Cotton(normal) shirts Vs. Dryfit

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  1. dantesinferno18

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    Am i just weird or do other people like good plain under shirts or cotton shirts for playing tennis instead of dryfit shirts. I used to just wear cotton durring practice and my nice shirts for matches but i always felt kinda weird/ different playing. I actually play better(or atleast i feel i do) with Normal shirts durring matches. What do guys think?
     
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  2. XFactorer

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    I'm a dri fit guy.
     
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  3. himynameisNIKE

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    i wear whatever i want :cool:
     
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  4. Jaewonnie

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    Havnet tried dry fit but wore clima cool clothes. I like cotton shirts cuz wiping ur sweat feels more softer :lol:
     
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  5. imajica77

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    there is no way in h**l you would catch me in a cotton shirt. why would you want to wear something that is hotter or wetter than the newer mirco style shirts
     
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  6. Larrysümmers

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    cutoff cotton tee, the only way to go.
     
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  7. nicolaisidek

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    Anything will do as I wear both cotton and drifit (which ever is available at that time)
     
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  8. hrstrat57

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    Nike dri fit guy for as long as they have been out....

    Just got a Fila white wicking technology tennis shirt with collar....outstanding!!!

    40% off at Kohls.
     
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  9. mctennis

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    I'm a definite cotton shirt guy. That dry-fit stuff feels like I'm wearing a plastic bag. Give me cotton any day. I also prefer cotton tennis shorts and socks also.
     
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  10. SirGounder

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    I like both. The drifit and other similar materials are really nice on hot humid days
     
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  11. mikeler

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    I tried dry fit a few years ago after a fellow player asked how I could stand wearing cotton in the Florida heat. Now the only time I wear cotton is when the weather is cool since it keeps me warmer.
     
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  12. JRstriker12

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    If you sweat a lot the moisture wicking shirts (dry fit, clima-cool) etc. are a must.

    There's nothing worse than a totaly soaked and heavy cotton shirt.

    If your more along the cotton shirt crowd, I know Nike does produce dry-fit t-shirts with a blend that feels like cotton.
     
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  13. bayoozen33

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    I wear C9 shirts from Target and Starter shorts and shirts from Wal-Mart, all dri-fit. They are all very nice and very light and I get them for cheap but also prefer them to the biog brands like Adidas and Nike which I have found are usually heavier.
     
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  14. mikeler

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    I buy the cheap ones at those places too. Target is my favorite so far. They do shrink over time whereas my Under Armour's have not changed size at all.
     
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  15. MurrayisBEAST

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    I would never wear cotton! Only Nike Dri-fit. Dri-fit is so light on your body and cotton is heavier and makes you hotter.
     
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  16. Josephj1100

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    Picked up a couple of Lacoste dry fit polos on 75% off clearance. Best tennis shirt I've ever played in, and they're even good to wear for style on a hot day.
     
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  17. Capt. Willie

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    To me, it really comes down to the climate and playing conditions. In very hot humid conditions the poly based clothes are far superior. But if the weather is cool and not humid, cotton is more comfortable.
     
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  18. WildVolley

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    My experience tells me that other things equal cotton is cooler, but cotton absorbs more water and saturates faster than poly. It is also easier to buy a very lightweight poly shirt than a lightweight cotton shirt.

    Cotton is softer than poly and I prefer it for casual shirts. But cotton dries far more slowly than poly once it is saturated. When I hang wet cotton and poly shirts outdoors in the sun, the cotton can take more than three times as long to dry.

    For playing tennis in hot humid conditions, I prefer a lightweight poly shirt with an open weave. The shirt still gets saturated but allows airflow to help dry it off and keep it cool like cotton. I'm not a fan of the smooth solid weave poly in these conditions.
     
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  19. Markov

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    There are dri-fit materials that look and, to some extent, feel like cotton. However, they don't have most of the downsides of cotton (after playing, you don't look like you have been swimming with your clothes on). These are my favorite materials
     
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  20. dantesinferno18

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    Really? sounds like the best of both worlds. where could i get one?
     
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  21. kimguroo

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    Nadal bull logo shirt material is 60% dri fit Material and 40% cotton.
     
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  22. aznfatmonkey

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    The main reason I prefer polyester-based shirts is because when you sweat, they don't stick as much. I hate it when cotton shirts stick to your arms. I feel like it affects my swing. I usually just get cheaper sports shirts (from places like target, or from an outlet when they're really cheap). Tennis specific shirts are way too expensive.
     
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  23. Pink_Shirt

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    I can tell a difference but it's not a big deal. I'll just wear whatever out to the courts.
     
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  24. JRstriker12

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    Search for the Nike Dry-Fit shirts with a cotton blend.

    examples:

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Nike_Mens_Fall_Trend_Swoosh_T-Shirt/descpageMANIKE-NMFTST.html

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Nik...rush_Rafa_T-Shirt/descpageMANIKE-NMNRCTS.html


    IF you search around and find the plain/basic t-shirts without the tennis print, they cost about $20.

    I bought a few from a one of the big-box athletic retailers on sale for about $15 each. Great for workouts, etc, but not tennis specific.

    I think under-armour make similar shirts.

    http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/...actical-Shortsleeve-UA-Tech-T&cross_sell=true


    BTW - WTF is up with this under armour disclaimer???? LOL!!!

    Warning! This product is not flame-retardant, never use this Under Armour product as a substitute for flame-retardant or ballistic protective equipment; Do not wear it when exposed to extreme radiant heat or open flames; Under Armour products that are not flame-retardant may melt in extreme heat that exceeds 350°- Exposure of the skin to fire or flame can cause injury .
     
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  25. WChiang

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    Cotton or dry-fit doesn't matter. It's the "look" that counts!

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  26. fantom

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    I went 100% synthetic shirts for tennis in about 2002........and I'll never look back.
     
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  27. BounceHitBounceHit

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    If you are a heavy sweater Dri-Fit, Clima-Cool etc is life changing. :) BHBH
     
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  28. parasailing

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    Nike does offer some that feel like cotton and are just as soft. I usually prefer the running dri fit shirts from Nike which are really good during the winter months. They keep you warm and dry.
     
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  29. FloridaAG

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    Dri-fit only. Cotton t-shirts and South Florida are not a good mix for tennis playing
     
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