2020 PREMIUM GLOVE BUYER’S GUIDE

Every year, we gather data that continue to impress upon us that every piece of equipment, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, makes a difference in a golfer’s game. Golfers are beginning to see what a difference just a pair of shoes can make and are also starting to learn that a glove is no longer just a glove.  To help your game, it must be reliable, consistent and fit correctly. This guide outlines the Best Premium Gloves of 2020.

Which premium 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 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 — and your hand.

How We Test

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

To do that, we employ a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no display unchecked, and no stone unturned.

Our Metrics

Premium gloves are tested head to head with rigorous protocols.

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


FEATURES THAT MATTER TO YOU

Comfort

There are two schools of thought and both are preference-based. Some prefer thinner leather while others are happy to trade a bit of feel for the durability of a thicker leather. We test each glove to ensure there aren’t any poorly placed seams or excess material that can cause discomfort and decrease durability.

Those who are seeking the most comfortable glove should consider the Cuater Between The Lines, PING Tour, Titleist Players, FootJoy Pure Touch, or even Wilson Staff Model.

Fit

A properly fitting golf glove should be snug across the palm and fingers but not too restrictive when clenching your fist. There should a 1/4″ gap left when you pull the Velcro tab for tightness. Be aware that some brands don’t monitor sizing quality control as carefully as others. Ideally, every glove  deemed a size large will have the same measurements. That’s not always the case. Not only should you look for a glove that fits properly but serious golfers should gravitate to brands that offer consistent sizing quality control.

The best-fitting glove for 2020 is the Cuater Between the Lines. The Titleist Perma Soft is also excellent.

Grip

If you don’t wear a glove, why have you bothered to read this far? This guide isn’t for you. The reality is that the overwhelming majority of professionals wear a glove. Why? Gloves 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.

For the best grip, consider the Vice Pure. Other quality grip options are the PING Tour and Mizuno Tour.

EXPERT TIP - Glove fitting?

Your glove is the only thing between you and the golf club. It should fit properly. A new glove should start with 1/4" of Velcro exposed. It's going to stretch. In addition 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.

The Best Premium Gloves 2020 - Features

 ProductSizesCadetMaterialColorsHand
Aiden Ross Aloha

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S-XLNCabretta Leather15L/R
Callaway Tour Authentic

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Cuater Between The Lines

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Footjoy Pure Touch

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Footjoy StaSof

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S-XXlYAdvanced Performance Leather1L/R
Inesis Soft Tour

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S-XXLNCabretta Leather1L
Kirkland Signature

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S-XLNCabretta Leather1L
MG DynaGrip Elite

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Maxfli Elite

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S-XLYA Cabretta Leather1L/R
Maxfli Tour

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Mizuno Tour

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L
Nike Tour Classic 2

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1L
Palm Ave Glove

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S-XXLNCabretta Leather18L/R
Palm Golf The Canvas

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S-XXLNCabretta Leather2L/R
Ping Tour

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S-XXLYCabretta LeatherL/R
Srixon Premium

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Taylormade Tour Preferred

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S-XXLYAAA Cabretta Leather4L/R
Titleist Perma Soft

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Titleist Players

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S-XXLyCabretta Leather1L/R
Under Armour Spieth Tour

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Under Armour StrikeSkin Tour

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L/R
Vice Pure

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S-XlNPure Lamb Leather1L/R
Wilson Staff Model

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1L
BEST LIFESTYLE GLOVE- Palm Ave

BEST LIFESTYLE GLOVE- Palm Ave

You're thinking lifestyle glove?.. Palm is making golf gloves cool. They're the kings of customization and offer multiple variations of wristband and finger designs. Not only is Palm challenging the norm in terms of looks, it's also a quality glove. It's comfortable and fits well. You don't sacrifice grip for cool factor either.

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 closures is not consistent across all brands. Look for gloves that secure tightly and stay tight. The performance of lower-quality Velcro-style closures 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 fitted 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.
  • Thinner leather is great for feel but be aware that they will wear more quickly than gloves made of thicker material. If you’re a feel player and prefer thinner leather, you might be in for a bigger investment over time. The thinnest glove in this year’s test is the Titleist Players. It’s followed closely by the Srixon Premium.
  • Quality control and consistent sizing come at a price. If you don’t mind that occasionally your glove will fit slightly different than the supposedly identical one you previously purchased, consider the Kirkland Signature.

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The Best Premium Gloves 2020 - Results

 ProductFitComfortFeelGripTotal
Ping Tour

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1st1st1st1st96
Cuater Between The Lines

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1st1st1st1st96
Titleist Players

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1st1st4th4th95
Vice Pure

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7th6th1st1st94
Footjoy Pure Touch

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12th1st6th4th92.5
Srixon Premium

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6th11th6th7th92
Mizuno Tour

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7th15th10th4th91
Palm Ave Glove

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12th6th4th11th91
Under Armour StrikeSkin Tour

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7th6th6th11th91
Footjoy StaSof

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5th15th10th11th90.5
Kirkland Signature

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17th11th12th7th89.5
MG DynaGrip Elite

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19th6th6th9th89.5
Wilson Staff Model

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12th1st14th11th89
Maxfli Elite

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12th6th10th11th88.5
Maxfli Tour

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17th6th6th11th88
Callaway Tour Authentic

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7th17th12th11th87
Palm Golf The Canvas

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12th16th14th11th87
Titleist Perma Soft

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1st20th18th9th87
Taylormade Tour Preferred

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18th11th14th11th86
Under Armour Spieth Tour

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7th18th14th11th86
Inesis Soft Tour

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17th11th18th22nd85
Nike Tour Classic 2

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20th20th20th22nd78
Aiden Ross Aloha

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23rd23rd19th11th70

The Best Premium Glove of 2020 – FAQ

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

A: We found great options in 2020 for golfers looking for an incredible value as well as those looking for ultimate performance. If you want the ultimate in performance and consistency, expect to spend $25 to $30 per glove. The best-performing gloves in 2020 in our testing were the PING Tour, Titleist Players, Vice Pure, FootJoy Pure Touch, and Cuater Between The Lines. 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 to $9 and both performed well in the test.

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

A: It’s a 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 snugly 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 a personal preference. Some 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 properly fitted glove helps ensure a consistent connection with the club regardless of heat, humidity, sweat, etc..