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GLOVE VERSUS NO GLOVE

OUR JOB IS YOUR GAME

In golf, there are many key accessories, perhaps none greater than the glove. It’s not only a fashion statement. It’s a key performance ingredient.

Or so we’ve always believed.

At our headquarters, Most Wanted Testing takes precedence. However, throughout the year, impactful ideas come to life via our testing facility.

Today, we dive into the unknown: Are there any performance differentials when wearing a golf glove?

HOW WE TEST

Per usual, every test we conduct utilizes two key components: Foresight GCQuad and Titleist Pro V1 golf ballsData is collected using the GCQuad. By using Pro V1 golf balls, we are able to eliminate variables.

For this test, shots were hit with pitching wedge, 7-iron and driver. Fifteen testers hit shots with and without a glove for each of the club conditions.

Furthermore, there were a few parameters put in place:

  • Each tester used a new glove of his or her choice.
  • Every tester was right-handed.
  • All shots were hit with his or her current pitching wedge, 7-iron and driver.
  • Testing conditions were indoors with a room temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

GLOVE VERSUS NO GLOVE – KEY TAKEAWAYS

1. Dispersion Results

Without question, the most staggering discovery throughout this test is dispersion.

  • Overall, testers were more right-biased when hitting without a glove compared to hitting with a glove.
  • When using a driver, dispersion to the right increased by 7.66 yards without a glove. Eighty-six percent of the testers were right-biased without a glove when hitting a driver.
  • For 7-iron and pitching wedge, 66 and 73 percent of the testers were more right-biased, respectively.

2. Ball Speed Results

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Clubs hit with a glove hold the edge. This is true for pitching wedge, 7-iron and driver.

  • With a glove, pitching wedges see a 1.63-mph faster ball speed than without a glove.
  • For 7-irons, there is a 2.2-mph faster ball speed than without a glove.
  • Lastly, driver ball speed has the smallest differential—.97 mph faster with a glove.

3. Carry Distance Results

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Additionally, carry distances for each club were better with a glove than without a glove.

  • Pitching-wedge carry distance is 124.74 yards versus 122.02. With a 2.72-yard difference, shots hit with a glove boast the better carry distance.
  • With a 7-iron, carry distance is 162.73 yards versus 158.46, a 4.27-yard differential with a glove versus without.
  • Driver carry distance is 248.80 yards compared to 245.28, a 3.52-yard differential in favor of shots hit with a glove.

GLOVE VERSUS NO GLOVE FEEDBACK

With this type of lab, capturing tester feedback is paramount. While brainstorming this lab, we truly didn’t know what to expect from a performance standpoint. But we, along with most of our testing pool, didn’t expect to see anything monumental. Here are a few comments from testers:

  • “Using a golf glove gives me security.”
  • “I have much more comfort with a glove. Even if I gained more yards, more spin and more accuracy without a glove on, I still wouldn’t play without a glove. There is that much comfort and security with a glove.”
  • “I didn’t see much discomfort when hitting a pitching wedge or 7-iron without the glove. However, with a driver, I felt extremely uncomfortable. I couldn’t feel the club and lost confidence in my control.”
  • “The test is intriguing. There is an element of how you subconsciously react to hitting shots without a glove on when you are so used to it.”

As you can see, comfort is a main talking point for the testing pool. There is definitely a level of comfort for golfers when a golf glove is present. Not only does the feedback highlight this but, as you can see in the data above, it plays a role in performance.

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BOTTOM LINE

Much like any other experiment, you go in with an open mind. Well, this lab raises a few eyebrows, to say the least. Seeing the minimal performance difference in ball speed and carry aren’t necessarily surprising. However, they are interesting nuggets. Perhaps they attest to the level of comfort hitting with a glove provides.

The biggest takeaway for us is the dispersion differences between hitting with a glove versus without a glove. For 86 percent of the testers to be right-side biased with a driver is quite eye-opening. As to why, maybe it’s subconscious. The testers felt less secure without a glove. In turn, they were more reactive and felt the need to be in more control, holding on to the club longer instead of releasing it naturally. Again, a hunch, but it makes decent sense.

Most golfers prefer wearing a golf glove. There are those who don’t. Furthermore, there are those who only do so in hot conditions for more control. Whichever you prefer, give wearing a glove some more thought. It might help you more than you think.

Let us know what you think and drop a comment below.

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      Justin McAdams

      8 months ago

      I quit using a glove and went from an 8 to 3 handicap. It’s nice knowing that I could quit spending money on those needless things.

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      TonyG

      8 months ago

      Golf Spy does some amazing testing but failed miserably on this one. Yet they insist on reposting it on Facebook every few months. If you want a truly legitimate test, bring in non-glove wearing golfers, give them the GRIP of their choice and compare the result. Now if you get the same results, that is a test worthy of the Golf Spy brand.

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      Lou

      3 months ago

      Agree with you here. I used to wear a glove and stopped because it would get loose and my hand would rotate inside the glove. My shot control was horrible. They should have gotten people who regularly don’t wear gloves. Maybe they should revisit this test?

      Tim Wills

      1 year ago

      Why dont you ask professional golfers why they wear gloves? I would also ask if their gloves are provided by a sponsor. I want to know why the pros mostly wear gloves. Is it for hand protection, more control, better grip etc. I think it is a good topic. I just would like to see a greater sample – glove wearers, non-glove wearers, hitting indoors, hitting outdoors and professionals.

      I want to know more answers. I am not a glove wearer. I have a moderate light grip and seem to tear many gloves in a round.

      Keep up the good work.

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      Mark Blanc

      12 months ago

      If you are tearing many gloves during a round of golf, you’re probably losing your grip at the top as you transition down. The numbers bear it out that gloves give more control of the club. I am also sure that most of the PGA TOUR players are compensated for wearing a glove, but I doubt they would wear one if they personally felt it was hindering their score.

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      Greg

      1 year ago

      I also think it is critically important to include testers who normally don’t use a glove.

      I also think that glove use can be a factor is slow play, as people take them off and putt them on through out the round, sometimes not until it is their turn to play. It can be done without impacting pace of play if you are diligent and consistent about it, but there are some who are not.

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      JOHN SCATTERGOOD

      1 year ago

      I have been playing golf over 60 years……..never worn a glove and have won my share of tourns??????????

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      Doc Griffin

      2 years ago

      While I find your test interesting and somewhat valid it does not take into consideration every parameter so therefore you cannot say that the test are completely valid. There are a couple other variables that need to be considered namely type of grip used that can make a big difference size of grip used that can also make a big difference texture of the hand and also the rate of perspiration in a person’s hand. The above mentioned variables can also have a big impact on the areas that you tested.

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      Rick Dolbin

      2 years ago

      I agree with the idea of a glove wearer bias? I didn’t see the NonGlover feeling better with one?
      As a non-glover I feel very comfortable winter or summer.
      As an open minded golfer, I’ll try a glove to see if it feels any better but am doubtful..
      Thanks for the effort, It is always appreciated…

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      Brian Pasemco

      2 years ago

      A golf glove will essentially increase grip size. The “glove-wearer” has now 2-4 wraps more under grip. To make a fair test the non-glove wearers should have the grip sizes adjusted. I wear a glove and always keep some tack cloth in my bag to increase tackiness. It is an inexpensive way and may help non-glove wearers considerably.

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      Mike

      2 years ago

      How many of your testers normally play without a glove? I love my Titleist Players but dad has rarely ever used a glove and his it plenty straight. Variable I’d be interested to know!

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      Christof

      2 years ago

      Now that I have read this, maybe it is better to put on a glove. I find it more comfortable without a glove, only in very hot and rainy weather is a glove useful, for me..

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      Christof

      2 years ago

      Now that I have read this, maybe it is better to put on a glove. I find it more comfortable without a glove, only in very hot and rainy weather is a glove useful, for me.

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      Craig

      2 years ago

      How snug should a glove fit? I measured for cadel ML. It fits like a 2nd layer of skin and is difficult to take off for short game. Would the next size up be better. 2 gloves for me in Texas!

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      K.S

      2 years ago

      Glad to see someone else from Texas! I have had somewhat the same problems with fitting gloves for me. Wonder if My Golf Spy will do a how-to someday. I also go with 2 gloves as well. Helps a lot to preserve the life of those things. Yet, I still have a backup glove just in case!

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      Mark R

      2 years ago

      I’ve tried gloveless. Hands slip when damp or sweaty.

      Why do 99% today’s pros wear gloves? Because gloves offer most golfers superior grip.

      One of my golf buddies wears a glove on each hand. Swears it’s better. Maybe that’s the new trend?

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      Peter Francis

      2 years ago

      Hate the lack of feel induced wearing a glove, lack of connection to the club. I have a fingerless glove which I can get away with as it allows feedback thru my fingers! Would love the major manufacturers to offer something more in this line. Found them on AliBaba.

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      Kris

      2 years ago

      No do it with people who don’t generally wear a glove. Your trial was obviously biased for gloves from the start. FWIW I wear a glove for all full shots.

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      Jim Klassen

      2 years ago

      I personally find it uncomfortable when wearing a glove. I only wear a glove in extreme heat or other wet conditions. Ive never really tested it, but I THINK I play better without a glove.

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      rod

      2 years ago

      Yeah, the test method seemed biased, but I was still pulling for at least 1 player to have an “aha” moment. Ditch he glove, work on hitting the sweet spot more consistently, and never look back.

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      Jonathan

      2 years ago

      If this test is done again, I would like to see the effect of wearing no glove, one glove and two gloves. Any gains to be had?

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      Chris

      2 years ago

      I’m still waiting to see a comment from MyGolfSpy staff on the “usually gloved” vs the “usually ungloved” question brought up in the posts. Is this an “Oh Shit, I didn’t think about that moment”? Somebody at MyGolfSpy please give us something. We’re all waiting at the edge of our seats for days now!

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      Chris

      2 years ago

      How about a test where right handed golfers wear a glove on their right hand? I think we need this info.

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      Patrick Dennis

      2 years ago

      If you did this test with only golfers who normally wear a glove your questions begs the result and your test was sloppy. Without a second test with golfers who normally do not wear a glove, this is really not very helpful. And I should say, in fairness, that if your test was only with golfers who don’t normally wear a glove, you absolutely should have mentioned that. THAT result would be very intriguing.

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      Jake

      2 years ago

      Exactly right, this is just one big conformation bias.

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      Ken Sakai

      2 years ago

      I totally agree with Patrick…I only wore a glove during my college years because they were supplied. Gloveless since then…over 50 years.

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      Mike

      2 years ago

      Looking at all the long, in-depth responses leads me to believe that some folks sure have a lot of spare time on their hands.

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      John Siegenthaler

      2 years ago

      Keep your grips clean and dry, as well your hands. I find I have much better feel without a glove.

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      Robert Webb

      2 years ago

      The grip and grip pressure are factors that were not considered.
      I golf gloveless with very light grip pressure, which I think most people would think causes the club to slip during my shots, but I use midsize Winn Dri-Tac grips and have never had the club slip..
      Also everyone’s favorite buzz word, “Pace of Play”. No time wasted taking the glove off and on.
      The downside: I bought a 3-pack of gloves just before I changed to gloveless.

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      Jacob

      2 years ago

      A fun anecdote and something to maybe compare. I have always used a glove and standard grips. When I was fit this year they put me into midsize grips to try and lessen my grip pressure. I’m hitting pretty awesome shots with the new fitted clubs and grips, but not if I wear a glove. If I wear a glove I pull everything left.

      May be interesting to see how that interaction plays out on a larger scale. Same test, but have those testers hit with a grip 1 size up from what they normally use.

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      Aaron M

      2 years ago

      I thought the same as others: do the testers normally wear a glove? If they do, then that skews the results based on the “comfort” issue reported.

      Personally, I find golf gloves too frail and built my callouses up instead of buying them regularly. In the summer months, I use athletic tape at wear points on my fingers and use Gripshield to keep my hands dry and tacky..

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      Cody

      2 years ago

      This is my thought. I have never worn a glove and when I try it feels weird. So I am less comfortable with a glove on.. None glove guys are by far a minority so I can understand that it would be difficult to find someone that did not wear a glove normally.

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      Tom Terrific

      2 years ago

      Cathy, you have a great point, PGA PRO Tommy TWO GLOVES GAINEY is not slack Golfer, and he does wear two gloves in most shots https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Gainey

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      Tom Terrific

      2 years ago

      The weather in New Mexico (Southern Rockies USA) is often cold in the mornings even in summertime so I learned to play with TWO Gloves, it helps to take my sunglasses off to putt and I take my gloves off in short shots too. I am 75 and carry a GHIN of 4….Because I pay attention to what matters in Golf, the one who makes the fewest mistakes takes the trophies…and I get my share. OH did I tell you my given name is Tommy?

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      Mike

      2 years ago

      There have been a handful of pros in history that don’t wear a glove. The commentors saying is a sales gimmick is just down right silly. Don’t wear one of you don’t want to, whatever works for you…..but it’s such an extreme minority/rarity that this wasn’t even worth writing an article about.

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      RC

      2 years ago

      I think you’re being a prisoner of the moment by saying “only a handful”. The truth is, some of the greatest golfers never wore a glove – Hogan, Jones to name a couple. Gloves didn’t become popular until the 50’s, so there was a time when more people didn’t wear one than did. You are correct that it’s a matter of preference – as to the “need” to write an article like this, like most articles on MGS, it’s an interesting subject to toss around. I’m sure those who sell gloves actually WILL be hyping this article, but as a lot of people have pointed out, the “test” had a major flaw.

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      Jonathan

      2 years ago

      I would think having leather grips being the most popular grip back in the 50’s could have had something to do with that, they are very sticky and may provide overall better control than rubber options of today. I’ve never tried a leather grip on clubs today but I hear they stay put…

      Daniel Lux

      2 years ago

      Lefty who golfs righty never worn a glove never will.

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      Wayne Gilmore

      2 years ago

      Did You test the on/off glove during a rain day round?? What happens when an Amateur is playing in wet rainy conditions??

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      Peter

      2 years ago

      Did all the testers regularly use a glove when they play prior to the test..? Would only confirm that they did, or did you find testers who didn’t wear a glove prior to the test. I play both ways depending on conditions, I see no difference what so ever on my GPS.

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      Panther

      2 years ago

      I’m a none glove wearing player except in humid conditions. I love it and play to an 8.7 index. If a glove will cure my terrible putting, I’m all in. Lol…

      Will play with a glove more but I change grips often because of playing without a glove as my grips do wear out quicker especially because I hit balls 4 or 5 times a week too and mostly gloveless

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      Bob

      2 years ago

      How often do you clean you grips? I clean mine after two rounds and use Dawn and hot water, they are a year old and seem like new

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      TF

      2 years ago

      Haven’t worn gloves in many years & never looked back.

      Couple of beginners once asked me why I didn’t wear one. Told them I’d let them in on a secret. Of course they sucked in their breath for my answer, the answer which would immediately improve their game. (Aren’t we all looking for the next big gimmick to spend our money on?).

      Told them I simply wanted both of my hands to be tanned the same, so no glove. The look on their faces was priceless.

      Save your money & work on your game. The glove is not the answer.

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      AJ

      2 years ago

      I also stopped wearing a glove because of the tan issue and realised I actually have a lot more feel for the club without a glove.

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      George

      2 years ago

      were all the testers people who normally wear a golf glove? 50 % of them should have been people who don’t play with a glove…

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      Sanit

      2 years ago

      This is what I thought how the test should be done too.

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      bagadonitz

      2 years ago

      Came here to say this…

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      Marvin Pierce

      2 years ago

      For the last 8 years, I’ve used Grip Master Kangaroo mid-size leather “baseball” grips on my clubs. With little care, the tackiness and the grip outlasted my Miura CB-501 irons before they “cupped”. As the weather warmed, the grip became tackier. Leather wears in, not out; no need for a glove. Before using leather grips, I brought a new glove monthly. Leather grips saved me a small fortune in grips and gloves.

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      Richard Capone

      2 years ago

      Wow, I’m really surprised at the bias in this article/test. How this article could have been written with no consideration or mention of whether or not the testers normally wear a glove is one glaring omission. The other glaring omission is no mention of the grips on the clubs. The grips make all the difference in the world. I believe with the numerous tacky grips available today, many recreational golfers would be just as well off, if not better off, going sans glove and occasionally cleaning the grips. Sounds like you’re promoting the sale of gloves to earn a commission.

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      Tom

      2 years ago

      Came to say the same. I’m not a glove wearer, and when I do I don’t have as much feel. Total sales tactic.

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      Dennis

      2 years ago

      Interesting info. I’ve played both ways, now always with a quality Cabrera glove. Thanks for the article!

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      MarkM

      2 years ago

      Hmmm, not very relevant IMO as you have all glove wearers who are now without a glove. Hence rwmoving at the very least a security blanket, and undoubtedly introducing a. mental hurdle to overcome. Nobody is going to swing well when they’re uncomfortable over a shot because gripping the club feels different.

      Secondly, as someone who hasn’t worn a glove (unless it rains) in 30 years, the style of grips on your clubs will make a big difference if you’re not wearing a glove. I have always played some type of cord grip, even when I did wear a glove, which makes a HUGE difference while swinging without one.

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      John

      2 years ago

      I swear I could have written this post. I too haven’t worn a glove in 30 years. Wonder what would have happened if you took 15 testers who don’t wear a glove and then made them? When I did switch to no glove I first compared shots with and without. I found no difference in any club.

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      Plumbob

      2 years ago

      Gloves , couldn’t play without one. I recently went in for a fitting to try the new Cobra Forgetec, I forgot my glove. I walked out with a big blister on my left thumb. This has happened many times over the years, I was never to sure Why? Soft hands, one possibility, holding the club wrong, another? What do you reckon?

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      James Shepard

      2 years ago

      I use heavy cord grips with a reminder/rib. I can’t feel rib/reminder with glove on. It’s important to me to always have grip in same place in hands. Cord insures no slip

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      Ken

      2 years ago

      I was a gloveless golfer for a while, until I got a huge callus on my hand. Now, I practice with a glove, and, play with or without a glove.. I don’t think I notice a right bias without a glove, but, I may not be good enough to notice. But, if there is trouble to the right, I will try to remember to wear a glove.. lol

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      john young

      2 years ago

      I think the test is BOGUS. If you’re going to evaluate glove vs: no glove then you need the participants to be equally distributed. having as many testers who do NOT normally wear a glove as you have that do regularly wear a glove. In your evaluation, you state that the testers were more comfortable wearing a glove., which would be a natural response for a golfer that normally wears a glove. I call for a RETEST.

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      CraigH

      2 years ago

      As so many have observed the experiment seems to be flawed as it’s unclear if any non-glove participants were invited to participate.

      I carry a hand towel that I dampen with water and a small amount of liquid soap. This has the benefit of keeping my hands sweat and oil free. I’ve never had a club turn in my hands, plus my grips last so much longer as the sweat and oils from our hands tends to make the grips slicker and more rigid.

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      Michael Pasvantis

      2 years ago

      I think the question that should be asked is were the players used in this study already regular glove wearers. The comfort level associated with wearing a glove has to be a huge factor in these results. What would’ve been interesting is finding non-glove wearers and seeing their numbers with the glove.

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      laurie

      2 years ago

      Totally agree with you Michael..

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      mackdaddy9

      2 years ago

      I gave up on gloves years ago. I wear a 2x cadet in the only gloves I have ever found that fit me well. I wear a size 20 ring, anything over a 12 is custom for most jewelers. Gloves either bubble up in the palm or .extend an inch long on my fingers. I had a company out of Australia that made glove from Kangaroo skin that fit me well and I bought them by the dozen. They went out of business and I have never found a glove that was comfortable for me. I would like to wear a glove and would love any recommendations for sausage handed players gloves.

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      RC

      2 years ago

      My problem with this test is with your control group. Just about every golfer I see wears a glove, so that’s what they’re used to, and their swing is grooved for that. To make the test more convincing, you would need to find the exact amount of subjects who ordinarily play gloveless, matched with those who wear gloves. Filling the gloveless group will probably be a little more difficult. I tried playing with one when I first started, and I would tear them up because I was at the range so much. I followed Freddy Couples one day, and he was hitting the most beautiful shots. Of course those shots had little to do with him not wearing a glove, but I figured if he can hit shots like that without one, it may not be a bad thing for me to play without one. I like my gloveless feel and will never put one on again.

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      Richard Russell

      2 years ago

      I am an older golfer ( 87 ) who started playing reading Ben Hogans instruction book and continue to do so. I noticed that Ben did not wear a glove and did fairly well. Another swing that I continue to admire is Fred Couples who does not utilize a golf golf. Enough said!? Thanks for another great article. Richard

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      Jim Lee

      2 years ago

      Most of the testers normally hit with gloves, you need to find people that mostly go gloveless all the time to hit it. I go gloveless all the time, and asking me to wear gloves is so unnormal. That’s would be a different perspective.

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      Lou

      2 years ago

      Agree with this. If most of your testers wear a glove, get some testers who never wear a glove and compare the results

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      Beej

      2 years ago

      This is my thoughts exactly. How many of your testers always wear a glove. I’m also in the gloveless crowd and feel like I have better feel without the glove.

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      ck52

      2 years ago

      So if I want to hit a fade I should take my glove off.

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      Vince

      2 years ago

      LOL!!

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      JIMR

      2 years ago

      and if you’re between clubs take the glove off (or put one on)

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      Eric Granata

      2 years ago

      Like many others have asked, how many of these players wear gloves regularly? It would be nice to see this test with golfers who do not wear gloves using their own clubs vs golfers who wear gloves using their own clubs. Personally I have not worn a glove in years, it became too much of a hassle taking on and off!

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      Chisag

      2 years ago

      The amount of times I have picked up another players wedge or iron on the green when they are putting out and find a grip that is very slick is just mind boggling.

      Watch Freddie and he wipes his grip before every shot and they have a tack to them so a glove provides no more control than a clean, tacky grip. But with a grip that has been cleaned rarely a glove is a necessity. Were the testers grips cleaned before every shot?

      Then add what kind of grip did the testers have on their clubs? I find MCC grips a little slippery on the top half with cord, but if I wore a glove the cord/glove interaction is much more secure. Most of us that play without a glove have grips that keep a secure connection and keep them clean and tacky.

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      HowieV

      2 years ago

      Have lived in S Florida for over 30 yrs. I do not wear a glove during the winter but do wear a rain glove during the summer to insure my hands don’t slip. Keeping the grips clean also helps have a more secure hold on the golf club. This is particularly important when not wearing gloves due to sweat and skin oil making the grips slick.

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      Jim

      2 years ago

      I have hands that sweat profusely even at 70*. I used to have 3-4 gloves on the bag until finally I gave in & now use rain gloves all the time.. I can finally hold onto the club 100% of the time now. Gotta have one glove on when 70+ & two on when humid & 85+. Also I keep 3 pair of cheap rain gloves on the bag at all times.

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      Johnny

      2 years ago

      It sounds to me like you used testers who previously always wore a glove. Thus, when they hit without a glove they would be uncomfortable.
      Whereas, I would be more interested in half that previously wore a glove and half who didn’t .

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      Tom mory

      2 years ago

      Exactly. I’d like to see the same test using golfers who don’t wear a glove.

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      Allen

      2 years ago

      Gloves were originally used because the leather grips would get slippery from perspiration.
      The current non-leather grips do not have that issue.
      It seems that most professional golfers use gloves for promotional considerations or just out of habit.

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      Scott Johnson

      2 years ago

      I go back and forth. When I’m having trouble with how I hold the club I go back to no glove. A glove can make it easier to have a bad grip,holding the club either too much in palm or too much in fingers,the glove will let you get away with a bad grip.!!!

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      Ray

      2 years ago

      Yes this is a flaw in the study design. There should have been two groups tested…one group who always use a glove and one group always swing bare handed. The bias here in the study could be towards regular glove users.

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      Jimmy

      2 years ago

      I thought the same thing about this being “biased” by using golfers who normally wear gloves. I wear the glove for the driver, and longer irons, but NOT on the shorter irons. I think I have more “feel” on the shorter ones without a glove. (tho when it’s really cold, I wear a glove right down to the putter!)

      Scott Johnson

      1 year ago

      It’s Scott again I give up on gloves I find my self regripping at top when I wear a glove. Grip pressure is consistent without a glove .

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      JD

      2 years ago

      Learned the game and always played with a glove. Grew tired of dealing with the gloves getting old, stiff, wearing out quickly, finding the right size, etc. Finally found a great golf grip for no glove play – the Pure DTX.
      I now use white grips to keep them as cool as possible. I still do wear a golf glove when it is hot and humid out – sometimes I even wear a pair of rain gloves to deal with the southern east coast humidity.
      If my hands didn’t sweat, I would never wear a glove, but I usually walk and have not figured out a way to keep the hands dry.

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      chris

      2 years ago

      Agreed with all points here.

      Also, as someone who does not wear a glove unless the southern humidity gets to me, then I’ll put one on and of course always have to vigilant about keeping my grips and hands clean. Sunscreen/lotion is a killer.

      Did @myspygolf record the data on which of their testers wear gloves always vs. never, and a control group that goes 50/50? That would be helpful knowing if the results should have stated, “golfers who always wear gloves show these results when they don’t wear one” etc.

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      Ed

      2 years ago

      As others have said, start with non-glove wearing testers. Never worn a glove. A needless cost and a slow play hassle – off to putt, on to drive, on/off, on/off. In some pocket. Hogan and Couples. Calluses..

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      Dave Tutelman

      2 years ago

      This would have been more interesting if you had accounted for whether the subject usually wears a glove or not. There are certainly some of us (myself included) who don’t.

      That said, I can add some anecdotal confirmation about the right bias — but I experience it as a left bias when I do wear a glove. In steamy weather, I sweat more than most people, and sometimes have to put on a glove later in the round to counter the fear (or occasional actuality) of my hand slipping on the club. I immediately notice more shots going left until I get used to it. I also play golf in the winter, and often have to wear two gloves. The left bias is even more noticeable with two gloves than one.

      These observations are anecdotal, but they have been consistently observed for well over a decade.

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      Kenny B

      2 years ago

      I’m with the other commenters about testers who normally don’t wear a glove. Would the same results occur? I doubt it.
      I never wore a glove until last year; decided to wear one. Tried it for a year, and didn’t feel like I had the same control of the club as I do without the glove..

      BTW, Fred Couples doesn’t wear a glove either.

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      Ray

      2 years ago

      Agreed the study is biased toward glove

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      Kevin Polischuk

      2 years ago

      What type of grip did your testers have on their clubs? I personally use the Gripmaster Roo Swinger. Even though I still use a Red Rooster glove these grips are so tacky you can go gloveless.

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      Pete O

      2 years ago

      Agree with commenters above – would love to know what percentage of those in the test normally wear a glove versus those that do not. Another addition could be to have the test subjects play with our without for a week and come back for more accurate results.

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      Mike DiFlorio

      2 years ago

      Of the testers used, how many regularly wear a glove and how many do not? I would like to see a 50/50 split between glove users vs non-glove users to get an unbiased result. If all testers are glove users the data would be skewed in favor of gloves.

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      LakesideSteve

      2 years ago

      Exact same thought occurred to me, ie no mention of whether the testers normally wear a glove.
      I’m in the camp of people who wear one only when the conditions are sweaty, and prefer to not wear one as I find a glove masks grip pressure errors.

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      Gerry T

      2 years ago

      I played a time or two without a golf glove…I will always wear one now. 1 also find that wearing a golf glove helps with nerve issues on my left elbow.. Security is also important.

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      G Wood

      2 years ago

      The two best ballstrikers EVER, Moe Norman and Ben Hogan (in no particular order), both played gloveless. My hands are quite dry, ordinarily, and I prefer not to wear a glove, except in extreme heat and humidity. I am a rarity amongst my usual golf companions and, I believe, a preponderance of golfers prefer to wear a golf. In short, this test was not convincing for me.

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      DED

      2 years ago

      Based on ball speed and distance, I assume the testers are younger, I would like to see results for over 60. With a 50-50 split of current glove wearers and non-glove players.

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      Danny S

      2 years ago

      Would I be correct assuming all testers used rubber grips?
      I would love to see this test repeated with Gripmaster leather grips. I started using these 8 years ago and they have eliminated the need for a glove. In fact I generate higher swing speed with these, with no glove, than I can with rubber grips, do to higher traction and the ability to lower my grip pressure.

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      Ell

      2 years ago

      This test is bogus for a number of reasons:
      1. It was done indoors,
      2. it was done at a constant temperature of 70 degrees F. What was the humidity?
      For a real test it should be done outdoors in the north in the winter and along the Gulf Coast in the summer..

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      Gary

      2 years ago

      I wonder if your testers are accustomed to wearing a glove and perhaps, psychologically have a glove bias. I have played with and without a glove and have ultimately settled on using a glove only with my driver and “woods”. I find that I get better feel for my irons when not using a glove. Playing in Florida during the summertime may from time to time require a glove when playing my irons though. Thanks for your work you offer insights that often go unnoticed.

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      C McC

      2 years ago

      As said above, wIthout knowing if the fifteen testers normally wear a glove this data may not be applicable to those that don’t wear a glove on a regular basis.

      Great test idea, just need more data.

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      Ell

      2 years ago

      The test should be done in all weather conditions, not just at 70 degrees. Try playing without a glove when the temperature is in the low 40’s or in the south with the temperature in the 90’s and the humidity is >80%.

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      George

      2 years ago

      You mention that dispersion was moved to the right for golfers without a glove. But did total dispersion increase or decrease? In other words, how big was the oval around all 5 or 10 shots with each club? Did it get bigger? Or did it stay the same (or get smaller, LOL.), but got shifted to the right a bit?

      Also, how much to the right did it move? 1 degree? 3? More? Plus as the dispersion went to the right, did the golfers’ shot curves change? Did their slice get bigger, or did the shot just start out more to the right? Etc…

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      Bill Wheeler

      2 years ago

      on glove/no glove article, what do you mean “right bias?”

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      Vince

      2 years ago

      Tendency to miss the target rightward.

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      Robbie de Jong

      2 years ago

      Did you only test with golfers who normally wear gloves or also with golfers who normally don’t. I am wondering if it will make a difference since golfers who don’t are used to it. Will they have the same testresults?

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      Mark McGrath

      2 years ago

      Exactly my question. I’d suggest changing anything as “intimate” as a glove would always yield a negative result.
      A good follow up might be to run the same test with testers who don’t normally wear a glove and compare the results.
      I’d it better The devil you know?

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      Derek

      2 years ago

      Are we just trying to sell gloves here?

      This absolutely needs to be quantified with whether or not the testers normally wear a glove. I would imagine so since most golfers do.

      Run the same test using golfers that don’t normally wear gloves. I’d imagine would be skewed the other way.

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      Catherine Sheridan

      2 years ago

      How about a one glove vs two glove test?

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      Tom Gregory

      2 years ago

      Catherine, you have a great point with your comment, living in the Southern Rockies it is often very cold at our altitude, I paly with two gloves especially in the winter if the temps allow. I think there is good reason for two gloves and the right type and size grips…PS my real name is Tommy, some pros use Two Gloves Tommy Dale Gainey?

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      Dave

      2 years ago

      I was wondering what percentage of your testers don’t play with a glove normally? I think it would have an effect on their comfort level.

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      Mark Smolens

      2 years ago

      +1.
      The comment “The test is intriguing. There is an element of how you subconsciously react to hitting shots without a glove on when you are so used to it” is directly on point. I don’t’ wear a glove unless it’s raining, and on extraordinarily rare occasions when it’s extremely hot and humid (and I’ll put on a rain glove). The differences identified in the survey are explained by the lack of familiarity with playing without a glove. Test us non-glove wearers, and I submit your results will be similar…

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      pauls

      2 years ago

      I agree with Dave, the results would mean a lot more if we could see them broken down between those that normally play without a glove vs those that do. I can envision that doing the opposite of your normal method would make you uncomfortable and those that wear a glove could conceivable feel the difference is size. . Same would be if you were testing grips-what is the baseline? Wraps, tacky, cord, smooth, etc.

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      TonyG

      2 years ago

      As a non-glove golfer, I would love to see that experiment with only non-glove testers and their clubs. I can see where someone accustomed to wearing a glove would feel strange without one. Also, most good non-glove golfers use a grip that give them feel and tackiness.

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      David

      2 years ago

      I too do not use a glove, and this test did seem to use people that use gloves only. I too would like to see this test done with people who do not use a glove. I only use a glove when it’s very cold or extremely hot and can’t keep the sweat off my hands.

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      Torre J Patrick

      2 years ago

      Perfect point. Surprised that they did not get non-glove testers.

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      Jordan S

      2 years ago

      Very interesting. Would love to see a second test with gloves on both hands to see if there is any difference. I think of modern Baseball where many batters bat with two gloves.

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      Howard Rubin

      2 years ago

      I agree with Jordan. Testing with 2 gloves vs 1 would be very interesting.

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      Robert

      2 years ago

      Yes it would be interesting to learn what the testing results would be when wearing two gloves. I have for years and feel it has improved my game in all types of weather.

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      Ernie Balassa

      2 years ago

      Never do I use a glove – pain in the ass, bulky and less feel

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      Tim

      2 years ago

      A variable you may have missed; using testers that don’t normally wear a glove and testers that currently do. If all your testers currently use a glove than it would stand to reason that they would be uncomfortable with a glove and it would possibly skew the results. Just a thought.

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      Mark Liquorman

      2 years ago

      I was going to post a similar comment.! To be a truly scientific study, you also need a sampling of testers who normaly play without a glove.

      Patrick Patterson

      2 years ago

      What he said test golfers who don’t use a glove I get way less feel with a glove on

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      David Bramuchi

      2 years ago

      I use a glove (right handed player) and when it is hot & I’m sweating I alternate gloves because they get damp. I never use a glove while putting and in the past year or so I stopped using a glove when I’m chipping / pitching around the greens..

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      Donn Rutkoff

      2 years ago

      Same. No glove when shot is more “feel” and less swing speed. But type of grips matters too as many writers say. I found that what feels good to the touch in the store is not always what works when actually swinging the club. And I like more cord on driver and 3 wood, no cord on irons., I need more help to swing a long club.

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