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Best Overall: Nike Tour Classic 3 at Nike
"The Nike Tour Classic 3 Golf Glove offers solid durability in an elegant package."
Best for Men: Titleist Men's Players Glove at Amazon
"Precision stitching gives golfers who rotate their gloves during a round more consistency."
Best for Women: Cobra Women’s Pur Tour Glove at Amazon
"It provides all the features of a tour-quality glove in a smaller, more appropriately sized package."
Best for Kids: U.S. Kids Golf Golfer Good Grip Glove at Carl's Golf Land
"An arrow-to-shoulder indicator reminds little ones where their hands go."
Best Cadet: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Glove at Amazon
"A stretch fit tab and a contoured wrist make it comfortable to wear on any hand shape."
Best for Rain: FootJoy RainGrip Golf Gloves at Amazon
"They’re constructed from a woven micro-suede to help keep your hands from slipping when the grips get wet."
Best For Arthritis: Bionic ReliefGrip Golf Glove at Amazon
"Bionic deployed finger grips so it takes less tension in the hand to maintain a strong connection."
Best Color: FootJoy Spectrum Golf Glove at Amazon
"With 11 colors in the lineup, players have the opportunity to make a sartorial statement."
Best Newcomer: Payntr X Glove at Payntr
"Made from a NeverWet® superhydrophobic treatment that repels water so fingers stay locked in."
Best for Cold Weather: Galvin Green Landon Mitts at Galvin Gree
"A polyester shell and beefy lining protect the player’s feel when the temperature is down."
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 and 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, Tennesee.
“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 be a bit snug but not to the point where it’s squeezing your hand. “A golf glove should fit tightly when it’s 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 end up wearing it out quickly.”
Durability is another issue to consider. Good 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.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Nike Tour Classic 3
The Nike Tour Classic 3 Golf Glove offers solid durability in an elegant package. The design is contemporary and provides both a stylish flourish and staid functionality. Perforation across the palm and fingers acts as a vent allowing the glove to breathe, though in warmer weather you’ll still want to take it off between shots. Constructed from soft Cabretta leather, the glove provides excellent grip and also features stretch zones that flex with the hand as it moves during the swing.
Best for Men: Titleist Men's Players Glove
The Titleist Players model is the iconic archetype of what a golf glove is and should be—crisp, clean, and high performing. It features the thinnest leather the brand uses, which gives players even more feedback from full shots, as well as those that require a more delicate touch. Precision stitching gives golfers who rotate their gloves during a round more consistency. Dual rows of elastic add comfort while a classic perforation pattern allows moisture to escape.
Best for Women: Cobra Women’s Pur Tour Glove
For the ladies, Cobra offers the women’s Pur Tour glove. It provides all the features of a tour-quality glove in a smaller, more appropriately sized package. It's crafted from AAA-grade Cabretta leather for outstanding grip. Strategically deployed micro-perforations let the hand breathe on the course, while a sweatband around the wrist shoos perspiration away. The simple, no-nonsense design may not be fashion forward, but it subtly whispers to club members or playing companions, “she got game.”
Best for Kids: U.S. Kids Golf Golfer Good Grip Glove
Getting your kids into the game is a good 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 and 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: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Glove
Cadet gloves are for players who have palms that are larger in proportion to their fingers. TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred glove comes in cadet sizes from small to extra large. Ultra-soft Cabretta leather, a stretch fit tab, and a contoured wrist make it comfortable to wear on any hand shape. The glove also features a moisture-wicking wrist band and antimicrobial properties, which in this day and age is a nice feature.
Best for Rain: FootJoy RainGrip Golf Gloves
If you’re a player who doesn’t mind a little drizzle, investing in a good pair of rain gloves is imperative. 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 feature 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 that will help you keep your pockets dry.
Best For Arthritis: Bionic ReliefGrip Golf Gloves
For player’s who need a little respite from arthritic pain, the Bionic ReliefGrip might help get them through a round. Like most others, the Bionic gloves are made from Cabretta, but to make it even easier to hold on to the club, the brand deployed finger grips so it takes even less tension in the hand to maintain a strong connection. Additional padding in the fingers, and bolstered support in the wrist and thumb, also take a little of the load off. Plus, breathable lycra stretch material gives golfers with arthritis added comfort for the full 18 holes.
Best Color: FootJoy Spectrum Golf Glove
For those golfers who like to coordinate their glove with the rest of their on-course ensemble, we like FootJoy’s spectrum line. With 11 colors in the lineup, players have the opportunity to make a sartorial statement. Made from Cabretta leather, they are soft and offer a great tactile connection to the club. A stretch panel on the back of the knuckles flexes with the hand and allows heat and moisture to escape, so your glove hand stays cool but still looks like fire.
Best Newcomer: Payntr X Glove
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 is made from 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
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.
These gloves are all fantastic. But the Nike Tour Classic 3 (view at Nike) and the Titleist Players Glove (view at Amazon) are our go-to's on the course in normal conditions because they are both extremely well made and work with nearly anything we might wear for a round.
What to Look For in Golf Gloves
Most golf gloves cost a shade over $20. You don’t need to pay more than $30 for a well-constructed quality piece.
Cabretta leather, which is 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.
There are numerous options from color choice to brand. So golfers should feel free to express their personal style via their golf glove.
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.
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