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Golfing in winter weather is challenging as trying to hold on to the club in the cold, wind and rain. But the right equipment can take some of the strain away during the winter months. The best golf gloves designed specifically for this job can help keep your hands warm and dry, while keeping you in control of the club and your game.
These high-performance accessories have been designed to make playing in colder conditions a little less daunting. Many have thermal properties to keep your hands warm, others help to deliver exemplary grip in wetter weather. For more on rain gloves, see our guide on the best golf rain gloves too.
Winter golf gloves could be a game changer if you haven’t tried them before. They can definitely make a difference to your performance on course during the colder months. What then are the best golf gloves for winter available right now? We’ve reviewed and tested them and have selected our favorites below to help you decide which will suit you as the temperature drops. Also, take a look at our guides on the best kids golf gloves and best women's golf gloves too.
Best Winter Golf Gloves
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+ Good grip in wet conditions
+ Thermal properties
- In black only
If you’re looking at the best winter golf gloves, you have to consider this option from FootJoy. Firstly, they feature the autosuede knit palm that appears on their RainGrip rain glove – it offers exceptional levels of grip in wetter conditions and will actually become more grippy the wetter it gets.
Then, with a waterproof structured nylon construction and weather shield foam fleece on the back of the glove, they will help keep your hands warm and dry in poor weather.
Further warmth and comfort are delivered by the extended knit cuff which really helps keep out the wind and cold. In addition, these gloves are functional off the course as well as on.
+ Impressive thermo technology
+ Good grip
- Only in black
When the temperature drops, the Mizuno Thermagrip gloves could greatly enhance your playing experience. Featuring Mizuno’s renowned Breath Thermo technology, trace moisture on the skin in converted into new heat.
It sounds like jargon, but it really does work and, these gloves definitely help keep the feeling in your fingers as the mercury drops. Made of synthetic leather, they feature a fleece-lined cuff for extra protection. And you'll have no problem gripping any of the best Mizuno golf irons when wearing these gloves as the brushed palm delivers an excellent grip and a surprisingly good feel for a winter glove. The closure tab is effective and allows for a more precise fit.
+ Excellent grip in wet weather
+ Touch screen compatible
- No ball marker attachment
These gloves work well as a pair and the fit is excellent. They’re sleek, comfortable, and provide an excellent feel on the grip of your cobra golf clubs. The traction provided by the StormGrip suede fabric is outstanding and we found performance weirdly improved when they got wetter.
A tailored, elasticated cuff helps keep out a cool breeze and they’re water resistant to keep your hands dry. A nice touch is that the index finger is touch screen compatible so you can operate an electric trolley, GPS device or your phone without having to take them off. Overall the Cobra StormGrip ticks a lot of boxes if you’re in the market for a solid winter golf glove – durable, comfortable, good fit, good grip, good looks – An excellent product.
+ Superb grip in wet conditions
- No ball marker
MacWet’s Aquatec material is one of the very best out there for delivering exceptional grip in wet conditions. These gloves, designed to be worn as a pair, can definitely help you hold on to the club when the rain starts to come down.
In addition, the gloves are water resistant and windproof and fleece lined on the back to help keep your hands warm in colder weather. Combine a pair of these with one of the best golf rain jackets and you'll be well protected from the elements on the course. One of the great qualities of the MacWet gloves is their durability. They’ll easily last a full winter season and beyond. They’re comfortable to wear, quick drying and they look sleek and stylish to boot.
+ Well insulated for great warmth
+ Soft leather palm delivers great feel
- No extended cuff leaves wrist exposed
Under Armour love to pack a ton of technology into all of their products (just take a look at our guide on the best Under Armour golf shoes) and it's clear these gloves are no different. With a dual-layer fabric on the top of the hand and a brushed interior, plus ColdGear infrared lining, the Under Armour ColdGear gloves are one of the best golf gloves because they will keep your hands warm in all but the most brutal conditions. ColdGear technology has been developed to help your body absorb and retain body heat.
Sold in pairs, the gloves’ soft leather palm offers an excellent feel and a sleek finish. It may not provide the best grip in the wettest weather, but it’s generally pretty durable and robust.
+ Wind and water repellent
+ Very neat fit
- No extra protective cuff
Sold in pairs, the Callaway Thermal Grip gloves deliver a good blend of protection and performance. They’re fleece lined for warmth but the digitized synthetic leather palm offers a good degree of feel.These are not cumbersome and awkward gloves, they fit neatly around your hands and that is enhanced by the Opti Fit closure system, that keeps your hand securely locked into the glove.
The Microfiber outer shell provides good protection against both wind and water whilst also allowing good freedom of movement for the fingers. Overall, the Callaway Thermal Grip gloves deliver a good halfway house in terms of winter gloves and a standard glove, featuring impressive warmth with a decent level of feel retained.
+ Stylish both on and off the course
+ Superb performance
- May take a few rounds to get your feel
Another worthy inclusion on this list from FootJoy are the Stasof Winter gloves because of the combination of premium feel and warmth. The soft Cabretta leather on the palm and fingers is super soft. Add to that an upper of thermally engineered fleece and the result is a seriously classy pair of gloves that don’t disappoint in freezing conditions. Their Taction3 APL leather is also very effective at maintaining grip even in sleety or wet conditions. It feels soft, but also like it will hold up for many rounds.
What really sets them apart is the versatility as well. These gloves are perfect for driving on cold mornings and going out on a cold night.
+ Great feel thanks to suede palm
+ Elasticated cuff for neat fit
- Warming benefits effected negatively if gloves get wet
There’s nothing worse than losing the feeling in your fingers on a winter’s day on the golf course. These super-soft fleece and suede gloves are great in cold, dry weather and will help you to keep playing when the mercury falls. The soft fleece back and elasticated cuff deliver good thermal qualities while the suede palm gives maximum grip and feel.
The fit is neat and can be tailored using the robust closure system. The glove has been designed to be sleek and unfussy and they work well as a pair. Offering good value for money, these are worth a look when considering the best winter golf gloves.
+ Plenty of grip
- May be slightly bulky compared to other models
A model that offers comfort, grip and warmth in spades, the HJ Winter Gloves are an excellent offering if you're looking for a performance enhancing cold weather glove. Featuring a premium Cabretta leather palm, tanned specifically to provide insulation for colder climates, this palm also offers great grip and feel on the shaft of your club.
The glove also comes with a fleece-lined back, which again keeps your hands toasty warm in cold climates. The reinforced wind block and cuff lock in that heat to deliver superior insulation while you're out on the course.
How we test golf gloves
When it comes to testing winter golf gloves our comprehensive methodology revolves around, as you would expect, playing a lot of golf. We feel putting golf products to the test on the golf course, on the range and in practice is the best way to find out how usable and well-designed some gloves are.
On that note we feel it is particularly important to use all golf gloves in different conditions, whether that be rain, wind, hot or cold, to give a clear idea on the protection and grip on offer. We also looked to use the gloves off the course as well to see how versatile they were. Importantly, every member of the Golf Monthly team is a regular golfer so we put gloves to the test over a number of rounds. The final point we should mention is no manufacturer can buy a good review. This is because our testing team tells it how it is and we seek to be as insightful and honest as possible.
How to choose a golf glove
Golf gloves come in all different shapes and sizes and have a variety of features that can help you perform better out on the course. From their velcro straps to their grippy palms, there is a lot to think about when purchasing your next winter golf glove. That can sometimes be a little overwhelming, so, to help you figure out which is the best option for you, we've put together this handy list of considerations you should bear in mind when purchasing your next winter golf glove.
Obviously, the most important thing here is protection from wet conditions especially if the winter months in your country see a lot of rain. The last thing you want to be thinking about in those conditions is whether your hands will slip on your golf grips and thankfully there are lots of brands that make models which provide more grip the wetter they get. Quick-drying models are particularly useful too. Here we would recommend being aware of which models are just water-resistant, and which models are totally waterproof.
Cold weather protection
Additionally, as the winter months tend to get very cold in the northern hemisphere so a good pair of winter gloves will help with warmth too. This could take the form of a thermal or fleece lining which will definitely help especially if you catch a shot thin!
Breathability is very important when it comes to purchasing a good golf glove. It is nearly impossible to play with sweaty hands, and while we do outline some of the best golf gloves to wear if you do get sweaty hands, it is important to ensure your glove offers great breathability and moisture-wicking options to ensure you have an optimum hold on the club.
Another factor to think about is durability. A good pair will be able to deal with the toughest of conditions and continue to perform over a long period of time. Plus you don't want to have to keep purchasing a pair of golf clubs every couple of months as that can be expensive.
Comfort and fit
While things like grip and breathability are important, comfort is paramount. If you're wearing a glove that is uncomfortable on the course, you will get distracted by that glove and not play your best golf. For that reason, it is very important to try your winter golf glove before you buy it and ensure that it fits you well and is comfortable.
How do I keep my hands warm in winter golf?
There are several ways of keeping your hands warm in winter golf. First we would always recommend getting a good pair of winter golf gloves or golf mitts because these have been designed for that very purpose. We would also recommend using hand warmers and wearing jackets with pockets so you can put the warmers and your hands in them.
Do winter golf gloves work in the rain?
In our testing we have found some models are water-resistant which can help in light rain but in terms of sudden downpours there are some specific models that can be deemed totally waterproof, such as the FootJoy WinterSof gloves or Callaway Thermal Grip gloves.
What are the warmest winter golf gloves?
There are lots of models out there which can lay claim to being the warmest winter golf gloves because many models are made with combinations of fleece and leather to really help insulate the hands. From our testing two good examples of this are the Under Armour ColdGear gloves and FootJoy Stasof Winter gloves.
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly.
Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes.
He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.
Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel.
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