Before you go and purchase a golf rain suit that fits you just right, take into consideration what we spoke of before about mobility. With golf, mobility is everything as you will need access to full range of motion; if you purchase a golf rain suit that is too small then you will constantly be fighting the stitching when you swing. However, if you purchase a golf rain suit that is too large then you’ll feel the underarms and chest area get in the way when you go to swing. The best answer for this is to purchase a golf rain suit that has very thin material. Some of the golf rain suits on the market today have heavily padded or thick material which decreases your movement ability. Also make sure that your golf rain suit is made of some sort of nylon or other special material that isn’t going to shrink. Obviously since this item will be getting wet it will be very susceptible to shrinking.
If you happen to find just the right rain suit but it is created with material that will shrink, you should consider purchasing at least one size over what is comfortable. Typically, depending on the clothing, how it was created and the materials used, you can expect through a wash and dry process an aritcle of clothing to shrink one full size. If you feel that your golf rain suit has shrunken too much you can make small changes to the suit in order to have it fit better. When you are golfing, feel do a few practice swings and feel where the clothing is pulling at. Typically this will be at the mid range of the swing or towards the top of the swing when you create follow through. When you feel the golf rain suit pulling, this is where you will need to loosen it up. This can be done in one of two ways.
Most pieces of clothing can be stretched to a certain degree. By simply pulling the golf rain suit in all directions at the pull location you can stretch the material about half a size (in the respective area). If the golf rain suit is still too tight and pulls in that area, you can consider cutting a slit at the location. This should be done with care as if you do it incorrectly the hole will gradually get larger. The key to is is to either do it at the bottom of the clothing so that it splits the area into two pieces (only cut about an inch) or to do it in the mid section of the pull area. Also, try and stay away from the stitching when you do this as that will be the beginning of the end for your rain suit.
If you have purchased a very nice golf rain suit then you should consider taking it to a tailor. This is ideal as it opens up the possiblity for the perfect fit. If you’re going to do this then the idea is to purchase a golf rain suit that is plenty large, then wash and dry it a few times to shrink it as much as it will go. If it is still too large then you can take it to a tailor and have them fit the shrunken (but still too large) golf suit to whatever measurements you prefer.
The size of your golf rain suit and how it fits is one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing it, so make sure you take your time and consider all your options.