I don’t normally write reviews on topics such as the best golf glove, but now and again I feel the information golfers get online is so poor I want to step in. In this article I will give you my honest review on the best golf gloves to suit your needs as a golfer.
We’ll also cover some key questions I’ve frequently answered over my 13 years as a golf pro. If I haven’t covered your question, leave it as a comment at the bottom and I’ll reply to you and update the article.
Just click on the links below to jump to your section. Enjoy – Will @ Golf Insider
Best golf glove reviews
- Best golf glove for feel
- Best value golf glove
- Best golf glove for sweaty hands / hot weather
- Best golf glove for arthritis
- Jump to Golf glove questions & Answers
Best golf glove for feel
The most expensive aspect of golf glove design is making a material that is ultra-thin and durable. The ultra-thin design of a golf glove gives you the best feel, but it does come at a cost ($$$) and reduces the lifespan of a golf glove.
Most of the top manufacturers favour Cabretta leather, which is a leather made from sheepskin. It is far tougher than other types of leather. I hate to sound like a pretentious golfer, but it really does feel superior to other leathers (don’t judge me).
I’ve had the joys of playing with pretty much all of the top Cabretta leather golf gloves over the past few years. Below is my personal ranking, however, I will be honest. I doubt you will be disappointed with any of the three below.
The Footjoy StaSof has been around for many years. It’s worn by many of the top golfers in the world including Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel, Scott Piercy and Lee Westwood. With my work in golf, I’m lucky enough to get hold of a few of these a year and they really are the best golf glove out there in my eyes.
The feel is super soft and yet sticky when holding a golf glove. The holes on the back and front of the golf allow for aeration. While the small line of mesh across the knuckles and elasticated top provide a great fit. It is my preferred golf for playing golf.
I’ve been using this golf glove for the past year. It really is great quality. In terms of style and fit it is slightly more slender than the StaSof. Possibly more suited if you have thinner hands and/or longer fingers.
The feel is great, but in my personal opinion a notch off the quality of the FootJoy StaSof. I don’t wear out golf gloves too quickly, but this really has lasted. I would give it an additional mark for durability over the Footjoy StaSof.
The ideal golf glove for great feel and good durability.
Full disclosure on this review. I’ve trialed the MG Cabretta golf glove for some shots, but not used it long enough to discuss it’s longevity. Why has it stolen the number three slot on this review – because it provides brilliant feel for such a low price (around half the price of the gloves above).
If you’re after great feel from a golf glove, but want to save on the pennies check this one out.
Best value golf glove
There is an inherent trade-off with golf glove – the ones that feel great are made of thin, fine leather and don’t last too long. On the other hand (excuse the pun), we have synthetic gloves with less feel, but better value and longevity.
In this section I’ve tried to give you the best of both worlds.
Possibly my favourite glove as a budding junior golfer. The Footjoy SciFlex gives you a synthetic glove with great feel. I won’t lie and tell you it feels just a Cabretta leather glove, it doesn’t, but it’s a great feeling glove.
The lycra mesh provides a snug fit and good aeration if you play in warm conditions. However, the key benefit is that the synthetic material will take a good amount of usage before it starts to give in, far more than a leather counterpart. Hence its position as best value golf glove.
# 2 Callaway Men’s Xtreme 365 Golf Glove
Swinging in at number two for best golf gloves for value is the Callaway Xtreme 365. This golf glove provides a strong, durable synthetic glove with reinforced patches.
I’m personally not a huge fan of how it feels, but if it’s durability and great value you’re after in a golf glove then look no further.
Best golf glove for sweaty hands / hot weather
Yep, let’s not pretend we’re all superhuman – this is a common issue. This issue is actually two-fold. If you play in warm conditions and sweat the inside of the golf glove can actually become slippery. This really causes some performance issue. The second issue is how quickly good golf gloves wear out once then get into this condition.
Your best option is a great feeling synthetic glove, or a combo of leather and synthetic materials.
Back at number one we have the Footjoy SciFlex glove. I personally find it’s the best feeling synthetic golf glove out there. The material will still perform when you start to sweat, and you’ll benefit from great durability compared to a leather glove. The stretchy mesh will allow good aeration, offering a good golf glove for hot conditions.
In second place we have the Nike Dura Feel 8. This golf glove gives you real leather on the palm and the thumb, wrapped with synthetic leather everywhere else. The large amount of mesh over the knuckles gives it good aeration and a snug fit.
If you really want the leather feel, but with more durability in hot, sweaty conditions then this is the glove for you.
Why have I not put it as number one? Full disclosure, I’ve worn it and tested it, but I haven’t yet had a chance to put it through it’s paces in hot weather – the joys of living in the U.K. It’s a top glove for the money, when I get a chance to hit some warmer climates I’ll update this post.
Best golf glove for arthritis
As sad as is it arthritis and similar joint conditions affect almost 20% of the population. There are two key factors that can help to reduce the pain associated with hitting a golf ball for golfers with such conditions.
Firstly, larger (oversized) golf grips. Secondly, a suitable golf glove, with additional padding on the front of the glove.
# 1 Bionic Stable Grip Golf Glove
A specialist golf glove, such as the Bionic allows you to grip your golf club with a wider aperture. This means you’re not forcing your joints into a more flexed position, where they tend to be under the most pressure.
The second benefit is that the padding on this golf glove dampens the vibrations through impact. This further reduces the pain of striking the golf ball.
All in all, this won’t make golf pain-free, but it hopefully makes playing a practicing a playing a more fun experience. I will warn you – go for a few practice shots before you take this out onto the golf course.
In time this golf glove with feel normal, but the additional thickness does take a little getting used to.
Why should I wear a golf glove?
Having a thin, soft surface between your hand and the golf club allows you to hold the club with less pressure. This reduces the tension in your Hands and Forearms and allows you to make a more relaxed golf swing.
What hand should you wear a golf glove on?
Right-handed players should wear a glove glove on their Left Hand. Left-handed golfers should wear a golf glove on their Right Hand. The reason is that this hand has far more surface area in contact with the golf grip. The trail hand (non-gloved hand) has far less contact with the golf glove and does not benefit in the same way.
However, some golfers do prefer to wear golf gloves on both hands.
Why do I wear holes in my golf glove?
You’re not going to like me here. It’s very easy to blame poor golf glove design when we wear holes into golf glove, however this is a sign of a poor golf grip.
Most commonly golfers wear a hole into the pad of their palm on the opposite side to their thumb. This is a sure sign of a weak golf grip, and someone who struggles with a fade / slice. If this sounds like you, check out this post on how to build a proper golf grip. Also, I put together this post on the best golf drivers to stop a slice.
Another common wear on golf gloves is at the tips of your thumb and index finger. Again, this is down to a poor golf grip., where the thumb does not apply enough pressure to the grip as you reach the top of your golf swing. Check out the link above for more details.
Happy golfing – Will @ Golf Insider
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