Callaway Gems Glove Series: A Review

You may not think it an important choice, but the glove you choose to wear for your next round of golf may prove to be your secret to success, or the key to your undoing.

The other day I was playing in the rain, and although I had a pair of WetGrips in my bag I decided to just go with my usual leather glove on my left hand. After all, it was just a drizzle.

I stepped up to the tee box, set up and hit the ball. It went straight but not too far. My driver, on the other hand, went flying out of my hands and crashed to the ground, narrowly missing my golf partner by only a few inches. Thank goodness she had a sense of humor. Luckily, my club wasn’t damaged, though my ego was. My choice in glove had nearly cost me my club—and my fellow golfer.

In another post I wrote in some detail about the different types of gloves that are on the market today and how each has different features. Click here to read what a difference a golf glove choice can make in your game.

Callaway Glove Gem SeriesIn this post I’d like to focus on just one glove I’ve enjoyed using from the Callaway Gems Series.

Positives: Made of “100% tour-grade sensory skin leather” the glove fits snugly when it is new. Almost too snugly. But after just a few swings, the leather begins to stretch and mold to your hand and it feels like a second skin. It remains flexible and easy to wear and gives you a solid grip on the club.

Negatives: Like most gloves, the Callaway Gem comes with ball markers… in this case three of them, each a different color. I assume this is to give you a chance to add variety to your game? They are “crystal-studded” which I can only assume Callaway believes will attrract women golfers to this glove. But the ball marker itself, is a rather heavy triangular shape and too thick to use to mark your ball on the green if you ask me. I never used the ones that came with my glove as it seemed the thickness would easily deflect a golf ball if it was hit. As for matching the ball marker’s color to my outfit? That’s not a high priority for me.

One other negative… in the heat of the summer, the glove quickly absorbs sweat and becomes a soggy mitten. Great for cool spring and fall weather, this glove doesn’t work as well in high humidity. When it gets really warm I often use two gloves during a round of golf, switching from one to the other while the first drys out. (A better choice would be to choose a half-finger glove. Several manufacturers offer this style. Do a search for “half-finger gloves”.)

The Callaway Ladies Gem Series Golf Gloves is durable enough to last through many rounds of golf and is reasonably priced at $19.95 at

We give this product 4 out of 5 tees!

  6 comments for “Callaway Gems Glove Series: A Review

  1. Clarissa
    October 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks so much for this post. I’m always looking for new accessories, and this has really shed some light on Callaway Gem golf club. Reviews are great for shedding light on consumer products. Thanks a lot!

  2. glenna
    October 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I purchased this glove early in the year and found that it only lasted a very few rounds. Agree with you about the ball markers, too large and unnecessary variety of colors only add to the cost. Poor value

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  5. Catherine
    October 10, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Great review. You are a trooper to play in the rain. I will try this glove out. My gloves rarely last that long, playing three times a week in the heat of Arizona.

  6. Kim
    October 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I’ve tried a lot of golf gloves but don’t have a preference. Most of the time it’s an impulse buy at the club pro shop because I can’t find my old glove and then I buy the cheapest they’ve got which means they wear out fast.

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