Lousy spring necessitates great rain wear
Maybe 2013’s lousy, rotten, no-good spring is finally done throwing snow and sleet and rain at us. The last week has been downright pleasant.
I don’t know, but I’m not trusting it.
After a wonderful start to the season, which saw me shoot a career front-nine score on the Streamsong Red Course, and card my first ace, intermittent play due to inclement weather has wreaked havoc on my swing and handicap.
From Illinois to Tennessee to South Carolina, it seems most of my rounds this year have been played in 50 degrees and rain. At least I’ve had the good fortune of being outfitted in some excellent new golf rain gear.
When it is only mildly chilly and drizzly, my new favorite wind shirt has been the short-sleeved Sun Mountain Headwind ($90). It’s insulated just enough to keep out the chill, but the short sleeves seem to free up my swing.
When the rain intensifies and the winds begin to whip, the new Fila London Waterproof Wind Jacket ($110) features a removable hood and breathable mesh lining. The pull string for tightening the hood is a little odd, as it comes out of the top of the hood, and, being a European manufacturer, the zipper is on the “wrong” side. Nevertheless, it’s extremely comfortable and the fabric, despite being completely waterproof, is soft and quiet. It’s a great rain jacket for off the course as well.
Like I say, maybe the worst is behind us and the rest of the season will be lovely, but I’m not counting my strokes before holing out, as it were. I’m now on the look-out for outerwear that will protect me from plagues of frogs and locusts. Just in case.
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