Adverse weather conditions is a trait of living in the UK, so having the right clothing golf can really help on the golf course.
Waterproof clothing is absolutely essential for serious golfers as they’ll need to be prepared for anything the weather can throw their way. Wearing waterproof attire will bring with it some huge rewards as it gives players more time on the greens and less wishing for warmer days.
Waterproof attire is second to none when it comes to playing in light, medium of heavy rain. Water-repelling clothing provides total dryness for the wearer and comes in the shape of jackets, trousers or a combination of the two. Looking for waterproof clothing which is 100% guaranteed to keep a player dry should certainly be considered as these tend to be the absolute best of the best on the market. It is also a good idea to check to see if the manufacturer (brand) offer a waterproof guarantee with their clothing, and if so then it’s worth that extra investment.
Gore-Tex is the most common material used in waterproof golf clothing and is clearly one of the best fabrics on the market. It has a porous membrane either between fabric layers or laminated for a layer, while the membrane openings are small enough to exclude liquid water but still remain large enough to allow water vapours and air to fully circulate freely. This is a huge advantage in extended periods of rainfall.
A selection of premium waterproof attires include the Nike Golf Storm-Fit Waterproof Suit, PING Osbourne Waterproof Jacket, Galvin Green Alvin Waterproof Jacket, Callaway Golf Green Grass 2.0 and Stuburt Cyclone Waterproof Jacket to name just a few.
Rainproof and/or showerproof clothing is OK for winter sports and will keep players nice and warm on the greens. However, showerproof and rainproof attire is not waterproof. This means that, if caught in a sudden downpour on the back nine, the clothing will not be much protection at all. This is good quality attire, but not if looking for waterproofs.
Jackets are the most used waterproof attire and are essential for players seeking upper-body dryness while maintaining the same level of flexibility to swing the golf club. Jackets are comfortable, eye-catching and easy to manoeuvre. Jackets are designed to improve games in wet weather by being lightweight in construction and offering no movement restrictions. Other features include pockets, hoods, interior linings, adjustability and cuffs, all of which should be considered when preparing to purchase a jacket.
Short-sleeve jackets perform well in adverse weather and definitely offer more breathable, unrestrictive comfort. They’re a popular choice among golfers; especially when playing in warm climates as the sleeves are cut off at the elbow. The idea behind this strange construction is that the longer the sleeves the more limiting the jacket is to the arms in a swing. Short-sleeve jackets may only be available as rainproof and not offer waterproof protection due to their unique design, so checking this is always beneficial.
Golf trousers in waterproof form are just as essential as any wet weather jacket or top. The lower half of the body can be dampened quickly when cold, wet conditions set in, and this affects walking through rough grass or from water lying on the fairways. Most waterproof trousers will have elastic waistlines so they can be worn easily over golfing trousers.
From the moment you arrive home after a game you should remove waterproofs from your bag and wash them. This is to assure they dry faster and will not have a lingering smell that threatens to pollute your bag and everything inside it. Washing all waterproof gear is good not only for keeping them clean but also for taking pride in your attire. Pride in your looks means passion on the golfing greens. Tumble drying some waterproofs can be of benefit, too, as the heat makes the waterproof material tighter and more resistant to water. Read the label first, though, as not everything will react positively to being tumble dried.
View the full waterproof golf range today at American Golf, or browse all brands, including Galvin Green, Benross, PING, Nike, Stuburt, Callaway, Stromberg, adidas, Cutter & Buck, Under Armour, Palm Grove, Green Lamb.