After endless hot rounds in the tropical South East Asian sun, I've finally found the best golf gloves for hot humid weather. Not only the best golf gloves, but also the best techniques to make them last all year long. Spoiler - you don't need a premium golf glove to play well in hot conditions!
You can actually save yourself shots on the course with the correct golf glove. If you're not worried about the glove slipping or feeling wet and useless, you can fully focus on your shot. If you can fully focus on your shot, you hit better shots. This is the science of golf. I've used my experience in hot conditions like South East Asia (85°-110° F) since 2014 to bring you the best golf gloves out there.
The Best Golf Gloves for Hot Humid Weather
- Hirzl Trust Control (longest lasting golf glove)
- Footjoy Tropicool (best gripping golf glove)
- Bionic AquaGrip (most ergonomic premium golf glove)
- Footjoy Weathersof (the most popular golf glove in the world)
- Footjoy RainGrip (gets better the wetter it gets)
- Grip Boost Second Skin 3.0 (best budget golf glove with cabretta leather)
- Bionic Stablegrip (best comfortable fit)
- Under Armour Iso Chill (cabretta leather with spandex where you need)
Hirzl Trust Control Glove
Grippiest in wet weather and durable as hell
Hirzl are famous for cycling gloves but are creating amazing golf gloves and now sponsor the Ladies European golf Tour. And they're amazing quality. The palm is made of KANGAROO leather - yes that Australian animal - which is more durable and flexible than Cabretta leather, which is used on the back of the glove.
What I find with these golf gloves is they get some oils and warmth from your hand and get VERY flexible and comfortable. The kangaroo leather is tanned a certain way to make these gloves the grippiest on the market for wet or dry conditions. It's something you have to try to believe - they're like Velcro to the golf club grip.
They're super thin and yet so durable. 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!
If you're a greenie who prefers killing lambs for their Cabretta and think killing a kangaroo is somehow worse, then you probably need counselling anyway.
Built for humidity and heat
The Tropicool by Footjoy has been designed especially for Florida and muggy Augusta style climates in the tropics - hot humid and sticky. Nanolock fiber makes your palm grip and stick to the golf club in the sweatiest conditions.
One of my biggest complaints in the humid weather is the chaffing not only between my thighs but inside the thumb. I get blisters on my thumb bad so easily but with the Y-Flex thumb flexion area, those are a thing of the past.
This golf glove is flexible and also dries quickly if you're wearing it or if you're hanging it up. 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.
Bionic AquaGrip Glove
Super durability and dryness for excellent grip
In the wet, or sweat, the Bionic AquaGrip golf glove's suede microfibers get stickier as they get wetter. This makes it one of my favorite gloves for golf in hot humid weather. You can use this glove whether it's rainy season or dry and sweaty season without any need to replace it. It lasts for a really long time.
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 glove
#1 FootJoy glove still going after 25 years
FootJoy tell us 20% of golfers use the strangely misspelled WeatherSof golf glove. It's made with leather patches on the thumb and the meaty part of your palm while the rest of the glove is a highly durable synthetic material.
These are the number one choice just because they're so durable. I'll usually put 3 of these in the bag, and they last a full season playing once a week. They show only mild signs of wear after a few rounds and if you rotate them throughout the round, last a crazy long time.
Rain or shine: The glove works for both liquids, rainwater and sweat. It absorbs liquids better than the majority of gloves on the market and in Thailand's heat and rain, these are my first choice for the best golf gloves for hot humid weather.
FootJoy RainGrip Glove
Works better when it's wetter
Yeah, rain golf gloves are great for hot humid weather with all that sweat dripping out of every pore. The technologies used in rain gloves transfer nicely into hot weather play too.
The RainGrip uses Autosuede on the palm and index fingers for supreme grip while on the back of the glove FootJoy have put a QuikDry synthetic material for huge breathability. Fibers on the Autosuede get initiated to stand up when the glove gets wet, actually improving grip on the club.
In the tropics, I use these gloves when it's rainy season. It's convenient to have gloves that work well when it's super hot with rain coming on the same day.
Grip Boost Second Skin 3.0
Comfort on a budget
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.
Long lasting and built for comfort
The Bionic Stablegrip is made of genuine leather and has an extra pad on the palm where golf gloves generally wear out, for an added boost of endurance and longevity. That's going to probably double the lifespan of your glove.
The glove is designed in a way that evens out your grip so you don't have to squeeze as hard to keep the club in your hands. All the places your hands may be tempted to be off the club, whereby you squeeze harder, are filled up by additional fabric in the glove.
One of the main ideas is the fit. It's meant to fit like a second skin and less like a garden glove. It's a truly unique design where the fingers have been prerotated. Most standard gloves go straight on and then twist when you grip the club, right? Not this one.
Lycra is built into the glove to really help keep moisture at bay on those very hot humid days. You're getting a leather gloves but broken up with lycra to keep you cool, calm and collected. You can just wash these gloves on a gentle cycle in the washing machine and use them for ages. Basically, it's the perfect combination of the premium feel of leather, with the flexibility of synthetic materials.
How to pick hot and humid weather 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.
Once you play enough golf, you'll play through hundreds of gloves. The gloves I outlined in the guide above are simply the best I've used after playing tons of golf in South East Asia where the heat is often debilitating and by the 15th hole, you've sweated out 3 kidneys.
Yes people love premium golf gloves made from cabretta leather, and yes that's what Tiger Woods uses. But we're paying hard cash for our gloves need them to last multiple rounds, so if you're on a budget, consider a synthetic material.
Try a few, try one, up to you, but get yourself 2 or even better 3 gloves to alternate between shots to make them last you entire seasons.