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Best Golf Glove of 2020

Our golf glove review lineup has 2020's top products from many of the golf industry's top manufacturers.
By Nick Bruckbauer ⋅ Review Editor
Friday October 2, 2020
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Looking for the best golf glove? Our team of experts scoured the market and purchased nine of 2020's top models for side-by-side testing and analysis. The right golf glove can reduce friction, prevent blisters, help improve your grip on the golf club, and enhance your overall confidence and control of your golf swing. With so many similar-looking options available, it can be confusing to sort through the differences and find which one is right for you. We hacked away at hundreds of balls on the driving range and then hit the links with each glove in our lineup, paying close attention to differences in materials and construction, grip quality, and overall fit and comfort.

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Best Overall Golf Glove


FootJoy Pure Touch Limited


Editors' Choice Award
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$29.94
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Material: Select Cabretta leather | Cadet Sizing Available: Yes
Very well-tailored fit
Excellent grip and club feel
High-quality leather is soft and supple
Expensive
High-end leather can wear faster than cheaper materials

With its soft and luxurious Cabretta leather and closely tailored fit, the FootJoy Pure Touch Limited provides excellent comfort and grip and is our overall favorite golf glove. The select Cabretta leather provides a nice balance of softness, tackiness, and just the right thickness to give a comfortable, ergonomic fit, and a confident grip. The glove's fit is well-shaped to the contours of the hand and fingers without any extra bulkiness or bunched up material, and the soft leather has a noticeable high-end feel.

The only potential downside of this top performer is that the soft, luxurious leather makes this glove one of the most expensive in our lineup, and can potentially stretch or show wear quicker than lower grade materials. We still think it's worth the investment for the high-end comfort and precise fit that feels noticeably more refined than most other models.

The Pure Touch Limited has a tremendous ergonomic fit and high-end materials for a luxurious feel.
FootJoy's flagship model is both comfortable a high performing.

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Best Bang for Your Buck


Callaway OptiColor Leather


Best Buy Award
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$19.99
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Material: Opti Feel+ leather | Cadet Sizing Available: No
Available in a variety of colors
Precise ergonomic fit
High-quality leather provides good feel and control
Not available in traditional white color
Leather is not as soft or grippy as others

The Callaway OptiColor Leather Glove spruces up the typical bland white golf glove marketplace with an assortment of colors and does so with a respectable performance at a reasonable price. The Opti Feel+ leather has an ideal thickness to balance comfort and feel, and the overall construction and fit are excellent. We were overall very pleased with this glove's performance, and its middle of the road price tag makes it attainable for most golfers and an excellent value.

While the Opticolor has excellent fit and feel, the leather is not as soft or grippy as other high-end models with more luxurious and supple materials. If you're more a fan of the traditional white golf glove, you may be disappointed that this glove is only available in a colored version. The Opticolor is still one of our favorite overall models, and one of the best at balancing comfort, performance, and value.

The OptiColor performs well and adds a pop of color to your equipment.
The OptiColor performs well and adds a pop of color to your equipment.

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Best for Golfers on a Tight Budget


MG DynaGrip All-Cabretta


Best Buy Award
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$9.63
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Material: 100% Cabretta leather | Cadet Sizing Available: No
Excellent bargain price
High-quality Cabretta leather construction
Provides good club feel and control
Less refined fit is bulkier than others
Thinner leather can stretch quickly
Leather is less grippy than others

With a bargain price tag and surprisingly high-quality construction, the MG Dynagrip makes a 100% Cabretta leather glove easily attainable for golfers of all budgets. The thin, soft leather helps enhance grip with the club while still retaining a good amount of feel, inspiring confidence and control. The affordable price provides excellent value and is one of the only 100% Cabretta leather glove available in a price range usually dominated by models with lower grade synthetic materials.

While the Dynagrip's materials and construction are very good for such an affordable model, the leather is a bit thinner and less refined than what's found on the top-end gloves that we tested. The overall fit is also a bit bulkier, potentially leading to extra bunched up material that could reduce grip quality and club feel. Overall, the Dynagrip is a worthy competitor and our top choice for golfers on a shoestring budget.

The MG Golf model provides great value and high-quality materials  but its fit isn't as precise as other models.
The MG Golf model provides great value and high-quality materials, but its fit isn't as precise as other models.

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Best Fitting Glove


Titleist Players


Top Pick Award
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$23.95
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Material: Tanned Cabretta leather | Cadet Sizing Available: Yes
Very precise fit
Comfortable, high-quality leather
Excellent craftsmanship
Superb grip and club feel
High-end leather can be more fragile than cheaper materials
Pricey

Very similar to our overall favorite overall model, the Titleist Players glove stands out for its excellent tailored fit and high-end materials. The Footjoy earns our top honor with its larger flexible elastic wrist cuff that likely makes it adaptable to and more comfortable for a wider range of golfers. The Titleist has much smaller elastic inserts for a more precise, custom feeling fit. Both models have top-quality craftsmanship and high-end leather that is soft and supple and helps provide excellent grip and feel.

While we love the high-end fit and feel of this glove, we realize that its more customized fit may not suit every hand shape or size. Other models with less precise fit may provide greater flexibility. This glove is also one of the more expensive models that we tested, and the soft and supple leather can wear out faster than less refined materials. The Titleist Players is still one of our favorite gloves, and we recommend anyone looking for high-end materials and a superb fit to give it a try.

The Titleist Players glove has one of the best  most tailored fits of any glove that we tested.
The soft leather and precise fit provide a comfortable  confident grip.

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Best for Players with Hand Ailments


Bionic StableGrip


Top Pick Award
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$24.32
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Material: 100% Cabretta leather with Lycra inserts | Cadet Sizing Available: Yes
Padded inserts enhance grip contact with the club
Comfortable, ergonomic fit
High-quality materials
Not approved for USGA competitions except with a medical waiver
Thick padding can reduce feel and finesse
Numerous seams and Lycra inserts could reduce durability

With strategically placed padded inserts to help enhance grip pressure, the Bionic StableGrip is our choice for players with hand ailments such as arthritis. The padded palm and padded rings around each finger help noticeably increase contact pressure with the club, which could be a huge benefit for certain players who struggle with grip pressure. The overall fit is also very comfortable and ergonomic, and the materials are of high quality.

The padded inserts can also significantly decrease the feel between the hand and the club, which could hinder finesse-type players. For competitive golfers, note that the Bionic StableGrip is only approved for use in USGA competitions with a medical waiver. Most casual golfers not planning on joining any official competitions likely won't need to worry about that and may benefit from the unique design.

The StableGrip glove helps enhance grip pressure on the club  making it ideal for golfers with medical conditions like arthritis.
The StableGrip glove helps enhance grip pressure on the club, making it ideal for golfers with medical conditions like arthritis.

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High-End Materials and Construction


TaylorMade Tour Preferred


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$19.80
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Material: AAA Cabretta Soft Tech leather | Cadet Sizing Available: Yes
High-end Cabretta leather is soft and grippy
Excellent comfort and feel
Fit is not as precise as others
Expensive

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred is constructed from 100% AAA Cabretta Soft Tech Leather, providing luxurious comfort and high-end feel. The leather has just the right thickness and tackiness to enhance grip with the club but not compromise feel or finesse. The glove is well constructed and feels like a high-end product.

Where the Tour Preferred falls just short of other high-end models is with its fit precision. The fingers are well-shaped, but the overall size is just a bit bulky, causing extra material to bunch up on the back of the hand. Of course, different golfers with different hand shapes and sizes may have different fit experiences and perceptions, but we found that the overall precision is less refined than other high-end models. Overall, this is a high-end product that falls just short of the top contenders.

The Taylor Made Tour Preferred impresses with its top quality materials and construction but has a little extra bulk on the back of the hand.
The Taylor Made Tour Preferred impresses with its top quality materials and construction but has a little extra bulk on the back of the hand.

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Flexible Fit with High-Quality Materials


TaylorMade Tour Preferred Flex


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$18.19
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Material: 95% AAA Cabretta Soft Tech leather, 5% Elasthane | Cadet Sizing Available: Yes
Flexible inserts enhance comfort and fit
Constructed from high-quality materials
Good grip and feel
Fit is not as precise as others
Leather is not as soft as others

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred Flex combines high-end Cabretta leather with flexible elastic inserts to create a glove with high-end feel and performance with a more flexible and comfortable fit. The AAA Cabretta Soft Tech leather is as nice as any material on any glove, and the elastic insert on the back of the hand allows the glove to flex a little better as you grip the club, providing excellent overall grip and feel.

We appreciated the high-quality leather and the flexible inserts, but this glove didn't perform quite as well as some of the top-end models in our lineup. The Cabretta leather isn't as soft and supple as some of the top-ranked gloves we tested, and the overall fit isn't as precise as others. This is still a high-performing glove at a reasonable price and could be a good option for golfers looking to balance cost and performance.

The Tour Preferred Flex has elastic inserts that may make it more comfortable for a broader range of golfers.
The Tour Preferred Flex has elastic inserts that may make it more comfortable for a broader range of golfers.

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Another Option with High-End Materials but Less Precise Fit


FootJoy StaSof


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$21.95
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Material: Taction3 Advanced Performance leather by Pittards of England | Cadet Sizing Available: Yes
High-quality materials and construction
Comfortable wrist cuff and closure system
Lacks a precise fit with bulky fingers
Reduced feel and grip compared to others

The Footjoy Stasof stands out with its impressive craftsmanship and high-quality leather from Pittards of England. The glove looks and feels very similar to the highest performing gloves in our lineup, and could provide excellent grip and control when appropriately fitted.

Unfortunately, the Stasof did not have nearly the same precise fit that its higher-end sibling from Footjoy, the Pure Touch Limited did. The Stasof has very bulky fingers that caused the material to bunch together, which compromised confidence in our grip and performance with this glove. While others may have a different experience with the fit, we found that it doesn't have the same high-end precision and ergonomics found on some of the higher-end models.

The FootJoy StaSof has high-quality materials and construction  but its fingers are bulkier than most  leaving extra material that could potentially bunch up and cause friction.
The FootJoy StaSof has high-quality materials and construction, but its fingers are bulkier than most, leaving extra material that could potentially bunch up and cause friction.

9

Nice Value but Less Refined Feel


Callaway Dawn Patrol


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$12.49
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Material: Full premium leather | Cadet Sizing Available: Yes
Affordable price
Durable materials
Less refined feel and grip than others
Fit is bulkier than others

The Callaway Dawn Patrol has a classic design, full leather construction, and an affordable price tag. Although the leather is a bit less soft and supple than other higher-end models, this glove is still comfortable and doesn't seem to show wear as quickly as more refined materials.

Since the Dawn Patrol's leather isn't quite as soft as other top-end gloves, golfers may compromise a little bit of feel and grip quality compared to the higher grade materials. This glove's fit is also a bit bulkier than others with a less precise, ergonomic feel. This glove would be a good choice for price-conscious golfers looking for good value who aren't concerned with having the most luxurious materials and fit.

The Dawn Patrol's material feels a little less refined than higher-quality Cabretta leather  but it still provides solid performance and durability for price-conscious golfers.
The Dawn Patrol's material feels a little less refined than higher-quality Cabretta leather, but it still provides solid performance and durability for price-conscious golfers.

Why You Should Trust Us


This golf glove review is brought to you by GearLab Review Editor Nick Bruckbauer. Honing his game ever since first golfing as a teenager, he knows the joys of breaking 80, the struggles of trying to break 100, and everything in between. He also understands how a small tweak in the way the golf club feels in your hands or looks at address can make a vast difference between a confident swing or a confused hack. His attention to detail helps him identify small nuances between various products that could potentially make the difference between your average or your most successful round of golf.

The Tayor Made Tour Preferred Flex has a comfortable  flexible fit with its elastic inserts and a dependable grip with its Cabretta leather construction.
Setting our stance and checking our grip with the Bionic StableGrip.
The Titleist Players glove is a top performer in most of our rating metrics.

For this review, we bought nine of the top golf gloves on the market in 2020 and put them to the test directly against each other. We hit hundreds of balls at the driving range and took the full stack of gloves out onto the course for several rounds of golf. After changing gloves frequently to get a side-by-side comparison, we discovered small differences in glove quality and performance.

Analysis and Test Results


Throughout our testing, we evaluated and ranked each glove across four distinct performance metrics: fit and comfort, grip and feel, materials and build quality, and quality of closure. We found that performance across many of these metrics was related to each other, where high performance in one metric typically leads to high performance across other metrics. With few exceptions, the highest-ranked products seemed to rise to the top of nearly every category.

Fit and Comfort


One of a golf glove's most important performance criteria, fit and comfort, will often have a considerable impact on a glove's grip, feel, and overall performance. Also closely related to the material and build quality, we found that softer and more luxurious materials are typically more comfortable and are often accompanied by a more precise tailored fit. Lower performers in this metric often don't fit as precisely. They may have extra material that bunches up along the fingers or on the back of the hand, which could potentially cause blisters or discomfort.

Cadet Sizing
Most of the gloves in our lineup are available in both regular sizes and Cadet sizes. Cadet sized gloves are the same as their regular-sized counterparts except for shorter fingers. For example, a Cadet Medium will have the same hand size but shorter fingers than a regular Medium.

The FootJoy Pure Touch has high-end materials and plenty of elastic inserts for a comfortable  luxurious fit.
The FootJoy Pure Touch has high-end materials and plenty of elastic inserts for a comfortable, luxurious fit.

The highest performers in this metric include the top-ranked FootJoy Pure Touch Limited and the Titleist Players glove. These models are both constructed from high-end Cabretta leather that is soft and supple, and an ideal density that is not too thick and not too thin. More importantly, both of these gloves also have the most precise tailored fit of any other gloves in our lineup. Both gloves have similar designs that hug the hand with a comfortable snugness with no extra material or bagginess along the fingers or at the back of the hand. The Pure Touch Limited has a slight edge in comfort with its elastic band around the wrist and larger elastic strip on the back of the hand. In contrast, the Titleist has a slight edge in fit with limited elastic around the wrist and a more custom-tailored fit.

The Players Glove from Titleist has one of the most precise tailored fits to go along with its high-quality Cabretta leather.
The Players Glove from Titleist has one of the most precise tailored fits to go along with its high-quality Cabretta leather.

We recognize that glove sizing and fit preferences can vary significantly from person to person. Any references to sizing or fit within this review are relative to one another. Our lead tester, Nick, has found a Cadet Medium size to be a perfect fit with several different products. We ordered each glove in the same Cadet Medium size for this review, unless cadet sizing wasn't available.

Another high performer in this performance metric is the Bionic StableGrip. Intended for golfers with hand ailments such as arthritis, the StableGrip has a padded palm and embedded rings of padding wrapped around each finger. The fingers are tapered at the ends for a snug fit, and the back of the hand and fingers have several elastic inserts for a snug but flexible fit. The overall fit is excellent and makes this glove one of the most comfortable in our lineup.

The Bionic StableGrip has several flexible elastic inserts that maintain a comfortable flex along with its snug overall fit.
The Bionic StableGrip has several flexible elastic inserts that maintain a comfortable flex along with its snug overall fit.

Finally, the Callaway OptiColor Leather Glove earns high marks for fit and comfort. Although this model wasn't available in our typical Cadet size, the regular Medium size provided a snug, custom feeling fit with no extra fabric or wrinkles. The Opti Feel+ leather is an ideal thickness and softness and feels comfortable against the skin.

Despite not being available in our normal Cadet size  the Callaway Opticolor has one of the best fits of any glove that we tested.
Despite not being available in our normal Cadet size, the Callaway Opticolor has one of the best fits of any glove that we tested.

Grip and Feel


A golf glove's grip quality is typically dependent on the thickness and tackiness of its materials. In general, softer, higher-quality leathers usually provide better tackiness and grip than lower-quality materials. A golf glove's feel can be very subjective, depending on the individual. The game of golf involves a lot of finesse and coordination, and some players prefer feeling more sensations in their hands and feedback from the club's contact with the ball. Thinner, more uniform materials typically provide a better feel than thicker materials or designs with additional seems or extra fabric reinforcements.

Again, the Footjoy Pure Touch Limited and the Titleist Players stand out in this metric. Both gloves are constructed from high-quality Cabretta leather. They are soft and supple to provide a slight tackiness and just the right thickness without unnecessary seams or extra patches of material. Both gloves offer an ergonomic fit and excellent feel with no bunched up fabric, and just a soft, uniform layer of high-grade leather between your hand and the club.

The select Cabretta leather provides plenty of softness and tackiness for a comfortable  confident grip and excellent feel.
The high-quality materials and precise fit of the Titleist Players glove encourage an effortless grip.

Also performing well in this metric are the two TaylorMade models that we tested, the Tour Preferred and the Tour Preferred Flex. Both gloves are constructed from AAA Cabretta Soft Tech Leather that provides an ideal thickness, softness, and tackiness. The fit and ergonomics of these two gloves are not quite as precise as the Pure Touch and the Titleist, but the high-quality materials do enhance their grip and feel.

Taylor Made's AAA Cabretta Soft Tech Leather is nice and thin with good tackiness for a great balance of feel and grip confidence.
Taylor Made's AAA Cabretta Soft Tech Leather is nice and thin with good tackiness for a great balance of feel and grip confidence.

The Bionic StableGrip is unique in this category with its embedded 3D padding on the palm and around the fingers that helps enhance grip pressure on the club. Conversely, this design tends to mute some sensation between your hand and the club since there are extra layers of dense padding in between. This glove could be a good option for golfers with hand ailments like arthritis, who may struggle to maintain a firm grip on the club. For golfers who may participate in competitions governed by the United States Golf Association (USGA), or like to follow USGA rules in their casual rounds strictly, the StableGrip is only legal with a medical exception.

The Bionic StableGrip has a padded palm and layers of padding wrapped around the fingers. This helps enhance grip pressure but can reduce feel between your hand and the club.
The Bionic StableGrip has a padded palm and layers of padding wrapped around the fingers. This helps enhance grip pressure but can reduce feel between your hand and the club.

Materials and Build Quality


Cabretta leather gloves are typically thinner, softer, and more supple, and therefore tend to provide excellent comfort, feel, and grip tackiness. Most gloves constructed from higher-end materials also place a premium on build quality and fit, and therefore tend to perform well across the board.

Glove Materials
Most high-quality golf gloves are constructed from Cabretta Leather, which comes from sheep who grow hair instead of wool. It is typically softer and more pliable than other materials but tends to wear or stretch out faster than synthetic materials. Other gloves are made from traditional genuine leather, synthetic materials, or a combination of synthetic materials and natural leather.

Once again, the Footjoy Pure Touch Limited and the Titleist Players earn our top ratings in this category with their high-quality leathers and top-notch construction quality. Both are constructed from select Cabretta leather and have excellent build quality and a precise fit. We noticed that the soft leather on these two gloves tended to pick up small scuffs a little more quickly than others.

The Titleist Players glove has top-notch materials  construction  and fit  earning it high praise across the board.
The Titleist Players glove has top-notch materials, construction, and fit, earning it high praise across the board.

Another top performer constructed from high-quality AAA Cabretta Soft Tech Leather is the TaylorMAde Tour Preferred glove. This glove also has excellent build quality with precisely constructed seams and an assortment of micro-perforations for breathability. The overall fit is slightly less precise than other top-ranked models, but the high-quality materials and construction are evident once you slip it on.

The Taylor Made Tour Preferred glove has high-end Cabretta leather and excellent build quality. It has slightly bulkier sizing  as seen here with the closure tab needing to be pulled far across the glove in order to achieve a snug fit.
The Taylor Made Tour Preferred glove has high-end Cabretta leather and excellent build quality. It has slightly bulkier sizing, as seen here with the closure tab needing to be pulled far across the glove in order to achieve a snug fit.

The Callaway Opticolor Leather Glove earns respectable scores in this metric thanks to its Opti Feel+ Leather, precise fit, and excellent overall construction quality. The Opti Feel+ Leather is not as soft as the Cabretta leather found on other high-end gloves. Still, Callaway does a great job of balancing material quality, build quality, and performance at a reasonable price.

The Callaway OptiColor provides a nice blend of build quality  performance  and value.
The Callaway OptiColor provides a nice blend of build quality, performance, and value.

Quality of Closure


A golf glove's closure system may seem like an afterthought, but we discovered small nuances that seemed to impact our perception of the glove's overall comfort and user-friendliness. Each glove in our lineup has a Velcro-style hook & loop closure tab, and most models also have an elastic wristband. Not all hook & loop closure tabs are created equal. Several gloves have hook & loop systems with thinner materials that are much less grippy or sticky than others with thicker hook & loop materials.

The FootJoy Pure Touch Limited (left) has a much larger  thicker  and stickier hook & loop closure system compared to the Callaway Dawn Patrol (right).
The FootJoy Pure Touch Limited (left) has a much larger, thicker, and stickier hook & loop closure system compared to the Callaway Dawn Patrol (right).

The top performers in this category all have a large, easy to grip closure tab with a thick, sticky hook & loop closure system. Standouts include both FootJoy models: the Pure Touch Limited and the StaSof. Both of these gloves have a robust and grippy closure tab and a comfortable elastic wrist cuff. Following closely behind is the Titleist Players glove. This model also has a convenient large closure tab with an excellent hook & loop material but has a less pronounced elastic wristband that may not be as comfortable or forgiving for certain hand shapes.

The Pure Touch Limited has a large  sticky closure tab that is easy to use and enhances comfort and confidence.
The Pure Touch Limited has a large, sticky closure tab that is easy to use and enhances comfort and confidence.

Finally, the Bionic StableGrip has a somewhat smaller closure tab but an excellent hook & loop material that is very sticky. It also has a wide elastic wristband that adds to the comfortable, snug fit.

The StableGrip has a high-quality hook & loop system and a wide  comfortable wristband.
The StableGrip has a high-quality hook & loop system and a wide, comfortable wristband.

Conclusion


Golf is such a beautiful yet complex game, where small nuances or distractions that break your focus or confidence can mean the difference between an average round or one of your best rounds ever. The right golf glove can help eliminate blisters or friction, improve your grip on the club, and enhance your overall confidence and enjoyment of the sport. We hope that this review helps you find the best golf glove to suit your game and your needs and helps you achieve your goals out on the course.

Nick Bruckbauer