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.
Golf is expensive on just about every front, from green fees to apparel to equipment. Golf clubs are getting crazy costly. $400, $500+ for a driver! Iron sets regularly top $1000. Most fairways and hybrids fetch in the $200 range. Wedges are often $100 and up. Equipping a first time golfer with all new gear could like this could run thousands.
I don’t recommend beginner and/or golfers with low budgets buy expensive new clubs at first. I often point people who inquire about budget golf clubs to the used bin or the classified section. There can be some great deals on clubs there. Clubs which have many good shots left in them.
Until Lynx Golf reached out to me to review the Power Tune complete set, I had no idea I could point golfers with these budgetary needs to a brand spanking new set which includes wedges, putter and even a nice cart bag! Price? Under $175. That’s insane. Check it out.
- 460cc titanium driver
- 3-Fairway Metalwood
- Irons, 5-iron through sand wedge
- Mallet Putter
- Cart Bag with five pockets, umbrella holder, towel clip, carrying strap
- Uniflex graphite shafts, ideal launch characteristics for the target golfer
- Black rubber compound Lynx grips
460cc’s is the max allowable driver size. This 460cc driver is made of high strength titanium and has a 10.5 degree loft.
A decal on the top of the driver helps the golfer with ball position/alignment.
The fairway metalwood features 15 degrees of loft, making it a standard 3-metal. This club is made from premium stainless steel and has the same alignment marking as the driver.
It’s great that the set comes with a 4-hybrid, rather than a 3 and/or 4-iron. 3 & 4-irons are very hard to hit. Hybrids are far easier and launch the ball much higher.
The irons are forgiving and lightweight.
The head design and weighting helps golfers get the ball launched higher and easier.
It’s cool that this set comes with a sand wedge. Most sets like this don’t come with one.
This wedge is a modern design with the proper bounce to help golfers get the ball out of the sand more easily. The sand wedge in this set will also be a good short game club for anything under around 100 yards.
The included putter is a solid feeling mallet style putter.
The putter swings smoothly and consistently, and includes alignment lines, dot, and visuals to help the golfer setup properly.
The one missing item with this set is a putter cover.
The cart bag is lightweight and water resistant.
There are five pockets, two which are large pockets for apparel. The three smaller pockets are good for accessories, golf balls, and personal items. The bag includes an umbrella holder, towel clip and a cart friendly strap system.
This package is available exclusively on WalMart.com. It’s only $174.99. That’s an amazingly affordable price for what is included. What a great way to get someone started, or replace an old set. Father’s Day is coming up soon and you could hook dad up with an entire new golf rig for less than half of the cost of a $400 driver!
Puma Golf is making some cool new golf shirts that are a cross between a polo and a button down beach shirt. They’re part of the “Play Loose” collection. Here’s a first look at one of two new ones HOG will be reviewing below. Say hello to the Breezer Golf Shirt.
The Breezer works tucked or untucked (better untucked). The 91% polyester 9% elastane fabric is super soft and comfortable.
I just cracked this shirt open today and I’m looking forward to giving it a full wear test. Stay tuned for the full HOG review soon.
It’s not too early to think about Father’s Day. I can already guarantee dad will love a Puma Golf Breezer Golf Shirt.
Monthly gift box subscriptions are very popular right now. In my monthly sub I’d much rather have cool golf stuff than an overpriced razor blade. That’s where Mullybox comes in.
A Mullybox subscription runs $29/month and includes a minimum of $60 worth of golf goodies delivered right to your doorstep, as you can see above.
Inside a Mullybox are golf treasures, from golf balls to towels to tees to game tracking devices. Every month it is a new and exciting mystery combination. It’s fun to open her up and see what’s inside!
The take this month (above) is half a dozen premium golf balls, a casino chip ball marker, some golf tees, a Frogg Togg chili pad cooling towel, and an Arccos Driver tracking system. Woot! Perfect timing for me. It’s darn hot here right now and the chili pad is going to come in very handy.
Here’s another look below.
Ditch the Dollar Shave Club or whatever other lame monthly subscription you have, or are giving as a gift. Replace that razor with some premium golf accessories from Mullybox! Guaranteed winner.
Now it is really crunch time. You have just this week to get your golfing dad a Father’s Day gift. Since you waited this long, you might as well shell out some real dough for a super-nice gift. This list is for you. Get out your American Express Gold Card. Here we go.
Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS Rangefinder – $99
Phantom showing yardages to center, front, back.
I’m still in the midst of reviewing the Bushnell Phantom golf GPS, but I can safely, and highly recommend it. I’ve been gaming it for a couple of weeks now and love how quick and accurate it is. I also love keeping it in my pocket so I can grab front/back/center yardages from anywhere. Stay tuned for my full review soon.
Tommy Armour TA1 Adjustable Driver – $299
You can find the Tommy Armour TA1 driver at Dick’s Sporting Goods. This is a great adjustable driver for golfers who need forgiveness. The driver comes in a very nice wooden box too, great Father’s Day package. Like the Bushnell GPS above, I’m early in the review period. Stay tuned for more.
Cobra King F8 Driver – $399
I’m in the review/testing phase right now on the King F8 driver from Cobra. I’ve been gaming this driver now for a few weeks. Starting to really like it. The face is the first ever milled face on a driver, and the adjustability is enough to make even the most obsessive compulsive golfer satisfied.
Shotscope V2 GPS Watch with Automated Performance Tracking
It is highly likely that the Shotscope V2 will win the Hooked on Golf Blog 2018 golf accessory of the year award. With this watch you can not only get yardages, but track every shot and view detailed statistics on every club, every hole, every round played on your mobile device or computer. It is awesome. Check out the Hooked on Golf Blog Shotscope V2 GPS Watch review for more.
Puma PWRADAPT DISC Golf Shoes – $150
Very cool treads from Puma. These might be the most comfortable golf shoes ever made. The “DISC” name comes from the disc which tightens the laces. It is a very cool system. Check out the Hooked on Golf Blog Puma PWRADAPT DISC Golf Shoe review for more.
Chase54 Trekker Golf Shorts and Frequency Polo – $79 & $73
My first Chase54 apparel review left me quite impressed with the quality, style, comfort and performance of the Trekker golf shorts and Frequency polo. Highly recommended.
New Level 1031 Forged Irons – $1393.00
Do you REALLY love dad, and have a lot of money? Then I suggest picking him up a set of New Level forged irons. I’ve just started testing the 1031 model, and they’re impressively long and accurate while being easy to hit. It’s kind of like cheating.