The golfing brolly is surely the staple of every home across the country, even when no one plays golf! Why are they so popular and what sets a quality golfing umbrella apart from all the rest? Along with this, we answer many other frequently asked questions.
Golf Umbrellas Guide
The true golfer is not put off by the weather. Come rain, wind, sun and even frost, cold and ice, they will be on the green, attempting to hone their skills so that their golfing is on par. With a hole in one in the offing, the golfer needed to be shaded from sun, rain and wind. Thus, the golfing brolly came into play.
But the golfing umbrella is no longer just for the golf course, with everyone at some point in time owning this over-sized brolly.
How big is a golfing umbrella?
Capable of shielding the whole family from a sudden downpour, the golf umbrella has impressive proportions.
Typically, it has a generous diameter of between 152 and 165cms in length, although a super-golfing umbrella can measure a very impressive 178cm.
Just why is the golfing umbrella so big?
In the case of a golfing umbrella, according to American Golf, size DOES matter. An important accessory in a golfer’s bag, the impressive proportions need to be sizeable so that the player when putting the ball is shielded from the weather.
It also provides shade from the glaring sun. So, don’t just expect to see a golfer with their brolly up in the rain.
It is also commonly used as a waterproof cover for the caddy and clubs whilst the golfer is taking his shot.
How do golfers choose a brolly?
From looking at leading golfing sites, it seems that the golfer spends just as much time considering their umbrella as they do their clubs.
- Dimensions. We have already looked at dimensions and it seems that the message is clear. The canopy needs to be huge and voluminous, the bigger the better. You can be forgiven for thinking that a huge brolly would be unwieldy. It seems that manufacturers of this important piece of kit have already thought about this.
- Wind resistance. The biggest impact on a large golfing brolly is the wind. So, manufacturers have created a special structure which includes vents in the canopy. There are other umbrella styles that have this too. It helps the umbrella to stand up to wind, although not hurricane force. Having said that, the voluminous canopy of the golfing umbrella means it is more or less a sail that is hard to handle in anything other than a light breeze. Opt for vents if you can.
- Shaft material. Another factor to consider is what the shaft or handle is made from. A larger brolly of this kind tends to be heavier than a compact umbrella and so, the shaft needs to be strong but lightweight. Aluminium shafts are all well and good, but a big gust of wind can lead to it bending or snapping. Carbon fibre is used in everything from boat hulls to golfing umbrella shafts. Lightweight and incredibly strong, it makes sense.
It may sound strange, but a carbon fibre shaft also reduces the chance of being hit by lighting on the green too, although occurrences are rare, thankfully.
- Colour scheme. Every golfer understands the importance of being coordinated on the tee. When it comes to their umbrella, the canopy colour is very important.
Are the best golfing umbrellas from sports manufacturers?
As you would expect, leading golf and sporting brands boast an impressive range of professional umbrellas for use on the green.
The umbrella is also a common freebie, especially with logos and accompanying strapline on the canopy. Whilst accepting anything that is free saves us cash, sometimes the colour is not in keeping with your golfing attire.
Likewise, the weighting and balance of the larger canopy may not be perfected with the shaft. A slight breeze renders it great for kite surfing, but not on the green.
Golf umbrellas are not only available from sporting manufacturers but from independent detailers too, with their umbrellas offering the golfer the perfect shade from the weather while out on the green.
Should I handle the umbrella before I buy?
If you can, we suggest that any golfer handles the umbrella for the fit in their hand of the handle, feeling it for its balance. If there is one purchase not to be rushed, it is the golfing umbrella.
How are golfing umbrellas tested?
It may look a simple piece of kit but the testing and development behind the sporting umbrella are beyond anything you can imagine. Did you know, for example, that this must-have sporting umbrella is tested in the wind tunnel?
Why are golfing umbrellas so bright?
The answer is simple: safety. On a busy golf course, you can have several groups of golfers belting balls about in all directions. Although shouting a warning is common, from some distance away, it can be difficult to hear that there is an inbound golf ball zooming in your direction.
If you care to notice, golfing umbrellas tend to be bright colours and not ones found in nature. For safety’s sake, stay away from darker colours including green and blue, opting for multi-colours or a bright, block colour.
Is this style of umbrella a worthwhile investment for non-golfers?
In our opinion, yes. Large enough to shield several people at once, we also find that non-golfers invest in this style of brolly for one important reason. Its size makes it hard to forget. For some of us who have lost countless umbrellas, a large golfing umbrella is the perfect accessory for every day.
The golfing brolly, like other umbrellas, is a form of self-expression. With bright colours and great shading capabilities, it is no wonder that we fell in love with this over-sized brolly.