Different Kinds of Golf Gloves

By William McCoy
Find a glove that "fits like a glove."
Find a glove that "fits like a glove."

Buying a golf glove is a simple matter of finding one that fits snugly and feels comfortable. Gloves are made of leather, synthetic materials or both, and are available in different sizes, styles and, of course, prices.

Types

Men's golf gloves are constructed in one of two types to accommodate the varying shapes of hands. A glove labeled "cadet" has shorter fingers and a wider palm than standard gloves. If the glove carries no such designation, the palm and fingers are more proportional. Try each style on to find the best fit. Women with large hands might fit into men's sizes, but most women find the more slender and smaller women's sizing works better for them. Women's gloves are not available in cadet sizing.

Sizes

Golf gloves are produced in a wide array of styles that make finding one that fits your hand easy unless your hands are unusually large or small. Most manufacturers sell gloves in small, medium, medium-large, large, extra large and extra-extra large. Youth, or junior, gloves are also available, but the sizing varies widely from one manufacturer to the next.

Style

Golfers with certain style considerations don't want to have to sacrifice their appearance for the sake of wearing a glove. Fortunately, many golf gloves are manufactured with this type of player in mind. Fashion-style gloves often are equipped with a slit on the ring finger to accommodate players who wear large rings. Some gloves also have openings at the end of each finger to provide room for long fingernails. If you're concerned about the glove causing the dreaded golfers' glove tan, some gloves are made with a material that allows UV to pass through it to tan your hand as you play. Fashion colors are also available, especially for women golfers.

Features

In most cases, lower-priced golf gloves offer fewer features than their pricey counterparts. Low-end gloves are usually made of synthetic material, while the more expensive gloves are made of soft leather. Gloves have a fastener that allows you to adjust the tightness of the glove, and some have reinforced, padded palms and fingers to improve the glove's durability. Several manufacturers offer gloves with convenient detachable ball markers.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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