The first factor to consider when looking for golf gloves is what material suits your needs. The best golf gloves often contain Cabretta leather, ensuring a soft, comfortable feel with optimal durability. However, these gloves cost a premium and may fall out of the budget of some golfers.
An exception to the rule is the Kirkland Signature Leather set which is affordable and crafted from Cabretta leather, albeit of lower quality. The alternative is a synthetic glove mixed with leather, lycra, and velcro. These gloves offer exceptional stretchability and are more affordable than leather.
A prime example of a quality synthetic-leather glove is the TaylorMade Stratus Soft. The glove offers a comfortable fit, optimal range of motion, and excellent breathability.
Your chosen glove must enhance your grip for greater control of your golf club, or you need alternative options. Although all the products on our best golf gloves list provide superb traction, I found the Callaway Tour Authentic glove provided added tackiness to keep my hand firmly on my rubber grip.
If you play in high rainfall areas, you may consider the option of a glove built for the occasion, which is waterproof and provides increased traction. The FootJoy StaSof Glove offers the best all-weather wear for traction in the sun and the rain.
Many golfers, myself included, take their gloves off whenever the putter is in hand, giving your hand welcome exposure to fresh air. However, when your glove is on for the rest of your shots, you need a breathable construction to keep your fingers and palms cool.
A breathable glove is handy in warm conditions when your hands amass sweat and need the air to cool down. Golf gloves with perforations on the fingers and the palm offers the best breathability, like the Ping Tour Glove.
Moisture-wicking capabilities are essential for a golf glove as it extracts sweat and water from the interior to keep your hand and the material dry. Gloves with limited moisture-wicking ability will cause sweat build-up, which increases discomfort and your ability to correctly grip your golf club.
The Cobra Pur Tour glove provided the best moisture-wicking performance this year, thanks to an advanced sweatband and expertly placed micro-perforations.