Most golfers wear a glove on their lead hand (left hand for a right-handed golfer) to allow them to maintain a secure hold on the club without gripping too tightly. Gloves also help prevent blisters and calluses, as well as slipping from sweat, rain or worn grips. For the glove to do its job, it must fit properly, and because golfers' hands are different sizes and shapes, glove manufacturers offer a range of sizes from junior small to men's triple extra-large.
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The Right Fit
FootJoy, the industry's leading glove manufacturer, recommends the glove fit tightly--taut across the palm and back of the hand. If the glove is too tight, you will not be able to make a fist and the collar of the glove will slide up over the bottom of your palm. If the glove is too big, it will bunch up in the palm and could cause blisters. A glove that is too large can also allow the club to slip during the swing because of the loose material.
Glove sizes are similar but vary slightly by manufacturer, so the golfer should try the glove on before buying. FootJoy offers men's left sizes (for the right-handed golfer) in small, medium, medium-large, large, extra-large and double-extra-large in all but one of its gloves models. The StaSof model is also available in triple-extra-large left. Right gloves and cadet left gloves are available in small, medium, medium-large, large and extra-large, with the StaSof model also available in double-extra-large. The cadet gloves have shorter fingers and are wider across the palm than standard men's gloves. Kasco, another glove maker, offers men's left in the same sizing as FootJoy, but does not offer a triple-extra-large model. Unlike FootJoy, however, Kasco has cadet right sizes. The Kasco men's right and cadet right and left are sized small, medium, large and extra-large.
Fewer size options are available for women golfers. FootJoy offers left and right gloves in sizes small, medium, medium-large and large, except the StaCooler Sport model, which is only available in left. Women with larger hands can choose from the men's sizes, although the palm is wider. Kasco has women's left and right in small, medium, large and extra-large, as well as in pairs of left and right for women who want to wear two gloves. Because of the differences in manufacturer sizing, the female golfer should try the gloves before buying to ensure the proper fit.
The newest glove market is the junior golfer. FootJoy offers gloves for kids in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large, both left and right. Kasco has only left gloves in sizes medium and large. U.S. Kids, a company that specialises in junior golf products, makes these sizes in left and right, with the approximate age recommendations: small (ages 4 to 6), medium (ages 7 to 9), large (ages 10 to 11) and extra-large (ages 11-12).
How a glove wears can indicate a problem with the way the golfer holds the club or with the grip of the club itself. If the glove wears out in the palm, the golfer is holding the club in the palm rather than the fingers. The club should be held under the heal pad at the side of the lead hand (left for right-handed player). Grips that are worn and slick will also cause the glove to wear out. With both problems, the hands move during the swing, rubbing and ripping the glove.
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