Glove or No Glove?

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

16 Responses to “Glove or No Glove?”

  1. Paul,

    I am a no glove wearer. The other day I was talking with a friend about gloves. We wondered…if the pro’s wear a glove because their hands get sweaty, than why don’t they have a glove on each hand? If one hand is sweaty wouldn’t they both be? Of, course this question excludes Tommy Two Gloves whose glove wearing makes sense.

    Beth

    • October 6, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Beth,

      It is not just because they are sweaty there is feel involved as well. The left hand is the connection to the club. The glove can stop the heel pad from sipping on the club so this is the hand it is usually worn on. The club is held in the fingers of the right hand so a glove is usually not necessary. Tommy Two Gloves is the exception.

  2. October 5, 2012

    larrybeal

    hi paul—remember–i wear –2–gloves—arthritis—-hip is still out–go in tuesday too have it set again—1 1/2 inches difference in leg length–groin pull doing much better—only know how too go at 150%—sorry if i was a distraction in the class—i promise too do better next time–don’t forget the ‘shadow swing’ too watch the hip rotation ahead of the shoulders—think i will probably have my right shoulder replaced completely—only way i will ever get full or even 1/2 extension my follow through—you are a great teacher and a very patience person—hope you are enjoying the tournament up there this week—you should be playing in ti—yea i know—just do not want too show everybody up—-thanks again—–have a great weekend—larry

    • October 6, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Larry,

      You were great. Not a distraction at all. You hit some great shots and understood exactly what I need you to work on. This should show in your game in a few weeks. Glad you are feeling better.

      Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate it.

      See you soon.

  3. October 6, 2012

    RonCalabrese

    Hi Paul. I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing a glove until I get to wedge distance from the pin. Do see any problem in reverting to the glove for longer shots and removing it for short shots and putting?

    Thanks, Ron

    • October 6, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Ron,

      I really don’t see a problem with this. You are looking for feel on the shorter clubs/shots. This is a great idea.

  4. October 6, 2012

    RaoulBintner

    Here in France our hands rarely get sweaty, they get wet ! Las Vegas 4 inches of rain / year, Paris 25 inches…
    Raoul

    • October 8, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Raoul, I think there are good rain gloves out there now that are actually tacky when they get wet. Can’t remember which ones because I haven’t used them in a long time. I think you could find them online.

  5. November 7, 2012

    WadeThames

    Hey Paul,
    Can you talk about calluses. I have calluses below my left pinky but no where else. Is that an issue with my grip? Most of the time I don’t were a glove when I practice.

    • November 8, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Wade, Calluses are part of learning the right grip. Different people get the in different places. If yours is on the left pinky I really don’t see how this would occur. Double check your grip with mine in my book or video series if you have them. Otherwise follow this video:

      Left Hand: http://ignitiongolf.com/left-hand-grip

      Right Hand: http://ignitiongolf.com/right-hand-grip

      Different Grips: http://ignitiongolf.com/golf-grips

      Also, if the calluses hurt take a Bic single edged razor and shave them off. If you do your hands will never hurt.

      • November 8, 2012

        WadeThames

        Got it! It looks like I had the club a bit far up (too close to the fingers) in the grip.I think that was cause some what of a pinch that would rub. I knew that the callus wasn’t right but I could not find the reason. Now I have to work on getting the light touch back again with new grip.
        I watched the video regarding the grip on the right, also. The part about the not having right thumb in the middle of the shaft I may need to check. I have to make sure I am getting the proper hinge on the back swing.

        I am working on it and thanks!

        • November 8, 2012

          Paul Wilson

          Wade, That’s good news. The grip is tricky so understanding and mastering the correct placement is very important to developing a great swing. Keep checking it.

  6. December 10, 2012

    richmosney

    GOOD EVENING PAUL,,,,I HAVE A TOTALLY UNRELATED QUESTION FOR YOU, I AM 5’10’,185 LBS WITH JUST A BARE MINIMUM OF FLEXIBILITY,DUE TO 50 YRS, OF BODY BUILDING.MY QUESTION PERTAINS 2 UR TEACHING RECOMMENDATIONS,,WOULD U SUGGEST A MORE ERECT POSTURE FOR A MORE UPRIGHT SWING (TO OBTAIN MORE POWER),OR A MORE BENT OVER POSTURE,FOR A FLATTER SWING,FOR MORE POWER.I HAVE TRIED BOTH AND HAVE PARTIALLY SUCCEEDED AT BOTH, BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHICH ONE FOR MY HEIGHT AND WEIGHT WILL WORK BETTER!!

    • December 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Rich,

      I always like the more upright swing for power. Why? First, I tried the flatter swing and lost power. Second, I went to a long drive event a few years ago and did not see one guy with a flat swing. Those are big bulky guys. So if they were doing the more upright swing and they hit the ball longer than your average person and even pros there must be something to it.

      Here is #1 in the world Jamie Sadlowski. Although he is not bulky check out his backswing:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V890tot3_O4

  7. December 11, 2012

    Ben

    G’day Paul,
    I am a swinging user. I went for years without a glove because where I was working and playing gloves were not available or expensive. Nowadays, my left hand is paler than my right hand because I am wearing a glove. The other day I took off the glove because it was worn and loose. I felt the glove was slipping on my hand. I noticed I could easily see my knuckles for grip checking whereas with a glove this was not so clear.
    I guess the makers love us to put on the glove and take it off every shot – more wear and tear. Also, what’s with the idea of “take the glove off when putting to get better feel”? Surely, this means don’t wear a glove at all?
    I used to have cord grips on all my clubs, the latest set is plain rubber or whatever material.
    In wet weather, I don’t use a golf glove, I use a cotton laboratory glove or wrap a handkerchief around the grip – the cotton fibres grip the handle without slipping.
    I think I have just talked myself out of wearing a glove for general use and use the lab glove in the wet.

    • December 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Ben,

      Sounds like you have talked yourself out of it. If your hands are not too sweaty I don’t see why you need a glove other than some people like the feel. I never even think about wearing one. Just do what you feel is right for you.

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