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When I first started to play golf, I would play in any weather. Nowadays, things are a little different and I try to avoid really bad weather. However, there is always a chance of being caught in the rain, so an umbrella is an essential accessory. I would like to discuss the best golf umbrella with you for those wet days bearing in mind that it also provides shade from intense sunshine.
Ordinary everyday umbrellas are fairly small, designed simply to keep you dry in rainy weather. When you are out on the golf course, you are usually far more exposed to the elements because there is rarely anywhere to shelter. Rain often sweeps across a golf course driven by wind and in the middle of a round of golf, you simply have to get on with things.
The last thing you want is for everything to get wet and that includes your clubs, and especially their grips. If you can keep everyone and everything as dry as possible, you have a better chance of completing your round in decent condition, and with a decent score. With an umbrella with a large canopy, that is more realistic.
You should expect a golf umbrella to have a diameter of at least four feet and the market has examples where that diameter exceeds five. As long as the umbrella remains easy to use with such a diameter, it makes sense to think about something of that size.
Remember also that on a day when the sun is high in the sky, you also need protection from its rays. Water will keep you hydrated but it is the size of the canopy that will give you maximum protection from heat and sunburn.
You should consider the weight of the umbrella as well; it should be made from lightweight materials which do not compromise quality, durability and protection. The best golf umbrella has to be able to do its primary job which is protection from the elements, and you need to decide where to strike the balance.
Strength is important but simply picking the strongest materials is not sufficient. You need to decide whether the umbrella is easy to open and close and not too inflexible because priority was given to its strength above anything else.
Some materials are more vulnerable than others when it comes to lightning, in effect electricity, with golfers being warned to get off the course at the slightest inkling of a problem. It takes time to get off a course, or find appropriate shelter so consider this when thinking about a purchase.
Waterproof, or at least material that is highly water-resistant, material is the minimum you need from your golf umbrella. Raindrops will not penetrate Teflon for example and will run off an umbrella with a Teflon coating. If the material used absorbs the rain instead, the umbrella will gradually become heavier. That is not all; Teflon provides excellent protection from the rays of the sun.
Fiberglass is lightweight yet sturdy enough to be used in good quality golf umbrellas.
Before you buy an umbrella, you must be certain that it is easy to use. If a sudden shower comes along when you are on the golf course, your umbrella must be readily accessible then easy to open, and ultimately close when the shower passes.
Color and design are factors worth at least some consideration. Color is a personal choice with some golfers happy to stand out on a golf course for their appearance so why not let their umbrella perform a similar function? Bright colors may not be every man’s taste in daily life but on a golf course, the normal rules may not apply.
Bright colors and distinctive patterns are actually easier to see at a distance so to some extent there is a practical reason to think about appearance. In gloomy weather, it may be an advantage to be visible to the match playing behind you on the golf course, especially since the pace of play may drop in poor weather conditions.
While some golfers may not think a guarantee is worthwhile on an accessory purchase, it is an additional feature that is worth having as long as it appears to cost nothing. No golf umbrellas are really expensive, but it does not make sense to waste money.
The G4Free Ultimate Golf Umbrella is a very well-respected umbrella that has a canopy available between 62 and 68 inches in diameter. It has an easy to open mechanism, strong frame and comfortable grip. Its primary function of protection is more than satisfied, wind and rain.
Its canopy is made with micro-weave fabric derived from silk, lightweight yet giving UPF 50+ protection almost entirely blocking out all sunrays. That is the reason why we recommend the G4 as the best golf umbrella for sun protection.
At the same time, the fiberglass shaft adds to its strength so that the chances of it bending or breaking are virtually non-existent. When you are faced with driving rain on the golf course, you will be happy if you have the G4 with you.
You merely open the umbrella by pressing its button mechanism. Incidentally, the strap attached to its handle make it very easy to carry at all times. This durable umbrella comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The ACEIken is an oversize golf umbrella available in three sizes, with canopies between 58 and 68 inches. It has a sturdy frame and comfortable grip with a double canopy that can give a level of protection from wind and rain for two people with complete protection for individuals. You can also expect excellent shade from the sun rays that will struggle to penetrate.
The vent in the double canopy is designed to minimize the effects of even strong winds with the umbrella’s durability meaning that protection will be ongoing.
The automatic opening mechanism is quick and easy to operate with one hand as you hurry to avoid impending rain. It is made from lightweight fiberglass and the canopy is manufactured with micro-weave fabric offering excellent protection whilst being resistant to mold and easy to dry.
The ACEIken comes with a full replacement guarantee for the lifetime of the umbrella from your date of purchase.
EEZ-Y’s 50 inch canopy with a double vent is stable even in high winds; the wind blows through the vents, so the umbrella does not collapse. The large canopy provides excellent protection from even heavy rain which sometimes can catch you unawares while playing golf.
A waterproof coating on the fabric and comfortable handle are features that help to make EEZ-Y a good buy. It combines protection with portability. It folds down to 23 inches and at only 1.2 lbs., it is among the lightest golf umbrellas in today’s marketplace. Fiberglass and steel are the materials used in the frame.
The button mechanism makes it easy to open in an instant if you are caught by a sudden shower. The lifetime guarantee is further supported by a 90 day full refund if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase.
The GustBuster made from 100% Nylon has a 62 inch double canopy which allows the wind to pass through its vents. It is rustproof with the fiberglass frame meaning it is lightweight and portable.
In testing, the GustBuster has performed well in winds up to 55 mph and will not invert in such conditions. Similarly, it is water resistant so is capable of keeping you dry in wet weather.
GustBuster comes with a lifetime guarantee confirming the confidence of its manufacturer.
Nike’s nylon umbrella with a fiberglass shaft is both lightweight and durable. The wind blows throw the vents between the two canopies to reduce the chance of it being inverted in poor conditions. It has a smooth opening and closing mechanism and its 62 inch offers excellent protection. It has a rubber handle which feels comfortable in the hand.
Nike produces the best golf umbrella for pushcart with this nylon and fiberglass product.