Can You Use A Baseball Glove For Golf? (Should You?)


Gloves in Golf and Baseball are used to grip the clubhead and Baseball bat no matter how slippery our skin is, but Golf gloves wear out quicker than Baseball gloves. So, can you use the more robust Baseball gloves for Golf? Let’s discuss.

You can use a Baseball glove for Golf but under USGA rules gloves used in competition or for recording a handicap score must be designed as a Golf glove. Baseball gloves are made of a thicker material than Golf gloves, avoid Baseball gloves with knuckle padding as this will affect your grip.

If you like wearing Baseball gloves feel free, I will explain why you can use a Baseball glove for Golf and if you should even wear a glove for Golf, read on to find out.

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Why You Can Use A Baseball Glove For Golf

Baseball and Golf gloves are very similar gloves, but a Baseball bat is a lot thicker than a Golf club so Baseball gloves have more padding and/or made of a thicker material, to better grip the bat and keep away sweat.

Golf is all about feeling, this is why pro golfers typically putt without a glove to get the best connection to the club possible, to know why Pro golfers take off their glove after every shot check my post.

The only person who knows if a Baseball glove is right is you, it won’t hurt to try especially if you have a pair of batting gloves already, some people I met wore Baseball gloves whilst they golfed and enjoyed the fit and said they lasted longer.

If you find your gloves only last a few rounds this isn’t good and your likely holding the club in an incorrect grip, check this YouTube video out to see where your making grip mistakes.

The reddit user DonKelly32 said the following

I wore a Nike Fuse N1 when I first started playing because I figured it was the most golf-like batting glove I owned, and it worked fine, but definitely wasn’t as breathable as the golf gloves I’ve used now. There was a little more shock absorption too; I prefer thinner gloves now that give me more feedback or just going no gloves. FJ Weathersofs have lasted forever for me and I don’t think I’ll be going back to batting gloves soon.

Depending on your Baseball glove they won’t be as breathable as Golf gloves and not give enough feedback on your Golf shot due to the thicker material.

You can grab the FJ Weathersof from Amazon here, but who’s for you Baseball gloves could be perfect, it all depends on the person and how their skin reacts to different glove material.

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I would recommend the Bionic gloves for the perfect hybrid between Golf and Baseball glove technology, despite costing more they promise to last at least twice as long as the standard Golf glove or even more depending on the individual, and they have glowing reviews on Amazon.

Should I Wear A Glove For Golf?

Wearing a glove for Golf is a preference, people wear gloves to stop getting blisters from Golf due to friction, and gloves help regulate finger tension of the club. Don’t wear a glove if you like the extra feel of skin on club contact, and have a good Golf grip.

No matter what your gloves are going to wear out, this costs you time and money, so how about going gloveless?

We wear Golf gloves to stop getting blisters, as if you have an incorrect grip with your top hand over too far when you swing the clubhead will rub against the glove causing friction. The joints of your fingers should errode on your gloves not the palms, if it’s the palms your holding your club incorrectly (see 2:07 of above video).

Going gloveless forces you to grip the clubhead correctly, as if you over-grip the clubhead you will feel pain everything you swing which causes blisters, too prevent and treat Golf blisters check out my post.

Wearing a glove doe regulate tension, you should be holding the club like your holding a baby chicken that is trying to get away, not to hard not to soft think 3/10 with 10/10 the hardest you can hold, relaxed but secure and constant.

For a drill to regulate tension see 2:54 in the above video, let your clubs make a vertical circle, this will demonstrate the constant grip you need, if you over-grip in the backswing the same problems will resurface, it needs to be a constant 3/10 pressure.

If you like the feeling of not having a barrier between your club and the nerves of your hands and skin going gloveless is a great option.

There are weatherproof gloves like this TaylorMade pair from Amazon which actually work better in the rain! It’s good to have a similar pair, or another waterproof pair ready in your bag when it rains.

Going gloveless whilst raining is not a good idea, your hands will feel clammy and seize up and it’s difficult to get a good grip whilst wet and no one likes their glove flying through the air when they slip.

If you do use gloves, make sure to pick lighter colors like white as this skin pigmentation is the lightest possible, giving a better feel and connection to the club.

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