Here in New York City, the temperature has cooled to a humid 89 degrees from last week’s heat wave, but over in St. Andrews, Scotland , the forecast for the 150th Anniversary Open Championship predicts rain for three out of the four days and average temperatures in the mid to high 50s.
As expected, the players are practicing in sweaters and rain gear, and will surely have them on hand as the tournament progresses, and that includes the Nike Golf athletes. Nike Golf has excelled in incorporating the leading technology in rain and cold-weather gear for golf. At the end of last year they debuted their Zoom Bandon golf shoe, perhaps the first high-top, fully waterproof golf shoe. There’s no word on whether or not any of the athletes are wearing the Bandon this week, but they will be wearing warmer apparel. Here’s a look at some of the items we might see at The Open.
Sphere Dry Cover Up
This one seems to be a hit at The Open with both Paul Casey (in black version) and Tiger Woods (dark gray version) practicing in it. (Note that TW was using the Method on the putting green!). Why did they choose to practice in the Sphere Dry Cover Up? It’s thermal, features 4-way stretch for maximum range of motion and is high on the wind protection meter – see chart. View the Sphere Dry Cover Up.
Vapor Half-Zip Jacket
Tiger seemed to be practicing in this jacket again this week while warming up for the Open. The Vapor is water-resistant, breathable, wind-proof, and packable so it fits easily into your bag. View the Vapor Half-Zip Jacket.
Storm-Fit Elite Full-Zip
My new favorite full-protection Nike Golf jacket (well, since last year’s!), this jacket is truly the ultimate in golf outerwear. We’re talking no-sew bonding technology, seam-sealed, stylish, and functional – all in one. When Nike made this jacket, they made it to the standards of outdoor companies like The North Face and Patagonia. You could probably hike to Machu Picchu in this jacket – I would have. View the Storm-Fit Elite Full-Zip. And check out Bob’s review of the Storm-Fit Elite outerwear.
Proof that outerwear doesn’t have to be all black, Simon Dyson was recently photographed at a Nike photo shoot at The Open wearing this blue top. While I’m not sure what he’s wearing, it could be the Storm-Fit Half-Zip. According to Nike, this jacket was designed with their own athletes’ insights, so you know that it is course-worthy.