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This isn't a post about people who have grip issues, this is just asking a few questions on golf glove longevity, care and maintenance.

1. How often should the average golfer expect a glove to last?

2. Even if you don't put holes in your gloves, they tend to get sweaty and crispy quickly, any tips?

3. My annual spend on golf gloves in 2022 was $175, does that seem reasonable to most?

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Welcome to the forum Matt. Glad to hear you are enjoying the content here since you joined in August!

I may be the anomaly, but my gloves tend to last 4-6 weeks or so.. I use the Mizuno Elites, at ~$15 each... so I can make it through the Houston humidity playing ~100+ rounds plus practice for less than $150 a year.  I have found that some gloves (my previous gamer glove was the Titleist Players) wear more quickly than others... I think the Mizuno elite is a fantastic glove except for the closure... wish they would fix the velcro on it... but the glove itself is great.  I think they would last longer, but I tend to wipe my face and forehead on those hot days with the back of the glove, so that is where the wear normally happens for me.  I also have a fairly light grip... so it is rare I get a hole from the grip friction..   All that to say... depending on how much you play, it is probably reasonable to spend $150-175 a year on gloves.  

I'm not the best at doing this... but having a couple of gloves to switch between during the round will help them to last longer... especially if you take care not to wad them up in your bag pocket... un-crumpling a dried up piece of leather is usually a recipe for disaster 🙂 

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5 minutes ago, Golfspy_TCB said:

Welcome to the forum Matt. Glad to hear you are enjoying the content here since you joined in August!

I may be the anomaly, but my gloves tend to last 4-6 weeks or so.. I use the Mizuno Elites, at ~$15 each... so I can make it through the Houston humidity playing ~100+ rounds plus practice for less than $150 a year.  I have found that some gloves (my previous gamer glove was the Titleist Players) wear more quickly than others... I think the Mizuno elite is a fantastic glove except for the closure... wish they would fix the velcro on it... but the glove itself is great.  I think they would last longer, but I tend to wipe my face and forehead on those hot days with the back of the glove, so that is where the wear normally happens for me.  I also have a fairly light grip... so it is rare I get a hole from the grip friction..   All that to say... depending on how much you play, it is probably reasonable to spend $150-175 a year on gloves.  

I'm not the best at doing this... but having a couple of gloves to switch between during the round will help them to last longer... especially if you take care not to wad them up in your bag pocket... un-crumpling a dried up piece of leather is usually a recipe for disaster 🙂 

That's definitely good to hear, I do have multiple gloves on the go and I am definitely going to check out those Mizuno's. I appreciate the welcome and thank you for replying!

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1 minute ago, Matt Hutch said:

That's definitely good to hear, I do have multiple gloves on the go and I am definitely going to check out those Mizuno's. I appreciate the welcome and thank you for replying!

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Welcome to the Forum Matt! In reading your post concerning how much you spend on golf gloves, you don't realize the cost of gloves a year.   I had been a Titleist Perma Soft user for a long time, then due to the cost $15+ per glove, lasting approx less than 2 months, so I made the switch to Kirkland gloves - $20 for 4 or 5 gloves (during specials), however they were as durable as the Titleist gloves.  I'd alternate between two gloves a round and was playing 4 to 5 times week.  Every two months buying another 4 gloves, boom $100yr easily spent.  
But two years ago that changed, a golf buddy turned me onto Finger Ten Gloves.  I was suspect at first, but became a believer and quickly.  Last year (2021) I was playing & walking 5 times week, in the Florida heat & humidity, my cost for golf gloves in 2021 = $19 for 3 Finger Ten Gloves.  I've since lost one of the three, gave one to another golf buddy last yr and the third now has a hole in the thumb, which I use for range time.  Back in June 2022, I purchased another 3 Finger Ten Gloves  for about $17 (for the 3)and still have one glove unused and two in my golf bag. I'm sold on the gloves, after they dry, they don't crunch nor stiffen up. Have not had any rip in palm area of my hand (also went to larger grips) and they seem to absorb sweat very well.  I've good experience with Finger Ten Gloves. Purchased them on Amazon. Good Luck and again Welcome! 

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I have 4 or 5 gloves and I switch between them anytime I feel they are getting damp or well not feeling great. I also have a Linksoul glove holder which really has helped keep the gloves fresh and better kept. I managed to go through this season without having to buy a glove at all which was nice and that included a fair amount of range time as well. 

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It also will depend on the humidity, how much you sweat, and amount of golf you play when determining how long a glove lasts.   I play in fairly humid weather about once a week.   During the humid periods I use rain gloves and in the less humid times a regular glove.   I have been playing my rain glove and regular glove for about a year and a half (ballpark 25 rounds each probably more with rain glove).   I could probably replace the rain glove but it still has life.  The regular glove is slightly discolored but nothing like the one in your pics.  After play I just Velcro them around the alignment sticks in my bag 

 

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I've switched to Srixon Z glove. I get about 15-20 rounds before they either rip or stretch out and the velcro pops loose during my swing. I bought a 6-pack off eBay (just last years model) for $75. I will note that twice I've had this glove rip in less than 5 rounds. Both times I contacted Srixon customer service and they sent me a new glove, last time they actually sent me 2. 

To keep a glove from getting crunchy, I hang it on my bag. I have a Ping stand bag and it has two velcro tabs where I can hang the glove with the fingers pointing down, this allows it to dry out and I think it helps them last a little longer.

I'm not sure what glove you use, and I know some of the Titleist gloves can be expensive, but $175 does seem like a lot to me.

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It also will depend on the humidity, how much you sweat, and amount of golf you play when determining how long a glove lasts.   I play in fairly humid weather about once a week.   During the humid periods I use rain gloves and in the less humid times a regular glove.   I have been playing my rain glove and regular glove for about a year and a half (ballpark 25 rounds each probably more with rain glove).   I could probably replace the rain glove but it still has life.  The regular glove is slightly discolored but nothing like the one in your pics.  After play I just Velcro them around the alignment sticks in my bag 

 

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Rain gloves in the the humidity is a great tip Cnosil. 

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Depends on the glove. I had a top dollar full Cabretta glove that developed a hole in one round. I have Foot Joy Weather Softs that last for 9 months, and could have gone longer. IF it's a synthetic glove, and you wash it once every week or two, it will last even longer than if not. I'm using a FJ TropiCool glove (for summer) that has lasted all Summer and into Fall, but you can't buy them now (summer only?).

When I am battling sweat, I use two gloves (usually buy by the pair anyway) and rotate them every hole so they can stay a little drier. And just this year I take my glove off on/around the green, just to let it dry a little - I don't do it to improve feel putting like a pro, but I have gotten used to putting without a glove. Now it feels strange to putt with a glove, but I'm sure I'll get used to it again now that it's getting colder.

I bought a pair of FJ StaSof Winters last year and they lasted all winter and into Spring/Summer when I didn't need them anyore - I tried to wash them, and it ruined them, so I bought a new pair for this Winter.

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Depends on the glove. I had a top dollar full Cabretta glove that developed a hole in one round. I have Foot Joy Weather Softs that last for 9 months, and could have gone longer. IF it's a synthetic glove, and you wash it once every week or two, it will last even longer than if not. I'm using a FJ TropiCool glove (for summer) that has lasted all Summer and into Fall, but you can't buy them now (summer only?).

When I am battling sweat, I use two gloves and rotate them every hole so they can stay a little drier. And just this year I take my glove off on/around the green, just to let it dry a little - I don't do it to improve feel putting like a pro, but I have gotten used to putting without a glove.

I bought a pair of FJ StaSof Winters last year and they lasted all winter and into Spring/Summer when I didn't need them anyore - I tried to wash them, and it ruined them, so I bought a new pair for this Winter.

This is fantastic, thank you so much for the detail, I really appreciate you taking the time. I definitely have some experimenting to do to get the right rotation, as I think that's key. Cheers! 

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Rotation is key. If you wear it until it's soaked with sweat and throw it in your bag you will have poor longevity. In my area when it is extremely hot and humid in July and August, I wear a Mokum Glove. You can get it on Amazon cheaper than directly from the manufacturer. I did a review on it. Just do a search in un-official reviews.  I purchased one glove just to try it out. It has lasted two seasons and it is still good for next year as well. During normal conditions when wearing a normal cabretta leather glove I go through about 4 a season. I do a 9 hole rotation between two gloves. But I usually hang the other on the side of the bag to air it out then place it back in the original packaging to keep them flat at the end of the round. 

The Kirkland glove from Cosco, and a glove called Red Rooster have good reviews.  The Red Rooster has an auto deliver program in which you tell them the time frame. Then you get automatic deliveries. Currently I use the Wilson Conform and they hold up very well. Next season I'm trying the Red Rooster for normal conditions and the Mokum for the hot and humid months. 

 

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Rotation is key. If you wear it until it's soaked with sweat and throw it in your bag you will have poor longevity. In my area when it is extremely hot and humid in July and August, I wear a Mokum Glove. You can get it on Amazon cheaper than directly from the manufacturer. I did a review on it. Just do a search in un-official reviews.  I purchased one glove just to try it out. It has lasted two seasons and it is still good for next year as well. During normal conditions when wearing a normal cabretta leather glove I go through about 4 a season. I do a 9 hole rotation between two gloves. But I usually hang the other on the side of the bag to air it out then place it back in the original packaging to keep them flat at the end of the round. 

The Kirkland glove from Cosco, and a glove called Red Rooster have good reviews.  The Red Rooster has an auto deliver program in which you tell them the time frame. Then you get automatic deliveries. Currently I use the Wilson Conform and they hold up very well. Next season I'm trying the Red Rooster for normal conditions and the Mokum for the hot and humid months. 

 

Thank you, I'll have a look at that review, great information again here - I really appreciate this!

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I happened upon a great closeout deal for Zero Friction gloves and picked up about a half dozen, gave away a couple, another one to my son, the first one lasted all last year and the second one is still going strong this year pressed into service during winter league indoor play.  I just finished my 121st round of 2022 and the outer material is a bit worn but there are no holes or tears.  Will probably get back to winter league again before I retire this one.

Friend of mine buys gloves by the gross just about, at least by the dozen and tears them usually within a round.  One of the Zero Friction gloves I gave away this past year was to him during winter league and the next week I saw him with a different glove and sure enough he had shredded the Zero Friction glove already.  I guess durability depends on how you wear them just like everything else.

Mine is worn from getting ready for the first tee and taken off after the last putt on the last green no matter what the weather condition or temperature.  I hang it on the side of my bag and it thoroughly dries or does whatever it does in fresh air until worn again.  I keep a spare in the bag but as you can already appreciate it has to wait a long while before it gets its chance to go into play.

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4 minutes ago, EasyPutter said:

I happened upon a great closeout deal for Zero Friction gloves and picked up about a half dozen, gave away a couple, another one to my son, the first one lasted all last year and the second one is still going strong this year pressed into service during winter league indoor play.  I just finished my 121st round of 2022 and the outer material is a bit worn but there are no holes or tears.  Will probably get back to winter league again before I retire this one.

Friend of mine buys gloves by the gross just about, at least by the dozen and tears them usually within a round.  One of the Zero Friction gloves I gave away this past year was to him during winter league and the next week I saw him with a different glove and sure enough he had shredded the Zero Friction glove already.  I guess durability depends on how you wear them just like everything else.

Mine is worn from getting ready for the first tee and taken off after the last putt on the last green no matter what the weather condition or temperature.  I hang it on the side of my bag and it thoroughly dries or does whatever it does in fresh air until worn again.  I keep a spare in the bag but as you can already appreciate it has to wait a long while before it gets its chance to go into play.

I was just looking at Zero Friction as they are a Chicago brand, thanks for this. 

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19 minutes ago, Matt Hutch said:

I was just looking at Zero Friction as they are a Chicago brand, thanks for this. 

Zero Friction is good for the price for sure. Haven't used them in a few years, but when I had them I was happy with them. 

Oh and as per your signature I am curious about whats in your bag! I think you should post some photos of what you have!

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Zero Friction is good for the price for sure. Haven't used them in a few years, but when I had them I was happy with them. 

Oh and as per your signature I am curious about whats in your bag! I think you should post some photos of what you have!

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A number of years ago, I switched to gloves from MG Golf (www.mggolf.com). They sell for around $7 each, and wear reasonably well. I'll usually get 10-15 rounds out of a glove. At the low price point, I've taken to treating them like tees: they're disposable. If it gets a tear, or get too slick, I just replace it. 

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