Editors' Choice: Gear & GadgetsApril 19, 2016

Best Golf Umbrella

When it comes to playing golf in the rain, not all umbrellas are created equal. That little umbrella that you use around town, the one that folds down to nothing? Not something you should use on the golf course. You need something a whole lot sturdier, and a canopy with a lot more surface area. The GustBuster Golf Umbrella comes in two sizes, 62 and 68 inches in diameter. We think the 62-incher gets the job done. You need this big canopy on the course because it's not just about keeping you dry: If your bag gets wet, your grips will get wet. And if your grips are wet, you're in trouble.

Another benefit of the big canopy: You can weave your towel up among the supports. This way, your towel will stay dry all day, and you'll be able to dry your hands throughout the round.

One of the downsides to a bigger umbrella is that it's more likely to fall victim to wind. That's where the design of the GustBuster comes into play. It has two layers, with teardrop shapes cut out of the top of the inside layer. This allows wind to travel through the umbrella, so it won't be pulled out of your hands or turned inside out.

Other details we're looking for in an umbrella include the strength of the shaft, is it going to chop our fingers off when we open and close it, is it easy to hold on to the grip, and does the umbrella fold down to a size that can reasonably fit into a golf bag. GustBuster gets all of these details right. And if you can't find a color that you like, then that's on you.


GustBuster Golf Umbrella, $60
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