Several weeks back I discussed some towel options you may want to check out during your next trip to your favorite golf shop (or to look at during lunchtime at the office). One of the towels mentioned was the Frogger Amphibian towel, which I've been using for the past month.
I know what you might be thinking, "It's just a towel" but if you're even semi-fanatical about keeping your clubs clean while on the course, you know how important a good towel can be. A good towel is key in keeping your clubs free and clear of debris and looking good. Read on to find out why I think the Amphibian towel is the best towel currently on the market.Not Your Ordinary Towel
The Amphibian towel is really two 28" x 14" towels in one. The outer layer is a plush woven cotton jacquard while the inner layer is a bamboo terry. According to Frogger, the bamboo "absorbs three times more water than cotton, dries three times as fast, and is naturally anti-fungal as well as anti-microbial." A waterproof membrane separates the two layers, keeping the outside dry and the inside wet - or vice versa. Convenient pull tabs on the bottom allow you to keep your hands dry as you open the outer layer to wipe off you club with the inner layer.
The inner, bamboo terry will slurp up some serious water. Prior to several rounds or practice sessions, I poured anything from about 8-16 ounces from a water bottle onto the the bamboo layer to test how long it would stay wet and I was pleased that from the time I poured the water until the end of my round, the inner layer stayed wet and I could clean my clubs whenever the need arose.
I could also wipe of my clubs with the still wet inner layer a full 24 hours after my round. And 36 hours. And 48 hours. And, well you get the point. Needless to say, that inner layer will hold water for quite some time. Had I left the towel open, I suppose it would have dried much more quickly.
On the flip side, when the towel is completely dry and you happen to play a round in the rain, that same inner layer stays nice and dry in order to wipe off your grips and clubface while the outer layer absorbs the rain. Unfortunately, the towel really could stand to be about six inches longer in both dimensions, as its use as an effective rain hood is limited by the small-ish size. There will be no draping of the Amphibian over your clubs in the rain or mist.
The only issue I really had with the Amphibian was during one weekend golf trip, I wet the inside layer on a Friday in order to wipe off my clubs and then it proceeded to rain on Saturday and Sunday, leaving me with both layers wet and the towel pretty well useless.
I didn't have access to a dryer for the weekend so both layers were wet and never had an opportunity to dry out. Without access to a dryer, it can take some time in order to completely dry out. Make sure your hotel has a dryer and this should eliminate this issue.
As for washing, mine's made friends with the washer and dryer several times and it looks the same as the first day I had it. I would imagine this could change a bit over time but thus far I've been happy that it cleans up quite nicely.
The Amphibian towel attaches to your bag with a carabineer and this might be the single greatest towel attachment ever. Anything that I've seen or used in the past that attaches a towel to your golf bag is junk in my opinion.
You can pick up an Amphibian towel in Blue, Black, and Red for about $20. Considering you can spend the same or more on a plain cotton towel that has nothing more that some equipment manufacturer's logo on it and I would say the Amphibian is a good buy.
I also tried out the Ball Towel, which is basically just a mini-sized version of the full-size Amphibian towel. It does a good job at cleaning off your ball but the only times I used it was when I wore a jacket as I could store it in my pocket. I like to keep a minimum to what I have in my shorts or pants pocket but it didn't feel too bulky the couple of times I kept it there and its probably something to which I can become accustomed.
It does also has a carabineer that you can clip to your belt loop if that fits your style as well. At about $13, I think this might be a bit pricey just to have a small towel to wipe off your ball.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Amphibian towel and if you're in the market for a new towel, I would suggest checking one out. I'm certainly glad I did.