Q&A: Titleist gear spotlight on glove fit, care and performance

 Did you know that approximately 95% of Tour pros wear a golf glove during competition? And you can probably count on one hand how many of your friends play without a glove.

Seeing as your hands are the only connection to your golf club and with the majority of players wearing a glove, you can safely say it’s a pretty important piece of equipment.

 So we sat down for another quick Q&A with Jane Casanta, director of marketing for Titleist gear to learn more about how the right glove with the right fit can help our games.

Q: How can a golf glove help us play better?

Jane Casanta (JC): Since your hands are your only point of contact with the club, a glove can help provide you with a better a grip - which is essential to the game.

A glove often helps players create a more secure grip and this can lead to better control of the club.  With a glove on, it’s also easier to achieve this secure grip without having to feel like you’re squeezing the handle end of the club. The end result is a more tension-free grip which leads to a more relaxed, free flowing swing.

Q: How do I know what size glove I should wear?

JC: A glove should fit tightly, like a second skin, and there should be no excess material at the end of your fingertips. When you spread out your palm out, the material should be tight, like the skin of a drum.

The Velcro tab on the back of the glove should close no more than 3/4 of the way across. This is because the glove will stretch slightly during the course of play and you want to have a little room to readjust that snug fit.

Q: Is there a correct way to put a golf glove on?

JC: Yes!  Great question, and most definitely! Because the cabretta leather is pliable and can stretch, you don’t want to pull the glove on by tugging on the cuff (the band at the bottom of the glove, near the inside of your wrist). Instead, work your fingers in first and then gently smooth the leather over each finger until snug.  Then, fit your thumb in and smooth the rest of the glove down and over your hand and palm. Finally, gently close the Velcro tab. This will extend the life of your glove and help maintain its original shape.

Q: What’s the best way to care for a golf glove?

JC: When you take your glove off, don’t tug from the thumb and fingertip material.  With your free hand, unclasp the Velcro tab and work the glove off the back of your hand, palm and thumb.  Then hold the middle of the fingers and slide your fingers out.

After play, smooth the glove out to its original shape, fold the thumb over onto the palm of the glove and smooth it flat. If the glove is wet from perspiration or weather, lay it flat on a towel to dry.  Once dry, store the glove back in its original packaging to protect it and preserve its shape.

 Q: Are there any other glove tips you can suggest for us?

JC: One of the best suggestions I can make is to rotate gloves during the round or between rounds. This gives the natural oils in each glove a chance to rise to the surface, keeping each glove supple and extending the life of each glove.

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Thanks for the great information, Jane! We’ll be sure not to take our golf gloves for granted!