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.
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”.)