Got a weekend golfing trip coming up? Looking forward to settling a score with your friend Mark? He’s been really hamming it up ever since he defeated you during your last game together. “It’s all in the wrist,” he’s been bragging nonstop. “Come back when yours isn’t cramping up like an old man tossing a frisbee!”
His taunts get to you, but you know he’s right.
Your wrist was really giving you hell during that game!
Is it maybe your old club? You’ve always thought it was a little on the heavy side, but nothing you couldn’t manage before. Perhaps its weight has worn out it’s welcome? You think of this as you get ready to toss Ol’ Big Iron into the trash.
But wait, don’t toss out your old club just yet!
Have you considered maybe you just need a good golf glove to help your wrist pain?
Golf Gloves? What Are Those?
Unlike normal gloves, these special gloves are typically only worn while golfing. They are normally made out of tough materials, such as leather. More specially, cabretta leather is used, which comes from haired sheep hide. Why cabretta leather? Because it’s known as one of the tougher variants of leather, but it’s not stiff. This makes it perfect to wear on your hand, so you can still move your fingers around without having to worry losing your grip on your club.
And before I move on, no.
“Hand” is not a typo.
You only wear one golf glove while playing!
Simple! You only really need one glove to golf. These gloves are specifically designed to be worn on your lead-hand, or the primary hand you use to swing the club. This to enhance your grip while also taking some pressure off your wrist. Some golfers wear two gloves, but it’s really not necessary.
Okay, Sounds Simple Enough. How Else Do They Benefit Me?
I’m glad you asked!
While it’s true that wearing golf gloves aren’t necessarily required to play, they certainly make things a whole hell of a lot easier. As I’ve stated before, golf gloves are mainly used for improving your grip. Thanks to the super tough stitches of cabretta leather, the smooth steel cradled in your hand is less prone to shifting around as you make your big swing. This is especially helpful for those of you with loose grips or, what I like to fondly call, “coffee hands” syndrome. This is when your hands shake almost uncontrollably, as if you’ve injected yourself with a bag full of caffeine.
(This isn’t shade thrown at anyone. I, myself, have extremely shaky hands.)
Another point I’ve brought up already is that wearing a golf glove can help prevent the risk of developing carpal tunnel in your wrist. The same stiffness that helps improve your grip can also keep you from over-exerting your wrist after one too many rounds of heavy swinging. Granted, you’ll need to be wear to get a glove that isn’t too tight on you, as it might make you hurt worse. The same principle goes to wearing a glove that’s too big for you, which won’t help your grip or wrist pain at all!
Speaking of pain, a point I haven’t covered yet is the fact that golf gloves can protect your skin from contracting calluses or blisters. Carpal tunnel is bad enough, but blisters too? Too much, my friend. Way too much! And we already know how easy it is to contract blisters after rubbing our skin against things for far too long. That’s the same reason why it’s so important to wear socks.
Don’t let your hand get blisters.
Wear a golf glove!
So In Conclusion, I Need To Buy A Golf Glove.
You catch on fast, my friends! It may not be required to wear golf gloves, but I assure you that your life will be so much simpler if you do wear one (or even two, if you’re feeling like a daredevil). And if you’re concerned about what gloves to buy, be sure to check out this review of the best golf gloves of 2019. You’ll not only find gloves worth your buck, but you’ll also see what kind of neat gloves the market has to offer!