I thought I would be a bit out of the ordinary here, but first a disclaimer. Yes, this review is about golf socks, and if you are grossed out or offended by pictures of my feet, feel free to check out other portions of the site. In fact we have a great list of reviews here.
But I haven’t found a golf site or a fashion site that reviews golf socks, I thought I would start. I mean, we all wear socks to play golf right? Why not find the best pair out there?
And so this review really morphed into a comparison of two different Nike Golf socks. The Dri-FIT no-show model which was my original go-to, and the Performance Tab model which will be the only golf sock I will wear from now on. Read below to see why.
Packaging: Pretty standard, and the sizing pretty much fits all. The official sizing is 6.5-12, and I wear a size 10 and they fit me pretty perfectly. If you see these in the store or if you are ordering them online, the style is SG0303. Let’s just get onto why I like this golf sock so much already…
I’ve got a few personal rules about my golf sock use. First, I only wear black socks, and second, I think that a low-cut sock is the only acceptable sock out there, even if you are wearing pants. I can’t really say why, I’ve just always worn black socks and low cut ones. Thirdly, I think a sock with an elastic band around the arch is just a better fitting sock. It helps keep the sock from bunching and slipping out of place.
That said, my original favorite was the Nike Golf No-Show sock. It was black, low-cut and had the elastic band. But when I started wearing the TW13 and the FI Impact, which have a slightly higher rise, the achilles part of my foot would sometimes rub against the back of the shoe. I never got any blisters, but I would often find after a round, especially a walking round, that the area was irritated. Therefore, my search of a black golf sock with a tab began.
The Performance Tab Sock:
Over the past couple years, I’ve found a couple black tab socks that were suitable, but after a wash, they felt old and crusty, and none of them had the elastic arch band. Then Nike, my most preferred brand of course, came out with the Dri-FIT Performance Tab sock. It was just like the no-show, but it had a better composition and the tab of course. The old no-show sock was made from 19% Nylon, 79% Polyester, and 2% Elastane, while the PT sock is comprised of 49% Cotton, 36% Polyester, 13% Nylon, and 2% Spandex. To me, the feel is softer, more breathable and generally more comfortable. We’ll see if it is longer lasting too.
The following pictures will show a comparison of the two with the PT sock first and the no-show sock second, along with some notes.
Note that the PT sock has Dri-FIT labeled on the sock and R and L indicators. I’ve caught some heat about this from my father in law. But I like the touch. My Nike running socks have this as well. Both have the visible elastic in the arch as well.
Side View: Pardon the wear and tear of these socks but I had to try them out before I gave my honest review. You’ll see how the PT sock on top has a higher rise in the back, and the elastic seems tighter around the arch.
Fit with the FI Impact (Back view): The tab on the PT rises just above the top of the back of the shoe meaning that the shoe will never irritate my achilles area. I’ve found this helpful in long walking rounds in particular.
The no-show sock rises just very slightly above the back of the shoe. So any slippage of the sock will cause it to fall below the shoe liner. Secondly if it does slip, it makes it a little more difficult to pull back up without the tab.
Fit with the FI Impact (Side view): Note how the tab rises above the shoe.
Fit with Flyknit (Side View): There’s not a whole lot of difference with a lower shoe, so both socks performed well.
Fit with no shoe: The biggest difference is naturally the back rise.
Lately, I’ve been finding myself wearing the TW13s and the FI Impact – both shoes have a higher rise than say my Swingtips or my Lunar Controls. I think if you wear the higher model shoes then the Performance Tab is an absolute must. They will keep your feet happy and protected, and the breathability in them is simply top notch.
Plus, at $6 retail, they are a great sock to get for any athletic purpose.
Feel free to ask any questions!
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.