2019 PERFORMANCE GLOVE BUYERS GUIDE

Who doesn’t want to save money? Not too long ago, cost was the primary determining factor for golfers choosing between premium (tour) and performance gloves. As values options have entered the market, however, price isn’t the consideration it once was. It’s true that premium gloves are typically softer, thinner, and offer full leather construction. It’s also true that not every golfer wants that from a glove. If you prefer thicker (more durable) leather, stretch materials, and greater breathability, your sweet spot is likely in the performance category. The category also allows golfers to wear familiar logos, often at price points significantly below what you find in the premium category.

If you’re a performance glove guy, you may be wondering which glove is right for you? That’s where we come in. We put the best of the performance category to the test – and even threw in a few rain gloves for good measure.

Whether you’re looking to buy a new glove today, looking for some buying advice, or just want a closer look at what’s on the market right now, this guide will help you find the right premium glove to fit your needs.

How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect performance glove to fit your needs.

To do that, we employ a rigorous and fully independent testing process that leaves no leather unexplored, no velcro unsupported, and no stone unturned.

The Test Process

Gloves are tested head to head with rigorous protocols. Consideration is given to the fit, comfort, and ultimately the performance of the glove.

Our Metrics

The metrics we consider when rating gloves include Comfort, Fit, Feel, and Grip.

FEATURES THAT MATTER TO YOU

Comfort

Some prefer thinner material as it gives them the feeling of being more connected with the club. Others are happy to trade a bit of feel for the durability that a thicker leather often brings. Generally speaking, gloves in the performance category tend to be thicker than the premium gloves we tested. We still test each glove to ensure there aren’t any poorly placed seams or excess material that can cause discomfort or decrease durability.

Fit

A proper fitting golf glove should fit tight across the palm and fingers, but not too restricting when clenching your fist. There should a 1/4″ gap left after you’ve secured the velcro. Also, be aware that, when it comes to sizing, some brands are not as consistent as others. One large glove may not be quite as large as the next. Not only should you look for a glove that fits properly, but serious golfers should gravitate towards brands that can consistently reproduce the exact same sized glove time and time again.

Grip

If you don’t wear a glove, this guide isn’t for you, but the reality is that the overwhelming majority of tour professionals wear a glove. Why? Gloves are tackier than skin, particularly in the humid months, and help maintain a consistent connection to the club. A glove that preserves that connection will help you to feel confident in every swing, knowing that you’re not going to lose control of the club.

EXPERT TIP - Glove fitting?

Your glove is the only thing between you and the golf club. It should fit properly. That means no extra or loose material in the palm, fingers, or the top portion of the hand. It should fit like your skin. While we frequently see golfers wearing gloves where the top portion of velcro is extended well beyond the lower, a new glove should start with 1/4" of Velcro exposed. It's going to stretch.

In addtion to sacrificing performance, a glove that's too big will also be less durable. Ultimately that means poor sizing isn't just costing you performance; it's costing you money.

2019 Performance Glove Features

 NameSizesCadetMaterialColorsHand
Bionic Stable Grip

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S-XXXLYCabretta Leather2L/R
FootJoy Contour FLX

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S-XXLYCabrettaSof Leather1L/R
FootJoy ProFLX

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L/R
FootJoy Rain Grip Pair

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S-XLYQuickDry Knit2L/R
Inesis 100 Resistance

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XS/S-M/LNPolyamide/Polyurethane1L/R
MG Tech Grip

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Mizuno Rain Fit

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S-XLNSynthetic Suede1L/R
Mizuno Comp

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S-XXLYSynthetic Leather1L/R
Nike All Weather III

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S-XLNSynthetic Microfiber1L/R
Nike Dura Feel

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S-XLYSynthetic Leather1L/R
Nike Tech Extreme VI

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Ping Sport

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S-XXLYCabretta leather1L/R
Srixon All Weather

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S-XLNSynthetic Leather1L/R
Srixon Tech

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Taylormade Stratus

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S-XXLYHypertec1L/R
Titleist Players Flex

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S-XXLYPremium Synthetic1L/R
Vice Duro

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S-XLNSynthetic Polyurethane2L/R
Wilson Conform

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S-XXLYAbyssinian Cabretta1L/R

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT - Best Designed Glove

This is the first year in the test for Bionic StableGrip, and we can see why so many rave about this glove.

Designed by an orthopedic hand specialist, the StableGrip features enhanced padding on pressure points like your palm, fingers, and thumb, which Bionic says promotes better grip and performance. In addition to arthritis relief, the Bionic StableGrip is machine washable (see instructions) which should help keep that new glove feeling a bit longer. If you're looking for a soft, higher performing glove with a bit of extra strategic thickness, Bionic is a brand you want to consider.

 

 

More Tips

  • Sizing can vary significantly between manufacturers. Even if you know your correct size, if you’re thinking about changing to a new model, we recommend trying it on before buying.
  • The quality of Velcro closures is not consistent across all brands. Look for gloves that secure tightly and stay tight. The performance of lower quality Velcro will degrade over time. A glove that doesn’t remain secured is a useless glove.
  • While style preferences will vary among golfers, finding the proper fit is an absolute necessity. A properly glove offers maximum performance, comfort, and durability.
  • Golfers with wide palms and comparatively short fingers should consider cadet-sized gloves. Unfortunately, not all models are offered in cadet sizes.

2019 Performance Glove Results

 NameFitComfortFeelGripTotal
Ping Sport

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1st1st2nd3rd91
Titleist Players Flex

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1st7th2nd2nd90.5
FootJoy Contour FLX

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5th1st2nd7th89.5
Nike Tech Extreme

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1st5th7th7th89.5
Footjoy Rain Grip Pair

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5th1st9th3rd89
Srixon All Weather

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5th5th2nd7th89
Wilson Conform

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8th1st1st13th88
Mizuno Rain Fit

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8th7th2nd7th87.5
Bionic Stable Grip

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4th7th14th3rd87
FootJoy ProFLX

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8th7th7th12th86.5
Mizuno Comp

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12th14th9th1st86
Srixon Tech

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8th14th9th16th83.5
Taylormade Stratus Tech

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13th11th13th7th83
Vice Duro

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13th11th12th15th82
Nike All Weather

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13th11th15th13th81
MG Tech Grip

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16th16th15th3rd79.5
Nike Dura Feel

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16th16th17th16th76
Inesis 100 Resistance

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18th18th18th18th71

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT - Best Rain Glove 2019

Want more grip in the rain? The FootJoy RainGrip has you covered.

Keeping a consistent grip on the club can be an issue when conditions deteriorate, FootJoy's RainGrip can actually improve your grip in the rain. The wetter the glove gets, the tackier it becomes. It comes with gloves for each hand, ensuring maximum control and a secure grip.

FAQ

Q: How much do I need to spend on a glove? 

A: We found great options in 2019 for both golfers looking for an incredible value and those looking for ultimate performance. If you want the ultimate in performance and consistency, expect to spend between $15-$25 per glove. The best performing gloves in 2019 in our testing were the Ping Sport, Titleist Players Flex, and the FootJoy Contour FLX.

Q: How do I know when a glove fits correctly?

A: It’s cliche perhaps, but a glove really should fit like a second skin. There should be no extra material on the palm, fingers, or the top of the hand. A glove is going to stretch. A new glove should fit snuggly with 1/4″ of Velcro still showing when secured. Take a look at this fitting guide for help.

Q: Do I need to wear a glove?

A: To wear or not wear a glove is, to a degree, personal preference. Certainly, there are some who pride themselves on playing bare-handed. While that approach can save a significant amount of money over a lifetime, it should be noted that the best players in the world all wear gloves. A proper fit glove will help to ensure a consistent connection with the club regardless of heat, humidity, sweat, etc..