Sipping my morning coffee and looking out the window at the rain. It is spring. We are now in the April showers leg of 2012. I’m considering golf in my league today, but I’d have to brave the wet weather. It can be done, and rounds of golf in the rain can be enjoyed if you are ready for them.
Here are a few items I’d suggest players have on hand for golfing in the rain:
Good Golf Umbrella
Regular umbrellas are not sufficient for golf. Golf umbrellas are larger and more durable, and some like the Gustbuster Umbrellas (click for review) are designed to stay stable in the wind. Another great umbrella I’ve reviewed is the Mibrella, which has an elongated section to help cover better.
Most golf shoes these days are waterproof, unless they’re those more casual styles. I’m a big FootJoy MyJoy user and have golfed in many rain storms and wet conditions with great results. Other great waterproof golf shoes I’ve covered come from Puma and Nike.
Throw an extra pair of socks in your golf bag. They’ll come in handy in the rain, about the 10th hole.
I’m not a glove wearer, but I wear a glove in the rain. It is important to keep a few gloves in the bag. Hang them from the inside of the umbrella to dry when not in use and rotate them. Same with small towels or rags.
It is tough to hit good golf shots with wet clubs, especially when you use grips like I do which are very soft. Those soft grips can get slimy and slippery. I’ve reviewed some very cool and useful rain covers which help keep those clubs and grips from getting wet. My all time favorite is the Rain Wedge, which I reviewed way back in 2006. The Drizzle Stick is also a cool option.
Several manufacturers make waterproof golf hats. They come in standard baseball cap or bucket style. I prefer a waterproof bucket style because it can help keep the rain from going on my ears and down my collar.
Keep several dry towels in your golf bag. When one towel gets too wet, you can bust out the next one. My #1 suggestion for a great golf rain towel is the Frogger Amphibian. The Frogger Amphibian Towel has a moist and a dry side. In the rain, the inside is used as the dry side and it stays dry. Water doesn’t soak from the outside to the inside.