The purpose of golf gloves is to help golfers achieve a firmer grip on their golf club, because sweaty hands make swinging the club a lot more challenging.
Knowing how to properly clean your golf gloves can help extend the life of the gloves while helping you grip the club better. In hot and humid weather, your hands sweat and, over time, the inside of your golf gloves accumulates a buildup of sweat, oil, and salt. This can cause them to smell and become slicker (two things no golfer wants).
When this happens, it interferes with the golfer’s grip and can adversely affect their game. To avoid these issues, here’s our step-by-step guide on how to clean your golf gloves to keep you at the top of your game.
- Get rid of any surface debris you see on the glove. Pre-treat any dirty spots with a mild liquid soap by scrubbing it a sponge or small toothbrush.
- Fill up the sink or an empty bucket with warm water and add a mild detergent to it (such as a mild dishwashing liquid). Stir the water around to help build up soap suds.
- Immerse the glove into the soapy water. Be sure to gently swirl the gloves around, just like a washing machine agitates clothing to remove hard stains.
- Rinse the glove in clean water to help remove any leftover soap. Then place the glove on an absorbent towel—preferably a terrycloth—to remove any excess water.
- Lay the glove down to dry, away from any heat source to avoid shrinkage. As it begins to dry, slip the glove back on and flex your hand to stretch the leather back into shape and to prevent shrinkage. Then, take the glove off and lay it back down to finish the drying process.
When drying your golf gloves, do not put them in the dryer. This can shrink the gloves and ruin their grip.
When washing your golf gloves, do not expose them to harsh detergents. Many pros agree that mild dishwashing liquid works best.
If your golf gloves consistently get dirty in one specific spot on the glove, be sure to check your grip, as it may need to be cleaned as well.