Forget professional golfers, even any amateur or hobbyist golfer knows the importance of a good golf umbrella. A good golf umbrella that provides optimal comfort can make or break your day in the course. With a good umbrella at hand, you stay adequately protected from the elements and can therefore stay relaxed and can focus on the game. Additionally, a good large golf umbrella, like this one by Repel Umbrella, will also provide protection to your kit and to the caddy as well.
That said, here are a few tips to help you choose a great golf umbrella, one that you will cherish perhaps as much as your precious golf clubs.
First of all, golf umbrellas understandably come in larger sizes than regular umbrellas. Ideally, the perimeter of a golf umbrella canopy should be around 62 inches and the length 50+ inches. The shaft length, on the other hand, should be no less than 40 inches.
Since we are talking the size of the umbrella, it is also a good time to mention that golf umbrellas are not only bought by golfers themselves. They are often chosen by corporates and golf clubs as great promotional gifts. And in such cases, a greater surface area will only benefit the giver since his logo will get prominently displayed on a larger canopy.
When it comes to material, you need to think about the shaft material and the canopy material. The shafts are normally made from high-quality fiberglass, steel or wood. Now, wood shafts undoubtedly have a more classic and elegant appearance, however they are not as good at withstanding harsher climates as fiberglass shafts. And it hardly requires mention that durability is a key factor no matter whether you are buying the umbrella for yourself or as a gift. As promotional pieces, the longer the umbrella lasts, the longer your logo will be displayed around various golf courses!
As for the canopy, make sure it is made of quality fabric that will be up to the task when it comes to harsher climates or a scorching sun. A quality fabric also ensures that the colors and prints on the canopy will not fade too fast.
For golf umbrellas as well as for regular use ones, one design factor you need to pay most attention to is the canopy design. Always settle for double-layered or vented canopy. This style of canopies ensures that your umbrella will not flip inside out no matter how strong the wind is.
Finally, golfers should pay extra attention to the handle or the grip of the umbrella. Your hands will already be under stress while playing, so you don’t need to add to that by choosing an umbrella that feels uncomfortable on your grip. Go for cushioned and more importantly, wider diameter grips (those that will comfortably fit your normal grip). Often the grips are made of wood which is also fine.
Finally, we recommend that golfers always go for bright-colored umbrellas (by that we don’t mean anything flashy though) since they look great on the course on a sunny day. And if you’re a gifter, it goes without saying that you will want your umbrella to be an attention-grabbing one!