Golf 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 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 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.
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.
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