Most golfers wear a glove on their top hand, left hand for right handed players, because a glove gives you a better hold on the golf club than your bare hands can. Itís pretty much that simple. A side benefit is that the glove will protect your hand from getting blisters or sore.
The nice thing about golf gloves is that finding the right size for your hand is pretty easy. All you have to do is try on a few gloves until you find one that is big enough for your hand, but not loose. You want the fingers of the glove to match the length of your fingers. Gloves come is two lengths standard and CADET. Cadet size gloves are for golfers with shorter than average fingers. Again, itís pretty easy to pick the right size fingers. You want the fingers of your hand to touch the end of the glove but not have pressure against the end of the glove. The end of the glove fingers should NOT be hanging off the end of your finger, that way too long. When you grip the club you donít want to glove to feel loose, it should fit like a second skin.
Gloves are made of either leather or a synthetic material that feels like leather. Which is best is a matter of opinion and personal choice. Iíve worn both and Iíve found they both work just fine. There are also a few gloves that are made use both types of material for different parts of the glove. My advice is to try on each type of glove and buy what feels the best to you. It might be wise to buy only ONE glove at first so you can wear it while hitting balls so you can see how it performs for you and how well they hold up for you. Some gloves will last longer than others due to being made of thicker material. Longer lasting is good, but along with thicker comes LESS feel of the club in your hand, and thatís not a good thing. Some gloves have small HOLES in them to allow your hands to breathe more. This can be especially important if you play a lot of golf in hot and humid conditions, where your hands might sweat causing the glove to get wet and slippery.
For the beginning golfer there are specially gloves with built it training pads that help to teach you the proper grip on the club. The Bionic brand is one that comes to mind, and one that Iíve tested. These can be very useful for the new golfer at the beginning. The proper grip is very important in golf, so having a glove to show you the proper grip can be a big help in the beginning. Itís almost like having a golf instructor there to remind you how to place the club in your hand.
Last thing you need to know is that not all size L gloves will be the exact same size. Each company that make gloves has itsí own idea of what Large is and what Medium is. So itís best to try a glove on before you buy just to make sure itís the right size. If you find yourself between sizes, Large is too big, and Mid Large is too small. Iíd recommend going with the smaller size. Like most materials, leather will stretch over time if the glove is too tight. Same goes for the synthetic gloves, they will stretch a bit. And itís always better for the glove to be a little too tight than too loose.
There are also some golf gloves designed for use in colder weather, as well as gloves designed to be worn on BOTH hands, again for cold weather use. There is even one glove that is made to hold one of those small hand warmers on the back of each hand. One brand I know of is HOT GLOVES.