Golf as a water sport
August 07, 2007
ADIDASClimaProof full-length zipper pants have four-way stretch knee inserts.Comment: "You can never have enough cotton-lined pockets to keep your hands cozy, and this suit has six."Jacket $170Pants $150adidasgolf.com
FOOTJOYThe redesigned DryJoys Performance Rain Jacket has a special slit to keep the grip dry before your shot.Comment: "The adjustable wrists and waist are well designed."Jacket $220Pants $175footjoy.com
NIKEThe Storm-Fit cuff bottom doesn't fray from cleat contact. Raglan sleeves reach all the way to the neck for an athletic fit.Comment: "Kept me dry. Fit close but didn't restrict."Jacket $180Pants $140nikegolf.com
SUNICEHurricane shell is constructed from a two-layer Gore-Tex Paclite material. Zippers can convert jacket to short-sleeve.Comment: "The wind was gusting, but I couldn't feel it."Jacket $300Pants $200sunice.com
SUN MOUNTAINThe fabric used for the RainFlex line features intertwined thread loops designed to stretch with movement. Notice the sealed zippers.Comment: "Breathable; loved the big pockets."Jacket $170Pants $150sunmountain.com
ZERO RESTRICTIONDual-motion cuffs stay snug to the wrists. The outer shell is made of WhisperSoft Gore-Tex and features a high-storm collar.Comment: "Aptly named brand."Jacket $340Pants $220zerorestriction.com
DUNNING GOLFC_change fabric does two things: In cold weather the polymer structures condense to insulate; in hot weather they open up.Comment: "Real warm, yet great to swing in."Jacket $700Pants $500dunninggolf.com
FIDRAAn internal bungee cord can be adjusted to prevent blousing. One of the heavier weighted suits on the market.Comment: "Cargo pocket on the pants is a nice touch."Jacket $195Pants $135fidragolf.com
GREG NORMANPlay Dry shell makes for a lightweight suit that packs easy and dries quickly.Comment: "Toe stirrups are a good idea. Kept the rain from leaking through my laces."Jacket $125Pants $85shark.com
IZOD GThe seam-sealed, laminated inner fabric is waterproof for added protection. One of the best values for a rainsuit.Comment: "I've never felt material like this before. Drapes well."$150 for entire suitizodg.com
PROQUIPThe Teflon-treated Silk Touch material was the choice of the 2006 European Ryder Cup team. Double-side adjusters help fit.Comment: "Super quiet during my swing."Jacket $260Pants $190proquipusa.net
RLX RALPH LAURENAn adjustable waistband on the RLX Golf Storm Breaker Pant is a good alternative to elastic, which can sag when wet.Comment: "Front pockets gave easy access."Jacket $395Pants $298ralphlauren.com
WETTER IS BETTERRain gloves grip strongest when wet. In light-rain conditions, rub the palms in the grass when you first put them on. The suede material on the palm of the Etonic G>SOK RAIN glove (left) was developed in Japan for water-skiers and scuba divers ($20 a pair, etonic.com). The FootJoy RainGrip Extreme uses a microfiber material on the back of the hand to achieve a leather-like feel and consistent fit ($22 a pair, footjoy.com). A synthetic leather in the Nike Wet Weather is designed to prevent water build-up between the glove and grip ($24, nikegolf.com).
ALL OF YOUR BEESWAXRule 14-3 states that "drying or moisturizing agents may be used" by a player to help hold the club. One such agent that really works? Beeswax like that found in the Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer ($5, gorillagold.com). These cloths infused with beeswax have been used in a variety of sports from tennis to gymnastics. Rub it on your grip before you go out in the rain (we had no problems in a downpour). The material is designed to increase the tacky feel on your grips and repel moisture.