Some of us suffer from sweaty hands. It's not a crime and I'm here for you. I play most of my golf in the tropical heat of Thailand so I know a thing or two about golf gloves for sweaty hands. I have tried nearly every golf glove on the market, from premium cabretta leather to all synthetic gloves, and I have found the best golf glove for sweaty hands. No more grip issues, no slipping of the golf club in the golf swing. Let's do this.
Tl;dr - The best golf glove for sweaty hands is the Hirzl Trust Control
Best golf glove for sweaty hands
Most durable golf glove
Hirzl create amazing golf gloves and have sponsored the Ladies European Golf Tour. These gloves are premium and top quality. The palm is made of KANGAROO leather which is often used to make soccer boots and other hard wearing sports items. It is more durable and flexible than Cabretta leather, which is used on the back of the glove.
I have found that the more you wear these gloves the better they get. It's like wearing in a new pair of leather shoes. Once they work out the contours of your hand and get used to the warmth you're giving off, they mould to the shape of your hand like, well, a glove...
They are insanely grippy, even on the most humid days where sweaty hands are inevitable. They are like velcro to a golf club. This isn't usually the case with a leather glove which can get greasy when wet.
They're super thin and yet such a durable golf glove. I still own the same one I got 2 years ago and it's always in my bag for those really sweaty days. And get this, I just chuck it into the washing machine to freshen it up. This would mean certain death for most golf gloves!
Still the number one golf glove in the world
According to glove manufacturer FootJoy, 20% of golfers use the stalwart WeatherSof golf glove. These are the number one choice because they're so durable and come in at a great price point. I'll usually put 3 of these in the bag a the beginning of the season. They show only mild signs of wear after a few games in hot and humid conditions, and if you rotate them throughout a round, they will last for ages.
The WeatherSof has leather patches on the thumb and the meaty part of your palm while the rest of the glove is a highly durable synthetic materials.
Rain or shine: The glove works for both rain and sweat. It absorbs liquids better than the majority of gloves on the market and in Thailand's heat and rain, these are close to my first choice for the best golf gloves for sweaty hands.
Proper fitting golf gloves
If you sweat, the Bionic AquaGrip golf glove's suede microfibers actually get stickier as they take on more moisture. This makes it one of my favorite gloves for my sweaty hands. Strictly, they are rain gloves, but they perfectly for every condition you could find on the course.
Unlike some rain gloves, Bionic golf gloves keep your hands cool out on the golf course which is a nice feature. Bionic have made a golf glove with Lycra-material areas that flex and move with your hand for more comfort and flexibility. They've pre-rotated the fingers so when you close your hand, the material is already in place instead of that constant friction.
More padding to vulnerable areas make the glove last much longer. What's more impressive is the way the padding system evens out your hand for a lighter but more stable grip. I noticed that when I played with these gloves, I felt more stable with my driver which I hit all over the show normally. Simply a superb golf glove.
Best comfort while playing golf
The Tropicool by Footjoy was created specifically for Florida and muggy Augusta style climates in the tropics - hot humid and sticky. The special Nanolock fiber makes your palm grip and stick to your golf club even in the in the sweatiest conditions.
A big issue I have from having sweaty hands can be blisters on my thumb. When I used cheap and poor quality gloves this would happen all the time, but with the Y-Flex thumb flexion area on the FootJoy Tropicool, those are a thing of the past.
These golf gloves are really flexible and dry quickly if you're hanging them up or wearing them. The tab to close the glove is made at an angle so that you have full comfort instead of that little velcro corner sticking into your hand on the backswing. Overall a really good golf glove for the money.
Cabretta leather with spandex where you need it
Cabretta leather palm and thumb paired with a super breathable back of the hand make this an extremely comfortable glove. It genuinely feels like a second skin and you would expect that from a premium glove like this. These are great gloves if you hate wearing a golf glove because they make your hands hot and swollen.
I don't get to use them often and only when my American friends bring some back for me. Even though they feel like they're not even there, I do take gloves off for putting. Anyone who plays in hot humid weather knows what a pain it is to take a glove off and I often end up using my teeth to pull them off. Not with these. The Grip Boost Second Skins come off very easily.
Another big draw for these gloves is I've never got a blister from using them out of the box, they are made from such soft leather. I usually get blisters from Srixon gloves and other all-weather gloves on the padding of my thumb but not with the Grip Boost.
How to pick the best golf gloves
The best golf glove for you will depend on a few things
- Color and style preference: do you like white or color gloves? Do you like leather or synthetic? Do you like thin or thick gloves?
- How sweaty are you? Sweaty palms is one of the hardest things to deal with and it can decide if you go with leather or non-leather products and also how many gloves you might use on the course.
- How much do you play on the course? On the course is not where you get a lot of wear and tear so alternating through three gloves can actually make them last a long time. If your grip is very tight, you might have more damage than a looser grip golfer.
- How much do you practice hitting balls and chipping? If you hit balls 3-4 times a week and practice chipping, you're going to wear through gloves like crazy. This can mean going a bit cheaper on the practice gloves and keeping playing gloves. Your old playing gloves can be used in practice when you don't want them on the course anymore.
- Weather you experience - hot and dry or hot and humid? Humidity can make you pour with sweat all over while dry heat can make you sweat in your sweat gland areas.
How to make your gloves last forever
During play of a round
- Bring 2-3 golf gloves. You can rotate between 2-3 and clip them on your umbrella or golf cart to dry as you walk/ride.
- Take your golf glove off between shots and put it on before your shot. The air moving through it will dry it.
- You can rotate gloves and use a different one every 2 holes or so and let the other have a break and dry in the heat.
- Hang your gloves on a strap on your bag or on the golf cart to dry. The best is an umbrella as you can hang the gloves on the wires that hold the umbrella in place.
When you practice at the range and chipping green
- Use gloves from the golf course that are no longer useable - usually they get wet and stay wet.
- Wash the gloves from the course that you don't want. I mean throw them in the washing machine as usual with clothes but do not use a drier. Just lay them flat in a dry place but not in the direct sun. You can keep using them, I promise.
- I use one glove until my grip starts to slip a little.
- Hang gloves not in rotation on your bag or let them lie in the sun. Sometimes at the driving range, if it's undercover, I will put them in front of me on the front of the teeing ground in the sun to dry out.
- Every time you don't want a golf course glove, you can put it in the practice bag.
Extending golf glove lifespan in hot weather
You can wash your gloves either in the washing machine or by rinsing them thoroughly under water. You just dry them out in a dry warm place avoiding direct sunlight. The glove goes crusty in the sun.
- After you play, don't throw the golf glove into the golf bag wet. It will dry up and come out crusty, often even snapping if the glove was full of salt and sweat.
- Use a golf glove holder in the shape of a hand. You can buy them for cheap and expand your glove over it to maintain the shape.
- Try not to open your bottle of water, or anything containing liquid while you have the golf glove on your hand. Take it off and then unscrew the bottle top. Any additional water or moisture you introduce to your hand will make it worse.
This works for me and I guarantee it'll work for you. The best and weirdest thing I've tried and works wonders is using a golf glove for wet weather! Think about it though, a glove designed for the wet while your hands are getting wet from sweat makes sense.
Most durable golf glove
As I mentioned in the review above, the Hirzl Trust Control is the most durable golf glove you can buy. I have had the same one for two years and it's still going strong after countless rounds. The Kangaroo leather is amazing, and stays soft no matter how many times it gets wet and then drys out again. Truly a phenomenal product.
Best golf glove for grip
Based on my testing in the heat and humidity of Thailand, the best golf club for grip is the Bionic AquaGrip. As it gets wetter, it gets grippier and this makes it perfect for playing in the rain and with sweaty hands.
Best golf glove for beginners
Personally I think the best golf glove for beginners is the FootJoy WeatherSof. They are cheap, last for ages, and come in so many size increments that would be able to find the perfect fit. They are also available everywhere online and in pretty much every golf pro shop in the world. Buy in bulk for the best deals and you'll have enough for a season or two.
If you are unsure what else to wear when playing golf as a beginner, check out my article here.
Final Thoughts on the Best Golf Glove for sweaty hands
Golf is tough enough without having to worry about the club slipping out of your hands. If you have sweaty hands, any of the gloves in this guide will sort you out on the golf course and make sure you are concentrating on the things that matter!