No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.
After such a long, brutal winter we're not about to let a few April showers keep us off the course. Yet while the market is a plenty with rain gear from manufacturers A to Z, the inclement headgear game is a little soft. Sure, you'll find buckets hats from classic golf brands but big logos and chin drawstrings make the look a bit limited (i.e fine around the course but look a little strange on the street on a rainy workday).
So, as we endeavor to slim down your wardrobe and give you pieces that look good on and off the course, might we suggest a hat made by a hat company? A hat company steeped in style and tradition and made in Italy for over the last 150 years.
Borsalino -- $105
The simple, sophisticated Borslino rain bucket is 100 percent waterproof and rolls up smaller than a hand towel. Stick it in your bag or your brief case if the weather looks dicey and get on your way in style.
The Seaforth Rain Hood is a product that most golfers probably are unaware of even as they've likely seen them on telecasts of PGA Tour events.
The hoods are widely used by tour caddies as a means of keeping their players' clubs dry during the course of a round in the rain. In fact, the hoods were developed and refined through input from tour caddies, including Ken Doig Jr., the brother of the company founder, Carolanne Doig.
"Basically my brother was a caddie on tour at the time when the rain hood was being developed and we were trying to perfect it," Doig said. "My family, we're all golfers. We have a course here in Seaforth, Ontario, the Seaforth Golf Club. A lot of the feedback and improvements and design features were the result of talking with the pros and their caddies. Practically all the time we can claim we have the number one players in the world on both the men's and women's tours using it. We've had as high as 92 percent of players at the Players Championship using our product."
So why is the Seaforth Rain Hood better than the hoods that come with the golf bag?
"The hood that comes with a regular golf bag doesn't have a velcro flap-type opening," Doig said. "It's zippered, so you have to use two hands. Plus it was never really made to be a rainhood. Originally it was made more to protect clubs to contain them."
The hood weighs only seven ounces and when rolled up for storage it takes about as much room as a sleeve of balls, Doig said.
The company also features the Seaforth Slicker, which basically is a rain suit for the golf bag. "It's becoming increasingly popular with college teams," Doig said. College players carry their own bags in the course of competition.
The hood sells for $25, the Slicker for $40.
-- John Strege