A golf umbrella is designed specifically for golfers to use while golfing to protect them from the sun or rain. It is larger than a regular umbrella so that it can cover not only the golfer, but his or her cart as well. Though it is intended for use by golfers on the golf course, it has also been used effectively by non-golfers in cities and other areas to provide themselves more cover and protection against the sun and rain than smaller umbrellas can.
Typically, golf umbrellas have a diameter that is around 60-65 inches (152-165 cm) in length, and some can measure as large as 70 inches (~178 cm). To prevent the umbrella from being too unwieldy, typically it is constructed with a shaft made of fiberglass. Furthermore, the spreaders are also comprised of the same material. Other than being extremely light, another benefit of using fiberglass is that it makes the golf umbrella resistant to lightning.
The great size and sturdiness of the canopy of a golf umbrella is to reduce the chances of a strong wind flipping the umbrella inside out. Another important feature is an ergonomic handle to aid the golfer by ensuring that his or her hand remains in as natural and comfortable position as they can as they grasp it. Holding the golf umbrella needs to be effortless, as a hand cramp could affect the golfer’s swing. What would be the point of having a golf umbrella if the golfer is having trouble golfing?
Golf umbrellas are also useful for companies who wish to advertise themselves. Placing their company logo or message will expose their brand to the golf community. Other players on the course will likely see the umbrella and inadvertently take note of what is printed on it. Due to this, companies may decide to offer their employees and customers a complimentary golf umbrella. In this way, every time the umbrella is opened (whether or not on a golf course is irrelevant), they will have convenient advertising displayed in the public for them.