The tours generosity knows no bounds with a plentiful supply available on the first tee. However some are very superstitious and bring their own variety. Perhaps a visual reminder of past success (ie course name on tees) or some national loyalty.
It is highly unlikely that tour players will lose their ball in the trees with the TV networks and numerous spectators present. It sometimes happens though and we must also think about the water hazards. A bigger concern is the effect sharp lofted wedges have on a balls cover, sometimes destroying a few dimples in one shot. Pro’s tend to use 3 to 6 balls per round in the more durable modern era. The much softer balata balls used pre-millennium were infamous for their small window of peak no performance.
The excessive rate of glove use may shock the average amateur. A fresh batch of pristine leather avails itself to the locker of every player, every week. But over 100 holes a week and more than a few hundred balls on the driving range will take its toll. Colin Montgomerie was known to use a new glove for every hole of a particularly hot US Open one year. Rising in popularity in recent years is the rain glove. Previously an inferior product the current models retain a very acceptable level of feel and with a felt style texture provide phenomenal ability in the rain. Swinging conservatively in the rain can now be a thing of the past.
Even on tour where a full time professional caddy (who charges upwards of $1000 a week) looks after the equipment, these are invaluable in the rain. Most use a simple cover provided with the bag but in particularly bad weather some employ a full bag cover, unaffectionately known in the industry as ‘the condom’! If you are not a tour pro and would like to play hassle free Titleist have a nifty solution pictured here.
PGA Tour caddies love a big towel. Not quite beach size, but big enough for one wet side and one dry side. In the heat of the USA and Asia, caddies can be seen cleaning grips more frequently than clubheads. For the amateur bigger is not always better….
If you are reading this in the UK it sounds rather obvious. The investment in gore-tex was made long ago – it was an easy decision to purchase something that you would probably wear for the majority of your golf! Gore-tex can withstand anything mother nature can throw at you, its light and will take up very little space in the bag. Rejoice in the freedom that great rain gear brings to your swing.
Even the most ardent golf writer would struggle to tell you something that piques your interest in an umbrella. Just don’t leave home without it.