Glove Reviews Top 10
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © MG Golf
About this glove: Nope, it’s not a misprint – just $13.95 for two cabretta leather golf gloves. That’s about half what you’ll pay for a single high-end glove from a major manufacturer.How does MG Golf do it? First, by shrugging its shoulders at tour pro endorsements – it costs money to get those guys to play your stuff, you know. Second, by selling its gloves only through its own website and others like Amazon.com. It’s a direct-to-consumer business model, with no pro shops, off-course retailers or massive marketing campaigns to drive up costs.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Asher Golf
About this glove: As the only golf glove you could wear to a heavy metal concert and not look out of place, Asher’s Death Grip is unique. To say the least. A skeletal finger design lies on a bed of leather, with a small skull on one side of the palm. It comes as no surprise that shock rocker and avid golfer Alice Cooper wears Asher’s Death Grip glove on the course. So, who is this Asher, and what’s the company’s story? The Utah-base outfit started in 2009 aiming to bring golf “a high quality glove with a little flavor and awesomeness… at a price everyone could afford.”
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © TaylorMade Golf
About this glove: Think of TaylorMade’s Targa as the tour glove for the rest of us. As in, those of us who prize the comfort and feel of cabretta leather, but aren’t willing to spend more than $20 for it. The lower-priced alternative to TM’s Tour Preferred model, the Targa glove features high-quality (AAA) cabretta that’s perforated throughout the palm to boost breathability. TaylorMade installed small lycra strips on the knuckles for flexibility and fit, adding an ergonomic pull tab and an anti-roll thumb seam for, well, we’re not sure what. We do know what we value in a golf glove, however. Let’s see if TaylorMade’s Targa hit our sweet spots.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Nike Golf
About this glove: Being based in the Pacific Northwest, Nike knows a thing or two about wet weather. No doubt the R&D team did extensive on-course testing of the company’s All-Weather II golf glove. The glove is made from a combo of synthetic microfiber (palm) and what Nike calls “body-led silicone” across the back of the hand. “Body-led,” by the way, means the material is engineered to mimic the shape and movement of the joints, muscles and tendons it covers. As with other rain gloves, including FootJoy’s RainGrip, Nike’s All-Weather II comes in a pair – a glove for each hand. Makes sense. What good is a stable left hand if the right slips and slides?
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Titleist Golf
About this glove: Ssssshhhhhh… Quiet on the tee. Titleist logo approaching. When you see the Titleist name on a golfer’s equipment, you know you’re looking at one of two things: 1) An excellent player, or 2) Somebody posing as one. Arguably golf’s most powerful brand, Titleist carefully nurtures its reputation as the choice of better golfers. (See: the ProV1 golf ball.)
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © FootJoy Golf
About this glove: Do you really need a glove made entirely of cabretta leather? Or will the synthetic stuff suffice on the less important parts of the hand? The difference is, oh, about eight bucks in FootJoy’s world. That’s the price gap between the SofJoy glove, which combines cabretta and faux leather, and the StaSof glove, a $24 all-cabretta model. SofJoy features cabretta in the crucial spots, the palm and index finger, where sensitivity is paramount. The other digits and the backhand are synthetic leather, with a breathable, elasticized mesh across the knuckles.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Callaway Golf
About this glove: Here’s something different – a golf glove with no fastening pull tab. Callaway’s X Spann glove dispenses with the usual velcro pullover in favor of a one-piece design; there’s an elasticized insert at the wrist to provide flexibility when slipping the glove on and off. Other features include a breathable, moisture-wicking compression mesh across the back of the hand, microfiber suede with silicon sensors in the ring and pinky fingers, and cabretta leather in the other fingers and palm.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Srixon Golf
About this glove: Apparently, Srixon wasn’t concerned about giving this particular glove model a snazzy name. Then again, “Cabretta Leather” pretty much tells the story. Most of it, anyway. This glove actually has a swatch of lycra across the backhand, which (along with $4 in price) differentiates it from Srixon’s top-end Z-STAR Premium Cabretta Leather glove. Srixon doesn’t spend a lot of time describing its Cabretta Leather model, either. The company’s website merely mentions “enhanced fit and control,” “exceptional fit and feel” and lists available sizes.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Titleist Golf
About this glove: Titleist doesn’t make a whole lot of gloves – only three models as of this writing (2015). No surprise there, as it’s the sibling company to golf’s No. 1 glove manufacturer, FootJoy. But Titleist being Titleist, its few offerings are considered top-of-the-line. The Players ($24) is Titleist’s flagship glove, with the Players-Flex ($22) next in line. The Perma-Soft may be the least expensive at 18 bucks, but it’s still considered a premium model. The Perma-Soft features a CoolMax mesh strip across the back of the hand to promote breathability and flexibility in harmony with the hand’s movement. It’s made from a cabretta leather specially tanned, Titleist says, to resist moisture and retain its shape over time.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Zero Friction Golf
About this glove: Our first question about the Zero Friction Compression, one-size-fits-most golf glove: What took so long? Glove shopping has always been a rather tedious process. You try on a medium, but it’s a tad long in the fingers. Then you pull on a cadet medium and it’s too darn tight. You switch brands and end up compromising on either fit or quality, and possibly style. Zero Friction aims to change all that. Best known as an innovator of “performance tees,” the company has branched out into clubs, balls, accessories and, in 2014, gloves. The Compression model, Zero Friction’s first offering, features highly flexible lycra mesh through the fingers, the backhand and around the thumb pad.