How pros are weathering the storm to stay warm and dry at the WM Phoenix Open

It's operation "stay dry" at TPC Scottsdale. Here are 3 ways pros and their caddies are keeping themselves warm and dry on the course today. Left: Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Right: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Here are 3 ways pros and their caddies are keeping themselves warm and dry on the course today.

Left: Orlando Ramirez/Getty, Right: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

If you’re keeping up with the WM Phoenix Open, you’ll know the opening days have been wet, windy and cold at TPC Scottsdale. The pros and caddies can barely feel their hands, but the (greatest) show must go on!

The Tour pro-tip to warm hands

Historically, the pros are sweating in the desert heat at this tournament, but not this year. The cold rain and wind are full-blast. Caddies are doing all they can with the umbrella holding, which is a must on a day like this, but when the caddies step away, these pros are depending solely on their outfits (and accessories such as the G-Tech Handwarmer, which NFL pros are well-known to use on snowy sidelines) to keep them protected from the frigid elements.

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 08: Erik van Rooyen of South Africa looks on as he warms his hands on the first green during the first round of the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 08, 2024 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The G-Tech is an excellent choice for athletes on the move in the cold. Here’s Erik van Rooyen sporting his at TPC. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Erik van Rooyen was well-prepared for the elements with his G-Tech hand warmer strapped to his waist. His warm hands could be one of the reasons why his tee shot on TPC’s famous 16th has been the best one yet today on that hole. And, man, what a shot. The crowd went wild.

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Keeping equipment dry

Staying warm is important, but pros are also doing all they can to keep their in-hand equipment as dry as possible for a chance at rolling straighter putts and hitting better shots. You’ll notice caddies are on a mission, wiping club faces and grips at the last moment, carrying a multitude of dry towels under their umbrellas.

Caddies are also carrying a stockpile of gloves. Pros and their caddies know anyone can compromise a swing by gripping too tightly. Instead of gripping the club tighter to keep from it slipping in hand on a wet day like this, it’s a great idea to swap into an extra glove that is a little dryer. The pros and all good caddies know keeping a gentle grip is key in a good golf shot, so dry gloves are top of mind today.


Men’s UA Spieth Tour Glove

Just like Jordan Spieth himself, these gloves are built to perform on any course, at any time. Super-light materials and a flexible fit will keep you feeling fresh and focused round after round.

Many pros opted for a beanie today. Some of them chose to add it over their caps so they could keep the rain from their eyes and their head and ears warm. A beanie with sweat-wicking technology (like either of the ones featured below) is an ideal and practical solution to refrain from the rain.

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Men’s UA Driver Pom Beanie

The beanie Jordan Spieth chose to weather the storm at the first round of the WM Phoenix Open today. Light, soft, warm, and sweat-wicking. Everything you want between the big plays.

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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 08: Jordan Spieth of the United States smiles as he walks the 12th hole during the first round of the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 08, 2024 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images)
Jordan Spieth during round 1 at the WM Phoenix Open staying warm in his Under Armour beanie. Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images

Another fashionable and effective beanie option is the one we saw Erik van Rooyen donning in the first round today. You can get this fleece-lined, tour-approved beanie in 4 color options.

4 color options – Worn on tour by Erik van Rooyen

Callaway Tour Authentic Pom Beanie

The beanie Erik van Rooyen wore during the first round of the WM Phoenix Open. The Callaway Tour Authentic Pom Beanie is lined with fleece to help generate heat when and where you need it most.

Though the fans think the weather’s fine…

It’s not only the pros and caddies who are weathering the storm going into this weekend. It’s awesome to see fans unbothered by the less-than-preferable weather — there were guys in the front row of the 16th going strong with no shirt and having a wonderful time — but it’s just as important for those outside the ropes to dress for fashion and function. The selections above can help with that.

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