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2018 PREMIUM GOLF GLOVE BUYER’S GUIDE

A properly fitting golf glove (for those that wear them) is nearly as important as properly fitted clubs. Our hands are different. Some of us have wider palms or shorter fingers. Those details matter when choosing not only the right glove, but a properly sized glove as well. Characteristics of premium gloves include a full Cabretta leather design with minimal use of secondary materials. These gloves are designed for golfers who want a glove that leaves little between the hand and the club while still providing an excellent grip. It should come as no surprise that the best premium golf gloves are the ones you see the pros playing on Sunday.

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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, 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.

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 Premium Gloves Features Chart

NameSizesCadetMaterialColorsHand
Asher Golf Premium CollectionS-XXLNCabretta-Leather4R/L
Footjoy Pure Touch LimtedS-XXLYCabretta-Leather1R/L
Footjoy StaSofS-XXLYAdvanced Performance Leather2R/L
HJ Glove Solite Pro XS-XXLYPremium Cabretta Leather6R/L
MG Dyna Grip EliteS-XXLYAll-Cabretta Leather1R/L
Mizuno ProS-XXLYPremium Cabretta Leather1R/L
Ping TourS-XXLYPerforated Leather1R/L
Srixon CabrettaS-XLYCabretta-Leather1R/L
Titleist PlayersS-XLYCabretta-Leather1R/L
Under Armour Spieth TourS-XXLYCabretta-Leather1R/L
Vice PureS-XLNPure Lamb Leather1R/L
Wilson FG TourS-XLYCabretta-Leather1R/L

 

We put in hours of testing utilizing data-driven protocols to test new metrics.

Over the course of the test, testers hit balls wearing each glove. For each glove testers hit eight shots, and provided scoring feedback during and some after the test. To limit bias, we paid careful attention to the phrasing of the questions as well as the timing of when particular questions were asked.

There were opportunities for breaks in the test both in an attempt to limit sweat and tester fatigue.

Fit (35 points) – A detailed examination of how the glove fits. 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 mold snuggly to the hand. We also tested consistency for all entries to ensure a company can provide consistent sizing from glove to glove. 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 design flaws in the glove that could impede comfort. This includes things like abrasive material, poor stitching, or long fingers. Questions for this category were asked 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, but for our purposes, it’s how the glove performs during the swing. 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. Gloves that performed poorly in this category generally performed poorly overall.

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 2018

Ping Tour

Ping Tour

Fit
1st
Comfort
1st
Feel
1st
Grip
1st
Total
97
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What We Liked

On a hot day, the Ping Tour glove with help you to perform to your potential thanks to its built-in cooling technology. The Ping Tour’s pre-curved fingers mold to your and the material is very soft but yet strong and durable. An absolutely outstanding glove.

Pros

  • Feels like a “second skin”
  • Cooling sensation around the wrists which catches sweat
  • Fits to size
  • Very soft feel

Cons

  • Slightly thick
Titleist Players

Titleist Players

Fit
2nd
Comfort
2nd
Feel
5th
Grip
2nd
Total
93.5
#2

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What We Liked

Another great example of a well thought-out glove. The leather is thin and fits the hand beautifully. Although it can be snug at the tip of the fingers, when gripping the club the tight feeling disappears making for a flawless fit when sized properly.

Pros

  • Beautifully designed glove
  • Great feeling glove when swinging
  • Provides outstanding grip

Cons

  • Slightly thinner leather which might wear out faster – especially if sized incorrectly
Vice Pure

Vice Pure

Fit
4th
Comfort
2nd
Feel
3rd
Grip
2nd
Total
93
#3

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What We Liked

This very attractive glove has been a strong contender in this category two years running. The material is plush and well-fitting at the same time. Although it is a little sung in between the fingers, the glove provides a great fit when swinging.  The lamb leather is among the softest we’ve tested.

Pros

  • Great glove for comfort and grip
  • Best glove for value within the top 3
  • Supple leather proves you with a second skin

Cons

  • A little snug between the fingers
MG Dyna Grip Elite

MG Dyna Grip Elite

"Best Value"

Fit
5th
Comfort
5th
Feel
5th
Grip
5th
Total
90.5

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What We Liked

The MG Dyna Grip Elite has proven its value compared to the leading brands. The price point for the Dyna Grip Elite earns our “Best Value” award. While this glove may not boast all the quality as the leading brands, for $7, it defies every expectation. The leather is supple and soft on your hand. NOTE:  it runs about 1/2 a size large and the cut creates a bit of excess material in the fingers.

Pros

  • Best price on the market for a premium glove
  • Soft Leather
  • Tacky grip when swinging

Cons

  • Excess material in the fingers

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2018 Premium Gloves Results

NamePriceFit (35)Comfort (15)Feel (25)Grip (25)Total
Ping Tour$27.001st1st1st1st97
Titleist Players$25.002nd2nd5th2nd93.5
Vice Pure$19.954th2nd3rd2nd93
Footjoy Pure Touch Limited$30.005th4th1st2nd92.5
Srixon Cabretta$14.993rd5th3rd5th92
MG Dyna Grip Elite$6.995th5th5th5th90.5
Footjoy StaSof$25.007th5th5th5th89
Under Armour Spieth Tour$24.998th8th10th5th85
Asher Golf Premium Collection$16.509th10th11th9th82
Wilson FG Tour$18.9911th8th8th11th78
HJ Glove Solite$10.9910th10th9th12th76.5
Mizuno Pro$20.0012th12th12th10th74.5