A stable grip and better performances in adverse weather conditions are just some of the reason golfers tend to find wearing golf gloves on the greens to be of benefit to their game.
The correct way to wear is a golf glove is on the lead hand. (This is the hand at the top of the grip). For golfers who are right-handed they will require a left-handed glove, and for left-handed golfers, a right-handed glove should be chosen. The reason behind this is that for many golfers their lead hand is the weaker of the two.
There’s a lot to think about when choosing a golf glove; comfort, warmth, technology, longevity, the list could on and on. A lot of golfers find themselves unsure as to which golf glove is ideally suited for them and also in what weathers they are best used in. We’ve put together this buying guide to make your decision that whole lot easier.
All-Weather Golf Gloves
All-weather golf gloves do exactly they promote: high performance standards in any condition. All-weather golf gloves are made from synthetic material that adds strength to key areas of the hand which are starting to show wear and tear, whilst offering snug fit that suits the majority of players. All-weather gloves are not too expensive, either, which only sweetens the deal. And if a golf glove can perform in sun, snow, rain and wind, then it’s got to be a popular choice for the golf course.
Winter Golf Gloves
The winter glove is made from man-made material that helps keep hands warm and shielded from outside cold. These gloves will hold in warmth throughout the game and will assure fingers remain dry and protected. Placing hands inside a winter glove is an assurance of toasty warmth and also lowers the possibility of mis-hits due to frozen, icy hands.
Leather Golf Glove
Leather golf gloves offer serious performance in virtually any weather condition. They are made from Cabretta leather, which is the skin of sheep that have hair instead of wool, and it is produced in countries including India, China, South America and Africa. The fine grain construction of Cabretta leather and its strong fibre network promotes enhanced strength, suppleness and softness in the glove, whilst it also benefits from natural elastic that allows snug fitting. The leather glove is ideal for gripping the golf club in dry conditions but they do not work quite so effectively in damp weather as they can become greasy and slippery.
Leather/Synthetic Mix Golf Glove
Considered by many as the mid-range of golf gloves because they are made mostly from leather but have a synthetic, sometimes microfiber back or palm material built into the design, leather/synthetic is still a popular choice with plenty of pros. Synthetic can be used in a golf glove to enhance strength to the worn out areas of the palm or to improve breathability and fit on the back of the glove.
Rain Golf Glove
As the name righty suggests, rain golf gloves come into their own and perform wonderfully in wet, damp and rainy conditions. They keep hands ultra-protected from these elements with built-in synthetic materials which does not allow any seepage of perspiration to get into the glove or onto the hands. However, when used in dry conditions, rain gloves are more of a burden and not recommended unless the weather forecasts are gloomy.
Get The Right Fit
Fit is of course vitally important when it comes to golf gloves. Too big a size and the golf club will twist in the baggy excess of material and reduce the effectiveness the golf glove is supposed to have on the grip. Wearing golf gloves which are not the right size will also cause the material to age much faster, leaving you with gloves that have worn areas in the thumb and pad far quicker than gloves that fit correctly.
Snug is the way to go. Over time the golf glove will stretch anyway and conform to your own hand, and many Tour golfers literally have to pull off the glove when finishing a round. When pulling on a golf glove ideally you only be able to pull the tab halfway across which will then allow for the glove to let up and become easier with time.