Why Should You Wear a Glove?
During a recent FootJoy promotion that we ran on gloves for the July Medal, I was amazed to see how many golfers weren't wearing a glove. I wanted to talk through why you should wear a glove and why you are losing out every time you don't wear a glove when playing.
Wearing a golf glove is not a requirement to play the game, but it is recommended. There are some Pro Players - Hall of Famer Fred Couples, for example - who do not wear a glove. They are rare, however, and golf pros will always recommend the use of a glove. The reason, as Johnny Miller has written, is that the human hand simply isn't as tacky as the material used in golf gloves. Especially when the golfer is sweating, or when grips are wet. A golf glove will provide a more secure grip on the club.
Most golfers wear one glove, placing it on the lead hand (the lead hand is the hand that is highest on the golf club when you grip it - for right-handed players, the left hand; for left-handed players, the right hand). Some golfers do wear gloves on both hands - such as Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey - but one glove, placed on the lead hand, is the norm (two gloves is rarer than no glove). Gloves are worn on the shots from the tee, from the fairway and into the green.
Most (but not all) golfers who wear a glove remove it for putting. The putter, after all, isn't going to fly out of your hands since the putter swing is a much gentler motion. Also, some believe that keeping the glove on for putting reduces feel.
So here's the advice: Buy a glove and give it a try. See how it feels, and as long as you're comfortable wearing one while you golf, it's a good idea to do so.
No doubt you're familiar with the phrase 'centre of gravity' when it comes to golf clubs and their design. Engineers mostly position clubhead CG to influence shot height. Lowering CG tends to assist the club in getting the ball up, while raising it promotes a flatter, more penetrating flight.
While that may be true, CG position also affects shot height in terms of its distance back from the face. The further the CG is back from the face, the more it promotes quick launch. That's because it makes the shaft bend forwards, adding loft to the clubface.
This is mostly why hybrids are easier to get airborne than long irons. Their deeper clubheads permit CG positioning further from the face… and that translates to quicker and easier height.
The hybrids in our shop all make long, high shots a whole lot easier than their equivalent long irons. If you are still struggling along with long irons, make the switch now. Once you've tried our hybrids, you'll only wonder why you didn't do it earlier. Click here to request more information.