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2018 PERFORMANCE GOLF GLOVE BUYER’S GUIDE

We get it; not everyone wants a premium Cabretta leather golf glove.

With that in mind, we’ve created a performance glove guide tailored to finding the perfect glove at the perfect price. These gloves might not be widely played by tour players, but they’ll likely get the job done in your Saturday morning foursome.

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.

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One key to our testing protocols is that we test 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 performance 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 bag testing process for 2017.

For a comprehensive performance glove test, the norms – feel, comfort, fit, and grip – are always considered. This year we examined the glove’s material dispersion, seam comfort, wrist design, strap efficiency, and material quality. We also received multiple units from every test participant to test the consistency of sizing and build for each submission.

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.

2018 Performance Glove Features Chart

NameSizesCadetMaterialColorsHand
Asher Golf ChuckS-XXLNCabretta Leather9L/R
Footjoy FLX ContourS-XLYTractionLT Cabretta1L/R
HJ Glove GripperS-XXLYSynthetic Leather9L/R
Mizuno EliteS-XXLNSynthetic Leather1L/R
Ping SportS-XXLYPremium Cabretta1L/R
Srixon All WeatherS-XLNSynthetic Leather1L/R
Under Armour CoolSwitchS-XXLYCabretta Leather4L/R
Wilson ConformS-XXLYAbyssinian Cabretta1L/R
Zero Friction Cabretta Elite1 Fits allNAAuthentic Cabretta6L/R
Zero Friction Synthetic1 Fits allNASynthetic Leather12L/R
HJ Glove Dura SoftS-XXLYPremium Cabretta1L/R

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 before testing to ensure objectivity. By choosing when particular questions were asked, we were able to limit bias.

There were opportunities for breaks in the test to help limit the impact of 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 based on whether there are any flaws in the glove, including abrasive material, poor stitching, or long fingers. Surveys for this category were implemented 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 plenty 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? We found that many gloves did well here, while some missed the mark entirely.

Grip (25 points) – Does the tester feel like the glove provides an adequate connection to the club? Does the club move around in the tester’s hand during the swing? A good score in this category suggests there are no issues. It was clear that when gloves performed poorly in this category, they really had no chance of being successful within the larger test.

Final grades were awarded based on total scores. Best Overall is our highest overall scoring performance golf glove, and awards are awarded to the top three 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.

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THE BEST PERFORMANCE GLOVES OF 2018

Ping Sport

Ping Sport

"Best Performance Glove in 2018"

Fit
1st
Comfort
2nd
Feel
1st
Grip
1st
Total
90.5
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What We Liked

Just as with its Premium Glove, Ping offers the most outstanding option in the Performance category. The cooling technology is a fantastic addition for the golfer who sweats in their hands and wrists. The Sport glove feels soft but durable at the same time when swinging. Overall the Ping Sport is great for the golfer who doesn’t want or need to spend on a premium glove.

Pros

  • Great fitting glove
  • Great feel
  • Overall a great glove

Cons

  • A little bit tight and long in the fingers
Footjoy FLX Contour

Footjoy FLX Contour

Fit
2nd
Comfort
2nd
Feel
2nd
Grip
1st
Total
89
#2

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What We Liked

The Footjoy FLX Contour offers nearly the feel of a premium glove. The material itself is a bit thicker than you’ll find in a premium glove, but it feels great and allows you to feel the club during your swing.

Pros

  • Soft material makes for a great feeling glove
  • Fits well
  • Well designed overall

Cons

  • Thicker material may increase sweating
Wilson Conform

Wilson Conform

Fit
3rd
Comfort
1st
Feel
2nd
Grip
3rd
Total
88
#3

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What We Liked

The Wilson Conform gives you comfort and performance at the same time. The Tack Teck Cabretta Leather provides you with soft feel when swinging. The upper mesh on the backside of your hand vents on a hot day. The Conform fits snug around your hand and fingers for top performance.

Pros

  • Great glove for comfort
  • Soft feel
  • Great design

Cons

  • Slightly long in the thumb

2018 Performance Glove Results

NamePriceFit (35)Comfort (15)Feel (25)Grip (25)Total
Ping Sport$23.001st2nd1st1st90.5
Footjoy FLX Contour$21.002nd2nd2nd1st89
Wilson Conform$14.993rd1st2nd3rd88
Footjoy Pro FLX$21.004th2nd6th3rd86.5
Mizuno Elite$16.006th2nd2nd6th86
Srixon All Weather$9.994th2nd7th8th84
Under Armour CoolSwitch$16.999th7th2nd9th79
Asher Golf Chuck$16.997th9th9th7th77.5
Zero Friction Cabretta Elite$17.998th8th8th9th77.5
HJ Glove Gripper$10.9910th10th10th3rd70.5
Zero Friction Synthetic$13.9911th11th10th11th65.5
HJ Glove Dura Soft$10.9912th12th10th12th61.5

 

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