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A golf glove is an essential piece of equipment for any golfer. It protects your hands from blisters and calluses while providing a layer of cushioning between the club and your hand.
Golf gloves are also great when it comes to preventing sweat buildup on the handle of the club – they allow you to maintain a solid grip even in hot weather!
Unfortunately, with all that use (and abuse!) over time, most golf gloves wear out before their time. But there’s no need to buy a new one just yet! With this handy guide, you’ll be able to wash your old golf glove so it will feel like new again!
Can You Wash Golf Gloves in the Washing Machine?
A standard golf glove is made from either synthetic material, leather, or part leather where there is a mix of materials used. Most synthetic golf gloves can be washed in the washing machine but you should always read the label first.
For example, you would need to check what temperature is required for washing.
The manufacturer might say that the golf glove can be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle, or they could recommend using hand-wash only which would mean you need to use warm soapy water and wash by hand with a brush.
Leather golf gloves should not be washed in a washing machine, but rather with saddle soap and warm water to cleanse the glove without damaging it or leaving behind a smell.
Hybrid gloves from good brands like Taylormade, Footjoy, Titleist, and Bionic can be machine washed but only at low heat with cold water.
This way you don’t risk the plastic of your golf glove melting and ruining it.
Hybrid gloves are made from a mix of leather or synthetic material, so washing them in cold water at low heat is best for preserving their life span.
Can You Wash Cabretta Leather Golf Gloves?
The best kind of leather to use in high-quality golf gloves is Cabretta, which is a type of sheep hide that grows hair instead of wool.
As with most luxury clothing, washing can be problematic and in the case of Cabretta leather, you should not machine wash but instead use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe over the gloves.
There is no need for soap as this type of leather does not retain dirt, so it should be fine to clean it with just water and a dry towel.
The best way you can prolong the life of your golf glove is by cleaning them regularly and keeping them in good condition at all times.
A high-quality golf glove will last around 2 years if cared for well which means that if they have been used only once per week then you would expect about 100 rounds before replacing your favorite pair.
However, there are many ways you can extend their lifespan including using rainproofing sprays and conditioning treatments like leather conditioner spray.
Can You Shrink a Golf Glove?
Gloves can shrink in two common situations, firstly, if they are made out of synthetic or leather material and suddenly get wet, or secondly if a golf glove has been washed in hot water.
For the first instance, there is not much you can do about it apart from making sure your gloves are dry before putting them back on.
Leave them dry naturally by hanging them over a chair or on top of a radiator.
The second circumstance means that the manufacturer may have used components in their design that will shrink when heated up excessively by washing at high temperatures such as over 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit).
To avoid having this problem with your new golf glove then always wash at low heat temperatures like 30 degrees Celsius (86F) so you don’t risk ending up with shrunken gloves.
Some more advanced washers will go as low as 20 degrees – perfect for washing our favorite golfing gear!
Never put your golf glove in the tumble drier as the concentrated heat will shrink it too much and most likely past the point of restoring it back to its normal size.
Optionally, you can use an iron on low heat with some water and dampen the outside of your golf glove while smoothing it out, this way you can get rid of any wrinkles and make it look like new.
How Do I Keep My Golf Glove from Smelling?
How a golf glove smells depends on the material and how it is washed. Below are some points to keep in mind:
- Synthetic gloves may have a chemical smell when new, which will disappear after use or hand washing.
- Leather gloves can develop an unpleasant odor from sweat if they were improperly stored when wet and never fully dried or if they weren’t treated with a leather conditioner or rain sealer before use.
- Machine drying synthetic or leather gloves can lead to shrinkage.
To make sure your golf gloves do not smell from odor ensure that you take them off immediately after your round and store them in a breathable bag or locker to air out and dry.
By taking a little bit of extra care of your golf gloves after you have finished playing you can extend your life, and because most golfers tend to
Which Type of Golf Glove Last the Longest?
There are three standard designs of golf gloves and which are split into three types:
- Full finger glove, which covers the whole hand and provides more grip. They offer better protection for your fingers but can feel too bulky while playing.
- Half-finger gloves or “palm grippers”, this style only cover up to halfway around the palm or wrist, they provide less protection than full finger gloves but still give a good grip.
- Fingerless golf gloves, these don’t go over either your palm or fingers so you keep maximum control with them. However, their lack of coverage means that there’s nothing between your knuckles when gripping the club.
If you want the most durable golf glove that will last for years (with proper care and attention) then opt for the full finger glove made from hybrid materials.
These gloves are made from a mix of synthetic or leather materials and because they cover the entire hand, your glove will be less likely to rip and synthetic materials are easier to clean with a simple wipe down.
How Can I Make My Golf Glove Last Longer?
Some gloves just don’t feel right and when you get a good one you want to keep it forever right?
The following are some ways on how to make your golf glove last longer:
- Always remember that the palm is the most important part of a golf glove and as such, it needs special care.
- Make sure you use non-abrasive cloths or detergents when washing leather gloves, never machine dry synthetic gloves, and always air out any rubberized materials for 24 hours before storing them.
- Keep in mind also that while using your hands, sweat can accumulate within the fingertips which will eventually soak through and wear down patches of material over time.
- To prevent this from happening, use a golf towel to wipe your hands regularly on the course.
Washing and Caring for Your Golf Gloves is Easy!
Caring for and washing your golf gloves is not difficult, but without being given the proper attention they will eventually wear out.
By following these simple tips and tricks you can make sure that when it’s time to retire them from use; they’ll have had a happy life!