Birdie if you’re heading to the next round.

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Buy Birdie Golf Apparel

Say goodbye to boring polos and khakis and say hello to bold, beautiful patterns from Bad Birdie.