It has been raining here in northern Utah for about four straight weeks. Not just a light rain either. It has been pouring. To you locals here I apologize. It is my fault. You see, I bought new patio furniture and a new grill for the summer. Since the day I bought it, it has been raining non-stop.
Fortunately for me I’m dealing with the rain in style with my new Weatherman golf umbrella, which arrived about 3 weeks ago. Perfect timing. I’ve had it in use for days and days and I’ve been extremely impressed. Let’s take a look at the basic features of this umbrella, including its “mobile experience.”
Weatherman Golf Umbrella Features
Size! I’m using the 62 inch model. It is quite large and covers a ton of area. The width would easily cover caddie and player. Weatherman makes 68 inch model as well.
The construction of this umbrella is like a BMW crossed with a tank. It’s so solid, well built, high performance, and extremely attractive. The skeleton of the umbrella is made from industrial-strength fiberglass. The fabric is coated in Teflon to repel water. The handle is beefy and comfortable.
The fabric section is a dual layer design, which helps the umbrella bust the wind. In fact, this umbrella can withstand winds up to 55 mph. 55 mph should be plenty for any golfer to survive a round in extreme rain and wind, except perhaps Scottish chaps. 55 is but a “wee breeze” in Scotland.
A simple and smooth auto-open feature is activated by a button on the handle. It opens quickly. Closing is manual, and couldn’t be easier.
On the underneath of the umbrella is a mesh pocket for storing personal items.
Never thought I’d see the day, but this umbrella comes with its own “mobile experience.” First theres a bluetooth tracker (round item in photo below) which helps the owner track down the umbrella when it is misplaced, or stolen. Second, the Weatherman app will keep you up to date on pending rain and remind you when to have the umbrella ready.
Weatherman was the maker of the 2018 USA Ryder Cup team umbrellas. Unfortunately those models now appear to be sold out.
The Weatherman umbrella would make a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays or Christmas.
This is the best golf umbrella I’ve ever used. With about 15 years of golf blogging under my belt so far, I’ve tested many.
Every element of this umbrella is well thought out, superbly designed, and manufactured with the highest of standards.
Tis the season to give generously to the golfer on your Christmas, um, er…. “holiday” gift list. Hooked on Golf Blog has you covered. Below are a few great golf gift ideas which will run over $75 and let’s face it, not much in golf is less than $75, except the HOG golf gift ideas under $75.
In the list below I’ll post the item, a photo, and a quick comment on each. You can visit the full HOG feature by clicking on them.
Tune Driver – Bluetooth golf driver speaker – $110
The tune driver cranks! The sound quality is great too. And if you break your driver, the tune driver could be a substitute in a pinch. But please, for the love of golf, do NOT play Coldplay with this thing or I’ll wrap my driver around your head. While I’m at it, lay off the Kenny G too.
Indi StingRayTT Wedges – $159-$169 each
After about 12 years of playing the same wedges I finally have a new fun set I’m working with from Indi Golf. The StingRayTT wedges have full grooves all the way out to the toe, lots of mass in the upper outside part of the head, and make hitting out of the sand easier than ever.
Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinder – $99
Phantom showing yardages to center, front, back.
The Bushnell Phantom GPS is so awesome and so compact that you need to make sure you don’t have it stolen, like I did. Talk about infuriating. Anyway the Phantom is a great GPS which has a super powerful magnet so you can attach it to the frame of a golf cart or other metallic surfaces. The numbers are super accurate.
Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Disc – Golf Shoes – $150
The Puma PWRADAPT Disc golf shoes are super stylish, extremely light and comfortable, and are tightened by a super awesome knob.
Shot Scope V2 GPS Performance Tracking Watch – $189
Like getting granular with your golf stats? Track everything you can imagine, from fairways to greens to putts, while also getting GPS yardages. Did I mention this is all on a watch?
Tour Edge Exotics CBX Hybrid – $249
This is a tremendous hybrid. I’m thrilled with mine. It flies far, straight and is easy to hit, just like hybrids are supposed to!
New Level Golf 1031 Forged Irons – $199 per club
Take your game to a New Level. I did.
ProCheck Golf Ball Compression Measuring Device – $139
Ever wonder if the ball you fished out of the lake is good? Not sure what ball fits your swing speed? Live on a golf course and find lots of used balls? Test them out with ProCheck.
It’s that time of year again. Time for the annual Hooked on Golf Blog Christmas gift guides, “holiday” gift guides for you politically correct types. Today’s focus is affordable golf gifts. In my guides I feature products I’ve reviewed in the previous year, and provide links to the full review. Let’s get this one started!
Wallaroo Shelton Sun Protection Hat – $48
Wallarroo hats makes some very stylish, comfortable hats which also provide great protection from the sun. I use the Shelton hat regularly when golfing, camping, hiking, or working in the yard. Okay, I admit it. I don’t work in the yard.
Coast Apparel French Terry Crew Neck Sweater – $39
This blended sweater (55% cotton/45% polyester) is very comfortable and works great on and off the golf course.
Kentwool Socks – $20
Such a great color…
Kentwool socks will probably be on every gift guide I ever do. They’re simply fantastic and I refuse to wear any other sock on the golf course.
Ricky Johnson Milled Aluminum Cigar Holder – $70
Classy. This is a super cigar holder with a mega-strong magnet. Mount the holder on a golf cart frame or any metal surface.
Mullybox – $29/month
Monthly subscription gift boxes are hot in the golf world right now. Mullybox puts together a great package with lots of very cool and useful golf accessories.
Chase54 Frequency Golf Pollo – $73
Chase54 makes some fantastic golf apparel. I really love my Frequency polo, and it goes great with their Trekker golf shorts.
Vegas Golf VIP Edition On-Course Game – $29
Vegas Golf is a fun game with chips that are awarded for good and bad plays in your golf group. Add ’em up at the end of the round and collect your bets!
Srixon Z-Star Golf Balls – $29
Srixon has been advertising a special rate of $29 for their Z-Star golf balls. The Z-Star is fantastic and every bit as good as any other tour ball out there like the ProV1, ChromeSoft etc.
I must admit I wear this RangeBall t-shirt as my jammie jams, just about every night. The fabric is so comfortable.
You’re in trouble, so you think. You’ve waited far too long to get that golf gift for the golfer on your Christmas list. Now it’s too late to order anything from Amazon.
Fear not. There’s probably a local golf course somewhere near you or even better, the home course of your gift recipient.
Last Minute Golf Christmas Gifts
If you know your golfer’s home course, a great gift is simply a gift card to the course. Then your recipient can choose exactly what he/she wants. Some courses separate pro shop apparel and equipment from golf green fees, so make sure you get them the card for whichever one you prefer.
Some courses also offer range passes or punch passes for buckets. A gift of game improvement is a great idea.
Speaking of game improvement, consider buying a lesson from a PGA Pro at your local course as a Christmas golf gift. The course can likely work that into a gift card of some kind or gift certificate.
If you’d like to be a little more personal take a sneaky peek at your golfer’s golf bag if you can. See what kind of golf balls they have in the pocket. There’s probably a hodge podge of balls, but look closely and try to figure out his/her preferred brand and model, or perhaps you already know it. Your local golf shop should have them.
Some other ideas for golf gifts you’ll easily find at any local golf shop include golf towels, umbrellas, head covers,
Golfers can never have too many golf shirts, shorts, hats, outerwear or golf socks. Most local golf course pro shops have great selections. Many regional shops have team logo items for your favorite college or pro team.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Uber Wednesday (I just made that up)… Christmas is coming in about a month and it’s time to start thinking about getting the golfer on your gift list some cool gear. I’m here to help. I’ll post a few great suggestions which will be in a fairly broad price range. Each item will be a quick writeup and photo. The title and photo will be linkable to the HOG review where you can get more information. Also be sure to check out the HOG 2017 Christmas/Holiday Golf Apparel Gift Guide.
TecTecTec VPRO500S Laser Rangefinder – $179
This is a high performance laser with slope for a very inexpensive price, rivaling other lasers that can cost over $500.
Snell My Tour Ball – $31.99
The My Tour Ball equals the performance of the highest end balls, like the ProV1. It should. It was designed by the same person who designed it!
Emoji Poop Driver Head Cover – $20
For only $20 bucks you can remind the golfer on your gift list exactly what kind of game he/she has.
Indoor-Outdoor Golf Practice Balls – $14.95
Practice makes perfect. Get some reps in inside with these soft practice balls. They won’t break the china.
Stage V Clinger – $14.99
Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder
Looking for a cigar gift? The Stage V Clinger is a great clip which magnetically attaches to metal, or attaches to anything else via velcro.
Tornado Tee – $15
These space age tees have a micro mesh crown which gives way during the compression of the ball at impact. This helps reduce spin and increase distance.
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder – $499
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder
For that golfer on your holiday gift list you really, really, reeeeaallly love… get him/her the best laser rangefinder money can buy, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2.