2019 PREMIUM GLOVE BUYERS GUIDE

DID YOU KNOW: According to FootJoy, more than 50% of golfers are wearing the wrong sized glove.

Shocking right? I doubt you would buy your son or daughter a size 10 shoe if they actually wore a size 7. So, why do golfers struggle to find properly sized gloves? The reality is that finding the right glove can be more difficult than it seems.

So, what glove is right for you? That’s where we come in. We are here to help you, the consumer, make the best decision possible when buying your next golf glove.

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 premium 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 leather which helps them feel where the club is at all times during the swing. Others are happy to trade a bit of feel for the durability that a thicker leather often brings. We test each glove to ensure there aren’t any poorly placed seams or excess material that can cause discomfort and 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 when you pull the velcro for tightness. 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 Premium Glove Features chart

 NameSizesCadetMaterialColorsHand
Asher Golf Classic

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S-XXLNCabretta Leather1R/L
Callaway Tour Authentic

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S-XXLYOpti Feel Leather1R/L
CrossFit Tour

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S-XXLNCabretta Leather1R/L
FootJoy Pure Touch

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1R/L
FootJoy StaSof

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S-XXLYAdvanced Performance Leather1R/L
Inesis 500 Grip

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S-LNSheep Leather4R/L
Kirkland Signature

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S-XLNLeather1L
MG DynaGrip

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1R/L
MG DynaGrip Elite

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1R/L
Mizuno Pro

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L
Nice Shot Black Sheep

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1R/L
Nice Shot The Bird

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1R/L
Palm Golf Barrels and Birdies

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S-XXLNAAA Cabretta Leather11R/L
Palm Golf Canvas

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S-XXLNAAA Cabretta Leather1R/L
PING Tour

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S-XXLYPremium Cabretta Leather1R/L
Srixon Premium

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1R/L
Sub 70 Pro

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L
TaylorMade Tour Preferred

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S-XXLYAAA Cabretta Leather4R/L
Titlesit Players

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1R/L
Vice Pure

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S-XLNPure Lamb Leather1R/L
Wilson FG Tour

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1R/L
Yips Supreme

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S-XLNAAA Cabretta Leather3R/L

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT - Best Lifestyle Glove 2019

This is the first year in the test for Palm Golf and its Birdies and Barrels glove.

In addition to excellent performance, the Birdies and Barrel glove offers unique style options with nearly a dozen print patterns to choose from (Pimento Cheese anyone?). If you want a glove that performs well with the added bonus of matching your outfit, Palm is a brand you should consider. No one else is currently providing this type of customization and personalization in the golf glove space.

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 stay 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 Premium Glove Results

 NameFitComfortFeelGripTotal
PING Tour

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1st1st1st1st96
Titleist Players

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1st1st3rd3rd95
Vice Pure

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6th4th1st1st94
FootJoy Pure Touch

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9th1st4th3rd92.5
Srixon Premium

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4th9th4th5th91.5
Palm Golf Barrels and Birdies

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4th7th7th10th90.5
FootJoy StaSof

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3rd9th7th10th90.5
MG DynaGrip Elite

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14th4th4th8th89.5
Kirkland Signature

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11th7th9th5th89.5
Nice Shot Black Sheep

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9th12th9th5th89
Callaway Tour Authentic

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6th14th9th17th87
Nice Shot The Bird

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12th12th9th10th87
CrossFit Tour

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6th14th13th15th86.5
Wilson FG Tour

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12th9th13th10th86.5
TaylorMade Tour Preferred

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12th9th9th10th86
MG DynaGrip

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14th4th13th17th86
Sub 70 Pro

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16th14th18th17th82
Palm Golf The Canvas

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17th17th16th15th81.5
Inesis 500 Grip

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17th17th16th21st80
Yips Supreme

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18th19th19th10th78.5
Asher Classic

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20th19th20th8th77.5
Mizuno Pro

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20th19th21st17th75

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 $25-$30 per glove. The best performing gloves in 2019 in our testing were the Ping Tour, Titleist Players, Vice Pure, and the Footjoy Pure Touch. If you can tolerate some size inconsistencies from glove to glove, we recommend the Kirkland Signature and the MG DynaGrip Elite. Prices for these gloves range from $5-7, and both performed well in the test.

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..