Golf Gloves Frequently Asked Questions
What hand do you wear a golf glove on?
In-game golf gloves are typically only worn on one hand, and this tends to be your weaker hand. For right-handed players, you’ll probably feel more comfortable with wearing a golf glove on your left hand, and vice versa for left-hand players (we also have left-handed golf gloves for sale, if you’re a left-handed player and struggling to find good clubs). With this being said though, some players feel they don’t need golf gloves and some wear them on both hands. It depends on your personal preference, but more often than not you’ll see a golfer wearing just the one.
Can you wash golf gloves?
This depends on whether you’re washing leather golf gloves or synthetic or fabric golf gloves. We’ll take you through both methods of how to clean your golf gloves. After a round of golf, give your synthetic gloves a quick clean. They’ll have gathered sweat, dirt, and dust, so cleaning this off in a light-touch way can make your gloves last longer. Pour some cold or room temperature (not hot or warm) while the glove is still on your hand. Gently rub it with a towel and leave it on your hand to air dry - this might feel uncomfortable or strange, but this ensures the material retains the shape of your hand. For a more thorough cleaning, you can follow some similar steps for synthetic golf gloves. Rinse your golf glove in cold water either on or off your hand. Take a large mixing bowl or bucket and fill it with cold water and a gentle dishwashing soap, worrying the water until it’s sudsy and bubbly. Clean the glove gently - don’t scrub too hard, because you could tear or weaken the material. When you’re happy with the results, rinse the gloves in cold water to get rid of any remnants of soap. Leave it to air dry for an hour and then put the glove back on so it retains the shape of your hand and the material doesn’t shrink down. Then take it off again, and leave to dry properly. Now, cleaning leather golf gloves is a little different. You can follow those same steps, but because leather is a far more sensitive material, you’ll need to take some extra care. You need to pay extra attention to washing the soap out of the material, because even a gentle soap will dry out the leather if it's left on it, leading to cracking. In general, avoid washing your golf gloves in a washing machine as much as you can, regardless of what material they are. Manual washing is a lot gentler, and you can be sure that you have rid the soap from the material properly too.
What size golf glove do I need?
Golf gloves are intentionally tight because they’re primary use is to improve your grip of the club. This is why it’s important to buy a properly fitted golf glove, because it could really improve your game. You typically wear golf gloves on your weaker hand, so measure the circumference of your left hand if you’re right-handed, and your right hand if you’re left-handed. Each glove will be different, for example a Callaway golf glove will be sized differently to a Footjoy golf glove, so always check your chosen brand’s measurement specs. If, when you measure your hand, you find you’re between golf glove sizes, always size down to the smaller size. You want a tight fit, not a loosened fit.
Why wear a golf glove?
Golf gloves are designed to improve your grip, so you could procure a steadier, more powerful, and all-round better shot by using one on your non-dominant hand. The material, whether synthetic or leather, is tackier than your skin. This is a huge benefit for when you’re playing on a hot day or in a hot country, and it will help control the club in your hand so it doesn’t spin or turn. Most golfers tend to wear just the one glove, on the non-dominant hand, though some do opt for gloves on both hands. This comes down to personal preference and how strong you feel your grip is.
What are golf gloves made of?
There are 2 main materials that golf gloves tend to be made out of: Cabretta leather and synthetic leather. Cabretta leather golf gloves tend to be the most popular option, because they’re very soft and don’t sacrifice breathability with their tight fit. They do, however, tend to not be as durable as their synthetic counterparts, so you may find yourself replacing them every few months. Synthetic leather golf gloves have more flexibility. Now, depending on your golf game, this could either be a good thing or bad thing. If you feel your grip is weak already, then the flexi fit of a synthetic glove probably isn’t for you. But if you feel your grip is strong but that a glove makes it stronger, then a synthetic golf glove is a great choice. They’re not as breathable as leather gloves, but they are long-lasting and tend to be cheaper, making them more cost-effective.
Should a golf glove be tight?
Absolutely! A golf glove should be tight to a) keep the friction firmly placed between your hand and the club, b) to steady your grip so your hand doesn’t slip around inside it, and c) to tightly pair your hand to the club so no sweat, room for movement, or slipping occurs. Whether men’s or ladies’ golf gloves, they need to be tight.