How to Choose Golf Gloves

By Jackson Lewis

Golf gloves are one of the most popular accessories purchased by amateur and professionals. Taking the time to choose a golf glove that fits properly and provides an enhanced sense of touch can help improve your overall feel for golf shots and potentially improve your over-all game. Conversely, if you choose a glove that fits improperly or does not have the right feel for your preferences, it could have an adverse effect on your feel for golf shots.

Measure your hand with a tape measure across the knuckles. Golf gloves are sold in either sizes such as small, medium, or large or by the measure in inches around this part of your hand.

Determine the appropriate size for your glove based on the hand measurement. For men, a small glove will be a 7-inch measurement, medium 7.5 to 8 inches, large 8.5 to 9, extra-large 9.5 to 10, and xx-large 10.5 to 11 inches. Women's gloves are measured differently, with sizes being equivalent to 6 inches for extra-small, small 6.5, medium 7, large 7.5, and extra-large 8 inches.

Try on a glove for the correct hand based on your size measurements. For a right-handed golfer, the glove will be worn on the left hand, and for a left-handed golfer, the right-hand.

Try on a glove size just above and below the one that exactly matches the size determined by the “fit test.” Some golf gloves will run larger or smaller than the advertised size. New gloves should fit firmly, but with room to fit to your hand.

Try on gloves made of leather, nylon and other available materials to determine which one feels best on your hand.

Hit practice golf balls if the facility selling the gloves permits to get a real-time gauge of how well the glove fits you before making a purchase.

About the Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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