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How to Measure a Hand for Golf Gloves

by Samantha Prust

    Most golfers wear a glove on one hand — on the left hand if you're right-handed and vice versa, although a few golfers wear two gloves. For a proper fit, the glove should fit snugly. Take this into account when measuring your hand for a golf glove. Also, the glove will loosen as you wear it. Because there isn't a general sizing chart for all golf gloves, use the specific sizing chart for the brand that you want to buy.

    In Inches

    Items you will need

    • Ruler or rigid measuring tape

    Step 1

    Hold one end of a ruler or rigid measuring tape at the spot where your wrist meets your hand.

    Step 2

    Hold the ruler or rigid measuring tape so that the other end is lined up with the top of your middle finger.

    Step 3

    Note the measurement in inches of the distance between your wrist and the top of your middle finger.

    Step 4

    Compare your measurement in inches to the corresponding sizing chart for the particular brand that you're buying.

    Step 5

    Note your size. If you're a woman, sizes typically are small, medium, medium-large or large; if you're a man, your sizes are: small, medium, medium large, large, X large and XX large in both regular and cadet. If you're a junior golfer, the size increments will vary.

    Hand Placement

    Step 1

    Open the sizing chart for the brand of glove that you want to buy.

    Step 2

    Straighten your fingers and place the palm of your right or left hand onto the sizing chart. Line up your hand with the outline of the hand on the chart.

    Step 3

    Note the corresponding size. Go by the specific chart for the brand that you want to buy.

    Tips

    • Carry several extra gloves in your bag, recommends the website Play Golf America.
    • Wearing a glove is "a matter of personal preference," according to Mark Blakemore. However, if you're a beginner wearing a glove can help you examine your grip; just look at where the glove material is wearing out. Correcting improper thumb placement and grip pressure may help you improve your swing.

    Warnings

    • Rule 14-3 of the Rules of Golf prohibits the use of gloves that might assist a player in gripping a club. To qualify for an exception to this rule, the equipment must be for a specific medical condition, the player must have a legitimate reason to use the equipment, and the authority presiding over the tournament or course must determine that the equipment doesn't give the player an advantage.
    • Sizing for golf gloves varies between brands and even within the same brand, so to get the best fitting glove, try it on before you buy it.

    About the Author

    Samantha Prust earned a BA in English from Minnesota State University and an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University. She has more than 15 years of experience as a professional editor and writer in book, magazine, academic and online publishing. Prust is the author of "A Sentence a Day: Short, Playful Proofreading Exercises" and "Romance and Other Stories."

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