Glove tested: FootJoy SciFlex (men’s) Retail price: $19 Material(s): Leather, synthetic and mesh materials Colors: Pearl with black Hand: Left, right Sizes: S, M, ML, L, XL
Available in cadet* fit: Yes Weather: All
About this glove: FootJoy touts its SciFlex as golf’s No. 1 “combination glove,” the combo being FJ’s “Taction2” performance leather by Pittards of England plus “Microvent FiberSof” synthetic material on the back of the hand, and an elasticized mesh in the fingers and knuckles.
The goal is a glove that’s extremely light, breathable and appropriate for all kinds of weather. SciFlex is quite popular among PGA TOUR players; Hunter Mahan and Louis Oosthuizen are two of the many who wear it.
Let’s find out how FootJoy’s SciFlex golf glove works for RegularJoes.
Appearance: A bit more “techie” than FJ’s stalwarts, the Pure Touch Limited and StafSof, the SciFlex design appeals to younger golfers and those looking for something beyond a traditional style. It’s a sharp glove, with the black materials contrasting against the white leather.
Comfort: This may well be FootJoy’s best fitting glove, at least as it relates to the widest range of players. The stretchy mesh conforms very well to the fingers, so be sure not to get the SciFlex in a size that’s too big. (It’s a common mistake.) You definitely get plenty of air throughout this glove, which features micro-perforations on the back of the hand and lots of standard-size punctures in the fingers.
It’s not as soft as a cabretta leather glove, but SciFlex doesn’t lack for comfort.
Feel: Hybrid or synthetic gloves sometimes sacrifice in the feel department. Not this one. At least, not very much. We got excellent tactile sensitivity through the palm and fingers, without the feeling of the hands being detached from the club. In short, the golf club feels like a golf club, not a garden implement, when you’re wearing a SciFlex glove.
Tackiness: Good and lasting. This is a strong point of pretty much every FootJoy glove we’ve tried.
Durability: This is where hybrid/synthetic gloves shine. SciFlex’s leather portions hold up well to repeat play, and the stretchable fabrics keep their shape and elasticity. Surface abrasions were minimal after several rounds.
Bottom line: A more affordable alternative to FJ’s top-of-the-line products, SciFlex offers better durability and excellent performance. While some players might balk at its rather newfangled appearance, most will find the look appealing – especially after they try it on.
*Cadet gloves have shorter fingers than regular gloves of the same size; e.g., a cadet medium glove has the same palm fit with shorter fingers than a standard medium.