Glove tested: G/FORE Collection (men’s) Retail price: $35 Material(s): Cabretta leather Colors:> Ivory, lemon, tangerine, longhorn, scarlet, blush, lavender, ice, sky, acqua, capri, pacific, azure, wisteria, mint, clover, olive, pine, espresso, sand, nimbus, charcoal, old glory, onyx patent Hand: Left, right Sizes: S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL
Available in cadet* fit: Yes (left hand only) Weather: All
About this glove: G/FORE founder Mossimo Giannulli wanted, in his words, “to bring a touch of personality, fun and color back to the game.” Leave it to a fashion industry giant to do just that.
Giannulli, for the fashion-uninformed, also founded clothing giant Mossimo – you may have seen their apparel at Target. He happens to be a passionate golfer, too, so there was an obvious fit (if you will). Based in Beverly Hills, G/FORE makes gloves, golf shoes and accessories for men and women.
Where most producers offer a simple white glove with black trim, and perhaps one or two other schemes, the G/FORE Collection features 24 whimsically named varieties like longhorn, ice and old glory (that’s red, white and blue, of course). The palette changes with the seasons, and you can even customize a glove with different colors on the thumb, tab and trim.
Also eye-catching: G/FORE’s $35 price tag. What will that considerable investment get you? The same glove worn by Tom Watson, Jonas Blixt and a few other well-known pros. According to the company, G/FORE gloves are made from premium AA cabretta leather for exquisite comfort and feel. They’re touted for excellent gripping power and durability as well.
Other than that, the primary selling point is style. We slipped into a G/FORE glove to find out if it merits the price.
Appearance: Though we were tempted to go wild with a custom color scheme, we decided on a simple sky blue version. It’s a nice-looking glove, no doubt—sleek and classically formed. To be sure, G/FORE offers much bolder options, including tangerine, scarlet and wisteria (i.e., purple). We suspect that most golfers interested in buying a G/FORE glove will want to make a statement on the course. We applaud G/FORE for offering that opportunity.
Comfort: This is an extremely soft, comfortable glove. So comfortable, in fact, you might want to go all Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and grab one for each hand. Despite the lack of techie upgrades, such as the mesh backhand seen on many gloves, G/FORE is highly flexible right out of the package.
Word to the wise: G/FORE gloves generally run a little small, so golfers who typically wear a medium may need a medium large, etc.
Feel: A glove this comfy usually provides outstanding feel, and G/FORE does, indeed. It practically melts onto the club’s grip, offering tactile feedback from fingertips to the thumb to the heel of the palm.
Tackiness: No slip with this grip. G/FORE maintains tackiness regardless of weather. We tried it out in muggy South Florida, taking it off between most shots but breaking our usual rule by using just one glove all day. It passed the test with – you guess it – flying colors.
Durability: Time will tell how many rounds our G/FORE has in it, but early returns – and what we’ve read and heard from others – bode well. We’ve seen no signs of abrasion or excess smoothing in the palm or thumb. The stitching is first-rate and intact.
Bottom line: This is a tough one. G/FORE is, beyond a doubt, a terrific glove – wonderfully comfortable, highly sensitive and, by all accounts, quite durable. But at $35 each, you’re paying a premium for style. Our suggestion: If you buy a G/FORE glove, go all out. Skip the plain ivory or charcoal coloring in favor of something unique – perhaps a custom-designed, three-color combo. That’ll ensure you get your money’s worth.
*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.