Golf Gloves


golf glove image 1Golf gloves are not required but are recommended for golfers of all levels. While most golfers wear gloves, some choose to remove their gloves for short-iron shots and while putting so that they can better “feel” the clubface when it is striking the ball. The main reason to wear a golf glove is to improve grip. A golf glove is tackier than skin, particularly in hot weather, and will help prevent the club from turning in a player’s hand. Golf gloves also help create more friction between the grip and the gloved hand, which makes them particularly useful for golfers with loose grips. As weather can play a part in the game, there are specialty gloves that you can use in unique situations, such as rain, cold weather, or even on a humid day.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Which hand should you wear the golf glove on?

You should wear the golf glove on the ‘opposite’ hand of how you swing. For example, right-handed golfers would wear their glove on their left hand, and left-handed golfers would wear the glove on their right hand. The reason for this is that you want to wear the glove on the lead hand where the grip is most crucial.

When you try on a golf glove, you should be looking for one that is snug, but still loose enough to allow you to move your hand with ease. Your fingers should fit snugly in the glove, and the material across the palm of the glove should be taut rather than wrinkled.

2) What are golf gloves made of?

There are 3 types of golf gloves that you will find on the market today: leather, synthetic, and hybrid gloves.

Leather

golf glove image 2Leather golf gloves are the most supple of the 3 types and that suppleness lends itself to the best feel. Top quality leather, or cabretta leather, is made from the hide of haired sheep and they remain soft and pliable through multiple uses, but they are more expensive than the other two alternatives. Cabretta leather is also used in other sports gloves as well, such as baseball and softball gloves. Unfortunately, leather gloves wear out quicker, so you need to replace them more frequently. As you probably know, leather stretches, so when you purchase a glove, make sure it fits snugly on your hand.

 

 

 

Synthetic

Synthetic golf gloves offer better flexibility than leather ones and tend to be more durable. The material used to make these gloves is synthetic leather, which makes them look like real leather. Synthetic gloves last longer and are more flexible than real leather gloves, but they don’t “breathe” as well as leather gloves. Synthetic gloves can be a less expensive, longer-lasting choice to the leather cabretta gloves.

Hybrid

Golf glove manufacturers combine the leather and synthetic leather materials into a third type of golf glove, known as a hybrid. Hybrid gloves give you the best of both worlds: leather in the palm and on the fingers for a better grip, and synthetic in the joints and wear points for more flexibility and durability.

If you’re looking for a new golf glove, please click on this link. You will find a wide variety of makes and brands to choose from.

10 thoughts on “Golf Gloves

  • October 6, 2016 at 8:29 pm
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    Wow I love your site. I am far from a golf fan but I love the strategy and competition. I Never knew it was so much strategy involved in the gloves. You know alot about golf very impressive. Are you pretty good?
    Do you also teach golf? You seem to have a passion

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    • October 7, 2016 at 5:24 am
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      Thanks for your comments on my site! The proper glove can make a huge difference in your game and your score. Without a proper grip, it’s very easy to have the club slip in your hands, causing you to hit a bad shot. I’m an average golfer with an 8 handicap. I don’t hit the ball very long any more, but I’m fairly consistent in my play. Unfortunately, I don’t teach golf. I’m very passionate about the game, but I don’t have the technical knowledge to pass on to anyone else, at least not yet anyways.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  • October 6, 2016 at 9:53 pm
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    I love golf and used to golf so much more when I was younger. Though, truth be told, I was never very good at it. I always used to joke that for me, going golfing was just going for a long walk with a stick.

    But having proper equipment is essential and that certainly applies to golf gloves. Really, it’s mandatory. I can’t imagine playing without gloves, and your post provides a lot of useful information.

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    • October 7, 2016 at 11:51 am
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      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for the comments. Some days I don’t play very well, and typically it’s on hot days when my golf glove fails to keep my hand dry and so I don’t get a good grip on the club. Thankfully, I carry up to 6 golf gloves in my bag. I can’t imagine playing golf without wearing a golf glove. They just seem to go hand in hand, pardon the pun!!
      Best regards,
      Shawn

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  • October 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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    Hey !
    Great idea, playing Golf is a hobby that many people have, but for which they don’t usually find all explanations and information needed. I find your website very good and the content is great.
    Best of luck,

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    • October 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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      Hi Kori,
      Thank you for your comments on my site. My intention is to provide people with information on the game of golf as well as access to various clubs and accessories for the avid golfer.
      Thanks again!
      Shawn

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  • January 10, 2017 at 7:05 am
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    I appreciate a competitor who looks for any edge they can get. This article on gloves shows you have that competitve edge. I golf only a few times a summer with my buddies. Although none of us are very good, I am the only one who wears a glove and golf shoes to try and help my game. My current glove is beginning to rip, I think i’ll look into a synthetic glove that is more durable for my next purchase

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    • January 10, 2017 at 11:41 am
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      Hi John,
      Thanks for your comments. I purchase new golf gloves before the start of every golf season. Mine normally get torn and tattered throughout the season and with the humidity up here in Canada, I need a golf glove to give me the proper grip on the club. I usually replace the rubber cleats in my golf shoes every year as well, just so that I’m good to go for the upcoming golf season.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  • July 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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    Nice article. I’m glad I came across it. I’m a golf newbie myself. Just recently started playing the so I have lots to learn. The other day I was at the driving range, and I noticed someone wearing two gloves. Is this a common practice? What would be the benefits, if any of wearing two golf gloves at one?

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    • July 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm
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      Thanks Joey! I have seen people using two golf gloves as well, but that was usually in the fall when the weather starts to turn colder up here in Canada. Most people I know, including myself, just use one glove. I have known a couple of people in the past who have used two gloves, but that was because the grips on their golf clubs were worn and the gloves allowed them to hold the clubs better. Hope this answers your question.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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