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, specialty gloves may be used in unique situations (i.e. rain, cold weather).
Which hand do you wear the golf glove on?
The golf glove is worn on the ‘opposite’ hand, so right-handed golfers wear the glove on their left hand, while left-handed golfers wear the glove on their right. The reason for this glove-to-hand placement is that the ‘top’ hand on a golf club is the lead hand, meaning its grip is the most crucial.
What is a cadet golf glove?
Gloves come in two main size categories: regular and cadet. Regular gloves are available in men’s and women’s sizes and are designed for golfers who have proportional hands, while cadet golf gloves are designed in men’s sizes for golfers who have relatively short fingers coupled with wide palms. When placed side-by-side with a regular glove, the cadet glove is wider and shorter. Both categories have gloves in sizes small, medium, medium-large, large, extra large and double extra large. Some companies even cater to a wider market and offer triple extra large sizes.
When trying on a glove, select one that is snug, but still loose enough to allow you to move your hand with ease. Your fingers should fit snugly, and the material across the palm of the glove should be taut rather than wrinkled.
What are golf gloves made of?
There are 3 essential types of golf gloves 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 (as opposed to wool) and remains soft and pliable through multiple uses. Cabretta leather is used in other sports gloves as well, such as baseball and softball gloves. Leather gloves have one major drawback over other types of golf gloves—they tend to wear out more quickly and need to be replaced more often. Leather will stretch out, so when purchasing a glove, buy one that is a snug fit on your hand.
Synthetic golf gloves offer better flexibility than leather ones and tend to be more durable. Commonly, the synthetic material used to make these gloves is synthetic leather. This actually makes them look like those made out of genuine leather. While they last longer and tend to be more flexible, synthetic gloves often don’t breathe as well as leather gloves. But synthetic gloves can be a less expensive, longer-lasting alternative to 100% leather construction.
Golf glove manufacturers often will combine the aforementioned types of golf glove materials in order to make a third type of golf glove, known as a hybrid. Hybrid gloves offer the best of both worlds: leather in the palm and on the fingers for better grip, synthetic in the joints and wear points. Having leather in the palm and fingers creates the grip and feel of leather, while putting synthetic leather on the joints and wear points gives the glove more flexibility and durability.
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