The Fashion of Rain
The next time you are golfing in the rain, think of Rihanna’s Umbrella lyrics, “You can stand under my umbrella, ella, eh, eh, eh.” There are many umbrella options on the market. Colorful little umbrellas by the beautiful accessory company, Boca Golf brighten the day and stand up in a light rain or double as a parasol for sun protection. LPGA pro Brittany Lincicome blocked UV rays during competition under an umbrella at the Founders’ Cup in Phoenix. But back to rain options, on a blustery day, a Gust Buster umbrella is the best way to go.
For rain layers, Zero Friction, Abacus and Sunice still appear to lead the way in the market among pros but Sun Mountain’s Tour Series for men and women are attractive and protective enough to catch up. Antigua Sportswear created a sturdy storm suit for men and incorporates water resistance in ladies’ jackets. In fact many golf apparel brands have a rainwear design in their collection.
Devoted specifically to rainwear and new on the scene at the PGA Merchandise Show was Brella with a wrap around design that didn’t make a whole lot of sense at first glance, but this mom and pop team are committed to a cape idea, with Velcro that folds back and side snaps for adjusting the snugness.
Rain Girl returned to the PGA show for her second year. LPGA’s Kathy Nyman developed ½ sleeve jackets, skirts and hats for girls’ warm weather rainy solutions. The lightweight top has a loose fit that is extremely comfortable and silent during the swing. Her rain hats are the cutest. In fact when wearing the black and pink hat with a Sunice Typhoon jacket at Desert Highlands Golf Club during a freezing cold rainstorm I was advised, “You should wear that every round.”
April showers mean May flowers and a little rain shouldn’t stop the start of another golf season. At least it’s not snowing (hopefully) and rainy rounds are sometimes the most memorable. Of course that depends on the foursome and whether they share their “umbrella, ella, eh, eh, eh.”