When the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, some golfers choose to put their clubs away for a few months and go into hibernation. I am not one of those golfers. I want to play golf all year round, even when it's freezing cold.
Winter golf in cold weather requires some preparation, but once you've done it a few times and have the right gear it shouldn't be a bad experience. One thing that is absolutely essential to playing golf in the cold is the right golf gloves. Normal golf gloves won't cut it in the cold so you need to find a pair gloves (yes for both hands!) to keep you warm on the golf course.
I have tried loads of different cold weather golf gloves and I have found the best winter golf gloves for even the coldest climates. Read on and lets keep your hands warm!
Best winter golf gloves 2022
- FootJoy Wintersof Winter Golf Gloves (editor's choice)
- Callaway Thermal Grip Gloves (tech filled winter golf gloves)
- Nike Cold Weather Golf Glove (Best winter golf gloves for grip)
- FootJoy StaSoft Winter Golf Gloves (Best premium winter golf gloves)
- Mizuno Thermagrip Gloves (Most lightweight winter golf gloves)
The best winter golf gloves you can get
My favorite golf gloves are the FootJoy WeatherSof and WinterSof are their cold weather relatives. FootJoy make great golf gloves and they really have tried to think of everything when it comes to cold weather gloves.
The WinterSofs come as a pair and feature an elongated elasticated cuff instead of the usual velcro enclosure. This is a great design choice as it keeps warmth inside the glove and allows you to take the gloves on and off easily. I found that due to the slim design, I kept the gloves on for the entire round. They were very warm and the micro fleece fabric didn't feel like it was getting in the way or too bulky.
The gloves look really sleek and the big FootJoy log on the back reminds you that you are actually wearing golf gloves! The grippy material on the palms gives a good level of control over the golf club and I felt confident making full swings with my driver, even when there was a bit of moisture around.
Price wise, these aren't the cheapest winter golf gloves you can get, but they are quality and will last you for a winter season no issue. With the amount I play in the coldest conditions, these will probably last for a few years as long as I look after them properly. Defintely worth the cash.
Loads of technology packed into these winter golf gloves
I've never really tried a Callaway golf glove before, so I was interested to see how these would stack up against the competition. I have to say that I was really impressed by these winter gloves and for once, all of the "tech" that the marketing materials go on about actually seemed to work!
Callaway’s Thermal Grip Gloves have been designed with making and keeping warmth as the main focus. The gloves are pretty water proof and are noticeably wind proof which is something overlooked by other manufacturers. The weirdly named "Digitised Synthetic leather" palm gives you great grip on the golf club which is something you would expect from a high end golf glove. The gloves also include the Opti Fit adjustable enclosure. This is actually a good design as the velcro section doesn't protrude from the gloves and snag on your layers which is vital in winter.
Great cold weather golf gloves which look cool too.
Great looking golf gloves for winter use
Yes, Nike might have stopped making golf hardware a few years ago, but they are still a leader in the soft goods and clothing part of the golf business. I really like the look of these golf gloves and they are a welcome change from the standard all black you normally get from winter models. Nike products can sometimes be hit and miss in terms of durability, but I've found these to be very robust. The seams and grip on the palm are still like new after 6 rounds and the grey material hasn't become marked or stained after playing in wet and muddy weather.
These gloves are quite thin and aren't the warmest I've tried, even though they have a double layer of fleece. That being said, I didn't feel like my hands were too cold to play golf so they performed as expected.
I see these being popular with Nike enthusiasts but there are probably better gloves out there for the money.
Most premium winter golf gloves you can buy
If these weren't as pricey are they are, they would be top of the list without a doubt. These are simply the Rolls Royce of winter golf gloves. A perfect blend of golf performance and cold weather comfort, the FootJoy Stasoft gloves are pretty special. They have super soft cabretta leather in all of the right places and then a very high quality fleece material for the rest of your hands.
I wore these on a particularly cold December round of golf in the UK and I think they actually made me play better. Like their cheaper siblings, the WinterSofs, I didn't feel the need to take these off as my hands were able to regulate their temperature perfectly. They are fractionally bulkier than other gloves on this list, but I was able to use them on both hands for delicate chips and putts without any issues.
If you want the best winter gloves money can buy, these are the bad boys for you.
Lightest winter golf gloves I've used
These Mizuno Thermagrip gloves are very similar in design to the FootJoy WinterSofs at the top of this list. They have a knitted cuff to hold in warmth and mixed materials to give you the best defence against the wet and cold.
Where they are different is that they have a traditional velcro enclosure on top of the elasticated cuff. This gives them the look of a normal golf glove, but actually gets in the way and doesn't do much to enhance the fit of the gloves.
They are still very good at doing what you want, keeping your hands warm, but the awkward fit makes them lose a few marks from me.
Best thermal golf gloves
The best thermal golf gloves you can get in my opinion are the FootJoy Wintersof Winter Golf Gloves. As mentioned in the review above, these gloves have a really good amount of lightweight fleece to keep your hands warm and the elasticated cuff makes sure no warmth escapes out of the top of the gloves.
Final thoughts on the best winter golf gloves
If you want to keep golfing all year round, then investing in a quality pair of winter golf gloves is essential. Winter golf gloves work and can make the game much more enjoyable in cold and wet conditions, so give any of the gloves on this list a try and see which ones are the best fit for you.