Which Hand to Wear a Golf Glove: The Basic Principles

You’re probably wondering which hand you should wear a golf glove on. And I don’t blame you for being confused- it’s not as straightforward as you might think.

There are a few different schools of thought on the matter. Some say you should only wear a golf glove on your dominant hand. Others say you can wear them on both hands, but this can actually interfere with your play. And still, others say that you don’t need to wear gloves at all!

So which is it? Should you only wear one golf glove? Or none at all?

After doing extensive research (i.e., asking my golf-obsessed friends), I’ve come up with the definitive answer. Keep reading to find out which hand you should wear those gloves on!

The Most Helpful One: Wear A Golf Glove on Your Weak Hand

Generally, wearing a golf glove on your weak hand is the best way to go.

Golfers usually wear gloves on their weak hands—the hand opposite their dominant hand. So, if you are right-handed, you should wear a glove on your left hand.

The main reason is to enhance your grip and swing. When golfing, your weak hand is actually called the ”lead hand”, which will grab the club’s top and lead the swing.

Think about it like this: when you’re holding a golf club, your dominant hand is doing all the work at the middle part of the club, which is relatively stable.

Meanwhile, your lead hand is more responsible for controlling the club and ensuring it’s properly positioned at the top.

Therefore, having a glove on the lead or weak hand will help you grip the club better and gives you more control over your swing.

So, Can You Wear Gloves On Both Hands Or Not Wear Them At All?

which hand do you wear a golf glove

Now, I know what you’re thinking. If gloves are helpful, why don’t all golfers just wear two of them?

The answer is that it depends on how you feel about the swing. Some golfers wear two gloves because it feels more comfortable or because they think it gives them more power.

And some golfers keep their hands bare with a good grip because they feel they have more control.

It comes down to personal preference at the end of the day. But for the starters, it’s always good to have a glove on the lead hand to help with gripping.

Moreover, Should You Wear A Glove For All Shots?

Nope. You don’t have to wear gloves for all shots. You may have found that some golfers only wear gloves when they are teeing off and take them off for the rest of the game.

My friend always says, “A good golfer can tee off without a glove. But a great golfer knows when to wear one and when not to. And the weather is how the ”when” is determined.

If the day is hot and humid, you may want to consider taking your gloves off. But the humidity will make your hands sweat, making it harder to grip the club.

So, in that case, you might want to keep your gloves on. On the other hand, some golfers also keep their hands bare for putts or short iron shots for a better grip.

Final Words

Now that you know which hand to wear a golf glove on, it’s time to get out there and start practicing!

I recently tried to enjoy this game more by taking my gloves off and playing barehanded. Let me know which method works better for you!

For more information about gloves, we have tons of helpful posts and tips about glove-related things, so you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. Thanks for reading!