Your best golf glove for rain could be different depending on the scenario below:
The weather! Too much rain means that you have to adapt to conditions. You don't want the rain to cause your clubs to slip out of your grip
Your current gloves are not what they used to be when you purchased them. They let you down in the dry, let alone when it's pouring it down
3. Rain gloves are just another way for to gain a small advantage out on the course. Every little helps lower your score...
Rest easy, we have some great picks for you to look through.
Compare and contrast these gloves with our best golf gloves for sweaty hands guide.
In A Hurry?
Don’t have time to read through all of our reviews before making your choice? That’s alright, we have done ALL the research for you!
For our top pick, we wanted a pair of gloves that offers a solution to all of the complications that come with playing in the rain.
With that in mind, we picked the Callaway Golf Men's Thermal Grip as a winner. It provides protection from the rain through its water repellent outer layer.
The grip is designed to thrive in rainy conditions. Perhaps, the clincher for this one was down to how warm the gloves were.
Most of the competitors did not do anything about the cold that results from having wet hands.
You will also find a much more detailed review of this product further down.
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Why is it the BEST?
Playing in the rain can often lead to mishits.
Ruined score cards
The list goes on
It's something that, well, just, happens...
...for everyone...who doesn't wear gloves designed to cope perfectly in wet conditions that is! 🙂
Your golf club’s grip doesn’t quite cut it on its own once it becomes wet. A good shot is dependent on your hand being able to maintain the desired position.
Any unwanted movement in the hand will lead the twist in the shaft of the golf club.
This will, in turn, twist the head of the club.
Your shot will definitely not benefit from this.
This is when having a great glove comes handy. A good glove bridges the gap that the rain creates between your wet hand and the wet grip of your club.
Where your hand would have otherwise been sliding across the grip of the club, a good glove ensures a steady, stable hand.
Before you getting into buying consider your main reason for looking for the gloves. Figuring this out early will make it easier to keep your eyes on the price at all times.
1. Callaway Golf Men's Thermal Grip - TOP PICK
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The first thing that you will notice in the title is that it mentions “thermal”.
This is one of the blind spots that some of the other gloves have had...
All of the focus has been on dealing with the adverse effects of rain and sweat while neglecting the cold. It generally gets colder when it rains. Callaway has hit two critical birds with one stone in this case.
Hats off to them.
These gloves are designed to allow you to maintain your level of performance in the worst conditions.
The outer layer is a Opti Shield Microfiber shell that offers water resistance and protects your hands from the wind.
It also has Opti Therm fleece inner lining to keep the hands warm.
The palms have a digitised synthetic layer. It improves your grip when playing in wet conditions. As we rise further up around the wrists.
There is an Opti Fit adjustable closure. It is thin, light and secure. It is widely perforated to enhance breathability.
You can purchase these as a pair. There is no option to purchase a single glove. They are available in sizes ranging from Small up to Extra Large.
The Cadet sizes may be confusing to start with but are easy to understand.
Cadet sizes are made with fingers that are slightly shorter than the regular gloves of the same size. For instance, the Cadet Medium will have shorter fingers than Medium gloves.
This offers a closer fit for more people, which is always a good thing.
The breathability is such that you will remain comfortable if dealing with sweaty palms. It also means that the gloves do not take too long to dry up after being exposed to either the rain or excessive sweat.
You get a warranty that allows you to return any defective products for a replacement.
I know that in some cases I would rather have my money back. Or at the very least have to option to choose from the two.
2. FINGER TEN Golf Glove Rain Grip
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I am sure that the name gives it up. The Finger Ten Golf gloves are created to enhance your grip when playing in the rain.
They are also geared to give the same level of performance in hot conditions.
We generally sweat more when it is warmer. This tends to have a similar effect on our handle grip.
They offer incredible wet grip. The clincher is perhaps the fact that they also dry very quickly.
Even if your game is not adversely affected by the rain, having dry hands is always appreciated.
All of this is courtesy of the 3D performance mesh. It makes the gloves breathable, allowing free movement of air in and out of the areas around your hand.
We did the clinched fist test.
The gloves are fairly flexible, permitting your hands to move without restriction. There is a small gap in the fabric lining between each finger. This is something that often catches buyers off guard.
Rest easy, this is part of the manufacturer’s effort to make these breathable. It does not affect the quality of the gloves in any way whatsoever.
You can purchase these in sizes ranging between Small to Extra Large. They are sold as either single hand gloves or as a pair.
There is usually a small discount on buying a pair, in comparison to buying the gloves one at a time. If you do decide to purchase just one here’s a key pointer.
A left-handed player would buy the right-hand glove, while a right-handed player would buy the left-handed glove.
The gloves are made of cloth. This makes them easy to wash either by machine or hand. Some gloves would shrink during washing. You need not worry about that in this case.
If you do find yourself needing to make use of your mobile phone while on the course, they can be a bit of hit and miss.
You will be able to answer a call with them but would certainly struggle to type a full-text message or email.
As far as sizing is concerned, they fall in line with the PGA size guideline. Order whatever size you wear for any gloves, they will be true to size.
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3. HJ Glove Weather Ready Rain Golf Glove
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If we were awarding points based on just the looks, the HJ Glove would be an incredible pick.
They just look ready to take on the world.
The first thing that you will notice is the velcro strap on the back of the wrist.
This will allow you to adjust the gloves for size and for the weather conditions.
When it is too warm, you may want to have the velcro loosed. In other cases, like when your palms are excessively sweaty, a tightened velcro will help your grip.
They are made out of a Weathertex nylon mesh that provides incredible ventilation. After your bout in the rain or excessive sweat, the mesh will dry up in very little time.
The grip is made better by the Hexagrip silicone. It has a rubbery texture to it. This allows it to maintain good contact with the handle grip. One of the issues that you often find with golfing gloves is finger twisting.
HJ has resolved this by using reinforced finger bands that stabilise the finger area.
As you go further up to the wrist, the wrist bands are made of what they call DriTex. It draws moisture away from the finger area into the wrist area. This means that your game is less affected by sweat or rain.
You will also get faster drying due to the breathability of the wrist material.
The micro-suede material that is used in the palms is mixed with silicone. It is embedded onto the palm is a honey-comb pattern. The gloves run in regular sizes.
They are neither waterproof nor water resistance. You can only order them in pairs, unlike others that allow you to order a single glove.
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4. Bionic Men's AquaGrip Golf Glove
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These Bionic gloves have a look that tells you that they are well made straight out of the box.
You are getting leather gloves.
They are sold individually, a left-hand one and a right-hand one.
It is crafted out of a patented suede microbial material. It offers a great tackiness when it comes into contact with water.
This is what reduces the slippage that you would ordinarily get when your palms are wet. It has an even surface throughout the entire palm.
The rear side of the hand is padded for enhanced durability. It makes them harder to tear when in action or due to friction.
There are lycra-motions and web zones as well. These are placed there to allow for the free movement of your hand, with minimum resistance.
They also ensure that the gloves are more comfortable on the hand.
The hand movement in the finger region is pre-rotated. This was a new feature that we had yet to encounter on any other product. It is useful for allowing your hands to have their natural movement remain uninhibited by the gloves.
This allows you to play for longer periods with suffering from hand fatigue.
The manufacturer states that their gloves have been independently proven to last twice as long as other golf gloves.
Although I cannot speak on the methods or by whom this supposed research was carried out. Our testing provided no reason to doubt the durability of the gloves.
They also have relief pads that are spread across the palm. This forms what they call an anatomical relief pad system.
The pressure is evenly distributed across the hand. There is less fatigue and an increase in strength.
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5. Callaway Golf Men's OptiColor Leather Glove
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To finish off our list we have one more pick from Callaway.
Unlike the other Callaway glove that comes as a pair, you have the option to buy one hand at a time.
Seeing as these come in seven different colours, one may want to mix and match.
The gloves are made out of leather. They are widely perforated to enhance breathability. The wrist cuff is designed to be a moisture wick.
That is to say that it draws moisture that would have otherwise collected on your palms. Due to the material that the wrists are made of, this feature makes the gloves much easier to dry.
It comes with the Opti Fit Adjustable closure. This will allow you to adjust the gloves to how tight you would like them to be around your hands.
There are small perforated holes in between each finger. Do not be alarmed when you see them. They are a key feature for breathability.
As with the other Callaway glove on our list. This also offers cadet sizes. The overall feel of them is that they will be warm.
This is a conclusion based on the material that they are made out of, as well as their compactness around the hand. If aesthetics really matter to you, you may want to be more forgiving of any faults that you find with these gloves.
They are well-tailored. You will have that formula one driver look or that of James Bond.
7 Things to Look for When Researching the Best Golf Gloves for Rain
Wondering what to look for in a good rain glove for golfing? There are all sorts of angle by which you can tackle this. The best angle to look at any of these factors is how they will impact your game. Having said that, people play golf for all sorts of different reasons.
If you are a social player that is not very competitive some of these factors may not matter as much to you. We have picked some of the more important ones to help you make the right choice.
These will be in the order of importance.
You will generally find that there is a link between each of these features. Having some of them will usually mean that you will also have the rest of the benefits to some degree.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but we will mention it anyway. If you are playing in the rain, you may want your gloves to offer you some form of protection from said rain.
If you have searched around, you will note that in most cases the best that you can get are water-resistant or water repellent gloves.
These will do the job.
Waterproofing will usually mean creating a vacuum that lets nothing in or out of it, which is certainly not ideal for the overall golfing experience.
Provided that the material that the gloves are made of, you can use some sprays to give the water-repelling feature a boost.
Adverse conditions in the rain will usually mean that your hands are also getting cold. It is essential that your gloves would also offer you warmth. The flip side of this is either having to buy an extra pair of gloves just for warmth, to complement the ones for the rain.
When looking for warmth consider the material that the gloves are made out of.
You will usually find that when gloves are waterproof or water-resistant, they tend to be warm as well.
It is very rare that anyone would buy anything without expecting some form of durability. Golf gloves are a sacred partner on the course. Once you find the ones that tick all the boxes, you would ideally want them to last a lifetime. We are hardly ever that lucky, but they should at least last for a while.
Manufacturers have been known to phase out certain products that you may fancy, as well as just declining in quality. There is wisdom in purchasing multiple pairs of gloves when you find the ideal one.
There really isn’t a way to measure what you can term good durability. This is where you factor in how much you have paid for the gloves. No one can tell you this.
It will depend on your personal financial position as well as the level of frugality you live by. In my case, when I buy a pair of gloves I hope to have something close to a year of use out of them.
It does not have to be exact.
Anything around that mark is acceptable.
That being said, the frequency of use will also play a huge part. It would be foolish for a frequent user to expect the same durability that someone who occasionally uses the gloves will get out of them. This is something to consider.
Even while playing in the rains, wearing gloves may start to feel as though your hands are suffocating. This is where the breathability factor becomes essential.
You can usually tell if gloves will be breathable by looking at them. The degree of breathability will remain unknown until you put them on.
There is obviously a difficult balance between trying to make gloves waterproof and keeping them breathable. Breathability depends on holes that allow air in and out of the area.
Waterproofing depends on the exact opposite phenomenon. Decide what is more important to you, in case you will have to strike a compromise between the two.
Gloves that are made of mesh or have a mesh lining tend to be fairly breathable. As long as the mesh is embedded into some water-resistant material such as leather, you should be good to go.
5. Drying Speed
If you are going to be exposed to water, you would also want to make sure that your gloves dry up quickly.
The logic behind this is that when it is very cold, removing the gloves will not likely be your go-to option when the rain has stopped.
However, keeping them on may also prove to be torturous.
The only way to tell drying speed besides taking the manufacturer’s word for it is to consider the material that the gloves are made out of. Leather, for instance, will not dry fast.
If you encounter material that is not fast-drying, consider whether the manufacturer has made any provisions for this in the design of the product.
A good example of this is the use of the wrist area of your glove as a wick that draws water away from the rest of the glove.
There is no formula for pricing.
You are buying based on brand, quality, marketing, performance and so on. Just because gloves are priced higher than others does not make them superior in any way.
This is how many of the bigger brands suck you into this. We have been conditioned to believe that higher prices mean a better product. The downside of this is that when you buy an expensive product that turns out to be awful the cost of that lesson is much greater than that of getting it wrong with a cheap product.
The key takeaway from this is that, do not be sway by pricing in either direction. Focus on the key features and functions that you want to get out of the product. Once that need is met, you can objectively decide whether the price is justified or not.
It would be incredibly naive of us to pretend as if the looks have no bearing on our purchases. For serious golfers, it would come right at the bottom of the list, if at all.
On the other hand (excuse the pun), if you are playing with your friends quite casually, you may have other priorities. You will often find that the competition out on the green is just as fierce as that of the gear that people use.
If you want to be fashionable, and care very little about the effects of rain on your game, you would want to be looking at gloves that come in a variety of colours. We know that some golfers will not play when it is wet outside, so even the rain gloves will simply be an accessory.
We have covered all of our top 5 golf gloves for the rain in great detail. You should be able to find the right gloves for your need from the reviews. Our buyer’s guide just above this text is tailored to make it easier for you to sift through the vast array of option that you are presented with when searching for gloves.
We have highlighted the key things that you should look for as well as how they each apply to your final decision.
- Drying Speed
The top five are the most important factors on the list. Pricing will always play a role, but it should never be the defining factor.
Unless you are buying on a very low budget or looking to splash on a status symbol.