Golf Gloves FAQs
While golf gloves aren’t required for golfing, you’ll notice a majority of golfers on the course wear them. But why do you need golf gloves? Most golfers wear gloves for golfing to ensure they have a strong grip on their club. If a grip is too slippery, it can cause a golfer to tense up more in their hands and arms, which can affect their stroke. With more friction between the hand and the grip, golfers can have a stronger swing, especially when weather and temperature come into play.
Additionally, golfers wear golf gloves to prevent blisters and calluses. When you swing a golf club, there’s friction between your hand and the grip. If you’re not wearing a golf glove, this friction can cause blisters on the palms of your hands.
Hand circumference and finger length are the main factors in determining which golf glove size you need. However, proportions between these two measurements are important considerations that will help you decide whether a regular or cadet glove size works best for you.
Refer to a golf glove fitting guide for more information about golf glove sizing.
Depending on your preference and dexterity, you may need a right-hand golf glove or a left-hand golf glove. When golfing, your golf glove is typically placed on your lead hand, which is typically your dominant hand. This hand is placed at the top of the club’s grip.
Golf gloves for right-handed golfers are placed on their left hand, while golf gloves for left-handed golfers are worn on their right hand. The key difference between the two types of gloves is the hand on which the glove is placed. Additionally, some golfers may choose to remove their gloves when they’re putting or for short-iron shots.
There are a few essential things to keep in mind when looking for golf gloves, such as:
- Comfort: To play your best, ensure your golf glove is comfortable and doesn’t cause any irritation or decreased mobility.
- Padding: To prevent blisters, you want to find a golf glove with plenty of padding on the palms to reduce friction between your hands and the grip.
- Flexibility: Gloves for golf should also be flexible, especially in the knuckles that require you to grip your club.
- Materials: The materials of your golf gloves should be high-quality, moisture-wicking, and breathable to keep your hands comfortable.
- Warmth: If you’re playing in colder weather conditions, ensure you choose a golf glove that’s heavier with more insulation to keep your hands warm.
Learn more about how to buy a golf glove with FootJoy’s golf glove comparison tool.