No matter how well you take care of it, every golf glove will eventually start showing signs of wear and tear. Most golfers have experienced how fast their gloves wear out. It is a common dilemma for many people, but there are ways to make them last longer!
In this article, we will discuss how to care for your glove so that you can enjoy it for much longer than you would otherwise.
How to pick a golf glove that will last longer
Your golf gloves’ lives depend on you. But here are some ways to help you make them last longer.
Check the gloves’ material
The kind of material used in a golf glove is the main determining factor of its life span. Leather gloves are more durable, but if you’re looking for something that will last longer without breaking down, then a synthetic glove is your best bet. Choosing a thicker leather or synthetic material can help extend their life span.
Size up your hand and fingers to find a comfortable fit
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to fit and feel. For comfort and stability of the game, pick a golf glove that’s the right size.
Make sure the glove is flexible, but not too stretchy
It is important to choose the right size, not too tight but also not too loose or stretchy. A golf glove that’s too small will cut off circulation and a glove that is too big can be more difficult to grip your club with precision. A good rule of thumb on how much slack in between sizes down should be about one finger width at most — any more than this can affect how you swing through contact with the ball.
Always make sure it has enough flexibility so there isn’t an uncomfortable tugging while playing, though don’t go overboard as it may loosen up and interfere with your game performance when trying to hit shots precisely.
Look for gloves with reinforced fingertips for better durability
Either you choose between open and closed finger models, these both have their pros and cons so weigh things out before making a purchase. Open finger models allow more air circulation around your hands while you’re playing.
Consider how often you’ll be using it
If you play golf every day, go for a higher quality glove that will last longer than one used sparingly. If you only play occasionally, the cheaper ones will do and will last longer if you store them correctly.
How to store your golf gloves
Proper storage ensures your golf gloves last longer. Rather than placing it anywhere, you must practice putting them in the right place. If you are hesitant how to do it, here’s how:
Clean your gloves before storing them
Before you keep your golf glove, make sure it is spotless. Removing sweat and dirt will prevent bacteria growth which can cause odors or stains.
Store your gloves in a cool, dry place
Never put your gloves in a place with direct sunlight. This will cause the leather to deteriorate faster.
Keep them away from heat sources like radiators and fireplaces
Like how the sun’s light can cause damage to your gloves, so does other heat sources. The materials used in a golf glove aren’t designed to withstand extreme heat so avoid storing them too close to a radiator or fireplace.
Avoid storing your golf gloves with other equipment
Other golf equipment such as clubs and balls could cause scratches on the glove’s surface. If you want your glove to last longer than it normally would, place them separately over your golfing equipment.
Place your gloves on top of a shoe rack or hanger instead of laying them flat
Hanging up your golf gloves can avoid them being crushed between other items in storage. When you hang your golf gloves, it will prevent the glove from touching, which will protect its surface.
The outer material is designed to be strong enough to withstand a golfing environment but when stored incorrectly can become weaker and thinner than normal.
Keep your golf gloves away from any chemicals
Harsh products may damage the material of your golf glove. Avoid storing them in the washing machine or dishwasher to avoid damage from water and chemicals. Bleach, paint thinner, and even acetone can cause irreparable damage.
Don’t store your gloves with damp items
The towel you used during your game should not be stored on where your golf glove is because this could cause mildew growth and produce an unpleasant smell around the house.
Put it in a plastic bag if you’re not going to use it for an extended period of time
This will avoid the growth of mold and bacteria from the moist environment of your locker.
Add cedar chips or moth balls into the storage container to keep pests away
You don’t want a cockroach lying around your golf glove storage, right? Always store your golf gloves with other items that will help keep them clean and fresh to make them last longer.
How to wear your golf gloves
Wearing your glove improperly will also lead to a shorter life span. Here are some tips how:
1. Make sure the gloves are snug on your hands
2. Use only one hand when putting on the glove so as not to stretch it out in two different directions
3. Put your thumb in the first finger hole and then put your fingers in the holes that correspond to them.
4. Pull both thumbs through, so they’re tucked inside the glove.
5. Keep a firm grip on both gloves when you swing, but don’t pull too tight or it will mess up your swing.
6. Always remember to take off any jewelry before putting on golf gloves — rings can get caught between two layers of fabric and cause injury!
7. When taking off a glove, use both hands and be careful not to pull at any of the fingers because this causes damage that makes them more susceptible to tearing (pulling too hard).
What you shouldn’t do with your golf gloves
There are many things you should never do with your gloves to make them last longer. Here’s how:
Don’t leave them soaking wet for long periods of time.
Don’t leave them on the floor or in your car — keep them in their designated place.
Always wash your hands after you’ve used them — bacteria can get into the fabric and cause an infection
Don’t use them to clean your golf shoes.
Don’t wash them on the washing machine.
Don’t leave them outside for hours when it’s raining, snowing, or below freezing
Don’t wash them with other clothes — they’ll get ruined and you’ll have to buy new ones
Don’t let kids play with them, they’ll ruin the leather and stitching
Don’t use them to wipe up spills.
You can make golf gloves last longer by following these easy steps. All you need to do is use the right kind of powder, wear a glove liner while playing, and keep your hands clean between rounds.
These simple tips will help extend the life span of your gloves so that they continue to protect you from blisters for years to come! Have any other tricks or tips? Let us know in the comments below.