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2021 Performance Glove Buyer’s Guide

Are you a golfer who wants a more durable glove? If so, our 2021 Best Performance Glove Buyer’s Guide has your back. Well, your hand, really.

We know there is a high demand for performance gloves made from synthetic leather with flexible mesh for a more comfortable fit. But if comfort is your primary concern, you might want to look into the “premium glove” category.

If you’re a performance glove person, you definitely want to know which glove is right for you. That’s where we come in. We put the best of the performance category to the test and even threw in a few rain gloves for good measure.

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, this guide will help you find the right premium glove to fit your needs—and your hand.

WINNER – Mizuno Elite

If you want a glove that gives that “premium feeling” but lasts longer, go for the Mizuno Elite. Its consistent overall performance was impressive. This performance glove was outstanding across multiple key metrics, making it the undisputed winner of the 2021 Most Wanted Performance Glove Test.

  • 5th in fit
  • 2nd in comfort
  • 1st in feel
  • 7th in grip
THE BEST RAIN GLOVE - Footjoy Rain Grip

THE BEST RAIN GLOVE - Footjoy Rain Grip

The Footjoy Rain Grip Glove reacts to the rain. The more rain, the more the glove grips. No need to wait for a dry spell or waste time wiping your grips. It's comfortable and breathable and even comes in cadet sizes. Bonus Tip: Give these a try if you tend to sweat a lot.

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.

Other Notable Performers

FootJoy Hyper FLX: If you are looking for a glove with a perfect consistent fit, it’s the FootJoy Hyper FLX. Its flexible mesh material is strategically placed throughout the glove for added comfort. Throw in good grip and feel and you have yourself a glove that won’t disappoint.

Under Armour ISO-Chill: Want a glove that is close to premium leather without the constricting factor? The Under Armour ISO-Chill has you covered. Its soft leather and mesh material provide good support throughout the glove. The ISO also was also a top performer in the grip category which is important on those humid summer days.

Features That Matter To You

Comfort

Some golfers prefer thinner material that allows for more connection with the club. Others are happy to trade a bit of feel for the durability that a thicker leather often brings. Generally speaking, gloves in the performance category tend to be thicker than the premium gloves we tested. We still test each glove to ensure there aren’t any poorly placed seams or excess material that can cause discomfort or decrease durability.

Gloves like the PING Sport Tech and Mizuno Elite are great examples of comfort.

Fit

A properly fitting golf glove should be snug across the palm and fingers but somewhat restrictive when clenching your fist. There should a quarter-inch gap remaining on the Velcro closure pad after you’ve secured the glove. Also, when it comes to sizing, some brands are not consistent. One large glove may not be quite as “large” as the next. Not only should you look for a glove that fits properly but serious golfers should gravitate towards brands that can consistently reproduce the exact same-sized glove.

Gloves that offer multiple size options including “cadet” are usually the best fitting gloves. Gloves that can provide these offerings are Bionic Performance Grip Pro, PING Sport Tech and FootJoy Hyper FLX.

Grip

If you don’t wear a glove, this guide isn’t for you. (Duh, why have you read this far?) Why do most professionals wear a glove? Gloves are tackier than skin, particularly in humid conditions, and 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.

Grip is obviously important in a glove but how does it perform in wet or sweaty conditions? A rain glove like the FootJoy Rain Grip can really help get some extra grip when wet. In sweaty conditions, the Titleist Players Flex held its own.

THE BEST PERFORMANCE GLOVES 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductSizesCadetMaterialColorsHand
BIONIC PERFORMANCE GRIP PRO

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S-XXXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1R/L
BIONIC RELAX GRIP 2.0

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S-XXLYSYNTHETIC LEATHER1R/L
BIONIC RELIEF GRIP

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1R/L
BIONIC STABLE GRIP (NATURAL FIT)

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S-XXXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1R/L
CALLAWAY WEATHER SPANN

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S-XXLYSYNTHETIC LEATHER1R/L
COBRA MICRO GRIP

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S-XLYPOLYURETHANE1R/L
FOOTJOY HYPER FLX

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1R/L
FOOTJOY RAIN GRIP

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S-XLYQUICKDRY2R/L
FOOTJOY WINTER SOF

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S-XXLNAUTOSUEDE1R/L
INESIS RAIN WEATHER

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S-XXLNPOLYESTER CATIONIC2R/L
INESIS RESISTANCE

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XS/S-M/LNPOLYAMIDE/POLYURETHANE1R/L
INESIS SOFT

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L
MIZUNO COMP

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S-XXLYSYNTHETIC LEATHER1R/L
MIZUNO ELITE

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1R/L
NIKE DURA FEEL

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S-XLYSYNTHETIC LEATHER1R/L
NIKE TECH EXTREME

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1R/L
PALM THE RANGE

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S-XXLNSYNTHETIC LEATHER1R/L
PING Sport Tech

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S-XXLYSYNTHETIC LEATHER1R/L
SRIXON ALL WEATHER

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S-XLNSYNTHETIC LEATHER1R/L
SRIXON TECH CABRETTA

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1R/L
TAYLORMADE RAIN CONTROL

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S-XXLYAUTOSUEDE2R/L
TAYLORMADE STRATUS

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S-XXLYHYPERTEC1R/L
TITLEIST PLAYERS FLEX

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S-XXLYPREMIUM SYNTHETIC1R/L
UNDER ARMOUR ISO-CHILL

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER4R/L
VICE DURO

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S-XLNSYNTHETIC LEATHER2R/L
WILSON STAFF CONFORM

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S-XXLYABYSSINIAN CABRETTA1R/L
WILSON STAFF RAIN NON-SLIP

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S-XXLNCLARINO1R/L
BEST GLOVE FOR ARTHRITIS - Bionic Relief Grip

BEST GLOVE FOR ARTHRITIS - Bionic Relief Grip

Developed under the advisement of an orthopedic hand specialist, the Bionic StableGrip works with you to reduce pain that comes from swollen and sore joints. It has soft leather and a mesh lining on the knuckles that provide comfort and extra support.

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, try before you buy.
  • The quality of  closures is not consistent across all brands. Look for gloves that secure tightly and stay tight. The performance of lower-quality closures will degrade over time. A glove that doesn’t remain secured is worse than useless.
  • While style preferences vary, finding the proper fit is a 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.

How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect performance 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

Performance gloves are tested head to head with rigorous protocols.

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

THE BEST PERFORMANCE GLOVES 2021 - RESULTS

 PRODUCTFITCOMFORTFEELGRIPTOTAL
MIZUNO ELITE

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5TH2ND1ST7TH91.5
TITLEIST PLAYERS FLEX

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2ND10TH3RD1ST91
PING Sport Tech

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2ND10TH3RD3RD90.5
BIONIC PERFORMANCE GRIP PRO

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1ST2ND13TH3RD90
FOOTJOY HYPERFLX

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2ND6TH3RD17TH89.5
UNDER ARMOUR ISO-CHILL

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8TH2ND8TH7TH89
FOOTJOY RAIN GRIP

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8TH10TH11TH1ST88.5
COBRA MICRO GRIP

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8TH14TH8TH3RD88
SRIXON ALL WEATHER

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8TH14TH3RD7TH88
WILSON STAFF CONFORM

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17TH2ND2ND18TH88
INESIS SOFT

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14TH6TH3RD18TH87.5
NIKE TECH EXTREME

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8TH14TH8TH7TH87.5
BIONIC STABLE GRIP (NATURAL FIT)

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5TH10TH19TH3RD87
TAYLORMADE RAIN CONTROL

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5TH14TH16TH3RD87
WILSON STAFF RAIN NON-SLIP

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14TH20TH13TH7TH85.5
BIONIC RELAX GRIP 2.0

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14TH10TH20TH7TH85
CALLAWAY WEATHER SPANN

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8TH6TH20TH21ST84
SRIXON TECH CABRETTA

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17TH20TH11TH21ST83.5
TAYLORMADE STRATUS

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23RD14TH16TH7TH83
INESIS RAIN WEATHER

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22ND22ND16TH7TH82.5
VICE DURO

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23RD14TH13TH20TH82
BIONIC RELIEF GRIP

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19TH22ND22ND7TH81.5
FOOTJOY WINTER SOF

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23RD6TH22ND21ST80
MIZUNO COMP

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20TH26TH22ND21ST77
PALM THE RANGE

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20TH24TH22ND26TH77
NIKE DURA FEEL

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26TH24TH22ND21ST76
INESIS RESISTANCE

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27TH26TH27TH26TH71

The Best Performance Gloves of 2021 – FAQ

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

A: We found great options in 2021 for golfers looking for value as well as those looking for performance. If you want top-notch performance and consistency, expect to spend between $15 and $25 per glove. The best performing gloves in 2021 in our testing were the Mizuno Elite, Titleist Players Flex and the PING Sport Tech. But the Srixon All Weather glove performs well at only $10.

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

A: It’s a cliché 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 a quarter-inch of Velcro still showing on the closure pad when secured. Take a look at this fitting guide for help.

Q: Do I need to wear a glove?

A:  Ah, yes, as multiple major winner Billy Shakespeare once asked, “To wear or not wear?” A glove is, to a degree, personal preference. Certainly, there are some who 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 will help to ensure a consistent connection with the club regardless of heat, humidity, sweat, etc.