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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

PING TOUR

PING TOUR

Fit
1st
Comfort
1st
Feel
1st
Grip
1st
Score
97.5
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What We Liked

  • PING has created the ultimate golf glove.
  • The best fitting glove we have ever tested.
  • Molds perfectly to your hands and fingers straight from the box.
  • “Best in Class” for every golf glove category.

Pros

  • “Best in Class” Fit
  • “Best in Class” Comfort
  • “Best in Class” Grip
  • “Best in Class” Feel

Cons

  • No cons.
FOOTJOY PURETOUCH

FOOTJOY PURETOUCH

Fit
2nd
Comfort
2nd
Feel
2nd
Grip
4th
Score
90.75
#2

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What We Liked

– Softest leather of all 2017 gloves

– Fantastic feel throughout.

– Consistent fit with all gloves submitted.

– Exactly what you expect from the top of the line FootJoy offering

Pros

-Soft and supple leather

-Effective tapering of wrist

Cons

-Some bunching of excess material in palm

SRIXON CABRETTA

SRIXON CABRETTA

Best Buy

Fit
3rd
Comfort
3rd
Feel
4th
Grip
3rd
Score
89.75
#3

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What We Liked

-Effective design and precise cut ensures a perfect fit.

-Premium Cabretta glove at a discount price.

-MyGolfSpy “Best Buy”

 

Pros

-Fantastic fit

-Solid across all categories

-Exceptional value

Cons

-Leather not as soft as other premium gloves

VICE PURE

VICE PURE

Editor's Choice

Fit
4th
Comfort
5th
Feel
5th
Grip
8th
Score
85.75
#4

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What We Liked

-Relatively inexpensive compared to the field

-Fashionable without being overly flashy

-Well-designed and great fitting glove

 

Pros

-Leather maximizes feel

-Tacky without negatively affecting feel

Cons

-No cadet option

-Awkward stitching in thumb

-Comparatively tight fit

 

FOOTJOY STASOFT

FOOTJOY STASOFT

Fit
6th
Comfort
6th
Feel
6th
Grip
5th
Score
81.5
#5

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What We Liked

-Numerous size options to ensure the perfect fit

-A FootJoy classic that never disappoints

 

Pros

-Soft leather is great for comfort

-Grip maximized by tackiness of glove

Cons

-Tightness in tip of middle finger

-Excess material in webbing of thumb

-Fit allows leather to move during the swing

-Doesn’t fit as well as other top gloves

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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