MGS Tested: PREMIUM GLOVES IN 2017
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2017 PREMIUM GOLF GLOVE BUYER’S GUIDE

100% Tour grade leather, tailored type fit and top-shelf comfort. The premium golf gloves generally is what you would expect to see the pros playing on Sunday’s.

The process of buying anything in today’s time has become stressful and time consuming. We want to help solve that problem for you. The MyGolfSpy mission is simple: create the world’s most objective and comprehensive testing in the industry. We feel the best reviews are those that help you make the right choices and help you get the most out of your time and money.

One key to our testing protocols is testing products head-to-head. We select the top products from each category and put the products through detailed head-to-head testing. We test both in the lab and in the field. We score each product across a range of weighted categories. We then rank the products and explain why, and give awards to the best performing products in the category.

This year we approached our premium golf glove testing with more critical scoring and improved protocols. This was based on an intensive look at the market and feedback from consumers just like you. Several key findings from that research influenced the glove testing process for 2017.

For a comprehensive premium glove test, the norms – feel, comfort, fit, and grip – are always considered. In addition, for this year we examined the glove’s material dispersion, seam comfort, wrist design, strap efficiency, and leather quality. We also received multiple units from every test participant in order to test the consistency of sizing and build for each submission.

 

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THE METRICS

We’re always fine-tuning the process to make sure we’re collecting the best data possible. Continuing that trend we’ve updated and refined this year’s analysis to bring you the best buying advice possible.

FEATURES CHART

Glove NameSizesCadetMaterialsColorsBall MarkerHand
PING TOURS-XXLYCabretta1NR/L
FOOTJOY PURETOUCHS-XLYCabretta1NL
SRIXON CABRETTAS-XLYCabretta1NR/L
VICE PURES-XLNCabretta1NR/L
FOOTJOY STASOFTS-XXXLYCabretta1NR/L
HJ SOLITES-XXLYCabretta6NR/L
GFORE SUPERLUXS-XXLYCabretta11NR/L
WILSON STAFF FG TOURS-XLYCabretta1NR/L
MG DYNAGRIP ELITES-XLYCabretta1NR/L
ZERO FRICTION CABRETTAOne Fits AllNCabretta6YL
MIZUNO PROS-XXLYCabretta1NL
MG DYNAGRIPS-XLYCabretta2NR/L

 

We put in hours of testing utilizing data-driven protocols to test new metrics. The numbers are better than ever.

Over the course of the test, testers hit balls wearing each glove. For each glove testers hit eight shots, and gave some scores during and some after the test. We were particularly interested in the phrasing of the testing questions, so prompt words were discussed prior to testing to ensure objectivity. By choosing when particular questions were asked, we were able to limit bias.

Their were opportunities for breaks in the test both in attempt to limit sweat and tester fatigue.

 

Fit (35 points)- Quite simply how the glove fits…except a whole lot more. We examined every glove’s fit on every tester’s hand to look for things like excess leather in the palm, pinching around the fingers, and tapering design of the wrist. Think of this category like the “design” category of the glove guide. The best gloves in the fit category seemed to mold snuggly to every testers hand. We also tested consistency for all entries to ensure that companies provided products that are always the same. You may want to note, we did deem the fit category to be the most important.

Comfort (15 points)- Score is given based on whether there are any flaws in the glove, including abrasive material, poor stitching, or long fingers. Questioning for this category was done while the tester was hitting, as comfort is especially important during a shot. While playing, it’s imperative that your glove feel like there’s nothing there.

Feel (25 points)- Typically there’s a lot of ambiguity regarding the definition of feel in terms of golf, but for our purposes it’s how the glove performs during the shot. Was it easy to ‘feel’ the club throughout the swing? Did the glove help or hinder your ability to hit a good shot? What we tended to find was that lots of gloves did well here, while some missed the mark entirely.

Grip (25 points)- Does the tester feel like their connection to the club is adequate? Does the club move around in the tester’s hand during the swing? A good score in this category really indicates that there are no issues. It was clear that when gloves performed poorly in this category they really had no chance of being successful within our test.


Final grades were awarded based on total scores. Best Overall is our highest overall scoring premium golf glove, and awards are awarded to the top five gloves. In addition, more specific Best in Class recognitions are awarded to gloves in certain categories (like grip, feel, comfort and fit) that push the industry ‘envelope.’


THE BEST PREMIUM GLOVES IN 2017

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2017 TOUR GLOVE BUYERS GUIDE

Glove NamePriceFitComfortFeelGripScore
PING TOUR$27.001st1st1st1st97.5
FOOTJOY PURETOUCH$30.002nd2nd2nd3rd90.75
SRIXON CABRETTA$14.993rd6th4th3rd89.75
VICE PURE$15.994th3rd3rd2nd85.75
FOOTJOY STASOFT$25.006th3th7th5th81.5
HJ SOLITE$16.005th5th5th8th81
GFORE SUPERLUX$40.007th7th6th6th79.75
WILSON STAFF FG TOUR$18.998th8th10th11th73
MG DYNAGRIP ELITE$6.9912th12th11th9th71.75
ZERO FRICTION CABRETTA$19.9511th11th12th12th70
MIZUNO PRO$19.998th8th9th6th66.75
MG DYNAGRIP$5.9910th8th8th8th64.25

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      Shadow

      6 years ago

      What I find annoying is the pricing of some of these gloves. So the Fj PureTouch – the leather is from the UK, the gloves are made in Thailand (where labour is cheap as chips). TO the buy the glove in Thailand it is about US$30-32 – how that works I don’t know. For the US market it seems the glove hovers around the US$30 – but to buy the same glove in Japan typically around US$20!

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      Dave

      7 years ago

      For years now have not worn a glove ,the reason I tend to regrip at the top of my swing and wear out the thumb and the pad area on my glove. Have seen gloves with extra padding in these areas tried them and they felt bulky. And I also did not know that ping made gloves real interesting article ,can’t believe the price ranges though.

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      Springbok

      7 years ago

      As someone who lives in a humid climate, this list really doesn’t mean much.

      To be honest, FOR ME, there is no better glove that the FootJoy rain glove. The same one JB Holmes and some other players wear. Let me give you the reasons why

      PROS

      You can wear 1 glove the entire round. Doesn’t matter if it is drenched in sweat.

      They last forever. 6 months is not unusual.

      You can wash them when they get stinky.

      You can wipe your face with them (palm or back)

      The fit is some of the best in the industry. No seams down the thumb. A problem I find with many other gloves

      CONS:

      You need to get used to the feel of cloth instead of leather.

      They only come in black.

      They are only sold as a pair. $24. Would be great if they sold them as singles.

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      Matthew

      7 years ago

      Gave the vice glove a try for the value. you get what you pay for the glove did not make it through a bucket of range balls before a tear in the thumb the leather though very soft is extremely thin and not worth the grade given in my opinion in this review.

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      Thomas Murphy

      7 years ago

      I think this is another thing to evaluate – how long it lasts. do seams hold up, does it stretch out of shape, etc.

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      Daniel

      7 years ago

      Always buy gloves in sets of 3 no matter what, especially if you are in a hot and humid location. The really thin tour or feel gloves get destroyed quickly with moisture. Swap a glove every 3 holes religiously and ALWAYS put them back in there package when you are done. You will notice a drastic difference in how long they will last.

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      Eron

      6 years ago

      This is an issue with your grip (technique) not the glove. I used 3 gloves through nearly 100 rounds (combo of 18 and 9 holes) without any tears. Only replaced them because they weren’t so white and clean anymore.

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      Mbwa Kali Sana

      7 years ago

      THe PING GLOVES are out of stock .The FOOTJOY PURE TOUCH is available only for the left hand, I wonder why ?
      I play with a glove on each hand (I am not allowed to expose my skin to the sun ,and Iive and play on the FRENCH RIVERA which is pretty sunny ,especially in summer !).So I took the third choice for my right hand ,the SRIXON glove .It’ll surely do well

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      gphin305

      7 years ago

      After reading this review I just bought several of these Ping gloves online from PGA Superstore for $8.99 ($24 reg) per plus $4.95 shipping….quite a deal. Must have quickly sold out because they are no longer listed. I received them today and tried them on. While the leather feels and looks top grade, they are the first glove I’ve tried that doesn’t fit quite right. Been playing over 40 years and pretty much have tried and use every glove out there. I take a ML and while the finger length is fine, this Ping glove doesn’t totally wrap around the back of my hand like it should. So the fingers would be too long in a L but the ML is a little too small. Still wearable but seems to be a weird fit. Before buying, I highly suggest trying on first, especially if you plan on paying normal price.

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      Potentially worth mentioning, a glove is supposed to fit such that your fingers reach the leather (without feeling constricted), and you should have about 1/4″ of exposed velcro when the glove is closed. Roughly 60% of golfers (according to FootJoy’s research) are wearing a glove that’s the wrong size (the majority being too big).

      When I did my glove fitting, I went down from a Cadet Medium to a Small. The guy who got fit after me went from a XL to a cadet large. Once you understand how a glove *should* fit (it’s not supposed to be loose anywhere…2nd skin), it’s a matter of finding a brand that provides the right cut for your hand, while allowing for the fact that one brand’s cadet medium, for example, could be another’s small. The individual size difference between manufacturers is less important than consistent sizing from one glove to the next.

      We found PING and FootJoy provided excellent glove to glove consistency, while some others were all over the map.

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      thomas murphy

      7 years ago

      more pictures – how should they fit and over time the glove will stretch so you will get to point velcro is fully covered. In the pictures you have scrolling above it looks like all the gloves are too large. Is there an “industry standard” for sizing like shoes or do you find that gloves are like clothes: an L in one brand is an M in another? Which makes it more of a challenge to just buy “your size” online in a new brand.

      dang3rtown

      7 years ago

      Great head’s up on the Srixons! I’ve been looking for a new glove, the Titleists I wear now just don’t last. I’ve been going through a glove a week recently. I just ordered 5 of the Srixon’s off amazon at 12.99 a pop plus free shipping! Can’t wait!

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      Don Holloway

      7 years ago

      I was looking at getting the Vice glove because lamb is the softest of leathers and the price was VERY reasonable. Disappointed they didnt have a cadet glove..there are a lot of us that have “short fingers” but big palms and for that reason cadet sizing fits me the best. Hope they add cadet sizing to their line.

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      John Krug

      7 years ago

      How is it possible that the Bionic golf gloves are not included? Easily the best glove.

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      Sharkhark

      7 years ago

      Maybe because they are illegal….non conforming for competition!
      That’d be my guess…

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      John Krug

      7 years ago

      It would be nice if MYGOLFSPY would provide an explanation.

      Thomas Murphy

      7 years ago

      and how many readers of MGS are competing? If you have arthritis, you should give one of these a try, the rest of your foursome isn’t going to boot you from the weekly competition.

      Deadeye

      7 years ago

      I did not know Ping made a glove until I read this. Obviously top quality like all Ping products but too expensive. I use MG gloves and find they fit nicely, wear very well and can’t beat the price. The MG urethane ball is very good also.

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      DougE

      7 years ago

      Once I started wearing FJ Pure Touch gloves early last year, I have a hard time wearing anything else. The most comfortable glove I have ever worn. And, though the ultra-soft leather seems as if it would be susceptible to wearing out quicker, I have not noticed any of my Pure Touch gloves giving up before I would expect. They are a few dollars more expensive, but in my opinion worth the extra few cents a day, for the incredible feel you get from one of these gloves. I found a good source online and now buy 3-paks for about $65, which works out to a very reasonable cost per glove, especially one of this fantastic quality.

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      Regis

      7 years ago

      What ever happened to ball markers? They used to be a staple of a premium golf glove. I couldn’t even begin to guess how many gloves I’ve purchased in my 50 plus years of playing. Now I buy on sale in bulk. FootJoy is my personal pick a!omg with TaylorMade (who isn’t even considered here) Both fit me perfectly. They wear well despite being mistreated (a significant factor) and (oh yeah) many of their models have ball markers.

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      Chris C.

      7 years ago

      Pleased to see Srixon rated so high. After reading your reviews, I ran downstairs and found a number of new gloves I purchased at year’s end sales. Their quality has always been top notch and an excellent value. I generally use Titleist Players but it is difficult to ignore the value aspect of the Srixon. The Ping Tour is certainly enticing. I am afraid that if I try it and it performs better than the Players, I will be tempted to spend an additional $5.00 per glove.

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      John M Domagal

      7 years ago

      All I use are the Zero Friction, have not tried the cabretta. I have had a few operations on my hands and these fit perfectly. A real god send.

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      LAbillyboy

      7 years ago

      I normally use Footjoy gloves… recently got a BLACK one… it has lasted longer than any previous glove… interesting that the color seems to make a difference.

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      Jon

      7 years ago

      A little bit of research (which is why we all come here) reveals you can get a Ping Tour cheaper than the Vice glove once you add shipping cost. Not sure how that qualifies the Vice as Editors Choice, but still love the site and testing.

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      dang3rtown

      7 years ago

      If you buy the Vice glove in a quantity of 3 or more, it’s only $15 a glove.

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      HerbV

      7 years ago

      I’ve tried many golf gloves over the years have found that Footjoy was best for me. Recently I tried Bender and love their gloves. Good price, well made, dash of color and fair price. Have you tested the Bender gloves? They are a young entrepreneural company, and good people to deal with. I particularly like the spandex back with leather on the grip for hot days on the course. I be interested in any feedback on Bender gloves.
      HerbV

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      Crichard

      7 years ago

      I have used Dynagrip and MG for years. I keep trying Titleist, StaSoft, and other premiums. I found the only big name brand to play as well as these two is Callaway.For the number of gloves I go through I will stick with MG and Dynagrip.

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      Thomas Murphy

      7 years ago

      good stuff, my normal left hander challenge — finding RH gloves in the store – there is usually some “store brand” and one FJ model (or a Titliest) — it is the great thing about having the web and this care of the downsides with how they fit/feel/etc thanks.

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      Tom Lassar

      7 years ago

      IMO the best glove is the Titleist Players Glove–why not tested???

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      Dave Glancie

      7 years ago

      If you can find them in stores. PGA Superstore in Palm Desert had no ping gloves or apparel.

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      Jim Nalepa

      7 years ago

      Ping glove is very good, it was a tad smaller than others I use but that meant it was a nice snug fit. The downfall for Ping is that they don’t have the distribution like Foot Joys. Many courses just offer 1-2 options and Ping is usually not one of them. It’s too bad, they need more representation.

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      Eron

      7 years ago

      Interesting! good to see Srixon included.
      I would’ve gone
      Footjoy pure touch
      Ping
      Vice
      Srixon
      Stasof
      – Footjoy’s pure touch is the most consistent for sure! For those who haven’t tried one, the vice glove holds its shape the best maybe tied with the footjoy pure touch. In my experience of course.

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      Adam Briles

      7 years ago

      If your going to charge $40 for a glove you better finish better then 7th. I buy gloves from the local driving range for $9 and they last longer then the expensive ones.

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      Ben Clabaugh

      7 years ago

      For me the TaylorMade TP glove is the best. I don’t even know how it’s not on your list. I haven’t tried the Ping one yet though.

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      Gary M

      7 years ago

      Thank you for another great test. I have been waiting for this one. I wish the field of gloves was a bit larger to include popular brands like Callaway, Taylormade, Under Armour and Titleist. I’ve enjoyed using the Vice golf glove in the past, but I have found through significant use that the Vice glove wears much faster than brands like G-Fore or Under Armor. Thanks again for the great information.

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      Helge

      7 years ago

      Hi Gary,
      I´m writing on behalf of Vice Golf – just thought I´d give you my opinion. The Vice Pure glove is a lamb leather glove which is aimed at maximizing feel and control (shoud feel like a second skin) – therefore, it will wear off slightly faster than other carbretta gloves but at $15.95 per glove we think it is an outstanding price performance ratio. Feel free to let me know what you like / dislike about the Vice Pure glove!

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      Philip Hoff

      7 years ago

      Love the test. I will likely pick up some Ping gloves to try based on the results. But, how can Titleist be left out of this? I’d understand if they were here and didn’t win, but to not even be tested?! If you asked anyone who plays golf to just off the cuff name the top 2 premium gloves it would be StaSof and Titleist Players (though I prefer the Perma-Soft). Did Titleist just refuse to participate?

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      Matt

      7 years ago

      The Dynagrip Elite is still my favorite for the money.

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      Larry Proffer

      7 years ago

      No contest, for the $value this is the #1 glove.

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      Scott

      7 years ago

      Agree – Dynagrip Elite is the best for the price, hands down

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      Kevin

      7 years ago

      Me too. I can buy 4 MG Elites for the price of 1 Ping Glove

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      Brian C

      6 years ago

      Just bought 8 elites…that is the quantity for a year for me….I constantly rotate two…then as they start to wear, add one every two months or so, the others retire to the practice bin…I play 100+ rounds a year and get in some practice as well…total cost in the $50s…cannot be beat, period!!! And the online sizing chart worked wonderfully…a small cadet size, who’d have thunk it?

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      Sven

      7 years ago

      I generally love your group tests, but this one misses the mark by omitting many top shelf products

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      MyGolfSpy

      7 years ago

      We are sorry you feel that way Sven. We did our best to consider what brands should be considered both large and small.

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      Kirby Oaks

      7 years ago

      Hands are not cookie cutter is shape. One glove you mentioned a con as being tight in the middle finger. How did you factor in different hand shapes and general fit? Thanks for this. I usually buy what’s cheapest, I’ll look into other options now.

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      MyGolf Spy

      7 years ago

      They were tested on different size hands.

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      Jimmy Fuller

      7 years ago

      Great test! Thanks for doing what you do

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      MyGolf Spy

      7 years ago

      Thanks Jimmy, hope it helps you find a glove next time you are in the market for one.

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      Jonathan Mullane

      7 years ago

      How can Vice be your editors pick with those cons which are major for a glove?

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      MyGolf Spy

      7 years ago

      The Vice is an excellent design and a great overall glove. When you combine how well it scored with its price compared to the field it is deserving of that accolade.

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      MyGolf Spy

      7 years ago

      The gloves that finished below this in score had cons we felt were much more detrimental. For example many gloves fitting is incredibly poor. So a glove labeled LARGE fit like an X-LARGE for one of their gloves and a MEDIUM in another. We feel not having an option is not as bad as stating an option that is this far off.

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      Jonathan Mullane

      7 years ago

      Seems like you’re on the take with your suggestion. It’s standard in the industry to have cadet options. Ping was rated #1 but not your pick with no Cons? So you rated Ping #1 and suggest as your pick a lesser glove?

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      MyGolf Spy

      7 years ago

      Editor’s Choice is just that, and Editor chose this as a product they thought should be recognized. Vice gloves quite honestly shocked us with how well they performed for a new company. Part of our job is to help find products, brands and services that may otherwise never be found. And the part about us being on the take, they have less than 1% market share. If we were going to sell out I think we would go with a blue chipper.

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      Uhit

      7 years ago

      Hirzel, and Zoom gloves, and Cure putter come to mind – in regard of products and brands that may not be found easily…
      How about durability?
      In my tests, the Footjoy Puretouch, and the FJ Stasoft, and the Vice Pure, were not as durable, as other premium gloves I tested…
      …which influences the price performance ratio somehow.
      I hope you have the possibility to further expand your tests somehow.

      Julien G. Bonifacio

      7 years ago

      Always wondered what makes a good golf glove

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      MyGolf Spy

      7 years ago

      I can understand how most golfers might feel this way Julien. But when you talk to some of the glove companies and their design philosophies and also get the opportunity to test them all side by side you quickly learn there are many differences that separate a glove from being good and great.

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      Dan

      7 years ago

      No test for the Under Armour and Asher gloves? Some great gloves for the price and materials!

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      MyGolfSpy

      7 years ago

      You might have not noticed, but Asher was actually out of the industry and sent a press release only days ago announcing it was going to get back in to making gloves.

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      Shortside

      7 years ago

      Great to hear Asher is back. Their premium is outstanding and by far the most durable glove I’very ever owned. Easily my personal favorite. Still have a few stocked away for this season.

      Jimbonecrusher

      7 years ago

      I agree, Under Armour just came out with their glove line to the public, and it wasn’t considered. I do understand that resources determine what gets tested. I just wanted to hear opinions on this glove before I spend the money and buy it.

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      xjohnx

      7 years ago

      Hard to argue how good Srixon/Cleveland products are compared to everyone else’s prices. Can’t wait for your most wanted irons!

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