2020 PREMIUM GLOVE BUYER’S GUIDE
Every year, we gather data that continue to impress upon us that every piece of equipment, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, makes a difference in a golfer’s game. Golfers are beginning to see what a difference just a pair of shoes can make and are also starting to learn that a glove is no longer just a glove. To help your game, it must be reliable, consistent and fit correctly. This guide outlines the Best Premium Gloves of 2020.
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.
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.
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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.
Premium gloves are tested head to head with rigorous protocols.
The metrics we consider when rating premium gloves include Fit, Comfort, Feel, and Grip
FEATURES THAT MATTER TO YOU
There are two schools of thought and both are preference-based. Some prefer 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.
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″ 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. Ideally, every glove deemed a size large will have the same measurements. 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.
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 to feel confident in every swing, knowing that you’re not going to lose control of the club.
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 LIFESTYLE GLOVE- Palm Ave
You’re thinking lifestyle glove?.. Palm is making golf gloves cool. They’re the kings of customization and offer multiple variations of wristband and finger designs. Not only is Palm challenging the norm in terms of looks, it’s also a quality glove. It’s comfortable and fits well. You don’t sacrifice grip for cool factor either.
- 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.
The Best Premium Glove of 2020 – FAQ
Q: How much do I need to spend on a glove?
A: We found great options in 2020 for golfers looking for an incredible value as well as those looking for ultimate performance. If you want the ultimate in performance and consistency, expect to spend $25 to $30 per glove. The best-performing gloves in 2020 in our testing were the PING Tour, Titleist Players, Vice Pure, FootJoy Pure 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 cliche, 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″ 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..
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