A good golf rain suit can be hard to find, and they don’t come cheap so you want to make sure you select the best product on your first chance. While a typical golf rain suit is waterproof believe it or not this is not always the case. If you get a cheap golf rain suit it will only protect you from very light drizzles that only last a few minutes. A good golf rain suit will be entirely waterproof and will keep the rain from sitting on the fabric and instead cause it to bead up and roll off. The pockets are especially important; the inside of the pockets should have a water release holes so that the rain cannot build up inside the golf rain suit and create a water balloon effect.
When looking for a golf rain suit make sure to find one that has high “storm collars” that stay up against your neck. When you bend over to putt you will be exposing much of your neck and over time the water will start to get down your back and onto your skin and clothes. A zip up storm collar with an inner elastic band is ideal. Gore-Tex has many good variations of this type that are comfortable and do a good job at keeping the rain out as well as the Frogg Togg line of golf rain suits gear and accessories. These are made and tested specifically for mobility and keeping the wet out and will last you a long time.
Another often overlooked aspect of purchasing a golf rain suit is the zipper. When water constantly gets inside and around the zipper mechanism you may have noticed that a sort of “pucker” effect beings to occur. When this happens the zips around the actual pulley for the zipper bubble or “pucker” out and can lead to a misalignment with the zipper and cause it to get off of the zipper track. A good golf rain suit will have a dual zipper to prevent this from happening. The zipper should also be made of plastic or stainless steel so that it does not eventually wear out and become unusable.
One of the most important aspects of a good golf rain suit is the mobility it can offer. If you buy a tight or poorly stitched golf rain suit then you will definitely notice the effects it has on your game. Because you will need full range of motion to perform your golf swings you should look for a golf rain suit that has elastics around the arms, knees, and waist. This should allow for great mobility but still help keep the rain out. You will be fighting to find a balance between mobility and protection from the rain with most of the golf rain suits you look at. Size plays a very big role in this decision.