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June 18, 2009

Rain Gear Being Used at 2009 U.S. Open

Posted at 12:25 PM by David Dusek

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Modern foul-weather golf apparel has almost as much technology built into it as a driver. Space-age fabrics make waterproof tops and pants breathable while keeping you dry. Here is a look at what many of the golfers at the 2009 U.S. Open will be wearing. (Click on any of the images for a closer look.)

Tiger-Woods-RainGear  Nike Storm Fit Elite Jacket
 $200, nikegolf.com
 Also available in a long sleeve version ($300), this waterproof shell is lightweight and features seams that are completely sealed to keep water out. This top will be worn by Tiger Woods (left), Paul Casey and Stewart Cink.


Ian Poulter Raingear
Dry Joys Tour Rainshirt
$180, footjoy.com
With a two-year waterproof warranty, sealed zippers and Velcro adjustable cuffs, this top will be worn by Ian Poulter (right) and Adam Scott.

 

Martin Kaymer Raingear  Adidas ClimaFit Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket
 $145, adidasgolf.com
 This jacket unzips to become a short-sleeved rain top or a vest, making it super
 versatile and ideal for golfers who play when it's chilly and when it's warm. This top
 will be worn by Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer (left) and Justin Rose.



Luke Donald Polo Raingear Polo RLX  Elude Waterproof Jacket

$299, ralphlauren.com
Lots of pockets, all of which are sealed, make this hi-tech jacket extremely functional. It's fitted, but features plenty of stretch through the shoulders to allow golfers to swing freely. This is the top Luke Donald (right) wears.

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(Photos: Woods/John Biever/SI
Poulter, Kaymer/Ross Kinnard/Getty Images
Donald/Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

January 30, 2009

Tom Watson says graphite shafts changed the game

Posted at 3:53 PM by David Dusek

Tomwatson ORLANDO, Fla. — Tom Watson looked like he'd stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine as he sipped coffee Friday morning at the PGA Show. That made the people at Polo Ralph Lauren, the company that outfits the eight-time major champion, very happy.

Surrounded by companies selling every kind of golf contraption imaginable, I asked Watson which technological innovation made the greatest impact on the game.

"It was the graphite shaft," he said. "I can't remember exactly where I was when I first tried them, maybe '83 at Oakmont."

Watson said the buzz back then was that graphite shafts were going to transform the game and help golfers hit the ball a lot farther.

"Being from the 'Show Me State' of Missouri, I was a little skeptical about it hitting the ball a lot farther," Watson continued. Because even the earliest graphite shafts were so much lighter than steel shafts, manufacturers were free to make the shafts longer and golfers could swing them faster.

However, it wasn't love a first swing for Watson and the earliest graphite-shafted clubs. "They didn't have enough feedback with the hit," he said. "There was a softer feel to them, but I called them 'dumb' because I couldn't feel in my hands what I'd done in the hit."

But looking back, Watson feels the creation of graphite shafts was the beginning of the process that eventually created the drivers we have now.

July 17, 2008

Jackets that are British Open tested

Posted at 3:21 PM by David Dusek

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND -- Don't think of a rain jacket as a fashion statement. As the pros who braved the elements Thursday at Birkdale will attest, good foul weather gear is serious equipment and worth investing in. Here are a few things to think about:

1. Waterproof vs. Water resistant
When you get a waterproof jacket it should keep you dry in a steady rain and not allow any water to leak through. The zippers have flaps or seals that prevent water from seeping inside, and the seams inside the jacket will often be sealed as well. What you might be sacrificing is some breathability.

A water resistant top will usually be more breathable, but if you get caught in a long, steady rain you'll get wet. If you are playing in a light drizzle or a light rain, you'll stay fairly dry. On a hot summer day, a water resistant top will help you avoid feeling like a steamed clam.

2. Warranties
If you are looking to invest in a waterproof jacket, look for one that has a warranty. Many, including the tops listed below, promise to keep you dry with normal use for at least two years.

3. Wind resistance
Waterproof jackets should be windproof too, but many water resistant jackets are windproof these days as well. On a chilly day, having a layer that blocks the wind will make you feel a lot warmer.
Here are four rain tops that will keep you dry and comfortable for years to come:

Weir2_600Adidas ClimaProof Storm Full Zip ($240)
Waterproof, seam sealed, two-way mechanical stretch with four-way stretch inserts, an internal drawcord, and two-year waterproof warranty. Right on Mike Weir (Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Verplankjacket_600x400DryJoys Rainshirt ($180)
Waterproof, stretch panels, seam sealed, adjustable waterproof cuffs and front zipper, scorecard pocket and two-year waterproof warranty.  Right on Scott Verplank. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Choijacket_600x450 Nike StormFit Elite 1/2 Zip ($250)
Waterproof, Velcro adjustable cuffs, sealed front zipper, limited lifetime guarantee. Right on K.J. Choi (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Watsonrlxjacket_600x400Polo RLX Elude Jacket ($395)
Waterproof, seam sealed, full stretch, Vercro adjustable cuffs, two-way front zipper, hidden vents under the arms, back collar and yoke, scorecard pocket. Right on Tom Watson (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

 



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