What you wear on the course has never been more relevant than when talking about the golf glove. A modern staple of the game, nowadays a golfer gloveless is like a golfer naked…and nobody wants to see that. When looking for the right fit, there are a few things you need to consider; feel, grip and overall comfort. It isn’t just a five-finger blanket to make you look like a pro, it is your hand, and finding the right one for you might be the key to improving your game.
There’s a glove out there for all shapes and sizes, for any kind of shot, no matter where you are on the course. For those long, driving shots right off the tee, a glove will keep your hand from blistering and help to keep the club firm in your grip as you make your swing. When taking a putt, wearing a single glove on your dominant hand can keep the club straight and be the deciding factor to keep you under par.
While they can keep your hands safe from blisters, they can also protect you from the harsh, and annoying effects of the weather. If you are a regular eighteener, you know the struggles of taking off a sweat-drenched glove and finding it the next day shrunken and shrivelled.
To avoid that, most gloves today emphasise breathability so that those hot days aren’t cooking your hands and you can slide them off with ease. On the opposite days, during the colder months, your hands can get so brittle from the chill, so some gloves are specially designed to keep them warm, but are a little bulkier than your average glove.
All the major brands have brought all of their expertise and resources into making the most comfortable and high performing golf apparel and this buying guide combines the very best in the game from sportswear brands like Under Armour and even brands that make designing gloves their priority, such as Bionic.
Crafted from one of the finest leathers, Cabretta, which is made from sheep’s hair (but not the wool), and often used for dress gloves and shoe uppers, G/Fore has created a seriously premium range of golf gloves. Providing superior grip and comfort, and coming in a gallery of different colours that were designed to match every season, G/Fore golf gloves give you the freedom to seamlessly accommodate your gloves into your overall look.
When looking for the right glove, you need to think about more than just the size of your hand and take into account how a hot day can make your grip slippery and loose inside the glove. That’s why Under Armour have designed their gloves with micro-perforations along the fingers to increase ventilation and special material on the inside that wicks sweat and keeps your hand dry. For the very best, check out the ‘Speith Tour’ glove.
Sometimes your glove can be more than an accessory, and can actually be a tool to help improve your game, which is something that Travis Mathew have added to their’s, with a grip locator stitched into the inside of the palm, running below the fingers that will help to keep your shot lined up. Combined with lightweight materials, cabretta leather and adjustable tabs, a glove like the ‘Premier’ is perfect for beginners and intermediate players still getting used to that part of the game.
Although they have stopped producing clubs, balls and bags since 2016, Nike are still in the apparel game and stamping the iconic swoosh logo onto golf gloves. Utilising their premium Dri-FIT technology to wick sweat and keep your hands feeling fresh for every shot, perforations on the fingers, stretch zones to allow for natural movement, and an easy to use hook and loop closure tab for a custom fit to create a comfortable natural feel, as seen in their ‘Nike Tech’ glove.
One of the most consistently used gloves on the PGA Tour by the professionals, TaylorMade gloves are designed for the golfer that plays the full 18, on any course, under any condition. That’s why they’ve developed gloves that can endure the elements and keep you playing, as seen in their ‘Rain Control’ glove, with materials made from tech microfiber to ensure sturdy grip, maximum comfort and a great feeling swing, even in the wettest of conditions.
For those golfers seeking the quality and feel trusted by the top professionals, Titleist’s range of golf gloves offer comfort and breathability at an affordable price. Constructed from ultra-thin cabretta leather layering on the base, fabrics that prevent overheating and satin reinforcement on the cuffs and thumb for longer lasting durability. The best in their range comes from the ‘Perma Soft’ golf glove that comes with their patented ‘CoolMax’ mesh panel that is designed to keep your hand cool on those extremely muggy days.
Always striving to deliver golfers of all abilities and play styles the kind of gear that makes use of the most advanced technologies and innovations, Callaway’s gloves will have you feeling like a pro on the course. Be sure to check out the ‘Tour Authentic’ glove, with moisture reducing perforations, touch tape fastening and premium feel cabretta leather infused with their patented Griptac technology for increased tackiness every time you step up to the tee.
Offering a wide variety of golf gloves for all of your needs, Srixon has something for every encounter on the course, whether it’s the unexpected rain or the cold winter months, they have you covered. With cabretta leather for a soft, almost invisible feel, microfiber suede palms in the ‘All Weather’ glove, which increases traction in both wet and humid conditions, and all covered in premium materials that increase mobility, durability and comfort.
Picking the glove that is the right fit for your hand can be a long and frustrating process, but thankfully Mizuno have simplified it by including their FitBridge technology that effectively contours to the shape of your hand. The quality doesn’t stop there though, with the ‘Tour’ glove, you’ll get a superior feel with a thin layer of cabretta leather, perforated panels on the backside which enhances breathability and keeps you going strong as the game goes on.
Wanting you to golf like a pro this season, Maxfli have developed their gloves to help you enhance your swing. Their range includes gloves to counter the winter months and keep your hands warm against the cold and gloves to keep your hands dry in the rain, but be sure to check out the ‘Elite’ glove. With strategically placed perforations for maximum ventilation, top of the line cabretta leather for a thin and comfortable feel, and an easily adjustable flap to keep everything in place and to stop your hand from sliding while swinging.
For the best performance on the course, Top Flite have gone above and beyond when it comes to the materials they use to construct their gloves. Lycra, synthetic leather, cabretta leather, elastic and even microfibres, it’s all in there and the result is a comfortable and secure fit. With the ‘DigiTech’ glove, you’ll find the quality of these materials, as well as breathable mesh, and specially ‘digitised’ materials at the thumb and palm for long lasting durability.
North Coast Glove Co.
It’s in the name, these guys know about gloves and what goes into creating the most comfortable, well fitting and best looking glove to have you swinging high with confidence. Focusing on quality over quantity, their ‘Sunday Tradition’ glove is the very best in the range, with soft and silky cabretta leather for that thin but plush feel between you and the club, perforations for breathability and an overall classic design with modern style.
There hasn’t been a single major sport that Slazenger hasn’t contributed their expertise to and golf is no exception. Going for consistency and reliability when it comes to designing their range of golf gloves, with the sleek and stylish designs of their ‘V500 Leather’ glove for a comfortable and cool fit. These gloves also have you covered against any condition the weather is in, as seen in their all in one, ‘V300 All-Weather’ glove, which has been engineered for rain, hail and shine.
The right glove needs the right look and right feel, and PING will make you feel comfortable and confident as you step to the tee. Despite looking like a true athlete’s glove, the ‘PING Sport’ glove comes with their patented ‘SensorCool’ technology in the wristband that will wick the sweat away, a large lycra panel across the knuckles for enhanced breathability, perforated finger vents and all covered in premium cabretta leather.
Owned and designed within Australia, Bionic’s golf gloves look like they were made for a science fiction movie and the way they have been specially engineered to grip a golf club and never slip, you would think they are. Developed closely with hand specialists, their range of gloves use the best materials for comfort and full range of movement. The very best comes from their ‘Performance Grip Pro’ glove, with tapered finger design that conforms to the shape of your fingers for a natural fit.