ORLANDO, Florida – To make it clear right from the beginning I have never been a fan of golf gloves made of synthetic fabric. Call me old fashioned or tell me it’s all in my head but cabretta leather is the only material for gloves.
It was with this prejudice in mind when CaddyDaddy asked if they could send me samples of the Claw Glove, I said fine. Frankly most of the reason I agreed was their Ranger Sunday bag I have been using for a quick nine after work or a fun round with my grandson. The bag is well thought out and well made so I figured a trial of the new glove would, if nothing else, prove to be interesting.
Let’s face it the reason cabretta gloves are popular is the feel and definitely not how long they last. Tour pros change gloves two or three or more times per round because they want that sensation only a new glove provides, and they receive gloves as part of their equipment endorsement contracts. We don’t and should we follow the same glove changing routine the cost of a round would jump by around $60.
Synthetic leather gloves, “any weather” fabric gloves and all the other substitutes for cabretta aren’t all that great. In fact, here in Florida even the best of them last only four or five rounds more than a good cabretta glove.
But, (there’s always a “but”) the Claw Golf from CaddyDaddy seems to be the exception to this rule and may cause me to rethink at my prejudice. After six rounds and two one-hour practice range sessions it looks and feels the same as it did the first round.
Remarkable to say the least.
It remains of course to be seen if the Claw, as the company claims, maintains the tacky grip three to five times longer than a cabretta glove, but my hunch is it will. The mesh back is especially nice and helpful in the warmth of fall in the Sunshine State.
Claw Golf Glove
Breathable and flexible mesh back
Silicone-Web coating on fingers and palm
$19.99 each at Claw Golf Glove