By Joel Tadman published
With the help of FootJoy, we examine how to choose the right glove for your game and also demonstrate the importance of breathability.
As FootJoy’s Richard Fryer explains in the video above, the golf glove really is an underrated piece of equipment. After all, it is your only point of contact with the club so it’s important that it performs in the way you want it to.
Price obviously is an important factor. The higher quality of material you opt for, the more expensive it will be. Leather gloves will also tend to be more expensive than synthetic or all leather gloves.
Different gloves provide different feels and performance characteristics and it can be difficult to know which model to choose when they’re all staring at you on the rack in the pro shop.
The fit is the most important bit to get right. There are many different sizes to pick from and FootJoy even offer normal and cadet sizing (shorter fingers, wider palm) to help your glove feel even more like a second skin.
Once you know what size you are, you then need to choose the material. All weather gloves tend to be less expensive and are very durable, but might not provide the level of feel or comfort you’re looking for.
There are different grades of leather glove depending on what you are willing to pay. Some have additional features on the back to make the glove fit more to the shape of your hand while nearly all leather gloves offer a degree of breathability.
Breathability is something that applies to many other categories of golfing apparel, including shoes and outerwear. It means that while the material keeps water at bay on the outside, moisture is able to escape from inside helping you keep cool and comfortable out on the course. Our video demonstrates how the leather used by FootJoy from Pittards in England does this.
Rain gloves are an excellent option to have in your bag should you get caught out in a deluge. The fibres on the material of FJ’s RainGrip glove actually stand on when they get wet, which means the wetter the glove is the better it can grip the club.
Whatever glove you decide to wear, make sure you try it on before you buy to ensure it provides the correct fit and level of comfort you’re after.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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