Golfing in wet weather is challenging, particularly when your grips get soaked and holding on to the club is like trying to hold on to a bar of soap. To counter that, you need equipment to come to your aid, and some gloves have been specifically designed to help here. Some of the best golf rain gloves actually grip better on the club when wet and can really help you to stay in control.
This is thanks to a variety of technologies and materials used by brands and the best models really help take the uncertainty out of playing golf in the rain. Additionally we think the top designs feel comfortable, stretch nicely when needed, and also a degree of style as well because if you are wearing it on the course, you still want it to look good right?
What then are the best golf rain gloves? We’ve reviewed and tested them and have selected our favorites below to help you decide which will suit your rainy-day requirements. Alternatively, if you're looking to stock up on gloves for all seasons, have a look at our ultimate guide to the best golf gloves on the market. Or if you want gloves to deal with the cold, then read our guide on the best golf gloves for winter.
Best Golf Rain Gloves
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+ Excellent grip in event the wettest conditions
+ Tapered cuffs keep water out
- Don’t offer much added warmth
A sudden heavy rain shower makes conventional golf gloves next to useless and prolonged use in the rain will ruin a leather one. A pair of rain gloves like this brilliant example for Mizuno allow you to wear a glove on both hands to give you better grip.
As is often the case with these products the wetter it is, the better it performs. The synthetic suede materials used throughout the Rainfit glove offer more grip the wetter they get, so these gloves will excel in any amount of rain you might be playing in. They offer the same fit and a similar feel to a standard glove too, so the feeling on the grip golf club isn’t at all alien, allowing for a quick and easy transition if you get caught in bad weather.
+ Quick drying
+ Available as a pair
- Won’t keep hands overly warm
FootJoy has long been an industry leader in terms of glove design and technology and the FootJoy RainGrip glove showcases their expertise. It’s one of the best golf rain gloves out there. The autosuede knit palm provides tremendous grip in the wet. In fact, the wetter it gets, the better the grip. We found that, if you’re playing in the rain, it’s a good idea to get the palm of the RainGrip a little wet before you even start to maximize grip.
It’s very comfortable for a wet weather glove, lightweight and neat fitting with stretch properties meaning it hugs the hand nicely. The QuikDry knit fabric has been designed to be quick drying, breathable and flexible.
+ Keep your hands dry
+ No grip lost when playing golf
- Color is bold
- Golfers who aren’t used to wearing two gloves may struggle
The Storm golf gloves from Under Armour are a fantastic pair of gloves that do a great job of keeping your hands dry out on the golf course when the heavens open. They allow you to play without worrying about the club slipping out of your hands and are actually very comfortable to wear.
We struggled with wearing two gloves, though, despite them being very thin and would only wear them if it was truly chucking it down and couldn’t hold on to our club, and would still prefer to use a single rain glove or rotate a few dry ones. However, when the grips are wet, which can easily happen in heavy downpours, these are a god send and help you keep a firm grip on the club.
+ Fits like a normal glove
+ Excellent thermal qualities
+ Fleece lined cuffs
- Not fully waterproof
The market isn’t awash with specialist thermal gloves like this offering from Mizuno, but this pair of Thermagrip gloves represents one of the best examples. The glove uses Mizuno’s Breath Thermo fabric that converts trace body moisture into new heat. This keeps your hands remarkably warm for even the coldest days on the golf course.
They fit exactly like a standard glove too and sizing exactly matches what you’d be in a standard leather glove. Grip on the palms is excellent and the fleece lined cuffs add that extra layer of warmth and a premium feel to this excellent thermal pair of gloves.
+ Give good grip in wet
+ Snug fit
- Less effective when dry
The Inesis Mens' Golf Pair Of Rain Gloves give improved grip of the club handle during wet weather. Indeed, in the company advises dampening these suede gloves so as to get the best performance from them.
They were waterproof, exactly as promised. As the water is repelled by them – it almost literally bounces off – the gloves also dry quickly after a round. This is particularly handy if you are on a golfing tour when drying wet clothes and equipment between venues can be a problem. The Inesis website has a handy feedback section when customers says whether they found the sizing as expected, and 80% says it was. Of the remainder, 15% found it larger and 5% smaller.
+ Excellent grip in wet conditions
+ Get the correct-sized rain glove for your game
- Not provide much warmth
If you get the correct size Stuburt rain glove then you will be very happy with the look, fit and performance of the glove. We recommend trying a pair on or at least getting a size larger than you usually would for a standard golf glove. These are excellent performers at a price point to make anyone happy.
Stuburt are one of the best suppliers for value for money golf equipment and these gloves certainly live up to that billing. They are a durable and excellent priced piece of equipment that can help you play all year round through the wind and rain.
+ Can be worn to hit shots
+ Excellent warmth
+ Very good grip
- Thick fabric restricts short game feel
If cold hands restrict your enjoyment of winter golf, these FJ gloves may well be the answer. Unlike the other mitts in this guide, these are designed to be worn from 1st tee to 18th green. The have a snug fit and the foam fleece fabric does a good job of keeping the cold out.
In the palm of the hand is a water resistant 'Sure-Grip' material that we thought worked well to provide a firm grip during the swing. That these gloves should continue to work well in the wet is an added bonus.
+ Excellent grip in wet weather
+ Index finger is touch screen compatible
- No ball marker attachment
These gloves come as a pair but you can, of course, choose to just wear one if you prefer. They work well as a pair though and the fit and feel is excellent. They’re sleek and comfortable and feel on the grip is not compromised.
The grip provided by the StormGrip suede fabric is excellent and we found performance improved when they get wetter. 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.
+ Premium feel
+ A well-trusted winter brand
- Come at a high price
Another outstanding model of rain glove comes from Galvin Green, a brand we have trusted and tested a lot of gear from. The Lewis gloves admittedly come at a high price at least when compared to other models in this guide, but you do get a premium feeling pair of gloves as a result.
They are made from a mix of leather which aids grip, and then the INTERFACE fabric we see on a lot of Galvin products, which is designed for warmth and to help us battle not only wet conditions, but the cold as well.
+ Superb grip in wet conditions
- No ball marker attachment
MacWet’s Aquatec material is up there with the very best, making it a superb rain glove.
Designed to be worn as a pair, they deliver exceptional grip in some of the worst conditions imaginable, giving golfers confidence that the club won't slip when the heavens open.
In addition, the gloves are water resistant, wind proof and fleece lined on the back to help keep your hands warm in cooler weather. One of the great qualities of the MacWet gloves is their durability. They’ll easily last a full winter season and beyond.
+ Excellent grip
+ Durable and sleek
- Only in pairs
The TaylorMade Rain Control Gloves are sold in pairs. They deliver exceptional grip and a good degree of warmth in wet weather. They really do provide a good deal of extra confidence in challenging conditions as you can swing with confidence that the club isn’t going to end up following the ball down the fairway.
The micro fibre material is flexible and durable and the use of strong Nylon fabric contributes to these being extremely long-lasting gloves. Despite the performance, the feel is also pretty good – they’re only 45mm thick, so certainly don’t feel cumbersome on the grip.
+ Ergonomically designed
+ Good value
- Not the best looking glove
The Bionic AquaGrip glove boasts a unique design. Not only does it deliver excellent grip in wet conditions, but it’s also ergonomically constructed to mimic the human hand. Bionic gloves are designed by a leading orthopedic hand surgeon to deliver the ultimate grip on a golf club.
Anatomical Relief Pads have been strategically placed into the glove to eliminate the natural peaks and valleys of the human hand, to provide an even surface in which to place the grip of the club. This means grip strength is increased without the need to grip harder.
How we test golf gloves
In terms of testing golf gloves we should say our process is similar to all the other golf gear reviews we produce in that manufacturers cannot pay for a good review, and we tell it how we see it.
We seek to try and be as comprehensive as possible in testing and reviewing the product which means we have used it over a number of rounds, in different conditions, because this often gave us great insight into things like durability, fit, quality and so on. This is especially important when testing golf rain gloves because this means unfortunately having to play golf in bad weather!
We should say that everyone in the Golf Monthly team are golfers at a variety of levels which we feel gives an honesty and integrity to the reviews we produce.
How to choose golf gloves
You may not think the golf glove is that important compared to other pieces of equipment however it really is, after all, it is the only part of the body that remains connected with the club throughout the swing. So what are the things you need to think about when looking into purchasing a new golf glove? Well below are some factors and pieces of advice to consider.
1. Which hand?
For the beginners out there, a golfer who plays right-handed will typically wear a golf glove on their left hand. This is because the left hand is the lead hand in the swing provided the player has a conventional grip. Golfers who play left-handed typically wear a glove on their right hand. For more advice on which hand to wear a golf glove on, take a look at our guide which will walk you through the logistics of wearing a golf glove.
First things first, know what type of glove you want. You may be after premium leather model which will perform totally differently to a synthetic one. Chances are if you are on this guide you will be looking for a wet weather model. These do different things and more importantly feel different so have a think about what you like to feel when wearing a golf glove and choose accordingly.
The material will also be important too. The top premium leather models are designed to feel soft whilst also giving you good feel of the grip during the swing. Whereas the wet weather designs are all about protection. As such they are made from fabrics that offer more grip the wetter they get.
We can hear you asking how should a glove fit? Well the golf glove should feel like a second skin with no excess material either across the palm of the hand or at the end of the fingers. Make sure there’s a snug fit across the palm and there’s no loose material at the end of the fingers. But you also don’t want a glove to be so tight that it feels like it’s cutting off the blood supply. You should be able to stretch your fingers and make a ball with your fist without the glove pulling or over-stretching. For more advice on what golf glove to wear, visit our guides on the best golf gloves and the best golf mittens.
Are rain golf gloves worth it?
If you play a lot of golf in the rain, then yes proper rain gloves are definitely worth it. If your grip is compromised during wet weather then how can you expect to hit good golf shots? After all, your hands are the only things touching the golf club during the swing so it makes sense to have as much grip as possible, which is exactly what rain golf gloves are designed to offer. They have been specifically made to offer more grip the wetter they get so you can focus on the shot at hand, not losing your grip.
Is there a waterproof golf glove?
There are very few waterproof golf gloves out there because wet weather golf gloves have been designed to offer more grip the wetter they get. As such we cannot say they are waterproof, but instead they have the ability to manage moisture so you can play better.
What hand should I wear a golf glove on?
That depends mostly on what you feel comfortable with and there's nothing stopping you from wearing a glove on either hand. Generally speaking, most right-handed golfers tend to wear a golf glove on their left hand, while left-handed players wear a glove on their right. That delivers optimum grip and feel on the club, allowing you to swing through your shot with maximum efficiency.
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