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2018 PREMIUM GOLF GLOVE BUYER’S GUIDE
A properly fitting golf glove (for those that wear them) is nearly as important as properly fitted clubs. Our hands are different. Some of us have wider palms or shorter fingers. Those details matter when choosing not only the right glove, but a properly sized glove as well. Characteristics of premium gloves include a full Cabretta leather design with minimal use of secondary materials. These gloves are designed for golfers who want a glove that leaves little between the hand and the club while still providing an excellent grip. It should come as no surprise that the best premium golf gloves are the ones you see the pros playing on Sunday.
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, 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.
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.
2018 Premium Gloves Features Chart
|Asher Golf Premium Collection||S-XXL||N||Cabretta-Leather||4||R/L|
|Footjoy Pure Touch Limted||S-XXL||Y||Cabretta-Leather||1||R/L|
|Footjoy StaSof||S-XXL||Y||Advanced Performance Leather||2||R/L|
|HJ Glove Solite Pro X||S-XXL||Y||Premium Cabretta Leather||6||R/L|
|MG Dyna Grip Elite||S-XXL||Y||All-Cabretta Leather||1||R/L|
|Mizuno Pro||S-XXL||Y||Premium Cabretta Leather||1||R/L|
|Ping Tour||S-XXL||Y||Perforated Leather||1||R/L|
|Under Armour Spieth Tour||S-XXL||Y||Cabretta-Leather||1||R/L|
|Vice Pure||S-XL||N||Pure Lamb Leather||1||R/L|
|Wilson FG Tour||S-XL||Y||Cabretta-Leather||1||R/L|
We put in hours of testing utilizing data-driven protocols to test new metrics.
Over the course of the test, testers hit balls wearing each glove. For each glove testers hit eight shots, and provided scoring feedback during and some after the test. To limit bias, we paid careful attention to the phrasing of the questions as well as the timing of when particular questions were asked.
There were opportunities for breaks in the test both in an attempt to limit sweat and tester fatigue.
Fit (35 points) – A detailed examination of how the glove fits. 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 mold snuggly to the hand. We also tested consistency for all entries to ensure a company can provide consistent sizing from glove to glove. You may want to note, we did deem the fit category to be the most important.
Comfort (15 points) – Score is based on whether there are any design flaws in the glove that could impede comfort. This includes things like abrasive material, poor stitching, or long fingers. Questions for this category were asked 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, but for our purposes, it’s how the glove performs during the swing. 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. Gloves that performed poorly in this category generally performed poorly overall.
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.
4 years ago
I’ve been using the MG Dyna Grip Elite golf gloves for a long time now, typically I’m a medium in other gloves, but I’ve been buying smalls in the MG gloves and they’re tight initially but after they stretch just a little they fit perfect (typically after 1 round or 1 range session). Would be awesome if My Golf Spy could get some of these gloves branded with the spy logo!
4 years ago
Mitch, I agree. I normally wear large, buy medium with MG. Snug for one or two holes, then perfect. Normally get half a season per golf. I have had the Velcro stop sticking on a couple, so I only get third of a season out of it. I have been wearing MG brand for over 10 years. Will keep buying. Great to hear so many people using small company goods. I love the Cambridge putter as well.