Junior Golf Gloves - Overview
Golf gloves have many benefits for juniors. Apart from kids liking the look, and feeling like a tour pro with their new glove, junior golf gloves can also improve performance on the golf course.
Golf gloves are tackier than skin and therefore juniors are able to hold the club with less pressure but still keeping the club from slipping. This is especially important in hot weather when hands become sweaty and slippery. Children's golf gloves will also prevent blisters and callouses which is obviously helpful for juniors that practice a lot. Since kids do not have the hand strength that adults do, a golf glove can also help them hold the club with less pressure while retaining grip and traction.
Gloves are made from various different materials. Cabretta leather is the softest and gives the best feel, but tends to wear out quicker. Synthetic materials do not wear out as fast but may not have as good a fit as genuine leather. Hybrid gloves are made from both genuine and synthetic leather and attempt to combine the benefits of both.
Good golf gloves will have fabric with perforation or mesh areas for improved breathability. Some brands have different color gloves or interchangeable colors - a fun option for both boys golf gloves and girls golf gloves.
The glove should fit snugly like a second skin with no loose material, as any movement will affect the shot. The fingers should be touching the end of the glove. The key measurements are the length of the fingers and the circumference of the hand as pictured below.
Footjoy golf gloves are some of the best on the market and they have a really nice golf glove fitting chart that can be used for juniors to see if they are ready to move into ladies' golf gloves or even men's small golf gloves. Click on the diagram below to go to the Footjoy golf glove site then print off the two measuring pages and simply compare your results to the table. You might be surprised to see that you junior no longer needs children's golf gloves and can use either ladies golf gloves or men's small cadet golf gloves.
Should juniors wear one or two golf gloves?
Most golfers wear only one glove on the hand of their leading arm (i.e. on the left hand for right handed golfers). There is a school of thought that believes wearing golf gloves on both hands can help improve grip, especially in very hot and humid conditions.
Tommy "two-gloves" Gainey is the most well-known PGA Tour pro who uses two gloves, mostly as a result of him moving from baseball to golf and being used to using two gloves for batting. On the other hand, there are a few tour pros who do not use a glove at all. Ben Hogan is one notable that never used a golf glove.
We recommend using two gloves in very cold weather conditions. For cold weather golf you can either use both a left and a right hand regular glove or can you can use special winter golf gloves like the Footjoy cold weather gloves pictured below. Ladies winter golf gloves in a Small or X-Small size might be appropriate for younger juniors. Golf mittens can also be very helpful to wear in between shots (tip - put a hand warmer inside each mitten).
Waterproof golf gloves also come in pack of two and they are extremely helpful for playing golf in the rain. Our favorite rain gloves are the Footjoy "Rain Grip" waterproof golf gloves - look for men's small cadet size or ladies small size for juniors. We recommend always keeping a pair of these in a zip-lock bag in your junior's golf bag. Ladies rain golf gloves in a Small or X-Small size might be appropriate for younger juniors.
When to move to adult gloves
Usually around the age of 10-11 kids will grow out of junior golf gloves and move to adult gloves. Start with women's golf gloves or men's golf gloves in a cadet fit (a cadet fit is simply a standard glove but with shorter fingers). There are plenty of very good women's gloves that do not come in pink or lavender and therefore will be acceptable to junior boys. The Footjoy fitting chart will help you to determine if your junior has grown out of kids golf gloves.
Review of Best Junior Golf Gloves
We have included only top quality brand names in the junior gloves reviewed in this post. While you can certainly find cheaper junior gloves, some of which have relatively good ratings on Amazon, we would caution against these "no name brands" - they might look good but the material quality and performance are not up to the same standards as companies that have been doing R&D and manufacturing golf gloves for many years.
Puma Youth Top Flex Golf Glove
These kids golf gloves have a textured palm that will provide enhanced grip for juniors. The glove is made from synthetic leather and has four-way stretch Lycra to provide flexibility and fit. Perforations allow for good breathability.
These are understated but stylish golf gloves and your junior will like the cat logo on the close tab. Unfortunately for the leftie junior golfer they currently do not seem to sell any right hand junior golf gloves (i.e. they only have gloves for the left hand which is for right handed golfers).
Footjoy was established way back in 1857. In 1927 Footjoy shoes were chosen by Walter Hagen as the official US Ryder cup team shoes. Footjoy has been the leading supplier of Cabretta golf gloves for more than 35 years and more than 200 tour pro's use FJ gloves.
Their expertise in manufacturing high quality gloves has led to excellent junior golf gloves. They feature "Sure-grip palm" technology including soft MicroTac palm and patches that provide a comfortable grip. The spandex stretch panels result in a flexible customized fit that also accommodates growing hands. These are available in left and right handed kids golf glove options.
U.S.Kids Good Grip 3 Golf Glove
U.S.Kids is the premier junior golf equipment manufacturer and their gloves are no exception. These are a leather and synthetic combination with stretch side panels for improved fit. These gloves have an arrow for knuckle alignment and palm pad that helps juniors achieve the right grip.
The palms are made from soft cabretta leather for excellent feel. These gloves have 3 different color inserts that juniors can select and change out.
USKids provides fitting guidelines as follows (remember to adjust as necessary for your child's relative size to age ratio): Small 4-6 years old, Medium 7-9, Large 10-11, X-Large 11-12 years old.
Under Armor has produced a very good quality kids golf glove. It is available with a USA flag color scheme, in black and white (with a red stripe) or in plain white.
The Under Armor youth golf glove is made from synthetic leather and has moisture and cooling technology (CoolSwitch) that pulls sweat away and keeps hands cool. Micro perforations provide good ventilation.
Under Armor provide fitting guidance as follows: measure the distance from beginning of the palm to end of longest finger (see diagram below): Small: 6¼-6½, Medium 6½-6¾, Large 6¾-7 inches. Note that this golf glove fitting chart is not available on the Amazon site.
Zero Friction Junior Golf Glove
The Zero Friction Compression-Fit junior golf gloves are a universal fit (one size fits all). This is a nice all weather synthetic palm glove. Kids will love the 6 different colors to choose from. The re-enforced palm and finger patch adds durability and grip. The glove includes an attached tee and a ball marker. Breathability is good thanks to the black mesh lycra throughout the finger, back of hand and palm.
Callaway Golf X Junior Glove
The Callaway X junior golf gloves are made primarily from synthetic leather and has a mesh material along the knuckles for improved flexibility and ventilation. The angled close tab helps to ensure a snug fit.
Tot Jocks Toddler Golf Gloves
If you are looking for a golf glove for your toddler (can be handy in cold weather environments) then take a look at the Tot Jocks golf gloves. They are made for toddlers from the ages of approximately 2 years old through 7 years old. The XXS golf glove is 13.5 cm (5.3 inches).
These are available in both left and right handed golf gloves. While we are not doing a full review of these, the general feedback on them is very favorable (4.5 out of 5, from 50 reviews on Amazon). A few buyers noted that they do tend to run a little small.
These are a few of our favorite tips and tricks as is relates to golf gloves for junior golfers:
- Always pack at least one spare glove. In hot weather alternate between gloves, switching out between holes.
- Take the glove off between shots to let it dry out.
- If your junior is using a push cart, put up an umbrella for shade and hang the gloves under the umbrella between shots/holes.
- In wet weather pack a couple of spare gloves in a zip lock bag (also a spare pair of socks).
- Do not crumple up gloves and shove them into a golf bag pocket after the round. Rather, smooth them out and try keep them flat. Once dry, keeping them in a plastic zip lock bag will extend the life of the glove.
Once your junior gets to around about ten years old make sure to use the Footjoy fitting chart to see if they are ready to move into adult small golf gloves. Both women's and men's golf gloves have many more options and are generally better quality than kids golf gloves.
If you can, we recommend taking your junior to a golf shop and let them try out the fit of various gloves. Keep in mind that many of the large online golf stores such Worldwide Golf Shops have heavily discounted golf gloves so there is seldom the need to pay full price unless you have to buy a golf glove at the golf course pro shop.