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2021 Women’s Premium Glove Buyer’s Guide

Do you buy the first glove you see on the shelf? If so, you might want to start being more selective.

Women’s premium gloves are made from 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 is the first year we tested women’s premium gloves and it proved to be a battle for top spot. From the softest of leather to the best-fitting gloves on the market, we have you covered for your buying needs.

WINNER – FootJoy StaSof

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

  • 1st in fit
  • 2nd in comfort
  • 1st in feel
  • 1st in grip
MOST COMFORTABLE GLOVE - Inesis Tour

MOST COMFORTABLE GLOVE - Inesis Tour

If you only look for the most comfortable glove on the market, you need to buy the Inesis Tour glove. Its buttery soft leather inside and out gives the sensation of not wearing a glove at all. Throw in good grip and you have a solid overall glove.

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

Vice Pure: The Vice Pure had one of the thinnest leathers in the test. Its lamb leather allows your hand to breath even on the hottest summer days. The Pure style is youthful but professional, a combination that should suit all golfers.

COBRA Pur Tour: The Pur Touch is a good-feeling glove overall. Its solid grip will keep you connected throughout your swing even on cold, drizzly days.

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 FootJoy StaSof, Inesis Tour and the Titleist Players.

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 women’s premium gloves for 2021 are the FootJoy StaSof, Titleist Players. The Vice Pure 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 FootJoy StaSof. Other quality grip options are the Titleist Players and the Inesis Tour

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.

BEST WOMENS PREMIUM GLOVES 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductSizesMaterialColorsGlove Hand
COBRA PUR TOUR

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S-LAAA CABERETTA LEATHER1R/L
FOOTJOY STASOF

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S-LADVANCED PERFORMANCE LEATHER2R/L
HIT THE GREEN PREMIUM TOUR

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S-MTOUR CABRETTA1R/L
INESIS TOUR

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S-LCABRETTA LEATHER1R/L
NORTH COAST UNITED WE STAND

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S-LPREMIUM LEATHER1R/L
PALM CANVAS

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S-LAAA CABERETTA LEATHER2R/L
PALM LEAFY

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S-LAAA CABERETTA LEATHER1R/L
PXG PLAYERS

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S-LAAA CABERETTA LEATHER2R/L
TITLEIST PLAYERS

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S-LSELECT CABRETTA1R/L
VICE PURE

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S-XLLAMB LEATHER1R/L
BEST FEELING GLOVE - FootJoy StaSof

BEST FEELING GLOVE - FootJoy StaSof

The FootJoy StaSof came out number one overall in 2021, but it also picked up best feeling glove as well. Its consistent fit and construction, combined with the finest cabretta leather makes this glove a must buy for all golfers.

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. The best-fitted women’s premium gloves offer 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.

How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect premium 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

BEST WOMENS PREMIUM GLOVES 2021 - RESULTS

 OEMFITCOMFORTFEELGRIPTOTAL
FOOTJOY STASOF

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1st2nd1st1st95.5
TITLEIST PLAYERS

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1st2nd2nd2nd94
INESIS TOUR

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3rd1st3rd2nd93
COBRA PUR TOUR

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6th6th5th2nd90.5
VICE PURE

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3rd4th6th2nd90
PALM LEAFY

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7th4th6th2nd89
HIT THE GREEN PREMIUM TOUR

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3rd7th7th9th88.5
NORTH COAST UNITED WE STAND

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7th7th7th2nd87
PALM CANVAS

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9th7th7th2nd86
PXG PLAYERS

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10th7th3rd10th85

The Best Women’s 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.

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 like 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.