The right size for you depends on what you want the umbrella to cover. The diameter of the arc varies from as small as 30 inches to as large as 70 inches. The 30 inches is ideal for a single person. Go for a larger size if you would like the golf umbrella to cover you and your golf bag. One in the size of 60 inches and larger can usually accommodate many individuals. Wider the canopy, higher the level of protection.
Given that you will need to carry the golf umbrella with you, you should opt for a lightweight frame; it increases the convenience of carrying around. Most leading brands choose fiberglass as the frame material as it is sturdy, but lightweight. Fiberglass is also resistant to lightening. Fiberglass is also very flexible.
A shaft and spreaders made of steel is not your best bet as it is heavy and definitely not safe in case of lightning. Rubber and graphite are the other materials used to make golf umbrellas shafts.
I am sure you’ve been in a situation where you’ve had your umbrella blown inside out. It is not something you can afford in the middle of a competitive golf game. The wind blows at extremely high speeds on open golf courses. Many golf umbrellas are tested for resistance against high speed winds and are marked the level of winds they can tolerate. A few feature a double canopy to prevent your umbrellas from blowing away.
Golf umbrellas are sometimes required to be held for long periods. And an uncomfortable handgrip can cause your hand to cramp. The handle should be wide enough allowing a snug and comfortable grip. Look for rubber coated handles.
An auto-open feature is a desired attribute on a golf umbrella. It makes it as easy as pressing a button to open or fold your umbrella. You can be covered immediately in case of an unexpected shower. It also prevents those accidental, painful pinches.
You need to be visible on a golf course to prevent the possibilities of injury. So, a light color defeats the purpose. A bright colored umbrella will make sure you are visible on a cloudy day or when lighting is low.
There is nothing better than being able to go hands-free while you are at your game. You can opt for an umbrella holder than can be attached to your golf trolley or cart. This way you can continue to play your game, ensuring at the same time, that you remain dry.
There are also golf umbrellas with foldable designs that make transporting easy. If you can get your hands on one, it will be good.