The Ultimate Golf Glove Fitting Guide



Fit is everything when it comes to golf gloves. Think about it: The golf glove on your left hand if you’re right-handed or your right hand if you’re left-handed is the closest point of contact with the golf club. If the glove doesn’t fit correctly, it can adversely affect your grip and golf swing.

A prominent golf accessories company estimates that half of all golfers wear a golf glove that doesn’t fit properly. “Most are wearing a glove that is too big,” they say. In those instances, the hand can move inside the glove, which can have unintended consequences.

Following is simple guidance on golf glove fit and sizes.


Like a second skin. Ideally, a golf glove should be like a second skin. That means nice and tight across the palm of your hand and through the fingers. No loose material.

Snug fingers. There should be no extra material at the tips of your fingers. If there’s extra material, the golf glove is too big. Try a smaller size, and perhaps even a cadet glove in your size if you have a wide palm and short fingers.

A size for everyone. There are many sizes of golf gloves for men and women, from small to XXL (extra, extra large), and nearly the same range in cadet sizes, too. Like anything you wear, there’s no substitute for trying it on. Slip on a few golf gloves to find that “second skin” fit.

Size Tips

  • Don’t guess. Try different sizes to ensure a snug fit that will help you perform your best.

  • Between sizes? Consider the smaller golf glove first.

  • If you’re a man, don’t rule out a women’s golf glove—if it fits well. Really. (Some male tour players wear women’s golf gloves.)

  • Consider a cadet golf glove if your fingers tend to swell during a round.

  • Check your golf glove size periodically, like at the beginning of golf season. Hands and sizes can change.

Playing in Wet Conditions
Also consider the importance of golf gloves in adverse weather conditions, including in the cold of winter and wet weather. In addition to giving you a secure grip on the golf club, winter gloves and rain gloves will also help keep your hands warm and dry.

Golf Glove Care

  • Take your golf glove out of the bag. Leave your glove out to let it air dry after you have used it.

  • While playing, be sure to remove your glove between shots. This helps keep your glove drier during your round.

  • Consider carrying multiple golf gloves in your bag. This gives you the ability to change gloves when wet weather strikes, or the option to opt for a dry grip on humid days.

  • Store your grips properly between rounds. Keeping your grips in an airtight bag will help keep the leather moist and lasting longer.

Do you have any glove tips of your own? Feel free to share them with us in the comment section below.

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.


  1. Is this brand specific or meant to be universal? Cause the largest I’ve ever purchased was med/L but according to your chart Im an XL.

    • These sizes were an average of several brands. The variance between some of the brands were noticeable though, so it’s always helpful to try before you buy or have a good base knowledge of the brand fit.

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