The Best Golf Gloves to Help You Swing into Action

Our top pick is the FootJoy StaSof glove for its feel, grip, and durability

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TripSavvy's Picks

FootJoy's StaSof Glove is our best overall pick for its grip, feel, and durability. We like the PXG Players Glove for a men's-specific option. And the Titleist Players Glove is our top pick for a women's-specific model.

Golf gloves are often an afterthought purchased at the counter right before a round. But serious players should consider several factors before selecting one because the foundation of your golf swing is the grip. Your hands are the connection to the club; if that’s off, it’s hard to get the rest of the swing right. “Gloves are just as important as both your club and your ball,” says Rob Akins, a golf instructor at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. “When you’re looking to purchase a golf glove, the fit, comfort, and durability are the three main things to consider,” says Greg Thomas, assistant director of Golf Operations at Big Cedar Lodge

How should a golf glove fit? According to Akins like…a glove. “It’s important to get the right size and to know how to look for that.” He recommends you put the glove on and open your palm. “If you can easily grab the glove in the center of your palm and pull the material—it’s too big.” Thomas reminds players to look for a new glove that stretches and is a bit snug but not to the point where it’s squeezing your hand. “A golf glove should fit tightly when first purchased since the glove will expand as it is used. It shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t get it on your hand, but if it’s too big, you’ll wear it out quickly.”

Durability is another issue to consider. Suitable gloves can last quite a while if properly cared for. To maintain durability and longevity, players shouldn’t overuse their gloves. “Advice I always give my students is to buy at least a six-pack and rotate every three to four shots in the summer to keep them from cracking due to sweat and extended use,” Akins says. 

 Read on to learn more about the best golf gloves available.

Best Overall: FootJoy StaSof Glove

FootJoy StaSof Glove

FootJoy

What We Like
  • Excellent feel, grip, and durability

  • Soft and supple leather should help maintain club control

  • Perforations and mesh membrane help with breathability

What We Don't Like
  • Some Amazon customers reported holes in the palm after some use

A good golf glove protects players' hands and offers an excellent feel, enhanced grip, and true durability. The FootJoy StaSof checks all of the boxes. The brand uses Taction3 advanced performance leather from Pittards of England, which helps it stay soft and supple even after numerous rounds. The included leather should help players maintain club control as their hands get sweaty. Plus, perforations and a mesh membrane deployed at the knuckles add breathability and flexibility to release heat and moisture better. So the hand stays cool, dry, and ready for the golf swing.

Best for Men: PXG Player's Glove

PXG Player's Glove

PXG

What We Like
  • Cabretta leather becomes tackier as it gets damp

  • Finger perforations for breathability

What We Don't Like
  • Nothing yet

There’s no getting around it; your hands sweat on the golf course. That’s why PXG uses super soft AAA Cabretta leather in their gloves, which becomes tackier as it gets damp from exterior or interior humidity. That technology helps players preserve their grip as the round, or the weather heats up. A cotton-based elastic wrist band and finger perforations both allow moisture to escape. The Player’s glove is available in two colors, black and white.

Best for Women: Titleist Players Women’s Glove

Titleist Players Women’s Glove

Titleist

What We Like
  • Crisp, clean, and high-performing

  • Uses the brand's thinnest leather

  • Classic perforation pattern allows moisture out

What We Don't Like
  • Some customers reported the gloves being a bit tight, so consider sizing up one size

The main difference between men's and women's gloves is sizing, and Titleist does a good job constructing gloves across various proportions. The brand's Players model is the iconic archetype of what a golf glove is and should be—crisp, clean, and high performing. This model gets the thinnest leather the brand uses for substantial feedback, whether the player is dropping bombs off the tee or hitting a two-hop checker across the green. A fine gauge velcro helps keep the glove secure, a pair of elastic rows stretch as the hand flexes, and a classic perforation pattern allows moisture out.

Best for Kids: U.S. Kids Golf Golfer Good Grip Glove

U.S. Kids Golf

U.S. Kids Golf

What We Like
  • Grip placement channel encourages proper foundation

  • Arrow-to-shoulder indicator for hand placement

  • Cabretta leather

What We Don't Like
  • Nothing yet

Getting your kids into the game is an excellent way to create a little (or a lot) of extra family time. U.S. Kids Golf’s core mission is to facilitate golf for children; they only make gear with them in mind. So if your shorty is ready for the course, or at least the range, their Good Grip glove features a grip placement channel to encourage a proper foundation and an arrow-to-shoulder indicator to visually remind little ones where their hands go. The glove also features a Cabretta leather palm and thumb, so it feels like mom and dad’s, and two tab inserts so kids can pick their color for a bit of personalized flair.

Best Cadet: Callaway Tour Authentic Glove

Callaway Tour Authentic Glove

Callaway

What We Like
  • Cabretta leather infused with Griptac helps keep club stable in hand

  • Excellent venting and moisture wicking

What We Don't Like
  • Some Amazon customers reported some rips after minimal use

If your fingers are shorter in proportion to your palms, a cadet-size glove is one for you, and Callaway Tour Authentic Glove is an excellent choice. Callaway takes Cabretta leather and infuses it with Griptac to maximize a player's connection to the club and keep it stable in hand during any kind of shot. Perforations along the top of the thumb and both the tops and bottoms of the fingers vent hot air and moisture during the round. Bonus: The cuff features an Opti Dry fabric that wicks wetness away and drys quickly.   

Best for Rain: FootJoy RainGrip Golf Gloves

FootJoy RainGrip Golf Gloves, Pair

Amazon

What We Like
  • Constructed with micro-suede to help keep your hands from slipping

  • Tops feature a quick-dry fabric

What We Don't Like
  • Not waterproof, so hands will still get wet

Investing in a good pair of rain gloves is imperative if you’re a player who doesn’t mind a slight drizzle. Sold as a set of two, FootJoy RainGrip golf gloves are constructed from a woven micro-suede to help keep your hands from slipping when the grips get wet. The top of the gloves features a knit, quick-dry fabric that promotes both flexibility and breathability. On the back of the hand, players will also find an easy-to-access tee holder and ball marker to help keep pockets dry.

What We Like
  • Come in nine colors, including plain white

  • Cabretta leather provides excellent grip and feel

What We Don't Like
  • Some customers report the sizing runs a tad small

For players who like to coordinate their glove with their golf ensemble, G/Fore’s glove comes in nine colors, including plain old white. So there should be one to fit any on-course sartorial statement you might want to make. But it doesn’t just look good; the G/Fore performs as well. Beyond keeping blisters at bay, the high-quality Cabretta leather provides excellent grip and feel on the course no matter what color catches your eye. 

Best Newcomer: Payntr X Glove

Payntr X Glove

Payntr

  • Cabretta leather with a water-repellent treatment

  • Textured rubber tab closure is easy to grab

  • Good moisture-wicking ability

  • Nothing yet

A new kid on the block, Payntr is a brand founded across the pond by ex-cricketer David Paynter and only entered the golf space recently. Their glove features ultra-thin Cabretta leather coated with a NeverWet superhydrophobic treatment that repels water, so fingers stay locked in. The textured rubber tab closure is easy to grab, and the brand's 'X' perforations add both flexibility and moisture-wicking ability. A stretch elastic, deployed on the back of the hand, helps players get a good, comfortable fit. 

Note: Payntr provided the TripSavvy commerce team with a sample glove for review.

Best for Cold Weather: Galvin Green Landon Mitts

Galvin Green Landon Mitts

Galvin Green

What We Like
  • Polyester shell and lining provide solid protection from wind and cold

  • Wide opening and cinch cord

What We Don't Like
  • Product delivery might take a while

For golfers who aren’t afraid to brave colder conditions, a big mitten is a stellar way to keep hands warm when not swinging a club. Galvin Green Landon Mitts feature a polyester shell, and a beefy lining protects the player’s feel when the winds are up, or the temperature is down. A wide opening makes them easy to get on and off, while a cinch cord lets the golfer customize the fit. The mittens also boast a velcro closure that can attach to the handle of a push cart or the steering wheel of a golf cart.

Best Throwback: FootJoy StaSof Heritage

FootJoy StaSof Heritage

FootJoy

What We Like
  • Excellent grip and durability

  • Very 80's color options

What We Don't Like
  • Customers report color fading over time

Dig a vintage look? FootJoy StaSof Heritage gloves give golfers the same tour performance as the contemporary model but with a distinctly 1980s vibe. It’s a throwback to the decade FJ launched the StaSof. Tailored to fit snugly around the fingers but flex at the knuckles and wrist thanks to elastic stitching, the glove gives players next-level grip and outstanding durability. Fans of the decade, or just those who lived through it, will appreciate that the StaSof Heritage comes in four very 80’s colorways, honeysuckle, soft pink, celandine, and oak apple.

What to Look for in Golf Gloves

Price

Most golf gloves cost a shade over $20. You don’t need to pay more than $30 for a well-constructed quality piece. 

Construction

Cabretta leather, made from the skins of sheep that grow hair rather than wool, is the go-to material for golf gloves. We recommend choosing one that is soft and thin, so your feel isn’t dulled too much.

Style

There are numerous options, from color choice to brand. So golfers should feel free to express their personal style via their golf gloves.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How long do golf gloves last?

    Typically gloves last between six to ten rounds. But rotating gloves and keeping them dry can extend their longevity.

  • How should I care for my glove?

    Don’t wash them. If your glove gets extra sweaty, let it air dry naturally. We like to use the closure to velcro them across the handle of our golf bag. If the glove is totally soiled and cracked, it’s time to replace it. 

Why Trust TripSavvy

Nicholas McClelland is a passionate golfer who has written about the game and its gear for Men's Journal, Fatherly, and InsideHook. He takes his clubs with him almost everywhere he goes, and he's likely planning his next round when he's not playing.

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