If you watched any golf last weekend, whether it was the KPMG LPGA Championship or the Quicken Loans National, you saw seriously sweaty golfers.
Summer is here all right. The days are long and the temps are high. Enjoy it now, because before you know it, daylight will shrink and there will be no more time for nine after work.
If you've got some summer golf travel on the books - or just plans to play a ton of golf at home - let us help you enjoy the season even more with a collection of new and unique accessories.
The Golf Advisor Staff has compiled a list of gifts, gadgets or otherwise for every budget.
Some of these items are designed to improve performance, others to look good, and others so that you'll have more fun.
Summer threads with Linksoul
Effective summer travel is all about packing light with versatile items while also managing to look sharp before and after golf. Linksoul's 2019 summer line features apparel that is not only eye-catching in the streets but will perform under the sun. The popular Boardwalker shorts, a yearly favorite of the brand, are light, breathable and functional. They're cut and styled at a length with materials that isn't out of place at the club or on the beach.
For summer tops, look towards Linksoul's Anza line (including LS1184), which has both polos and button-down shirts. The Anza uses a material blend of Cotton (56%), polyester (40%) and lycra (4%) that is especially comfortable and built to stay cool in the heat. It won't get wrinkles stuffing it in your luggage, either.
You can go with an assortment of tried-and-true solid colors. Or, Linksoul's seasonal prints come and go fast (once sold out, they're gone for good), so jump on them soon.
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Linksoul's Boardwalker short
Bay Boy Chiller golf bag
If your summer climate is so hot it relegates to you to the golf cart, checkout the Bag Boy Chiller bag. While it can be added to a push cart no problem, it shines as a cart bag and even comes with a detachable, insulated soft-shell cooler that holds and insulates six cans, while the Hybrid stand bag version can carry four. ($179 at GlobalGolf.com)
Video: Dr. Ara on how to stay safe and cool in the summer
A quick way to stay cool on the course is with a cooling towel. The Arctic Blast by Devant is a cheap and easy way to feel cooler than your competition. Simply soak it in water, wring out and place anywhere on your body, like your head or neck. The result is a sensation that promises to hit that spot with temperature 30 degrees cooler. This is another versatile product you can use on the course or while mowing the yard. (You can find this on GlobalGolf.com right now for $9.99).
Personal Go Fan
Golfers probably think this handy product's acronym stands for "Personal Golf Fan". It really stands for "Personal Go Fan" because this heat-busting fan can be taken anywhere - the golf course, camping, tailgating, boating and just about anywhere you might need a cool down. The fan blows what feels like a 20-mile-per-hour wind. Included are adaptors so the fan can sit easily into a cup holder of EZ-Go and Yamaha golf carts. A charged battery might not be able to survive a full round on high (roughly 3.5 hours), but it will last much longer on the medium and low settings. Website: www.pgffan.com. Cost: $199.
Okay, the Sound Caddy might not be able to keep you cool, but it is "cool" and its jammin' tunes just might distract you from the heat. This unique Blue Tooth sound machine, launched in Colorado in 2017, comes in the shape of a golf club and easily fits in your golf bag. Two high fidelity speakers and a subwoofer pack a real punch when you crank up the volume. You can keep it in your bag while driving and walking the course, or you can detach the head and stick the hosel spike into your golf cart’s tee holder for access to the dual output USB power source. There’s an additional spike under the grip that allows you to stick the speaker into the ground on the range or while BBQing outdoors. The rechargeable battery gives up to 15 hours of continuous music, while charging your phone at the same time. Website: www.soundcaddygolf.com. Cost: $99.
Yeti and insulated tumblers
This might be one of the greatest inventions ever for folks who exercise outside, especially for golfers who take carts in hot climates. The original Yeti Rambler tumbler is a stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated cup that keep drinks cold and retains ice not matter how hot is outside. This means you can fill one of these babies up with ice before your round and keep topping it off with a beverage and it always stays cold with no need to refill the ice. In fact, it's not uncommon to keep ice in one of these cups for 24 hours or more. The original Yeti brand is the most expensive, around $25 or more for a 30-ounce cup, but similar sizes from knockoffs (most of which work quite well) can be had to half of that or less. One note, though; the Yeti, because of its smaller bottom, does seem to fit best in golf carts. In short, every golfer should have one. (They work well for keeping coffee hot, too). Cost: $8-$35.
It's essential to keep your eyes protected in the summertime. There are myriad brands now offering sport and golf-specific frames and lenses.
Not only are REKS sunglasses less expensive than Oakleys and Ray-bans, but they're also pretty much indestructible. And they're offered in both regular and prescription lenses (including progressives) starting at less than $40 and $125 respectively in several different styles. REKS sunglasses feature frames made with a special polymer that bends and snaps back into shape over and over again, which are paired with the highest quality lenses. Cost: $40-$225
Another brand that has emerged into golf-centric glasses recently is Electric, who design in California and build in Italy. Their lenses are designed to reduce glare and improve contrast so you can read greens. The Knoxville Pro frame is a style option that is more lifestyle than sport in design but still performs on the course - and off.
The name gets right to the point; it's a condition you want to avoid when you're playing golf in hot, humid weather. The founder of SwampButt ought to know since his company is based in Lake Jackson Texas on the Gulf Coast of Texas southwest of Houston (Trust us; it doesn't get much hotter and humid than here). These drawers are made with 91 percent polyester and 9 percent spandex to draw sweat away from the skin.) Cost: $18 a pair
Umbrellas, of course, are useful in the rain, but they can also help when it's hot and sunny. One innovative umbrella you might want to check out is the Weatherman Umbrella, which was indeed created by a weatherman, err, meteorologist.
Weatherman Umbrellas are made with industrial-strength fiberglass and vented canopies withstand winds up to 55 mph, plus it comes with an app via Bluetooth to provide forecasts. They also feature a UPF 50+ barrier for sun protection and a large mesh pocket on the inside of the canopy that offers dry storage for gloves and a scorecard, and a silicone-coated, non-slip rib to hang your towel on.
Also, in time for Independence Day, Weatherman launched a partnership with Folds of Honor, releasing a special edition umbrella inspired by our nation’s flag. The Weatherman Folds of Honor collection will be available in four styles: collapsible ($59), stick ($65), 62” golf ($89), and 68” golf ($95). Five dollars from the sale of each umbrella will be donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Second Skin Golf Glove 2.0
During the summer months, especially in hot, humid conditions, keeping your grip on your clubs can be a challenge. A new golf glove, developed by former NFL and University of Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg in partnership with the University of Maryland's chemical engineering department, looks to improve upon existing golf glove technology. The technology in the Second Skin Golf Glove 2.0 is an extension of the glove developed by Grip Boost Inc., for football players in 2012. That goal was to develop a glove with more tackiness that also lasts longer.
The Second Skin Golf Glove 2.0 is manufactured with high quality Cabretta leather, dimpled mesh and synthetic webbing for enhanced grip, comfort and durability in all weather conditions. Flexible fabric with an angled closure strap provides a custom fit and golfers to weather the elements, even rain. Cost: $14.99 or $25 for two.