You’re probably used to watching PGA golfers strutting around in the sunshine wearing nothing but polo shirts, caps and bad tans. But playing golf in the UK is a different experience entirely because the weather here is undoubtably unpredictable.
That means checking the weather forecast on the morning of your round and packing your bag accordingly. You don’t want to have to come off the course when you’re playing the round of your life because you didn’t pack a waterproof jacket.
When buying a new golf jacket, you’ll want to consider a few other things – for example, what type of weather conditions you’ll be playing in most of the time, what your fit preference is (some golfers like slim fit while others prefer a bit more give), and finally how much you want to spend.
“You want something lightweight and breathable because if it’s too bulky, it’s hard to swing and move. Although most companies make jackets from a light, breathable and flexible material now,” Gareth Bennett, the PGA professional at Cottrell Park Golf Resort in south Wales, explained.
“I’ve got a few different ones for different weather conditions but if it’s very cold, I’d ensure I had a skins under-layer garment that keeps in warmth and allows me to maintain flexibility,” he added.
With Bennett’s wise words in mind, we spent this summer praying for wind and rain, so we could put some golf jackets to the test on the course for you. Thankfully the gods duly delivered, and we were soaked and battered by wind on courses from Scotland to Devon throughout the summer.
We tested each product to evaluate waterproofness, flexibility, durability and whether they provided good value for money. We also wanted to check what conditions they were best suited for.
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