2021 Golf Umbrella Buyer’s Guide

Whether you’re a fair-weather or “I don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite a while” kind of golfer, you still need a golf umbrella for those unexpected downpours or to shield you from the sun.

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.

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.

WINNER – ShedRain Vortex XL

If you want an umbrella that will stand the test of time, go for the ShedRain Vortex XL. It performed consistently well across all metrics which made it our top pick. This golf umbrella has a “bungee” link cord connecting both canopies allowing for wind to pass through with ease. Combine that with a reinforced inner structure and you have the undisputed winner of the 2021 Most Wanted Golf Umbrella Test.

  • 2nd in wind protection
  • 2nd in coverage
  • 8th in opening speed
  • 6th in handle
  • 1st in durability
  • 8th in UV protection
BEST WIND RESISTANT UMBRELLA - Gustbuster Pro Series Gold 68"

BEST WIND RESISTANT UMBRELLA - Gustbuster Pro Series Gold 68"

If you're looking for an umbrella that doesn't turn inside out or breaks for that matter, look no further than the Gustbuster Pro Series Gold 68". Its double canopy is attached by bungees allow the wind to pass through with ease.

EXPERT TIP - Glove fitting?

Your glove is the only thing between you and the golf club. It should fit properly. A new glove should start with 1/4" of Velcro exposed. It's going to stretch. In addition to sacrificing performance, a glove that's too big will also be less durable. Ultimately that means poor sizing isn't just costing you performance; it's costing you money.

Golf Umbrellas—Features That Matter

Durability

No matter how good the umbrella is, you want it to last. During testing, we found some 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 a golf umbrella is to keep you dry so the faster it opens, the less likely you are to get wet.

The Inesis 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 golf 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 contoured grips 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 GOLF UMBRELLA 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductCanopiesOpeningColorwayDiameter
BagBoy UV Wind Vent 62"

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2Manual162
Cleveland GC Umbrella

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2Manual162
Gustbuster Pro Series Gold 68"

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2ManualCustomizable68
Haas Jordan 68" Hurricane

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2Automatic868
Haas Jordan 62" Hurricane

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2Automatic962
Inesis Pro Filter Large

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2Automatic168
Mizuno Double Canopy

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2Manual368
MotoCaddy Clearview

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2Automatic168
Omada Golf 68"

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2Automatic268
Ping 68" Tour Canopy

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2Manual168
ProActive Sports SunTek

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2Manual468
ShedRain Gellas

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6Automatic862
ShedRain VorTex Pro

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2Manual362
ShedRain Vortex XL

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2Manual568
ShedRain WindJammer

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2Manual562
Srixon 62 Double Canopy

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2Manual168
Sun Mountain

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2Manual168
Titleist Tour Double Canopy

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2Manual168
Under Armour Double Canopy

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2Manual168
Under Armour Single Canopy

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1Manual162
Wilson Staff Tour Series

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2Manual168
XXIO 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 perform its best, use it only as intended.
  • To prevent your golf umbrella from rusting or developing mildew, rinse with tap water and leave it fully open and upright to dry. Same advice applies if you play on a course next to the ocean. Wash it after every use. It will last longer.
  • 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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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.

THE BEST GOLF UMBRELLA 2021 - RESULTS

 ProductWind ResistanceCoverageOpening SpeedHandleDurabilityUV ProtectionTotal
ShedRain Vortex XL

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2nd2nd8th6th1st8th87.5
Titleist Tour Double Canopy

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2nd4th11th16th1st1st87
Gustbuster Pro Series Gold 68"

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1st2nd8th14th4th10th86.5
ShedRain VorTex Pro

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2nd12th8th6th1st8th85
Inesis Pro Filter Large

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5th21st1st6th7th7th84.5
Omada Golf 68"

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11th1st7th16th11th5th84
ProActive Sports SunTek

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7th4th11th6th7th5th84
ShedRain Gellas

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11th11th1st1st6th19th83.5
BagBoy UV Wind Vent 62"

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15th12th1st2nd14th1st82
Under Armour Double Canopy

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7th4th11th6th11th10th81.5
Wilson Staff Tour Series

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6th8th11th22nd4th19th81.5
Sun Mountain

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9th8th11th2nd22nd1st81
Mizuno Double Canopy

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11th8th11th2nd7th10th81
Haas Jordan 68" Hurricane

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15th12th1st6th11th10th80
MotoCaddy Clearview

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9th12th1st14th14th10th79.5
ShedRain WindJammer

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15th19th1st6th7th21st79.5
Ping 68" Tour Canopy

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11th4th11th2nd20th10th79
XXIO Double Canopy

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15th12th11th16th14th1st78
Cleveland GC Umbrella

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15th12th11th16th14th10th75.5
Srixon 62 Double Canopy

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15th12th11th16th14th10th75.5
Haas Jordan 62" Hurricane

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21st19th11th16th14th21st72.5
Under Armour Single Canopy

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22nd22nd11th6th20th10th70
BEST UV PROTECTION UMBRELLA - Titleist Tour Double Canopy

BEST UV PROTECTION UMBRELLA - Titleist Tour Double Canopy

The Titleist Tour Double Canopy doesn't just do a great job keeping the rain off you, it can be used on those hot summer days protecting you from those UV rays. Its UV double canopy is reenforced inside and has a bungee system that attaches both canopies allow air to move through with ease.

The Best Golf Umbrella of 2021 – FAQ

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. Most umbrellas that protect you best from the UV rays are solid silver 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. Check out Titleist, BagBoy, Sun Mountain and XXIO  for the best UV protection.