Unlike other sports that are indoors or require a lot of movement generating heat, golf is slower paced and aside from swinging, walking or riding in a cart, it can be difficult to stay warm.
Maintaining a firm, comfortable grip and warm hands with the right winter golf glove is vital to keeping consistent low scores. This article will highlight the best winter golf gloves available on the market.
Best Winter Golf Gloves Review
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What do you want from a winter golf glove?
A winter golf glove should do three primary things for a golfer:
- Keep their hands warm.
- Allow them to have a grip as they would on a normal warm day.
- In many cases protect against water and wind. (For rainy, windy or snowy days.)
Key Features To Look For Apart from Warmth
Maintaining a solid grip during cold weather is vital to keeping a satisfiable scorecard. In low temperatures it’s easier to hit the ball incorrectly if the right grip isn’t employed. Hitting the ball thin can be extremely painful when it’s cold, so having the correct gloves with a good grip can really make a difference and leads to better control.
Try Swinging a Club with Them
Winter golf gloves can be thicker and have different characteristics like added fleece, wrist lining or additional padding to make them warmer, water resistant and windproof. These are all important, but what matters most is being able to grip and swing the golf club properly. Before purchasing gloves you can try them on at the store and grip the club while practicing swinging to ensure that you are making the right choice.
In addition to the regular sizes some golf companies have sizes extra small and double extra large. There are also companies that make hybrid sizes such as “medium-large” for golfers whose hands are in-between sizes. Another type of size is called cadet. Cadet gloves are made for golfers with shorter fingers and wide palms. Normal golf gloves are for regular size or longer fingers and the glove is narrower at the palm. Before buying a glove a buyer can go to the golf store and try on different sizes to get a feel for what sizes fit them in certain brands and which are the most comfortable. Golf gloves should fit firm and snug.
Materials used: Thermal, mitts etc
Different winter golf gloves use different materials such as thermal fleece, cabretta leather, suede leather and full grain leather. Mitts usually are created with thermal fleece.
Thermal fleece: Primarily used to maintain warmth inside gloves.
Cabretta leather: Provides insulation in low temperatures and grips the club nicely.
Suede leather: Suede leather is thinner and helps golfers have a better grip on the club. It can almost feel as if they aren’t wearing a glove.
Full grain leather: Gloves can feature full grain leather palms that are wind resistant to help block piercing cold winds ensuring hands stay comfortable.
Mitts: Usually made from thermal fleece. Can be used to protect hands during rounds and between shots. Some such as the Finger Ten mitts in this list can be pulled down over the gloves.
Additional features like Waterproof/Windproof
Winter gloves that contain these two features can truly come in handy during rainy or snowy days. An ideal all-around winter glove will keep the golfer’s hands warm and should protect against the elements. It’s easier to use one glove throughout the round rather than change gloves multiple times if they get wet and aren’t waterproof.
The HJ Winter Performance glove is our selection for editor’s choice and best winter golf glove thanks to its extreme warmth, flexibility and sticky-like grip.
The glove features ThermoTex fleece that maintains heat inside and also allows for many kinds of movements and stretches.
HJ also added a WeatherTan Cabretta leather palm enabling the glove to have insulation when playing in low temperatures. A reinforced wind block feature and lined wrist cuff also helps keep hands warm and prevents the cold from entering the glove.
Howard Jeon (HJ) designed the glove with the goal to create the best golf glove on the planet. He uses materials such as micro-fiber leather and breathable mesh to ensure high durability along with flexibility.
HJ gloves have been in business for over 30 years.
The HJ winter performance glove can be purchased in either black or grey steel. The sizing ranges from small to double extra large for men. For women, the glove is available in small, medium and large.
There are no cadet sizes made.
These winter mitts are designed to cover up your hands while wearing a golf glove as well as your wrists and lower arms.
When not swinging the club, you can simply pull down the mitts so they cover both of your hands so you maintain warmth before your next swing. When swinging you just roll the mitts up and you can leave them there for the entire round instead of having to take them on and off for every shot.
Finger Ten designed these so they can be used in a multitude of sports not only golf.
The gloves are made from double-layer high quality fleece.
The gloves are available for purchase in sizes medium to extra large. The medium is designed to fit like a small according to Finger Ten.
Finger Ten offers 30 day returns if the customer isn’t satisfied with the product. The mitts come in black with the words “Finger Ten” spelled out on top.
The Callaway Golf Men’s Thermal Grip glove was designed to maintain warmth while also allowing a golfer to not lose grip on their club.
The gloves are made with a digitized synthetic leather palm to fight against the rain and prevent the users’ hands from slipping off the club. Callaway also added an Opti Therm thermal fleece inside lining to hold heat inside allowing for maximum comfort.
An Opti Fit adjustable closure was added to ensure a light and secure fit while containing tiny openings for breathability.
Callaway made sure a water blocker was built in by equipping it with an Opti Shield Microfiber Outer shell that also protects against strong winds.
The glove can be bought in a variety of sizes from small to extra large. Cadet sizes are also available. The color is all black with a white Callaway Golf logo on the front.
Mizuno may not be as big a name as Callaway, Titleist or Taylormade, although it is used by many tour pros including former world No. 1 Luke Donald along with Keith Mitchell and Eddie Pepperell. The company’s irons have even been used by current top-ranked player Brooks Koepka to win majors.
In 2018, the outfitter made RainFit golf gloves to make sure a little bit of damp weather wouldn’t ruin a round. The gloves feature a technology called Mizuno Clarino which is an advanced Japanese synthetic suede that gives a sticky-like grip even during watery conditions.
A neoprene wristband was added to give extra comfort on the wrist for better control of holding the club.
The gloves are sold in sizes small to extra large and are black with a touch of royal blue.
Unfortunately they are not available for women and do not come in cadet sizing.
The FootJoy WinterSof are exclusively designed for women. FootJoy is arguably the most popular outfitter in all of golf with their partnership with Titleist and usage by numerous professionals on multiple tours.
The gloves contain a cool-weather grip made with a waterproof Sure-Grip Autosuede knit. This aids in producing a soft feel as well as a comfortable warm grip in poor weather conditions.
FootJoy added nylon and a weather-shield foam fleece on the back to allow golfers to keep their hands heated inside the glove. There is a knit cuff that traps the warmth inside the glove so users don’t have to worry about shaking or shivering while swinging.
The WinterSof is sold in two-packs and comes in sizes small, medium, medium-large and extra large. The design is all-black with a white “FJ” logo and a white line going across the front of the glove.
After reviewing the five gloves we decided that the HJ Winter Performance glove was our editor’s choice and one of the best winter golf gloves on the market to purchase. With features like ThermoTex Fleece to maintain warmth and its WeatherTan Cabretta leather to provide insulation, this golf glove was designed to get the job done in cold weather.
The Editorial Staff at Golfible is a team of golfing geeks and enthusiasts led by founder Alec Rose. All have the same obsession with golf tech, equipment updates and avoiding rain on the course.