Dressed in the best golf waterproofs, you can get a round in even if the forecast turns gloomy. Few things can derail a game of golf quicker than a downpour, but with these on, you'll be protected from the rain and wind when you're on the course. They're designed to repel the worst of the weather, all while offering the right level of breathability and flexibility needed to not interfere with your swing or make you overheat on the course. The courses and conditions in which you play will vary throughout your time as a golfer, so pick clothing that can be layered up as required by the changing weather conditions on the day.
While it's generally true that the more you pay, the better the gear is, we have found some effective pieces that won't break the bank. Among these are tried and tested outdoors and top golfing brands like Callaway, ProQuip and Under Armour. The best golfing waterproofs include golf trousers, snazzy golf jackets and rainproof golfing hats created in various designs. Each is designed to offer you a high level of weatherproof protection and boost your comfort on the green.
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The best golf waterproofs to buy now
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Galvin Green are the number one name when it comes to premium waterproof golf gear and although they are expensive you know what you're going to get when you splash out on a Galvin Green.
The Albert offers the perfect blend of style and performance. It's incredibly lightweight for a jacket that can withstand the worst of the winter weather, which means you can also wear it for those summer showers without fear of over-heating and getting too sweaty.
With some brands they might be a larger or smaller fit than usual, but the fit of the Albert is fairly standard. If you're normally a large, then that's what you should go for as there are no surprises with the fitting. If it is a little snug or loose then adjustable velcro straps on the sleeve and chest will give you the flexibility you need.
The branding is subtle enough to not stand out too much, but not so subtle that people won't know you're wearing a Galvin Green.
The Albert is available in five designs - Blue bell/Black/White; Navy/Cool Grey/White; White/Navy/Orange; Navy/White/Blue; Sharkskin/Black/White.
Much like a high quality, luxury Garmin golf watch, a Galvin Green jacket makes a statement. It tells the world that you are a serious golfer. Not necessarily a force to be reckoned with on the course, as your game will probably not match the quality of the jacket, but it will mark you out as someone who takes their golf seriously.
If you’re tempted but need to justify the hefty price tag to yourself then look at this as a long term investment. It’s of such a high quality that it will last you a long time, so rather than spend £150 now and then another £150 on a replacement a few years down the line, treat yourself to a Galvin Green now.
The FootJoy Hydro Tour jacket is one of the warmest waterproof offerings out there. It will keep out the cold and the rain while not being restrictive when swinging the golf club. This is achieved by a three-panel construction and a four-way stretch material. It’s as comfortable as a lightweight summer jacket while offering 100% waterproof protection with a three-year warranty.
The double collar system is a really cool innovation. You pull a chord on the inner layer, which will secure it close to your neck, meaning any water that runs down will be trapped in between the two layers rather than leaking down your back. Two small holes on the outer layer allow the water to run out down the back of the jacket, keeping you warm, dry and toasty inside. Trousers are also available, giving you that full suit protection needed on the wettest winter days.
Read our full Footjoy Hydro Tour jacket review
Made from 100% polyester, the PING SensorDry 2.5 is waterproof to 20,000mm and breathable to 20,000g.
In layman’s terms, that means if it’s wet but hot and muggy, you won’t sweat in it, and if it’s dry but with a chilly breeze, the jacket will shield you from that without restricting your movement in the swing. The only thing it won’t do is keep you warm on a really cold day, but then it isn’t designed for that.
The engineered 2.5 stretch fabric has a soft and supple feel that gives great freedom during the golf swing, and the jacket features a fully seam-sealed, two-way centre front zipper which goes right up to a collar that sits high enough on the neck to keep the rain out, but not too high that it is restrictive.
Despite being extremely lightweight, the PING SensorDry 2.5 also boasts great wind resistance to keep that chill out when on those breezy days down at your local links.
It’s even fashionable enough that you can wear it away from the golf course, too, as the discreet nature of the branding means it just looks like a nice casual rain jacket.
A waterproof jacket such as the SensorDry 2.5 or something of similar quality is a must-have for the serious golfer, so if you've been 'making do' and spending your money on a more glamorous golf kit, it might be time to rethink.
Read our full PING SensorDry 2.5 waterproof jacket review
As mentioned above, Galvin Green is the top name in premium golf apparel, and the Apollo Paclite Gore-Tex is one of the best jackets they have ever released. Ergo, it’s one of the best waterproof golf jackets anyone has released. Yes, it’s that good.
So what makes it so special? The short answer would be ‘everything about it’. It’s fully seam-sealed, so not a single drop of rain is getting in this jacket, no matter how heavy the downpour. It has excellent breathable properties and is also totally windproof.
The Galvin Green Apollo is lightweight, extremely comfortable when swinging the golf club and comes in a number of incredibly stylish designs and snazzy colour combinations. The Cool Grey/White/Sharkskin/Black is especially classy, but the more conservative golfer may prefer the Navy/White/Cool Grey/Sharkskin design.
A sleek-looking, lightweight jacket from golf heavyweights Mizuno. It has excellent waterproof protection and comes in a variety of colours. As the name suggests, the jacket offers plenty of flex and allows great freedom of movement to keep you comfortable on the course. It’s breathable, lightweight and will fit comfortably into the pocket of your golf bag without taking up much space.
Additionally, the jacket is made from environmentally friendly materials and features an air vent across the shoulders, zippered hand pockets, velcro adjusters for the body and cuffs and the famous Mizuno running bird logo on the right upper breast.
Made from 100% polyester and 2.5-layer bonded fabric with a durable, smooth exterior, not only are these jackets and trousers completely waterproof and breathable, but UA Storm technology actually repels water so it just beads off the material.
You don’t have to worry about any liquid getting through, regardless of how heavy the downpour is, and an added bonus is that they dry off really, really quickly. Just a quick wipe with a towel, and you can put them back in your golf bag without getting everything else in there soaking wet.
The jacket has fully taped seams and hydrogel zippers, while the windproof properties ensure you are well shielded from the elements. It features a full zip front with a storm flap on the upper, two zipped hand pockets, adjustable velcro sleeve fasteners, and the shaped hem can be adjusted with a drawcord. The trousers have an adjustable hem cord, velcro side adjusters, lower leg zips and secure hand pockets.
They come in a variety of sizes (standard waist sizes plus options for short leg), and before choosing, you should weigh up others you want to wear them over your regular golf trousers or instead of them. If you want them in the bag to throw on in an emergency, you might want to go a size up. Both jacket and trousers come with a 2-year manufacturer waterproof guarantee.
Check out our full Under Armour Storm Proof Waterproof jacket and trousers review
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This lightweight, highly flexible jacket is just the ticket when summer showers are interrupting your flow. Matching trousers are also available.
Fully waterproof and windproof, the RAIN.RDY is exceptionally lightweight and provides great comfort due to the stretch in the fabric that lets you move without restriction. The drop tail hem is a particularly nice feature as it stops the jacket from riding up during the golf swing.
While it's ideally suited for warmer weather, the RAIN.RDY jacket is large fitting which means you can comfortably wear a jumper or hoody underneath on those days when you need that extra warmth. On that note, make sure you order a size down as they are quite large fitting.
Puma’s Ultradry Jacket represents excellent value for money. It comes in at the mid-lower price range, but it’s stylish, functional and comes in two different colours. A fully seam-sealed stretch StormCell fabric reduces weight and improves mobility which helps in the golf swing as there’s nothing more confidence-sapping than feeling like you can’t swing freely.
The Ultradry is waterproof, windproof and brings some nice little extras to the table, such as cuff adjustors, bungee cord hem and waist pockets. There is also a neck guard to ensure rain doesn’t trickle down your back on those really wet days.
Providing a high level of protection on the green, Nike’s HyperAdapt Storm-Fit Jacket is a popular golfing waterproof because of its lightweight and comfortable fit. This makes it the perfect choice for drizzly summer golfing or to wear over a thicker baselayer in autumn and beyond.
As the jacket is seam-sealed, rain has little chance of seeping in. Adding to this protection are waterproof zippers and a storm flap. The HyperAdapt is windproof too, with mesh sleeve panels enhancing airflow and keeping you cool during play. Nike is so confident that the HyperAdapt Storm-Fit jacket is one of the best golfing waterproofs around, it’s backed it with a three-year waterproof guarantee. You’ll get a fair few rounds in during that time.
Gore-Tex's membrane has long been the first word in clothing that combines weatherproofing and ventilation. Thanks to the fabric and the UA Storm technology, this jacket won’t let in a bite of wind or a drop of rain. Despite this, it’s miraculously breathable, which will keep you relatively sweat-free underneath.
Urban Armour's Paclite technology does what the name implies: the jacket packs down so small when not in use that you can keep it in your pocket 'just in case' the heavens open. The only downside to this waterproof golfing jacket (available in Red and Black) is the long zip, which may bulge out when you bend over to take a shot. It's certainly no deal-breaker, though.
There’s no point having a waterproof jacket and trousers if your head is going to get wet, so on those really rainy days you’ll be needing a waterproof hat.
The Sunderland Waterproof Wide Brim Golf Hat is just the ticket when it’s chucking down. The wide brim gives you the kind of protection you just can’t get from a cap and it will prevent the rain running down your head, down the back of your neck and then seeping in through your collar.
It features an elasticated headband for comfortable fit and is fitted with a lightweight micro-mesh lining which offers added breathability.
How to choose the best golfing waterproofs for you
There are different degrees of weatherproofing available, from all-out waterproof materials that can keep you dry in the harshest of showers, to highly technical fabrics designed to lessen the impact of the wind. For a more detailed look check out our handy guide to what to look for when buying waterproofs for golf.
But for now here's a brief summary...
- Waterproof: does exactly as it says on the in, keeping the rain out (and your base layers dry) no matter the length of your game of golf.
- Rainproof: not as hefty as waterproof, but still offers far more protection than your regular golf jacket.
- Windproof: unless specified, this type of weatherproofing won’t protect you from the rain but it will spare you from biting winds.
When buying the best golfing waterproofs for you, it's wise to try them on and do a few practice swings when wearing them, if you can, to see how each garment might enhance or impact your performance.