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:
Gustbuster Golf Umbrella
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.
Columbia Sportswear Golf Rain Gear
Good rain gear is essential. I’ve reviewed many awesome rain suits and jackets from a lot of great companies. Check out my rain gear reviews for Columbia Sportswear, Frogg Toggs, Sun Mountain.
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.
Rain Wedge Club Cover
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.
Frogger Amphibian Towel - Dry Layer Inside In Rain
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.
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Rory McIlory - photo by Tony Korologos - © 2012
Luke Donald played in the RBC Heritage this past weekend and recorded a T37 finish. Rory McIlory did not play on any tours during that time, yet has puzzlingly overtaken Luke Donald for the #1 spot in the world golf rankings once again.
It seems odd that a player can ascend, especially to the #1 ranking, when the player didn’t even play. That is how the odd math in the world golf ranking system works.
Current Top 10 Golfers In The Word As Of April 16, 2012
Thanks to my good friend and golf pal “Shanego” for sending me this set of fun photos from a golf course in El Salvador Central America called Las Veraneras. I’m happy to add these photos to the HOG Photo Gallery, courtesy of Shanego with full photo credits.
Las Veraneras Golf, El Salvador - click for more
El Salvador is south of Guatemala and north of Nicaragua, west of Honduras on the west coast of Central America. My buddy is down there for some work, but managed to slip out to Las Veraneras for a round of golf during Masters week.
Las Veraneras TPC style island green! - click to zoom
Thanks to Shanego and keep ’em coming buddy! Many people will enjoy the photos and perhaps we can bring some awareness to golf in that region of the world!
Full Las Veraneras HOG Image Gallery
TanMan Mulligan Grip Enhancing Sunscreen Wipes – click to zoom
In my previous post I’d mentioned that the sun is out. That reminds me to do a quick review.
TanMan Mulligan Grip Enhancing Sunscreen Wipe
I’ll admit that I don’t wear sunscreen as often as I should. There are a few reasons for that. First I’m a dark skinned Greek and we have a resistance to sunburn.
That reason is not good enough? Alright then. Another reason I don’t use sunscreen often enough is the fact that it is inconvenient for golfers. I need something compact and easy to stash in a pocket of my golf bag.
Finally, the primary reason I don’t use sunscreen is that it makes my hands slimy and slippery. When I have to hit a crucial approach shot to the 18th green with two presses and a whopping $4.00 on the line, I’ll be damned if I’m going to have slippery hands!
TanMan’s Mulligan sunscreen wipes solve those logistical issues. First, each wipe comes in a very small and convenient tear open pouch which is barely thicker than a few pieces of paper. Storage issue solved. Second, the wipes enhance the grip.
TanMan’s web site needs to be blown up and built over from scratch!
No excuses for me now. I can easily put on sunscreen which won’t compromise my shot making or the limited storage area in my golf bag!