There have been a few pros who played without a golf glove (Fred Couples being the only one I can think of) but for just about all of us golf gloves are an essential part of the game. And just like the rest of your equipment, you can find much lower prices here than you will in a pro shop.
But a lot of my Rock Heads ask me how to buy golf gloves online when they can’t try them on. It’s really not that hard if you do a little homework!
All you really need to do is measure your hand across the “pad” of your palm. Once you know that distance, just find where you fall on the Glove Sizing Chart and you’re good to go! If you’re on the fence, I’d suggest buying the smaller size to promote a better grip. Plus, the glove will break in a little after the first couple uses. Remember that CADET sizes are the same except for a shorter finger length, so if you’ve got stubby fingers that’s probably the way to go.
Apart from size, the main consideration is material. Cabretta leather is smooth, thin, and probably provides the best grip during normal play. If they get wet from sweat or rain, though, they have a tendency to become very slippery and may shrink when drying, so be sure to protect your real leather gloves from the elements.
Synthetic gloves are usually less expensive and may hold up a little better than natural leather, lasting a few more rounds. They also don’t have as much trouble with water, but you’ll still want to keep them as dry as you can. Some golfers also find them to be thicker and harder to grip with, but it really just comes down to personal preference.
All-weather gloves are great for golfers lookin’ to extend their season or who don’t mind playing through a drizzle. They’ll keep your hands warm and dry through even the worst weather. They’re thick enough that they may take some getting used to, but once you do there’s nothing else like ’em for late-season golf.
Whatever you choose, keeping your gloves dry and flat will go a long way towards extending their use. Lots of golfers just ball ’em up and stuff in a side pocket after a round, but if you leave them out for 10-15 minutes (like on the back seat while you’re driving home from the course) after every use you’ll see how durable today’s golf gloves can be.
That’s just about all you need to know for successful golf glove shopping online! If you have any extra tips, feel free to share ’em in the comments below. Because once you know what you like, it’s easy to re-order and stock up from RockBottomGolf.com!