- 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 apparels. So, what about the golf glove? A seemingly small, but very important equipment that can tremendously help your game?
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, a golf glove is actually a vital accessory that can significantly improve your game.
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.
Jordan's 2017 Product Recommendations
If you don't have time to read it all, we'll make it easy for you: the Callaway Opticolor is our best pick.
The four different golf gloves we will review below will have different features, qualities, and ultimately, purposes. So, you can check all four and determine which one will suit your exact needs.
Callaway Men's Dawn Patrol Golf Glove
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.
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.
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 Golf Glove
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.
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 golf glove is technically a rainy golf glove, it can be used as an all-purpose glove in all weather conditions. It is very decent in warmer climates, thanks to its superior breathability.
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.
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 Golf Glove
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.
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.
Callaway 2017 Opticolor Golf Glove
The Callaway OptiColor will be the second Callaway golf glove 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.
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.
Because the Callaway Opticolor is an all-leather golf glove, there is, as one could expect, an issue with its durability. As with any all-leather golf gloves, 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 golf gloves 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.
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
What qualities should I look for?
As with any other types of golf equipment, there are several qualities you should look for in a good golf glove. 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 regarding golf gloves.
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:
Below in this article, we will give review several golf gloves that will also be suitable for beginners, so stay tuned until we reach that section.
What are the most durable golf gloves?
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 golf gloves, attempting to combine the best qualities of both. In general, however, synthetic golf gloves remain the most durable.
What qualities should the best golf gloves have to properly resist sweaty hands?
When your hand is sweaty inside the golf glove, 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:
By having more air circulation inside the glove, sweat issues can often be tackled. We have seen this approach in sports apparels and protection masks, and the same principle is applied to the golf glove. Mainly, breathability or ventilation is achieved by having small holes throughout the surface. Material choice can also play a great part in determining breathability. In general, a lighter material provides better ventilation.
Even with all the ventilation, some of us will still sweat a lot, especially during warmer conditions. To tackle this issue, good golf gloves have good absorption especially with their internal material (the part touching your actual palm). This way, you can retain enough comfort and friction even when your hands are sweaty.
If all else fails, the last quality we can have to tackle sweat issue is the grip. A lot of golf gloves, especially those all-weather ones designed for wet conditions, actually have better grip performance the more they get wet. This is usually achieved by having the fiber material stands up when it is wet, creating more friction.
So, for players with sweaty hands, you should look for the three above qualities.
What characteristics are important if I want to use gloves in hot and humid weather?
There are two issues with golf gloves 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.
So, if you often play in warm conditions, here are some qualities you should look for in your golf glove:
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.
Can I use golf gloves if I have arthritis?
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 golf gloves 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 Golf Glove and the Bionic Men's AquaGrip Golf Glove 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 golf gloves?
The difficulty when cleaning golf gloves 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 golf 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:
To clean your golf gloves at home, here is what you can do:
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 golf gloves 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.
What are the best golf gloves for cold weather?
For cold weather, generally, 'winter' golf gloves, or also often called thermal golf gloves, are the best choices. Here are some we will recommend:
Generally, winter or thermal golf gloves used thicker materials to make your hand warmer. Usually, the materials used are either knitted or thermal material, and usually winter golf gloves come in pairs. 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 in golf gloves.
Generally, the sizes offered are Small, Medium, Large, and XL, which are pretty self-explanatory. For men's golf gloves, 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. However, as we have stressed above, having a proper size for your golf glove is very important.
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 golf gloves 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.