If the glove doesn't fit the guidelines, then you must deem it non-conforming. Sure, that may not be as catchy as Johnny Cochran's famous slogan, but that's what the USGA has been preaching to Louisville Slugger. Hillerich and Bradsby Co., manufacturer of the Bionic Glove line and Louisville Slugger baseball equipment, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against the United States Golf Association involving the Association's approval of the Bionic Golf Glove.
The Bionic Golf Glove was designed by Louisville hand surgeon Jim Kleinert and advertised as an aid to golfers with arthritis due to it's ergonomical design. The glove has neoprene between the fingers and on the flexpoints of the hand as well as padding placed throughout the palm and fingers. The glove's padding is the culprit when it comes to seeking the USGA's approval. Rules state that the glove be "plain" and meet 12 of the USGA Equipment Standards Committee's guidelines such as "[the glove] shall not have features such as any other contrivance or device that might assist the golfer in making a stroke."