The golf glove is often overlooked because of new drivers, irons, wedges, putters, etc. Understandably so. And while I dislike buying new golf gloves each year, it's a must for me. People have tried to get me to play with no glove in the past, but I've never been able to do so. Whether it's a mental thing or just the Oklahoma humidity, I have to wear a golf glove until I'm chipping or putting.
A few years back, I reviewed the 3M Greptile Premium golf glove. At the time, it was the best glove I had ever worn, but I haven't had one in more than a year. I switched to FootJoy gloves, but even they left me wanting a bit more. I've been playing a lot more golf this year than in the past, and the Footjoy gloves don't last more than a few rounds in the Oklahoma heat without losing their grip.
When I had the chance to review the Mizuno Skintite glove, I jumped on the opportunity. Is it good enough to replace my beloved 3M Greptile, or will I have to keep looking? Keep reading to get my full impressions.
Mizuno Skintite Technology
The first thing that usually stands out about a golf glove is the leather. Mizuno designed the Skintite leather to be very thin yet extremely durable. With the help of Japan's top tannery, the final product is incredibly thin at .40-.50mm.
As for the grip, Mizuno uses a unique silver tanning process that helps provide enhanced durability. On top of that, and this is very crucial, it's also designed to provide a non-slip, water repellant finish. The durability and performance when wet are two very important things when dealing with golf gloves, and the Skintite's goal is to perfect both.
Another important area is comfort. Mizuno uses several things to assist with comfort including 3D Pre-Curve Patterning, Mizuno Flexmesh, Mizuno Comfort Fit Wrist, and the Mizuno Superfit Pulltab.
The Pre-Curve Patterning is designed to follow the natural curve of a person's hand which makes for a more natural fit. The Flexmesh provides breathable points at the primary flex points (around the knuckles for example) which helps the hand get air throughout a round.
The Comfort Fit Wrist describes the thicker moisture absorbing wristband that helps prevent glove "cuff curl." Finally, and not much different from other gloves, the Superfit Pulltab is a specifically patterned, velcro closure pulltab designed to offer a snug fit across the palm. This is the same as many other gloves, but with a fancier name.
Look and Feel
The Mizuno Skintite glove isn't anything special when it comes to looks. In fact, it looks like most other golf gloves, with the exception of the Mizuno logo on the pulltab. The version I have is all white, with a blue pulltab.
One minor thing is missing: the little ball-marker button found on many other gloves. This isn't a major problem at all, and a lot of golfers couldn't care less if it has it or not. I play a majority of rounds by myself, and I usually just use a tee or a coin to mark my ball on the greens. However, if you are a fan of the little ball-marker button, the Skintite will leave you without something to mark your ball. Fortunately this is something that can be added to a later version.
I mentioned above how important comfort is when it comes to golf gloves, and the Skintite delivers in this area. I enjoyed wearing the 3M Greptile Premium because is was comfortable, but this glove is even more comfortable. The technology provides very thin leather, and it's easy to see why this is a positive. In fact, it's easy to forget the glove is on sometimes because it's so light and comfortable.
The Skintite also conforms to my hand very well and stays that way throughout the round. I can't stand putting a glove on that fits loosely, even when it's the correct glove size. This glove isn't anything special when it comes to looks, but it's well above average when it comes to feel.
Regardless of how a golf glove looks and feels, it's all about the performance when put through the test of playing round after round after round. When it comes to the Mizuno Skintite, this is the area it dominates the most.
I got a few of these gloves earlier in the year, and if it wasn't for me losing the first one after the first or second round, I'd just now be putting my first one into retirement. I played over 20 rounds with the Mizuno Skintite, and I walked each of those rounds. That may not be important in most cases, but walking in Oklahoma heat during the summer makes that an important fact in this situation. I just now put the used glove away, but it could still be used in emergency situations. The grip was still pretty decent, but it was time to move onto a new one.
When I lost my first Mizuno Skintite glove on the course (I still have no idea what happened to that thing), I pulled out a FootJoy glove that had been played a few rounds. I figured it would be ok, but the heat completely dominated it. After playing with it a few holes, the glove became very slick. When I play with a slick glove, you can bet my drives and iron shots will be heading right. The club slips just a little, and the ball goes bye-bye.
The Skintite is comfortable, don't get me wrong. The way it handles wet or sweaty conditions, however, is what impresses me most about it. I never have to worry about the club slipping out of my hands when I have the glove on, and that's worth a ton when it comes to my golf game. In every performance aspect, the Mizuno Skintite passes with flying colors. It's a must if you play in humid conditions.
I'm much more particular than a lot of golfers when it comes to golf gloves. Like I mentioned above, it may have something to do with the mental side of things, or it may just be the grueling Oklahoma heat that causes a lot of sweat throughout a round of golf. Either way, I'm a better player when I'm comfortable with my golf glove.
After reviewing the Mizuno Skintite throughout the hottest time of the year, it will definitely be my golf glove of choice in the future. It's very comfortable, it's as durable as any other glove I've tried in the past, and it isn't affected at all by sweaty conditions. It's obviously good enough for certain professionals including Luke Donald, and it's good enough for me as well.
The Men's LH Skintite sizes range from S-XXL, while the Men's RH sizes range from S-XL. There is a Cadet LH available in sizes ranging from S-XL, and there is a Ladies LH available in Small, Medium, and Large. As I mentioned above, the Mizuno Skintite is available in white only.