Glove tested: MG Golf DynaGrip Elite (men’s) Retail price: $13.95 for two gloves Material(s): Cabretta leather Colors: White Hand: Left, right Sizes: S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL
Available in cadet* fit: Yes (both hands) Weather: All
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. (This site’s sponsor, clubmaker rong>Thomas Golf, operates in much the same way.)
Known as MasterGrip before 2007, MG Golf’s priciest glove as the DynaGrip Elite. It’s made entirely from high-grade cabretta, with an elastic band across the base of the knuckles. Not only is this glove a lot cheaper than similarly constructed models, it’s a rare all-cabretta model available for less than $15.
Another MG Golf advantage: The company offers cadet sizes in both left- and right-hand models. Most companies reserve cadet sizing for the left only.
That’s all fine and well, you say, but are MG Golf’s gloves any good? This one sure is.
Appearance: If it weren’t for the MG logo, the DynaGrip Elite could easily pass for a tour glove from FootJoy or TaylorMade. Nothing fancy, just a clean white glove with classic lines, no bells and whistles. No ball marker, either. MG says tour pros prefer gloves without the button-on markers, so it offers this one sans accoutrements.
Comfort: Not to sound like a broken record, but if it weren’t for the MG logo… Yep, it feels just like a much more expensive cabretta glove – super soft, supple and thin. The elastic band expands for easy flexing, while plenty of perforations aid breathability. Note that MG Golf gloves sometimes run larger than normal, so going down a size from your usual (e.g., get a medium-large instead of a large) is recommended.
Feel: As you’ve probably guessed by now, MG’s DynaGrip Elite comes up big in the feel department. The difference between this glove and the name-brand jobs advertised in full-color Golf Digest spreads? None that we could tell. The leather is very thin, so there’s little interference in hand-to-handle contact. Provided you get a proper fit, the DynaGrip Elite will transmit all the info you need.
Tackiness: Primo. Honestly, you should never have to worry about club slippage with any well-cared-for glove. The DynaGrip Elite supplies excellent gripping power in dry or humid weather.
Durability: Credit MG Golf for honesty. On its website, the company says the DynaGrip Elite is for “golfers who value feel over durability.” Yet we’ve found these gloves to be as durable as, if not more durable than, other thin cabretta versions. We certainly wouldn’t rank it withHirzl’s outrageously long-lasting gloves, but MG’s gloves cost a lot less money.
Bottom line: Wow. Who knew there was an all-cabretta golf glove this good that costs so little? All we can say is this: At less than $7 each, MG Golf’s DynaGrip Elite gloves rank among the best values in golf. Not golf gloves – golf, period.
*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.