Have you ever noticed when pro golfers approach the green most seem to take off their gloves for putting? Is this a rule, proper etiquette, or advantageous?
Many golfers will tell you having the ability to feel the putter in their hands is a good thing. After all, the nerve endings in your fingers provide the brain with valuable tactile feedback. Yet, others feel less grip pressure ensures more control of the putter. So is there a right or a wrong answer when it comes to wearing a glove when putting? We're finding it seems to be all about personal preference.
Regardless of whether you decide to use a glove while putting or don't, golf gloves are a vital piece of equipment for your overall golf game.
The glove protects your hands, but more so, it allows you to grip your club. Keep in mind, the quality of your golf glove can ultimately affect the quality of your game score, even if you don't wear it while you putt.
Why would a golfer keep their golf glove on to putt
A great debate among amateur and professional golfers is whether or not to wear a glove when putting. Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods seem to always remove their glove before putting. Yet, Jack Nicklaus kept his golf glove on.
We know the golf glove is important because it affects our ability to grip the putter. The key to a good grip is making sure we're not squeezing so hard we can't swing. On the other hand, we need to ensure we're gripping hard enough that we don't throw our club when we swing. It's all a balance that gets fine-tuned with practice.
However, when it comes to putting, we don't need to worry about throwing the club, or a forceful swing, so why would we need to wear a glove? At that point, it may be advantageous to remove the glove, right?
We've yet to find some scientific evidence to back either choice for certain. What we do know is outside of putting range, your golf glove can make a difference in your final game score.
What's the big deal about wearing a golf glove?
If you've never worn gloves during your game before, you may be wondering what the big deal is. If your grip is slippery, it can cause more tension in your hands and arms. Likewise, holding on to your club too tight affects the tension you carry through your shoulders. As a result, that smooth swing you're hoping for doesn't turn out as expected.
A golf glove can be a game-changer. It can help you discover the perfect grip, not too loose, not too tight, but just right. If you've been debating on buying golf gloves, we say go for it.
Finding the golf glove that's right for you
Golf gloves come in both synthetic and leather material. While modern synthetic feels softer than leather, it may not feel more comfortable to you.
There is a variety of sizes of golf gloves for women, men, and young players alike. There are also gloves for left-handed and right-handed players. The shape and size of your hand are factors for determining the size of your golf glove. The size of your glove is critical. Gloves that are too tight can be distracting. Yet, gloves that are too loose may cause the club to slip out of your hands.
The perfect glove won't be too loose, too tight, too long, or too short. Keep looking until you find the ideal size. So, whether you decide you're going to wear the glove when you putt or take it off, you'll have the perfect glove to help you get closer to that perfect game.
Birdie Town golf gloves are made with stretchy and breathable materials formed to fit your hand the moment you try it on. Both the face and palm are 100% synthetic leather. Its all-weather design doesn't sacrifice durability or softness.
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