2020 PERFORMANCE GLOVE BUYERS GUIDE

Not too long ago, cost was the primary determining factor for golfers choosing between premium (tour) and performance gloves. As value options have entered the market, however, price isn’t the consideration it once was.

Take a look at these premium gloves and notice that the Kirkland Signature premium gloves are a whopping $5.75 per glove. If, for some reason, you don’t like the Kirkland gloves and are still a baller on a budget, the performance category is for you. Performance gloves are typically thicker (more durable) leather or stretchy materials with greater breathability. The category also allows golfers to wear familiar logos, often at price points significantly less than the premium category.

If you’re a performance glove person, you will be wondering 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 new 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.

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

FEATURES THAT MATTER TO YOU

Comfort

Some 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 without Velcro tend to provide the best comfort. Gloves like Falko Airlite are great examples of this. However, you can find similar comfort in the PING Tour , which does have Velcro.

Fit

A properly fitting golf glove should fit snugly across the palm and finger, but restrictive when clenching your fist. There should a 1/4″ gap left after you’ve secured the glove. Also, be aware that, 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 time and time again.

Gloves that offer multiple size options including cadet are usually the best fitting gloves. Gloves that can provide these offerings are Titleist Players Flex, PING Sport and Inesis Soft.

Grip

If you don’t wear a glove, this guide isn’t for you (why have you read this far?) but the overwhelming majority of tour professionals wear a glove. Why? Gloves are tackier than skin, particularly in the humid months, 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.

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.

The Best Performance Gloves 2020 - Features

 ProductSizesCadetMaterialColorsHand
Bionic Stable Grip

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S-XXXLYCabretta Leather2R/L
Callaway Weather Spann

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S-XXLYSynthetic Leather1R/L
Falko Airlite

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XS-XLNRobust Buffalo Leather8R/L
Footjoy Contour FLX

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S-XXLYCabrettaSof Leather1R/L
Footjoy Pro FLX

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1R/L
Footjoy Rain Grip

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S-XLYQuickdry2R/L
Inesis 100 Resistance

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XS/S-M/LNPolyamide/Polyurethane1R/L
Inesis Soft

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S-XXLNCabretta Leather1L
Inesis Winter

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S-XXLNSuede Leather1R/L
Mizuno Comp

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S-XXLYSynthetic Leather1L
Mizuno Elite

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S-XXLYCabretta Leather1L
Mizuno Rain Fit

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S-XLNSynthetic Suede1R/L
Nike Dura Feel

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S-XLYSynthetic Leather1R/L
Nike Tech Extreme VI

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S-XLYCabretta Leather1R/L
Ping Sport

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S-XXLYCabretta 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-XLYCabretta Leather1R/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 Polyurethane2R/L
Wilson Conform

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S-XXLYAbyssinian Cabretta1R/L

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.

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.

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The Best Performance Gloves 2020 - Results

 ProductFitComfortFeelGripTotal
Mizuno Elite

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6th5th1st1st91.5
Ping Sport

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1st1st3rd4th91
Titleist Players Flex

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1st11th3rd1st90.5
Ping Sport Tech

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1st9th3rd4th90
Footjoy Contour FLX

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8th5th3rd4th89.5
Inesis Soft

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1st11th10th4th89
Under Armour ISO-Chill

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8th5th10th4th89
Footjoy Rain Grip

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8th11th14th4th88.5
Srixon All Weather

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8th17th3rd4th88
Falko Airlite

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8th1st17th4th88
Wilson Conform

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16th5th2nd16th88
Mizuno Rain Fit

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16th11th3rd4th87.5
Nike Tech Extreme VI

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8th17th10th4th87.5
Bionic Stable Grip

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6th11th19th3rd87
Footjoy Pro FLX

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16th11th10th15th86.5
Callaway Weather Spann

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8th9th20th17th84
Srixon Tech Cabretta

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16th21st14th17th83.5
Taylormade Stratus

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21st17th17th4th83
Vice Duro

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21st17th16th17th82
Inesis Winter

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8th1st3rd23th78
Mizuno Comp

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20th23rd21st17th77
Nike Dura Feel

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23rd22nd21st17th76
Inesis 100 Resistance

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23th23rd23rd22nd71

Best Glove For Arthritis - Bionic StableGrip

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.

The Best Performance Gloves of 2020 – FAQ

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

A: We found great options in 2020 for golfers looking for an incredible value as well as those looking for ultimate performance. If you want the ultimate in performance and consistency, expect to spend between $15 and $25 per glove. The best performing gloves in 2020 in our testing were the Mizuno Elite, PING Sport, Titleist Players Flex and the PING Sport Tech.

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

A: It’s a cliche 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 1/4″ of Velcro still showing when secured. Take a look at this fitting guide for help.

Q: Do I need to wear a glove?

A: To wear or not wear a glove is, to a degree, personal perference. 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..