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How to maintain gloves......

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I play exclusively with Cabaretta Leather gloves, which I used to tear apart and the handpalm within a few rounds. Last year I improved my grip.... more in the fingers now and I don't tear the handpalms anymore, but in a few weeks the gloves become dark and slippery.

Not that I mind much ...... I just take the next one, but I am going trough about 10 - 12 gloves per season and only because the become slippery.

Anyone solved this ?

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Originally Posted by Gerald

I play exclusively with Cabaretta Leather gloves, which I used to tear apart and the handpalm within a few rounds. Last year I improved my grip.... more in the fingers now and I don't tear the handpalms anymore, but in a few weeks the gloves become dark and slippery.

Not that I mind much ...... I just take the next one, but I am going trough about 10 - 12 gloves per season and only because the become slippery.

Anyone solved this ?

Do you mean other than by weaning oneself off gloves and never looking back? No. I used to wear out the thumbs. I had a fix for that, but since that's not your issue . . .

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Leather gloves wear out - sweat is especially bad for fine leather as it will remove the natural moisturizers in the leather and dry it out .  Anything (that I can think of at least) that you could put on the leather to restore moisture would make the glove slippery. But you could experiment with something like saddle soap - wash the glove carefully by hand and then use a form to allow it to dry.

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From what I understand, there are a couple of things that you can do.
1. After a round, don't wad it up and put it in your bag to dry, I've read that companies recommend putting it back in the original packaging so that the natural oils can come back out.
2. If it's an extremely wet day be it rain or sweat, let the glove air dry laying flat on a table or desk or something after the round. Another option is to keep multiple gloves in your bag and swap them out after a few holes so none of them get too saturated.

3. I've tried using some leather conditioner on them from time to time just to keep them supple. It works and makes them tacky again for a bit but I don't know if it has any adverse effects since it's really shoe polish/conditioner.

Hope this helps?

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I use these plastic glove frames and they help keep the glove usable for a longer time.

Glove Keeper

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I use white cabretta leather gloves. I just pop them in a washing machine with my socks and pants and let it air dry, when its dry it looks worse than when i started but the amazing this is, when you stretch it out before you put it on it becomes almost like new

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Great !!!

Originally Posted by johnthejoiner

I use white cabretta leather gloves. I just pop them in a washing machine with my socks and pants and let it air dry, when its dry it looks worse than when i started but the amazing this is, when you stretch it out before you put it on it becomes almost like new


I really don't thinks so  ....... but what the ....... I'll give it a try with one that is ready for the bin,,,,,, you never know !!!!

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Buy a bunch of gloves. When you have 3 or 4 they last much longer (and by that I mean more than 3 or 4 times longer, more rounds) because it gives the leather some time to dry and air out between uses. Other than that...eh...don't sweat?

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Originally Posted by jamo

Buy a bunch of gloves. When you have 3 or 4 they last much longer (and by that I mean more than 3 or 4 times longer, more rounds) because it gives the leather some time to dry and air out between uses. Other than that...eh...don't sweat?

I actually buy 6 at the start of the season and switch these per round, sometimes even using these 2 or 3 per round or if it raines switching after 3-4 holes, I never found a all-wheather that I liked.

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I make sure put it back in the original packaging unless it is wet. If wet, I just let it lay flat on top of my bag until try then transfer back to the package. I go through very few gloves. In fact, bought a new one beginning of last year and it is still going strong, Might make it through all of 2011. I play about 50 - 65 rounds a year.

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+1 on the plastic golf glove keeper...I put my glove on it and seal it in a ziploc bag between rounds. Read it in some golf magazine somewhere and it works pretty good. I also use a cheap glove to practice with to preserve my gamer.

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Rotate them...especially if it's warm enough for you to sweat (in that case, I'd rotate WITHIN a round as well).

I went to cheaper gloves too. The leather is thicker, which doesn't bother me, and I get a better deal and waste less money.

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Using proper care for your glove will make it last longer. +1 for not wadding it up and throwing it in your bag. Also, if you notice it wearing out more in one place on your glove, maybe check your grips. Worn out grips will create more friction on your gloves. Our gloves are 100% Cabretta Leather and my golf pro goes through 1 glove every 5 1/2 months. When I get him a new one we put the date on it. He hits up to 200 balls per day.

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Best way to make a glove last longer is dont wear one ,I dont . Why do you need to wear a glove anyways except for rain ?

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Originally Posted by basscat348

Best way to make a glove last longer is dont wear one ,I dont . Why do you need to wear a glove anyways except for rain ?


Some golfers don't tee up a ball, when it is the only chance you get for a perfect lie ....... same with gloves ....... but it might also have to do with grips...... anyway I feel I can hold a grip more relaxed with a glove ...... how many pro's dont use a glove ...... zero ?

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Originally Posted by sean_miller

Do you mean other than by weaning oneself off gloves and never looking back? No. I used to wear out the thumbs. I had a fix for that, but since that's not your issue . . .

Hmmmmm ...... I thought you played without Gloves.......

Just found this : " When I'm out of town, my wife makes me wear cabretta underwear. Kidding - unless it's winter or I'm digging a hole - gloveless."

We can use the info from older posts, can't we ?

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Originally Posted by Gerald

Some golfers don't tee up a ball, when it is the only chance you get for a perfect lie ....... same with gloves ....... but it might also have to do with grips...... anyway I feel I can hold a grip more relaxed with a glove ...... how many pro's dont use a glove ...... zero ?



Jonathan Byrd comes immediately to mind...and I'm almost positive there are others.

If I didn't live in a climate where it's cold a lot...I might try not to wear a glove. Lord knows that practicing/playing in the cold is brutal on your hands.

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Originally Posted by Gerald

how many pro's dont use a glove ...... zero ?


Fred Couples and (ironically) Lucas Glover come to mind.

edit: I watched an episode of Playing Lessons from the Pros on Golf Channel a few days ago with Fred Couples. His tip for not using a glove was to wipe down the grip after every shot to prevent sweat/oils from causing slippage (which a lot of people do anyway to extend the life of the grip).

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