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I had always wear a glove glove ever since I picked up a golf club.  Even though, my personal golf hero in my youth was Ben Hogan , whom never wore a golf glove.  

I guess I had been wearing golf glove because I started to develop calluses on my gloved hand, even with the protection of the glove.  Back in the days, driving range was quite affordable.  Often spent a whole day at the range and the practice green.  Between buckets of range balls and chipping / putting.  I like that better than hitting the bar scene like most of my friends and colleagues.  

Long story short, I had several surgeries in the last few years and had to quit golfing for a period of several years.  Tried to bounce back into the game after the first major surgery.  Golfed for a few years until the second major surgery which forced me to quit golf and work out for a long long time.  Until recently, my wife had suggested for me to take her to the driving range to sharpen up her game.  Maybe she couldn't stand me being home on my days off and we had been staying home mostly through this difficult time of pandemics, for over a year..... so I welcomed the idea of getting back onto the saddle again.

It went better than I had expected, as during the process of teaching and mentoring my wife's golf game; I had refreshed my own skill and the love for the game. 

One thing happened last week.  I had forgotten my golf glove because I had switched golf bag for we did not need the mini staff bag full of golf clubs just for going to the driving range.   I tried to hit a few golf balls while wife is going through her practice routine, after I discovered that I had left my golf glove in the other golf bag left at home.

Mind you, I was the kind of golfer who would feel "naked" without wearing a golf glove while swinging the golf club.  It's for the protection and mostly a habit.  As I was going through the practice session; without wearing golf glove as I used to; I had found  out that I really do not need the golf glove to hold on to the grip.  They are regular sized Lamkins full cords in the irons and Pure tour wrap with extra build-up in the driver and hybrids.  No extra wear on my fingers and hands going through about a large bucket of 120 range balls. in little over an hour of time.  I had no idea why I did not miss wearing the golf glove.  I had actually enjoyed swinging the golf clubs without wearing the golf glove.  Had more feel, better control.  Yeah, I know, I used to believe that I need to have a good grip on the golf club with a leather golf glove,  to execute a full golf swing.

This is totally new to me.  I think I will try again and see if this experience was a one time deal or that I should be leaving my golf glove at home.   

As almost everyone I met on the golf course all wear golf glove; I wonder why ?  Are we really the creature of following ?  we'll follow whoever market their golf equipment in front of our nose.  Like golf balls, drivers............

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Well, my 2 cents worth is this. From what I can find out gloves were used to help with gripping the club when the old leather grips were used and they got wet or at least damp. The popularity really took off when Arine started wearing one, he looked "cool" so everyone wanted to wear one and even more so when Jack started wearing one. As you noted Ben never gave in. As for me I tried for a while when I started back at the game around 2000, but shortly stopped wearing one. It just seemed to just get in the way. Haven't wore one since. I believe that most people wear them out of habit and marketing. With the advanced compounds in grips these days I, for one believe you don't need a glove. Which is why I don't wear one.

 

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29 minutes ago, LeftyHawk said:

Well, my 2 cents worth is this. From what I can find out gloves were used to help with gripping the club when the old leather grips were used and they got wet or at least damp. The popularity really took off when Arine started wearing one, he looked "cool" so everyone wanted to wear one and even more so when Jack started wearing one. As you noted Ben never gave in. As for me I tried for a while when I started back at the game around 2000, but shortly stopped wearing one. It just seemed to just get in the way. Haven't wore one since. I believe that most people wear them out of habit and marketing. With the advanced compounds in grips these days I, for one believe you don't need a glove. Which is why I don't wear one.

 

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I needed to take off my wedding ring without using the golf glove.  Wife gave me a funny look but never asked why.  Have to remember where I put the ring , so I won't lose it, and replace it to the finger after golfing.  This will be a new routine for me since I never take off the ring after the initial discomfort.

I know people who will either take off their wedding ring before bedtime or they won't wear it while traveling for business without their family.  I asked them the reason why, and got a half ass reply of "I'm allergic to the metal".  I guess they're allergic to their marriage also.  One guy is now divorced .    

The golf glove masked the ring very well and I never felt the ring under the glove.  However, with the bare hand, The ring got squeezed and moved around a little.  

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I needed to take off my wedding ring without using the golf glove.  Wife gave me a funny look but never asked why.  Have to remember where I put the ring , so I won't lose it, and replace it to the finger after golfing.  This will be a new routine for me since I never take off the ring after the initial discomfort.

I know people who will either take off their wedding ring before bedtime or they won't wear it while traveling for business without their family.  I asked them the reason why, and got a half ass reply of "I'm allergic to the metal".  I guess they're allergic to their marriage also.  One guy is now divorced .    

The golf glove masked the ring very well and I never felt the ring under the glove.  However, with the bare hand, The ring got squeezed and moved around a little.  

I started wearing a silicone wedding ring instead of my normal one and just wear that one permanently. 

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i wear a glove for all full swings, but i take it off for any partial shots.

i also hardly ever wear my wedding ring. guess i’m allergic to my marriage 🙄

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I dont wear a glove. Just dont see the need MOST of the time. When its super hot and humid, my hands will sweat, and SOMETIMES ill put a glove on. Were talking a few holes outta 40 rounds or so. 

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I have smaller than average men's hands no pun intended 🤪 (I wear a M/L Cadet glove) and I feel that the glove gives me more gripping power not to say that I put on a dead grip on the club.  I feel with a glove on I can grip the club lighter and also keeps the club secure and voids twisting.  I tried going gloveless but just didn't care for the feel as my hands would start to get red and hurt....imho 🤙

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When I took up golf in the early 1990's at 45 years old, I always wore a glove... everyone did, so I did too.  In the hot summer sun here, I had a tan right hand and a really white left hand.  Not really a cool look.  When I started gripping my own clubs, I went to a full corded grip and removed the glove.  Now I use Pure DTX grips and they are quite rough, and Yes, I have callouses.  I actually felt like I didn't have good contact with the club when I wore a glove; my hand wasn't in direct contact with the grip.  In the desert I don't need a glove; however, when I travel to a humid location I will take a glove or two for sweaty hands.

BTW, along with Ben Hogan, Freddie Couples also doesn't wear a glove.

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For me I, guess my response would be Two gloves, not to gloves 😂. I live in South Florida where summer golf you either will get rained on or are playing in >80% humidity. My hands are basically wet before getting to the first tee and grips just stay damp. Towel drying just doesn't get dry enough. So I actually play with two Footjoy rain grip gloves. 

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I play without them all the time. I have no issues with corded grips, but if I play tour velvet grips and sweat too much I feel the club slipping. I destroy grips pretty quickly too. I also can’t wear my wedding ring when playing golf or lifting weights. It’s silicone, but I still take it off. 

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