2020 GOLF UMBRELLA BUYER’S GUIDE

The elements are always a factor on the golf course. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of equipment to combat them. Golf umbrellas are designed for all sorts of weather including sun, wind and, of course, rain.

This year, we tested the usual suspects along with offerings from some of the bigger OEMs, some of which outsource their umbrella manufacturing to experts in the category. That’s neither surprising nor uncommon; it just makes sense. There are zero reasons why club guys should also be umbrella guys. The logo doesn’t matter, though we’re here to tell you that not every umbrella is the same.

With all the options, finding the right umbrella can be a bit overwhelming. That’s where we come in. We put the top golf umbrellas on the market to the test to ensure you have the best information available when it comes time to buy.

Whether you’re looking to buy an umbrella today, seeking buying advice to get started or just want a closer look at what’s on the market, this guide will help you find the right golf umbrella to fit your needs.

How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect Golf Umbrella to fit your needs.

To do that, we employ a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no detail unchecked, and no stone unturned.

Our Metrics

Umbrellas are tested head to head using rigorous protocols.

The metrics we consider when rating Golf Umbrella include Water-Resistance, Coverage, Opening Speed, Handle, and Durability.

MOST DURABLE UMBRELLA - Titleist Tour Double Canopy

MOST DURABLE UMBRELLA - Titleist Tour Double Canopy

It might say Titleist, but the Tour Double Canopy is a ShedRain product. It provides abundant coverage and has reinforced arms in addition to a bungee system that moves air through the umbrella to combat windy conditions.

FEATURES THAT MATTER TO YOU

Durability

No matter how good the umbrella is, you want it to last. During testing, we found some umbrellas do not fully extend or did the opposite and hyperextend, which dramatically limits longevity.

The best umbrellas, like ShedRain and Gustbuster, last for years in all weather conditions.

Deployment Speed

Opening your umbrella without any hassle is important if you’re caught in a downpour. The whole point of an umbrella is to keep you dry so the faster it opens, the less likely you are to get wet.

The ShedRain is a great example of an umbrella that can be opened quickly.

Coverage

No one wants to be soggy on the golf course and most of us don’t want to miss a day on the links because of rain. We found that smaller umbrellas that might be fine for everyday use don’t provide sufficient coverage for golfers and their gear.

Umbrellas such as Gustbuster and PING are great examples of umbrellas that provide maximum coverage.

Handle

If you are playing golf in the wind and rain, you want a comfortable grip. We found that the best handles offer recessed areas for your fingers and are made from materials that aren’t compromised as conditions get wetter.

Great examples of a comfortable handle are Mizuno and ShedRain. ShedRain has a gel handle which conforms to your hand no matter the size.

EXPERT TIP - Comfortable Handle

Regardless of the feature set, or how good an umbrella looks, if the handle doesn't fit comfortably in your hand, don't buy it. It sounds trivial, but in testing, we found that umbrellas with ill-fitting handles can cause wrist pain, which isn't what you want on the golf course (or anywhere else).

The Best Umbrella 2020 - Features

 ProductCanopiesOpeningColorwaysDiameter
BagBoy UV Wind Vent

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2Manual162
GustBuster Pro Series gold 68"

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2ManualCustomizable68
Inesis ProFilter Large

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2Automatic168
Mizuno Dual Canopy

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2Manual368
Motocaddy Clearview

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2Automatic168
PING 68' Tour Canopy

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2Manual169
PING Single Canopy

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1Manual162
ShedRain Vortex Pro

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2Manual362
ShedRain UnbelievaBrella

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1Automatic648
ShedRain Vortex XL 68"

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2Manual568
ShedRain Windpro

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2Automatic662
Srixon Double Canopy

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2Manual168
Sun Mountain UV Umbrella

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2Manual168
Titleist Tour Double Canopy

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2Manual168
Under Armour Double Canopy

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2Manual168

More Tips

  • Your clubs aren’t walking sticks, neither is your umbrella. If you want it to last and work at its full capabilities, use it only as intended.
  • To prevent your umbrella from rusting or developing mildew, rinse with tap water and leave it fully open and upright to dry.
  • You can choose between umbrellas that have automatic opening systems that fully extend with minimal effort and those that open manually. Try before you buy.
  • If you get a tear in your umbrella, repair it with water-resistant fabric on both sides of the canopy.

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The Best Umbrella 2020 - Results

 ProductWater ResistanceCoverageOpening SpeedHandleDurabilityTotal
GustBuster Pro Series gold 68"

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1st1st7th11th3rd89
ShedRain Vortex XL 68"

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2nd1st7th7th3rd89
Titleist Tour Double Canopy

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2nd1st7th11th3rd88.5
ShedRain Vortex Pro

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2nd8th7th7th1st87.5
Inesis Pro Filter Large

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5th12th2nd7th5th85.5
Under Armour Double Canopy

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7th4th11th7th7th84
ShedRain Windpro

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13th13th2nd2nd5th83.5
Mizuno Dual Canopy

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11th8th11th1st9th83
BagBoy UV Wind Vent

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12th9th2nd3rd11th82
Motocaddy Clearview

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9th9th2nd11th11th82
PING 68' Tour Canopy

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11th4th11th3rd12th81.5
Sun Mountain UV Umbrella

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9th7th11th3rd14th81
Srixon Double Canopy

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7th9th11th15th7th80
ShedRain UnbelievaBrella

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5th15th1st14th9th78
PING Single Canopy

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15th14th7th3rd15th71.5
FASTEST DEPLOYING UMBRELLA - ShedRain UnbelievaBrella

FASTEST DEPLOYING UMBRELLA - ShedRain UnbelievaBrella

The ShedRain UnbelievaBrella is perfect for everyday use. It's small and compact so it fits easily in your car or briefcase. The fast automatic opening and closing system means it's easy to use. It does have a reinforced skeleton but it isn't made for severely windy conditions.

What do I need to know about a golf umbrella?

Q: Is a bigger coverage area better?

A: In most situations, bigger is better when it comes to coverage. You want an umbrella that covers you and your golf bag.

Q: What is better? Single or double canopy?

A: Double canopies are better in windier conditions because air can pass through, thus preventing the umbrella from turning inside out. Double canopies with bungee straps attaching the top canopy to the ribs of the umbrella reinforce the structure. ShedRain and Gustbuster are excellent examples.

Q: Do all golf umbrellas have UV protection?

A: Not all umbrellas provide UV protection. The most common umbrellas that protect you best from the UV rays are solid sliver in color on the inside. The material used is also thicker to block harmful rays. Always check the label to ensure you get an umbrella that blocks the sun.