5 Best Golf Gloves Compared and Reviewed

Last updated October 26, 2017: we added new products that came out for the 2017 holiday season. We added a special step-by-step process to buy the right golf gloves specifically tailored for you. We have also added more details regarding our testing protocol with a dedicated section on the topic. 

Callaway Golf 2017 Men's OptiColor - Our Winner

  • Opti feel+ leather – premium feel, fit and comfort
  • Perforations on palm, fingers and thumb – moisture reduction and increased breathability
  • Opti fit adjustable closure – thin, light and secure fit

When thinking about buying golf equipment, we often think about golf clubs, first and foremost. After that, balls are often the second priority, followed by golf apparel. 

Indeed, many golfers feel that golf gloves are not essential for their game, and many professionals play without the aid of a glove. For the average amateur, this is actually a vital accessory that can significantly improve your game.

Callaway Men's Dawn Patrol Golf Glove, Cadet Small, Left Hand
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Callaway Golf 2017 Men's OptiColor Leather Glove, Black, Cadet Small, Worn on Left Hand
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FootJoy Golf Rain-Ready Rain Grip Golf Glove Bonus Pack, Extra Large
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Under Armour Men's CoolSwitch Golf Glove, White /Black, Left Hand Small
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Your hands, after all, are the only parts of your body touching the club. Helping them by any means, including wearing a proper golf glove, will help in having a better swing. Many amateurs and especially beginners are willing to spend quite a lot of money on golf shoes, hats, and apparels, which are arguably not more important than a glove for performance.

Considering even a premium golf glove is fairly affordable, you shouldn’t hold back in getting a good one.

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Testing Protocol

First, we divided the evaluation process into five different aspects: comfort, fit, material quality, sweat resistance, and price in conjunction with the included features or qualities.

Some gloves are designed specifically for certain weather conditions (rain, sun or wind), and some will work better with different club grips. So, we have tested the golf gloves under different weather conditions, with different golf clubs, and on different golf courses.


In general, an all-leather glove will always be more comfortable than synthetic ones.

To evaluate this aspect, we tested the gloves by test-swinging with different clubs. Also, we evaluated the comfort level when we are not swinging.


Different manufacturers use different sizing for their products, so we tested the gloves by wearing it on a medium-sized hand as a benchmark.

Material Quality

Synthetic material is generally stronger than leather materials. To test this aspect, we put the gloves on an extreme wear-and-tear test to test the durability.

Sweat Resistance

We tested the breathability of each product, and how they performed in sweat absorption.


We compared the price tags against different products of similar quality or features and against our producr panel.

Callaway Men's Dawn Patrol

Without further ado, let us begin with the first product:

The key highlight of the Callaway Dawn Patrol is the extremely high-quality all-leather material. Leather gloves are known for the excellent comfort and feel, acting as a second skin, and the Callaway Dawn Patrol brought out the very best of those qualities.

The Dawn Patrol is very comfortable to wear, provides excellent grip, and is very responsive. So, if you are looking for a comfortable golf glove with great response, look no further than the Callaway Dawn Patrol.

Another thing that adds to the comfort is the superior ventilation in the form of porous holes on the palm, thumb, and especially the finger areas. It is actually quite a rarity to have ventilation holes in the finger areas, and it actually makes the Dawn Patrol even more comfortable to wear.

The superior breathability makes the Callaway Dawn Patrol an excellent choice for players with sweaty hands, and the Cotton Terry Cuff canvas also helps with absorption. So, the Callaway Dawn Patrol is especially good for hot and humid conditions.

Best For Sweaty Hands

Pros of the Callaway Men's Dawn Patrol

  • Excellent comfort and feel, thanks to its high-quality all-leather material
  • Great absorption with the Cotton Terry canvas cuff
  • Porous holes on palm, fingers, and thumb, great breathability
  • Opti-Fit Velcro closure system with three fastening options: thin, light and secure fit
  • Excellent grip during swing

Cons of the Callaway Men's Dawn Patrol

  • All-leather material is not very durable, have to be careful with cleaning
  • Not water resistant, so not suitable for rain conditions and overly sweaty hand

As with other all-leather gloves, we should take an extra care since it won’t be very durable if one is not careful. For instance, you should avoid machine washing the Callaway Dawn Patrol, and you need to always air dry it after each use, whenever possible. If it is not properly taken care of, the leather material can crack with extreme heat, or on the other hand, swell when it caught too much water.

To clean the Callaway Dawn Patrol, you can simply wipe it with a damp cloth with a little water and light detergent. Always air dry after cleaning it, and you can use leather conditioner to help maintain the leather material.

Since it is also not water-resistant, you should avoid wearing the Callaway Dawn Patrol during rainy conditions, and it won’t provide much help in cold, winter situations.

Comfort90 / 1002nd
Fit80 / 1002nd
Material Quality70 / 1004th
Sweat Resistance90 / 1002nd
Price90 / 1002nd
Total Score420 / 5003rd

So, the Callaway Dawn Patrol is an excellent choice for regular and hot conditions, although the usage is quite limited for other seasons. It is extremely comfortable, very responsive in feel, and provides excellent grip for your swing. The breathability and absorption are excellent for players with sweaty hands, or for hot and humid conditions. A very high-quality golf glove worthy of the Callaway brand.

FootJoy Golf Rain-Ready Rain Grip

Best For Rain

The FootJoy Golf Rain Ready is a golf glove specially designed for rainy conditions. For that purpose alone, the FootJoy Golf Rain Ready is definitely one of the best options in the market.

The water resistance feature is excellent, and it will stay comfortable even in the harshest rain.

Even more, it dries up very fast, which helps with its durability after a harsh game in the rain, or after washing it.

Speaking about washing, another good thing about the FootJoy Rain Ready is that it is completely machine washable, although we will still recommend a light washing cycle and light detergent, just to be safe.

When machine washing is not necessary, we will recommend hand washing as a safer option. In all cases, however, remember to always air dry the FootJoy Rain Ready after washing, to prolong its peak condition.

Pros of the FootJoy Golf Rain-Ready Rain Grip

  • Although specialized for rainy weather, it can be worn decently in other weather conditions
  • Dries up very fast after each wear and after washing. Can be machine-washed and easy to maintain
  • Excellent water resistance can withstand the worst of rain and sweaty hands.
  • Very breathable even when wet
  • Durable material that is quite comfortable to wear

Cons of the FootJoy Golf Rain-Ready Rain Grip

  • Does not provide as much comfort as an all-leather glove
  • The color finish is not very durable, especially when exposed to a lot of water

The absorption is also extremely good, the FootJoy Golf Rain stays light and decently comfortable even when it is soaked wet. Of course, this also makes the FootJoy Golf Rain a decent choice for sweaty hands. The breathability is also very good, even when it is soaked wet.

The FootJoy Golf Rain Ready is technically meant to be used under rainy conditions. On the other hand, although it will not be as warm as thermal, winter golf gloves, it is also quite decent for colder conditions.

One issue we found from the FootJoy Golf Rain Ready is that the sizing is relatively bigger compared to other brands we have tested. On extreme cases, you might need to switch to a smaller size. Thus, if trying before buying is not viable, make sure to buy from places with good return policy.

Comfort70 / 1004th
Fit80 / 1002nd
Material Quality90 / 1001st
Sweat Resistance90 / 1002nd
Price85 / 1004th
Total Score415 / 5004th

As a conclusion, the FootJoy Golf Rain Ready Glove is an excellent pick especially for rainy conditions, its specialty. It is also very decent for other weather conditions, so if you are planning to invest on an all-weather golf glove, the Rain Ready is also a decent pick. The key highlights of the Rain Ready Glove are its durability and water resistance, and if you are looking for those qualities, the FootJoy Golf Rain Ready Glove is the right pick.

Under Armour Men's CoolSwitch

The biggest thing differentiating the Under Armour Cool Switch is the material used. It uses an hybrid approach. We have synthetic materials on the inside palm, cuff, and finger joints, which are the parts that are often flexed, and thus, often the first to tear apart.

The thing about the synthetic material is that they are not as comfortable to wear. Therefore, the placement choices for both synthetic and leather parts are very important for a hybrid golf glove.

We felt that the Under Armour CoolSwitch is designed really well. The parts that are often flexed, and thus need more durability, are made with synthetic materials. On the other hand, the parts like fingertip and palm, where you need more comfort, response, and feel are made of all-leather.

The CoolSwitch technology, which is the namesake, is obviously another key highlight of its features. The internal part of the Under Armour CoolSwitch is specially designed to keep your hand cold at all times. Pair that with the ventilation holes, and the Under Armour CoolSwitch is very comfortable to wear during warm conditions.

Pros of the Under Armour Men's CoolSwitch

  • Hybrid synthetic fiber with leather materials, very light and durable
  • CoolSwitch technology, using a special internal coating that pulls heat away from your palm.
  • Excellent grip in almost any conditions
  • Micro-perf ventilation and Moisture Transport System bringing you both absorption and breathability

Cons of the Under Armour Men's CoolSwitch

  • The leather parts, especially finger areas are not very durable
  • Easily catches dirt, so will need extra cleaning most of the time

The downside of the Under Armour CoolSwitch is the downside of all hybrid golf gloves: they attempt to bring the best of both worlds but are masters of none. So, the CoolSwitch is not as comfortable as an all-leather glove, and also not as durable as synthetic gloves.

If you are looking for a hybrid glove, especially for warm and humid conditions, the Under Armour CoolSwitch is definitely an excellent pick.

Comfort80 / 1003rd
Fit90 / 1002nd
Material Quality90 / 1002nd
Sweat Resistance90 / 1001st
Price85 / 1002nd
Total Score435 / 5002nd

Callaway 2017 Opticolor

Our Favorite

The Callaway OptiColor will be the second Callaway we will discuss here after the Callaway Dawn Patrol above, which we really liked. Being an also all-leather glove from Callaway, you might expect a lot of similarities between the OptiColor and Dawn Patrol, which is true. Both offer extreme comfort and feel, as expected from Callaway, with excellent grip for performance.

The difference between the two is that the Callaway Dawn Patrol is more geared towards warm conditions, with better absorption and slightly better breathability. On the other hand, the OptiColor is more about style and performance. Besides the wide choices of colors, which are all great-looking, the Opticolor is slightly thicker on the palm, while being very thin in the finger areas. As a result, the Callaway OptiColor is more responsive and comfortable to wear.

The breathability aspect, although not as good as the Callaway Dawn Patrol, is still excellent. The perforated material on the finger areas prevent excessive sweating, which actually makes it good for players with sweaty hands, or playing in warm climates. This makes the Callaway OptiColor extremely comfortable to wear with very consistent performance.

Pros of the Callaway 2017 Opticolor

  • Stylish, eye-catching color choices for players who care about looks and style
  • High-quality all-leather construction. As expected from Callaway's standard, extremely comfortable with great responsive feel
  • Great breathability with perforated palm and finger areas
  • Decent internal absorption for sweaty hand
  • Innovative Optifeel closure system for both security and comfort

Cons of the Callaway 2017 Opticolor

  • As with any other all-leather gloves, the material is not very durable, and will need extra care especially during cleaning
  • Difficulty on the Long Irons: The long irons will be relatively difficult to use, especially for light swingers. Beginners might want to replace the long irons with hybrids.

There are several color choices available for the OptiColor, from the usual jet black, red, blue, green, and light blue. For the stylish players, there won’t be a shortage of options in choosing the Callaway OptiColor.

Although closure system is often disregarded, the Callaway OptiColor’s Optifeel closure system is worth mentioning. It is exceptionally thin and light, yet very flexible and secure. In our opinion, the closure system plays a great part in its comfort and overall feel.

Comfort95 / 1001st
Fit90 / 1001st
Material Quality90 / 1001st
Sweat Resistance80 / 1003rd
Price95 / 1001st
Total Score450 / 5001st

Because the Callaway Opticolor is an all-leather golf glove, there is, as one could expect, an issue with its durability. You should take an extra care of its cleaning. Always air dry the Callaway Opticolor after each use, hang it beside your golf bag, or carry it until it is fully dried up. Avoid washing the Callaway Opticolor, and usage on rainy weather. If you want to clean it, just wipe it lightly with a little water and light soap.

As a conclusion, if you are looking for style and performance, the Callaway Opticolor is simply one of the best options out there. It is very comfortable, provides very responsive feel, and excellent in breathability. Simply one of the best all-leather product out there.

Bottom Line and Verdict

In our opinion, an all-leather golf glove is still the best overall choice, except in extreme conditions like harsh winter or heavy rain, in which most golfers will avoid having a game. Thus, an all-leather glove, bringing the most comfort, response, and grip, is in our opinion, a better investment.

There are two all-leather golf gloves we have reviewed in this article, both by Callaway, and our choice goes to the Callaway Opticolor  instead of the Dawn Ready  due to its versatility and all-round features.

First, the Callaway Opticolor is definitely the most appealing, style-wise, thanks to its modern, professional-looking design and a wide range of color choices. The leather material is also premium quality, with decent breathability and absorption.

For comfort and performance on regular conditions, the Callaway Opticolor is definitely an excellent pick. However, that is not to say the other three products are clear losers, as they also have their own values. The Callaway Dawn Ready is a great choice for players with sweaty hands looking for a leather golf. For rainy and cold conditions, the FootJoy Rain Ready is simply excellent. The Under Armour CoolSwitch is also a great choice for players preferring synthetic gloves.

Questions & Answers

Guide: How Do I Pick The Best Golf Gloves?


The most common mistake golfers make when choosing their golf glove is not picking the right size. Some thought that gloves that are too tight are more comfortable to wear, some others chose gloves that are simply too big for their grips.

Not only choosing the wrong fit can lower your performance, it can also increase the risk of injuries. Different manufacturers have different sizing. So, if possible, try the glove before making a purchase. Make sure the glove is a right fit for both your palm and fingers.


Genuine leather is generally not as durable as synthetic material, especially when exposed to a lot of water. Also, if you have a sensitive skin, leather can be uncomfortable to wear. Look for a balance between comfort and material durability, so you don’t have to buy a new glove every few weeks.

Left-Handed VS Right-Handed

If you are a right-handed player, buy a glove for your left hand, and vice versa. Always buy a glove that suits your overall playing style. If necessary, there are gloves designed for ambidextrous usage.


Above all, the purpose of buying and wearing a golf glove is to enhance your swing performance. So, choose a glove that won’t slip often during a swing.

What qualities should I look for?

As with any other types of golf equipment, there are several qualities you should look for. They are:

There are several types of materials commonly used to manufacture golf gloves, and they can generally be divided into three types:

Leather Gloves: Generally known for best overall comfort, great grip, and feel.

Synthetic Gloves: Known for its affordability, yet quite durable and flexible.

Hybrid Gloves: Attempt to get the best of both worlds, combining the durability and flexibility of synthetic gloves with the grip and comfort of leather gloves.

The important thing is, whatever the type, the material should be durable and comfortable.

This should be a pretty common knowledge. To avoid misunderstanding, right handed players should wear a left-handed glove. On the other hand, left-handed players should wear the glove on your right hand. There are several products offering pairs for both hands, but they are fairly rare.

This is actually a pretty big problem for golf gloves. In fact, it is estimated that roughly 50% of golfers wear a glove that is actually too big for them. A good way to measure whether the golf is too big or too small is that the velcro fastener should only be closed 75% of the way.

The golf glove should fit perfectly, acting like a second skin without any excess material especially at the end of the fingers and across the palm.

What is the product recommendation for beginners?

Unlike clubs and most other golf equipment, there is no clear distinction for beginners.

As a basic principle, comfort and feel should be the utmost concerns for most beginners. Thus, in general, all-leather golf glove is a better choice due to the comfort, feel and decent flexibility.

Here are some products we will recommend:

Callaway Golf 2017 Men's OptiColor Leather Glove, Black, Cadet Small, Worn on Left Hand
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Bionic Gloves –Men’s StableGrip Golf Glove W/Patented Natural Fit Technology Made from Long Lasting, Durable Genuine Cabretta Leather.
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Callaway Men's Dawn Patrol Golf Glove, Medium/Large, Left Hand
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New 2017 Titleist Perma Soft Men's Golf Gloves - Choose Your Size & Hand (Medium, Worn on Left Hand)
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What are the most durable products out there?

Leather golf gloves are known for their comfort and feel, as the leather material fits perfectly like a second skin when you wear it. 

There is one big issue: leather material is often not very durable, and that is where the synthetic material comes in. The synthetic material is very flexible and extremely lightweight, yet very durable. So, generally synthetic golf gloves are the most durable out of other types.

The durability of synthetic material often compromises the feel and comfort, and that is why there are hybrid leather-synthetic products, attempting to combine the best qualities of both.

What qualities should they have to properly resist sweaty hands?

When your hand is sweaty inside, the glove will not provide a proper grip, and thus won’t perform at its peak potential. To tackle this issue, there are generally three features or approaches:

So, for players with sweaty hands, you should look for the three above qualities.

What characteristics are important for hot and humid weather use?

There are two issues often associated with the hot and humid weather: comfort and sweat. So, some part of the answer here will be similar to the above question where we discussed sweaty hands.

Water resistant material is extremely useful in a moist, humid condition. This way, you can retain enough grip when your hand is sweaty or the glove catches moisture. Water resistance will also help with comfort, as the glove will stay light even when it gets wet.

For warm conditions, ventilation or breathability is extremely important even for players without sweaty hands. With enough ventilation, you can be comfortable in wearing the golf glove even during extremely hot conditions. As mentioned, ventilation will also help with sweat issues, thus retaining the grip of the glove.

Generally, to tackle weather issues, a high-quality, an all-weather product like the FootJoy MLH WeatherSof Golf Gloves  is a great choice.

Can I use golf gloves if I have arthritis?

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The most common issue with arthritis and golf gloves is the swelling, which often makes it painful for players to wear any gloves at all.

This used to be a major issue in the past, hindering a lot of players with arthritis from maximizing their potential in the game.

Thus, specialized products designed for arthritis relief have been around for a while. Indeed, it used to be a controversy, since a lot of players thought the specialized gloves were too thick, creating an unnatural advantage for the players.

Since the late 2000s, relief golf gloves are completely legal under the Rules of Golf, so you shouldn’t have to worry.

Bionic is a company specializing on relief gloves and the reports surrounding the Bionic ReliefGrip suggest that it can significantly reduce arthritis pain. We have also tested the Bionic Men’s RelaxGrip  and the Bionic Men’s AquaGrip  which offer similar qualities at slightly lower price points.

As you can see, there are several options offered by the Bionic Glove brand. 

The ReliefGrip focuses more on pain-relief, while the RelaxGrip is better on performance. The AquaGrip is the water-resistant option from Bionic, with water-resistant suede micro fiber material to provide excellent grip in wet conditions.

How can I clean them?

The difficulty for cleaning often comes from the delicate leather material. The porous leather materials can hold moisture and water, often swelling it over time. Thus, we should also be careful when cleaning your gloves, especially when it’s time to wash them.

Before we go to the cleaning process, there are several things you can do to help with your golf glove care:

  • Never use your glove to wipe perspiration. This is a common mistake for a lot of players. Especially with leather gloves, the salt in your sweat can permanently damage the leather.
  • After the game is over, carefully hang your glove on your bag's exterior, or simply hold them as they dry off.

To clean your golf gloves at home, here is what you can do:

  • Most leather products are not washable. So make sure to check before doing any washing. When washing is not possible, wipe them with very little water and detergent to remove dirt and perspiration. Even when washing is possible, use only mild detergent and wash gently.
  • Always air dry. Most crack when exposed to extreme heat, or they can shrink. Hang them and let them air dry for a while.
  • For leather products, you can use leather conditioner after the glove is all dried up. Pay special attention when conditioning to creases.

How can I prevent getting blisters when playing golf?

People often think the sole reason of using a golf glove is to prevent blisters. A lot of players are also blaming their gloves when they are still getting blisters.

Blisters are often caused by an incorrect grip during your swing, which is often too tight. Even if some products can prevent blisters, using incorrect grip can burn holes through the glove, hindering it useless after quite a short amount of time.

The first thing you can do is to check the grips of your clubs. Most of the time, if you are feeling you have to grip your club really tight, it is because the club grip has caught a lot of dirt and grease. You can try to clean it with soap and water. If the problem persists, it is time to get a new club grip.

On other cases, it is simply your tendency during a swing. Try to swing with a lighter grip pressure, and see the result. Most of the times, you will find that you will actually hit the ball farther.

What are the best golf gloves for cold weather?

For cold weather, thermal golf gloves, are the best choices. Here are some we will recommend:

Sale FootJoy WinterSof Golf Gloves (1 Pair) (Black, ML)
Sale Mizuno ThermaGrip Golf Gloves, Black, Large

Generally, winter or thermal products used thicker materials to make your hand warmer. Usually, the materials used are either knitted or thermal material. The purpose of thermal golf gloves is to maintain heat in your hands, while also retaining enough grip and comfort for your performance.

If I have small hands, what product or brand would you recommend?

To answer this question, we should understand the different sizes offered.

Generally, the sizes offered are Small, Medium, Large, and XL, which are pretty self-explanatory. For men’s, there are generally two more sizes offered: the Medium-Large (ML) size, which is offered because many of us men players have hand sizes between medium and large, and Cadet size, for players with shorter fingers and wider palms.

Generally, for players with small hands, the Small (S) size is an excellent fit.

So, if even the small size is too big for you, there are two options you can take: trying the Cadet size, or the Medium women’s size. Many of women’s products come in natural color choices, so it won’t be an issue in style.

You should also note that the size offered often vary with different manufacturers. Just because the small size of one manufacturer is too big for you, it shouldn’t always be the case with different manufacturers.