When you want to buy a new golf glove, you probably do not think twice about which hand you will be wearing it on. However, before you head out to the store or go online to order your next golf glove, take a moment and decide whether you should wear your glove on your left or right hand.
You may already know that golf gloves are designed to be worn on either the left or right hand based on whether you are a right-handed golfer or a left-handed golfer, but did you know that it is also important that your glove matches up with whichever side of your body your stronger golf swing comes from?
What Hand Should You Wear Your Golf Glove
If you are a right-handed golfer, you will generally want to wear your golf glove on the left hand because most right handed golfers use their left arm for most of their power and swing. If you are a left-handed golfer, you should wear your glove on your right hand.
Before choosing which hand to wear your golf glove on, consider how much power you get from each side when you swing. It is better to wear your glove on the opposite hand from the source of your power so that it does not get in the way during your swing. For example, if you have a stronger right arm than left arm, using a golf glove on your right hand will likely enhance your golf game more than wearing the glove on your left hand.
Why does it matter if you wear your glove on the left or the right hand
If you are a right-handed golfer, wearing your golf glove on the left hand can interfere with your swing. Your power usually comes from the left arm, but it is then channeled to the ball through both arms and your back.
If you wear your glove on the opposite hand that gives you extra force in your swing, it can throw off the natural flow of your swing. You might experience a decrease in speed or power when you use your glove on the opposite hand that is holding most of the force in your swing.
If you are a left-handed golfer, wearing your golf glove on the right hand can interfere with your game as well. When your shots are thrown off by your glove, it can take you out of the flow of your game and make you feel less comfortable with your swing.
Tips for wearing a glove on either the left or right hand
If you decide to wear your glove on the opposite hand that you get most of your power from, take a few extra steps to ensure that it does not affect your swing. Make sure that your grip is comfortable and secure when wearing the glove on either hand.
The construction of the golf glove should be firm enough to provide something for your fingers to hold onto, but it should not be so tight that you must grip the glove to keep it in place.
Consider choosing a golf glove designed for either right-handed or left-handed golfers if you are not sure which way your swing is coming from. Some gloves are made with different parts of the hand on opposite sides, and they will not interfere with your swing when worn on either hand.
When should I switch my gloves to match my dominant side in golfing
The best time to switch your golf gloves is before you play in any competitive match. Since many tournaments require right-handed and left-handed players to use golf gloves on opposite hands, it is important that you wear the correct glove if you want your shots to be accurate.
When you are about to play in your first tournament, take a moment to put on the correct glove before teeing up. You will be more comfortable with your shots if you are not distracted by playing with the wrong glove on.
If you find that wearing a golf glove can help or hinder your game, choose one of the tips above to ensure that you are wearing your glove on the correct hand for optimal performance.
Golfing tips for left-handed golfers who wear their glove on the right hand
- When gripping the golf club, make sure to keep your index finger on top of the shaft
- Tuck your left thumb down by your side to help get a good grip and avoid a weak shot
- Always pinky-promise with someone when you are hitting shots for them!
- Put moisturizer on your hands before playing a round to keep from getting calluses
- Use the proper grip for your club, you want to be able to get power behind your shot when needed and also have control over it at all times
- Don't forget about the importance of having fun! Golfing is a great way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and have an overall good time with friends or family.
I hope that you enjoyed this brief overview on the importance, and sometimes hassle, of wearing a golf glove on your right hand or left hand.
As a left-handed player myself, I know how important it is to wear the correct glove for my game.
Remember that golfing is ultimately more fun when you are not worrying about something as small as which hand your glove is on. Put the emphasis back on your swing and hang out with friends at the local golf course!