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2021 Premium Glove Buyer’s Guide

Do you know the difference between a premium golf glove and a performance golf glove? No? Well, you’re not alone.

A premium golf glove is constructed out of one piece of leather, normally cabretta or AAA cabretta. It’s basically the softest leather on the market.

A performance glove is normally constructed of two or more materials like cabretta and synthetic leather with some Lycra added for better flexibility. Performance gloves tend to be more durable.

This year, evaluating the premium glove category was harder than ever. There were 35 different gloves tested and the majority had upped their game. It was a real battle for top spot.

Which premium glove is right for you? That’s where we come in. We are here to help you, the consumer, make the best decision possible when buying your next golf glove or golf shoes.

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

WINNER – PXG Players

If you want a glove that gives you that soft feel and a better connection between hand and grip, go for the PXG Players. Its outstanding overall performance made it our top pick. This premium glove edged out some tough competition with its dominance across multiple key metrics, making it the undisputed winner of the 2021 Most Wanted Premium Glove Test.

  • 1st in fit
  • 1st in comfort
  • 1st in feel
  • 2nd in grip
MOST COMFORTABLE GLOVE - PXG Players

MOST COMFORTABLE GLOVE - PXG Players

PXG made quite the entrance on their premium glove debut. Taking the number one spot overall, the PXG Players glove is the most comfortable glove of 2021. Its soft leather allows the glove to easily mold to your hand. Throw in good fit and grip and you have the most comfortable glove of 2021.

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

COBRA Pur Tour: A newcomer to the Most Wanted Premium Glove test, the COBRA Pur Tour is one to consider. Its consistent stitching allows the glove to be comfortable with no areas that dig into your hand. The Pur Touch also has some of the softest leather in the test, making it feel like a direct connection between hand and grip.

Vice Pure: A veteran of the Most Wanted golf test, the Vice Pure does exactly what it says in the name. It provides good flexibility and fits well even if your a cadet or standard hand size golfer.

Asher Utility Collection Stinger: The Asher Utility Stinger has one of the best cuts in golf. Its perfect sizing makes a difference when it comes to no excess material or finger twisting. Match that with soft leather and you have a great premium glove.

FootJoy Pure Touch: No stranger to making good consistent gloves, the FootJoy Pure Touch feels like a second skin. It ranked well for comfort and feel so, if those are your main priorities, look no further.

Features That Matter

Comfort

There are two schools of thought and both are preference-based. Some like thinner leather while others are happy to trade a bit of feel for the durability of a thicker leather. We test each glove to ensure there aren’t any poorly placed seams or excess material that can cause discomfort and decrease durability.

Those who are seeking the most comfortable glove should consider the PXG Players, Cuater Between The Lines, PING Tour, Titleist Players, FootJoy Pure Touch.

Fit

A properly fitting golf glove should be snug across the palm and fingers but not too restrictive when clenching your fist. There should a 1/4-inch gap left when you pull the Velcro tab for tightness. Be aware that some brands don’t monitor sizing quality control as carefully as others. For example, ideally, every glove labeled “large” would have the same measurements but that’s not always the case. Not only should you look for a glove that fits properly but serious golfers should gravitate to brands that offer consistent sizing quality control.

The best-fitting gloves for 2021 are the Cuater Between the Lines, PXG Players. The Asher Utility Collection Stinger is also excellent.

Grip

If you don’t wear a glove, why have you bothered to read this far? This guide isn’t for you. The reality is that the overwhelming majority of professionals wear a glove. Why? Gloves help maintain a consistent connection to the club. A glove that preserves that connection will help you feel confident in every swing, knowing you’re not going to lose control of the club.

For the best grip, consider the GFore Blossom. Other quality grip options are the PING Tour, COBRA Pur Tour and the Vice Pure.

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 PREMIUM GLOVES 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductSizesCadetMaterialColorsHand (Worn)
Asher Premium Collection Death Grip

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S-XXLNAAA CABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Asher Utility Collection Stinger

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S-XXLNAAA CABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Callaway Tour Authentic

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Cobra Pur Tech

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Cobra Pur Tour

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Cuater Between the Lines

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
FootJoy Pure Touch

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
FootJoy StaSof

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
GFore Blossom

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER12L/R
Hit The Green Premium Tour

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S-LNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Inesis Tour

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L
Kirkland Signature

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S-XLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Maxfli Elite

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
MG DynaGrip Elite

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Mizuno Tour

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L
Nike Tour Classic 2

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L
North Coast Camo Drip

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
North Coast Camo Dunes

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
North Coast Sunday Tradition

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
North Coast The Whitecap

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Palm Golf Tower 14

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Palm Old Glory

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Palm Rustic

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Palm The Canvas

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S-XXLNCABRETTA LEATHER2L/R
PAYNTR 102 G

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Penfold Seve

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XS-XLNCABRETTA LEATHER2L/R
PING Tour

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
PXG Players

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S-XLYAAA CABRETTA LEATHER2L/R
Srixon Premium

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Taylormade TP

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S-XXLYAAA CABRETTA LEATHER4L/R
Titleist Perma Soft

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Titleist Players

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Under Armour Spieth Tour

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S-XXLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L/R
Vice Pure

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S-XLYPURE LAMB LEATHER1L/R
Wilson Staff Model

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S-XLYCABRETTA LEATHER1L

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, we recommend trying it on before buying.
  • The quality of closures is not consistent across all brands. Look for gloves that secure tightly and stay tight. The performance of lower-quality Velcro-style closures will degrade over time. A glove that doesn’t stay secured is a useless glove.
  • While style preferences will vary among golfers, finding the proper fit is an absolute 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.
  • Thinner leather is great for feel but be aware that they will wear more quickly than gloves made of thicker material. If you’re a feel player and prefer thinner leather, you might be in for a bigger investment over time. The thinnest glove in this year’s test is the Titleist Players. It’s followed closely by the Srixon Premium.
  • Quality control and consistent sizing come at a price. If you don’t mind that occasionally your glove will fit slightly different than the supposedly identical one you previously purchased, consider the Kirkland Signature.

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 PREMIUM GLOVE 2021 - RESULTS

 ProductFitComfortFeelGripTotal
PXG Players

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1st1st1st2nd97
Cuater Between the Lines

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1st2nd1st2nd96
PING Tour

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1st2nd1st2nd96
Titleist Players

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1st2nd5th7th95
Cobra Pur Tour

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8th7th5th2nd94.5
Asher Utility Collection Stinger

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1st7th8th7th94
FootJoy Pure Touch

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10th2nd5th7th94
Vice Pure

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14th7th1st2nd94
Maxfli Elite

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10th11th8th16th92
Srixon Premium

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10th11th8th16th92
Asher Premium Collection Death Grip

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1st27th15th7th91
Mizuno Tour

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14th20th12th7th91
FootJoy StaSof

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8th20th12th21st90.5
GFore Blossom

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23rd23rd12th1st90.5
Kirkland Signature

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23rd11th15th16th89.5
MG DynaGrip Elite

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31st7th8th19th89.5
Wilson Staff Model

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18th2nd21st21st89
North Coast Sunday Tradition

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18th11th18th27th87.5
Penfold Seve

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33rd20th18th7th87.5
Callaway Tour Authentic

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14th27th15th27th87
North Coast Camo Dunes

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18th11th21st27th87
North Coast The Whitecap

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18th11th21st27th87
Palm Golf Tower 14

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27th23rd29th7th87
Palm Rustic

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27th23rd29th7th87
Palm The Canvas

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18th23rd21st21st87
Titleist Perma Soft

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1st35th29th19th87
Palm Old Glory

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27th27th29th7th86.5
PAYNTR 102 G

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31st20th18th21st86.5
Cobra Pur Tech

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10th31st21st27th86
Taylormade TP

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27th11th21st27th86
Under Armour Spieth Tour

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14th33rd21st21st86
Inesis Tour

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23rd11th29th34th85
North Coast Camo Drip

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23rd27th21st27th85
Hit The Green Premium Tour

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35th31st35th26th80.5
Nike Tour Classic 2

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34th33rd34th34th80

The Best Premium Glove 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 outstanding performance and consistency, expect to spend $25 to $30 per glove. The best-performing gloves in 2021 in our testing were the PXG Players, PING Tour, Titleist Players, Vice Pure, COBRA Pur Touch, and Cuater Between The Lines. If you can tolerate some size inconsistencies from glove to glove, we recommend the Kirkland Signature and the MG DynaGrip Elite. Prices for these gloves range from $5 to $9 and both performed well in the test.

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 1/4 inch 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 a personal preference. Some 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 helps ensure a consistent connection with the club regardless of heat, humidity, sweat, etc.