Zero Friction Compression: One Size, Many Benefits

    Glove tested: Zero Friction Compression (men’s) Retail price: $12.99 Material(s): Synthetic leather, lycra, elastic Colors: White with black; black with black; red with black; lime green with black; orange with black; blue with black Hand: Left, right Sizes: One size fits all sizes from S to XXL

    Available in cadet* fit: No Weather: All

    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. This allows the glove to expand to fit larger hands, with smaller hands requiring less stretching.

    The glove is designed to fit anyone from size small to double-extra large. The palm is made from digitized synthetic leather. Zero Friction touts the Compression glove, which comes with a tee holder slot and ball marker, as weather resistant.

    We love the idea of a glove you don’t have to try on, but only if it provides adequate performance and durability. Let’s see how Zero Friction’s Compression glove fared in our tests.

    Appearance: Zero Friction’s Compression glove wears its technology on its sleeve… Or rather, its fingers. The black mesh contrasts sharply with the white, red, orange or, yes, lime green faux leather; the look is pure 21st century. We appreciate the color options, too. This glove goes very well with today’s space-age clubs and sleek, performance fabric apparel.

    Comfort: First, consider the price. At $12.99, you’re not paying top dollar. Then account for the synthetic leather, which has yet to match genuine cabretta for velvety feel and suppleness. Finally, remember that this glove is designed to stretch to fit your hand. Now you can judge Zero Friction’s Compression glove appropriately.

    We found it fit as advertised. A golfer who normally wears a large glove had no problem getting into the Zero Friction unit, and experienced no pinching at the joints or between fingers. True, the fit was pretty snug. But it beats having loose fingertips or excess palm material.

    Overall, comfort was about average for a synthetic leather glove. Not the best of the best, but certainly not a deal breaker.

    Feel: The caveats from above apply here as well. As long as you’re not too picky about feeling every blade of grass brush the bottom of the clubhead, the Zero Friction Compression glove will supply all the sensitivity and feedback you need.

    Tackiness: Contrary to the company name, the Compression glove provides plenty of hand-to-handle friction. That’s a good thing. Rub the palm across a fresh grip (as opposed to one that’s shiny and worn) and you’ll feel resistance. Traction is excellent throughout the fingers as well.

    Durability: A glove that fits well should last longer than one that doesn’t. Hence, the Zero Friction Compression model is good to go for at least as many rounds and practice sessions as a typical mid-priced offering. The synthetic leather is high in quality and showed little to no wear after two rounds and a range outing.

    Bottom line: Wonders never cease. Turns out it’s not impossible to make a golf glove that fits most everyone. While we’d still suggest trying on Zero Friction’s Compression glove before buying, you can be pretty sure of a nice fit throughout the palm, backhand and fingers. The glove performs well in all categories, sacrificing minimal feel by using pseudo-leather. All in all, a solid pick at 13 bucks.