Buying gloves may seem simple when you first consider it. You may think that they will all be the same, but there are differences between them, which is why there are so many different types. There are different things to look out for but in the end, it will come down to personal preference You will not get the luxury of being able to try a pair out during a game before you buy, so it is important to think about what to look out for.
Comfort and Fit
Obviously you want to make sure that the glove is comfortable to wear and fits well. Trying it on should help you to know if it is the right fit but comfort may take a bit longer. Try to spend a little while wearing them in the shop and even try to grip a golf club while wearing it so that you can get an idea of the feel. Think about how flexible it is and how much feel there is when you are wearing them. It is important to note that gloves are likely to stretch a bit so if they have a Velcro strap then make sure there is still the ability to tighten it a bit for when they do stretch. However, they should not pull too tightly when you clench your fist.
Seams can be a problem if they rub the hand and they can cause blisters or general discomfort. Therefore, take notice of where they are and think about whether they are likely to cause a problem. Try the glove on and note how soft they feel and where they are and this should help you to decide whether you think that they will be a problem for you or not.
How thick or thin the leather is can make a big difference to how the glove feels and performs. Some people like a thin leather so they get a good feel through it. However, some will prefer something a little thicker so that the glove lasts longer. It is a personal choice but well worth trying the glove in the shop to make sure that you can still feel well enough with it even if the leather is a bit thick.
This will allow you to be able to keep a good hold on the club. This will vary between brands and so you will need to try them out to make sure that you feel that you would be confident wearing them and that you will know that the club will not slip out of your hand. It is not always easy to work this out when looking at a glove in the shop, it might be better to therefore do a bit of research on this and find out what other people think and what you should be looking for before you buy.
Everyone will have a budget and so you may find that the gloves that feel the best will not be affordable. It is therefore important to make sure that you know how much you can afford to spend and only select and try on gloves in that price range. As tempting as it can be to try on dearer ones, it could just mean that you will not find anything that is as good as those expensive ones and you may just wish that you had not bothered. There are good budget gloves though and so you should not feel disheartened if you only have a small budget as there will still be options available for you.
Value for Money
It is always good to find a good balance between cost and the item. It can be tempting to think that you will always get the best item if you pay as much as you can afford but this is just not always the case. Think about value for money. For example, you may pay more money just for the brand name and may find the item is not actually any better than a less well-known brand. This will not always be the case though. It is worth making sure that you read reviews and try on pairs so that you can get an idea of what seems right for you. If you have never worn a glove before it can be a good idea to ask other players about theirs and perhaps try them on so that you can get a better understanding of what you should be looking for.