Keeping warm in the off-season is vital and the right pair of gloves can help you with that we’re here to tell you what the best winter golf gloves are.
To make the shortlist of best golf gloves, a good winter golf glove needs to make playing in the cold, winter months a pleasure (well, a lot less miserable).
We don’t know many golfers who would rather play in the cold and rain than warm, dry weather, but given the choice of a winter round or no golf at all, we’ll get head out every day of the week.
But there’s no denying that playing golf in winter conditions presents its own set of challenges, the main one being feeling like you’re losing control of your clubs because you’ve got cold, wet grips, hands, and gloves.
Fortunately, nowadays there are winter golf gloves specifically designed to help when playing in the off-season. Sold individually or in pairs, they feature technology that aids traction and/or helps to keep your hands warm.
The best winter golf gloves – our top picks:
If you’re in the market for winter golf gear then check out our guides to the best thermal golf jackets, waterproof golf jackets, waterproof trousers, mid layers, base layers, waterproof golf shoes, rain gloves, mitts, beanies, towels, and umbrellas.
Best Winter Golf Gloves 2023:
Cabretta leather palms and super tacky fingertips provide excellent grip during colder months, while excellent breathability ensures the hands remain warm without getting damp or sweaty.
Very durable, easy to wash and maintain, and, as you’d expect, a high-quality product that justifies the price.
- Retains heat very well
- Was a little tight around the knuckles
|Sizes||S – XL|
We love how the Climatec are windproof, water resistant, and have a fleece lining over part of the back of the glove. They also have exceptional grip through the palm.
They’re available in traditional size or a longer model for more warmth around the wrist and are also machine washable so you can keep them in tip-top condition.
- Nice fit
- Great grip
- Good range of sizes
- Material feels thin
|Sizes||XS – XXL|
Although they are not made for keeping your hands warm, it's in the wet conditions that they come alive like a prime Jenson Button. The water-resistant microfiber palm provides an exceptional level of grip in the worst of downpours.
I'm a huge fan of how they fit, not too tight and they act like a second skin which when wearing a pair of gloves for me is vital.
- Great fit
- Super durable
- Unreal grip
- Not built to keep hands warm
Using Opti Therm, Callway’s thermal fleece inner lining, they make sure your hands are as warm as they can be whilst on the course in freezing temperatures.
The gloves have exceptional grip in the cold, wet conditions of winter thanks to the Opti Shield outer shell. They come in a pair from small to extra large and for the price, we can’t see what’s not to like.
- Great thermal properties
- Good value for money
- Fit well
- The grip showed signs of wear
Numbers like that make us think it’s always worth having a pair tucked in your bag for whenever the heavens open. They dry impressively quickly and, from our experience, the nylon fabric is extremely durable.
They’re also one of the best fitting and feeling gloves that we’ve tried thanks to the ultra-thin microfibre suede. Assuming you look after them then it’ll be money well spent on one of the best golf rain gloves out there.
- Great for the rain
- Solid grip
- They ran a little small
|Sizes||S – XL|
I was a huge fan of the fleece-lined cuff as not only was it comfortable, but it did a great job of trapping the heat in.
If you ever thought that gloves couldn't get technical well think again! Thanks to Mizuno's breath thermo technology these gloves are able to convert your body moisture into new heat to keep you extra warm this winter.
- Comfortable fit
- Good in all conditions
- Excellent grip
- Fingers were a bit to long
The Weather-Shield fleece is a godsend in the winter months protecting your fingers from freezing.
FootJoy’s Sure-Grip and Autosuede palms help with grip and feel in cold conditions. As we all know, there’s little worse than struggling to grip the club when it’s so cold that we can see our own breath, but these will help solve that.
- Retains heat well
- Super soft material
- Not great grip in the rain
|Sizes||S – XL|
An infrared pattern inside absorbs and retains heat to keep your hands warmer. Make sure your hands stay warm all round long as the gloves use your own energy to heat you up.
- Tight around wrists
The quick-dry knit material dries quickly and guarantees optimum breathability, and microfibre suede palms ensure you won’t lose grip in wet weather.
Flexible and comfortable, these high-quality rain gloves mean you can stay on your game, no matter how bad the weather. These certainly are a great pair of gloves at a very good price.
- Great in the rain
- Dries quickly
- Not great at keeping heat in
|Sizes||S – XL|
We particularly like that Cobra has made the index finger touch screen compatible, making it an ideal choice for those of us who use apps, a GPS device, or watch around the course. The DWR coating, a special moisture membrane, helps keep hands dry.
- Good quality
- Love the touchscreen-compatible finger
- The thumb and fingers are too long
|Sizes||S – XL|
The soft Cabretta glove is not something usually seen on a winter golf glove. However for those of you, like myself who love a soft feel on the grip, this may be perfect for you.
Thanks to the Taction3 leather the StaSof maximizes water resistance for extra grip and durability and with the fleeced back you get a glove that not only keeps you warm but provides a soft grip hard to find on a winter glove.
- Good grip
- Warm fleece back
- Not thick material
The Therma-FIT helps regulate your body heat within the glove preventing any of you from getting frozen fingers and struggling to grasp the club.
Nike really do think of it all, as I was pleased to find out when using the gloves that these are touchscreen-compatible! For someone who is ever using my phone for shot tracking and my watch for yardages, this is a lifesaver as I no longer have to take my gloves off to use them.
- Great for heat retention
- Touchscreen compatible
- Excellent grip
- Looser on the wrist
|Sizes||Small – 2XL|
And if your hands still feel the cold
The 9s will not only keep your hands warm, but it will also recharge your phone if you happen to run out of juice – a really useful option after spending several hours on the golf course. Expect six heat settings and a nine-hour run time.
|Colors (3)||Silver, Black, Gold|
Best Winter Golf Glove: Buying Guide
How to choose a good winter golf glove?
Many golfers can initially overlook the golf glove as an important piece of equipment and they would be wrong to do so. The hands are the only part of the body that remain in contact with the club throughout the golf swing and are what keep you in control at all times, so a golf glove that can give you a good grip and keep your hands warm sounds rather important. What are the key things to consider when buying a new winter golf glove? See below for some factors to consider
The whole idea behind a winter glove is to keep your hands warm, so it may come as no surprise that they need to be well insulated. Materials like polyester and nylon help manage moisture and are always good to have in your gloves. They will often come with special liners such as Nike’s Therma-FIT or Callaway’s OptiTherm to add extra warmth.
Winter golf gloves should provide high-quality insulation. With the wind and rain more likely in the off-season ensuring your golf gloves are windproof and water-resistance is also key to protect against the elements. But finding a happy balance is key, as they need to be breathable and not cause your hand to sweat as that will become uncomfortable which is not good when holding the golf club.
Studies have shown that 98% of golfers wear a glove that is too big for them. A golf glove should feel very tight when you first put it on. You shouldn’t be able to pinch any material on the palm or fingers. If you can cover all of the Velcro with the fastening tab, that’s another sign it’s too big. Don’t be alarmed if your brand-new glove feels a bit restrictive at first, it will loosen up within a few minutes or a few shots on the range.
Finding a golf glove that has a great fit and feel is one thing, but finding a glove that’s also durable long-term can be hard. Nothing in golf is essentially cheap and finding a glove that is durable, comfortable, and fit greats for you can mean buying a variation of gloves until you find the right one. As do all but winter gloves especially want to use high-quality fabrics (polyester and nylon are great for winter) well well-constructed stitching and reinforced palms are also a huge help to add longevity to your golf gloves.
Even though most gloves look the same out of the pack, they’re not. Like clothes, each glove will fit a hand shape slightly better than the other, and getting a glove that’s comfortable is vital. If you’ve never played a round of golf in an uncomfortable golf glove, I wouldn’t! When you’re next trying on a glove in the shop pick up a club and make sure it feels secure on your hand, you’ll thank me later
Best Winter Golf Gloves: FAQs
What are the warmest gloves for cold weather?
Every brand will claim to be the best at something, and in this case, you have all the brands battling for the title of warmest golf glove. We found that models which feature fleece or heat linings are the best for insulating some examples would be the FootJoy WinterSof or the Mizuno ThermaGrip gloves.
Do winter golf gloves work in the rain?
We have included some rain-specific gloves in our list above such as the TaylorMade Rain Control gloves or the Srixon RainGrip which are perfect in the event of a downpour. But there are specific models of winter gloves that are considered totally waterproof such as the FootJoy WinterSof gloves or Callaway Thermal Grip gloves and work great in all conditions.
About the author
Will Shreeve-Peacock – Golf Equipment Writer
Will Shreeve-Peacock is a golf equipment writer for todays-golfer.com, specializing in golf shoes, GPS watches, rangefinders, and training aids.
He has a degree in journalism from Sheffield Hallam university and four years of experience working in golf retail with American Golf. Will was part of the sales and fitting team, making him the perfect man to review golf equipment.
Trained by a range of manufacturers, including Titleist, to enhance his product knowledge, Will has all of the skills required to recommend the best equipment for amateur golfers.
Will uses a Cobra LTDx driver (10.5º), Cobra LTDx fairway wood (15º), TaylorMade P790 (2-iron), Callaway X Forged 18 Irons (4-PW), Wilson Staff Model Wedges (52°, 58°), TaylorMade White smoke IN-12 Blade putter and the TaylorMade TP5x Golf ball.
When he’s not testing golf shoes, he chooses to wear FootJoy Hyperflex or Under Armour Charged Phantom. He uses a Shotscope Pro L2 rangefinder and his favorite ever training aid is the PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer and mat.