Although often overlooked, golf gloves are an important piece of equipment because your hands are your connection to the club. If your glove is poorly fit, has holes in it or does not supply you with the grip and traction you need, you’ll wind up making compensations and altering your swing.
On the other hand (sorry, we couldn’t resist), the right glove can enhance grip, reduce friction, prevent blisters and improve your swing.
Most golfers wear a glove on only their non-dominant hand, but sometimes a pair is necessary for wet or frigid conditions.
While most gloves look the same to the naked eye, there’s a wide range in quality and material, varying from natural leather to synthetic fabrics.
With the lion’s share of golf gloves falling in the $15-$25 range, we’ve identified 10 of the best gloves for any budget and handicap in 2021.
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Callaway Dawn Patrol - $12.99
Gear: Callaway Dawn Patrol glove Price: $12.99 at Callaway and Dick'sMaterial: Cabretta leather What to know: The Callaway Dawn Patrol is made using the same materials as gloves that cost more, so it does a great job of bringing performance and feel to more golfers. Constructed from 100-percent Cabretta leather, it supplies plenty of feel, good durability and classic styling. Breathe in: The Dawn Patrol features numerous holes on the top of the hand to increase breathability.
FootJoy StaSof - $23.95
FootJoy StaSof Golf Glove (Footjoy)
Gear: FootJoy StaSof glove Price: $23.95 at Dick's and Golf Galaxy Material: Cabretta leather What they said: In Averee Dovsek's review, she wrote: "StaSof provides optimum feel, unmatched grip, exceptional moisture management and long-lasting softness. StaSof has been preferred by more than 800 of the world’s best players for over 35 years." Extra grab: Taction3 APL in the StaSof maximizes water and perspiration resistance while providing exceptional grip performance and durability.
FootJoy WinterSof - $22.95
FootJoy WinterSof Gloves (FootJoy)
Gear: FootJoy WinterSof gloves Price: $22.95 at Dick's and Golf Galaxy Material: Fleece What we said: In our review for Golfweek, we wrote: "Essential for cool-weater play, WinterSof golf gloves offer a structured nylon and Weather-Shield™ foam fleece on the back of the glove to retain warmth and resist cold." Did you know? The FootJoy WinterSof gloves also feature a tee slot so that you don't have to remove your glove to fish around the inside of your pocket, keeping that valuable warmth on the inside of your glove.
FootJoy Pure Touch Limited - $29.99
Gear: FootJoy Pure Touch Limited glove Price: $29.95 at Dick's and TGWMaterial: Cabretta leather What to know: The top of the line from FootJoy, the Pure Touch requires specific leathers and fabrication techniques, so it is only available in a limited number of shops. It is designed to give golfers the ultimate in feel with its luxurious Cabretta leather and snug. tailored fit. Extra stretch: The Pure Touch Limited has a series of stitches along the knuckles that allow the fingers to move more freely without added extra material or different materials.
Mizuno Elite - $16
Gear: Mizuno Elite glove Price: $16 at Dick's and Golf GalaxyMaterial: Cabretta leather and synthetic fabrics What to know: Known for providing golfers with extra feel, the Elite combines leather with strategically positioned mesh across the knuckles and in the mid-fingers area for extra flexibility and grip. Why are there two materials?: While the leather provides comfort and stretches in the palm, the synthetic fabrics in the upper and knuckle regions allow the glove to better maintain its shape and to increase durability.
TaylorMade Tour Preferred Flex - $19.99
Gear: TaylorMade Tour Preferred Flex glove Price: $19.99 at Dick's and Golf GalaxyMaterial: Cabretta leather What to know: The Tour Preferred Flex features a series of four-way stretch nylon inserts that increase flexibility when you grab the club. They are complemented by AAA Cabretta Soft Tech™ leather that provides an exceptional grip and suppleness. The wrist band wicks moisture and provides a contoured fit. Extra breezy: This glove features more venting holes along the knuckles and fingers than a standard golf glove, allowing for maximum airflow to keep your hands dry and cool during your round.
Titleist Players - $23.99
Gear: Titleist Players glove Price: $23.95 at Dick's and TGWMaterial: Cabretta leather What to know: The Players glove is constructed from super-thin Cabretta leather for the ultimate in feel and touch, but it has a surprising level of durability as well thanks to reinforcements around the cuff and thumb. Who on the PGA Tour wears them? Patrick Cantlay, Lee Westwood, Kevin Na and Abraham Ancer are among the golfers wearing a Titleist Players Glove.
Viceroy Primo - $42
Gear: Viceroy Primo glove Price: $42 at Euforeia Golf CompanyMaterial: Cabretta leather What we said: In Averee Dovsek's review, she wrote: "The Viceroy Primo Glove features PrimoCool top-hand material, which simulates the same tension as a traditional leather glove while adding cooling properties for enhanced comfort and a consistent feel throughout the life of the glove. The palm is made from Italian lambskin leather that Viceroy said lasts five times longer than Cabretta." Little details? The Viceroy Primo has been designed without a seam in the palm to enhance your grip on the club.
Wilson Staff Model - $21.99
Gear: Wilson Staff Model glove Price: $21.99 at WilsonMaterial: Cabretta leather What to know: The Staff Model is a premium glove that has been created to provide tour-level fit and feel. Constructed from ultra-thin, hand-selected Cabretta leather, it has pre-curved fingers and a mesh area that runs across the knuckle area for enhanced stretch and comfort. Which PGA Tour players use Wilson? Gary Woodland, Kevin Tway, Brendan Steele, Padraig Harrington and Kevin Streelman all are on Wilson Golf's advisory staff.