Given the standard issue British Summer we seem to be having, it seems appropriate to review the leading rain golf glove in the market, namely the FootJoy RainGrip, of which there are two versions.
FootJoy RainGrip Golf Glove Review
Since its launch in 1996, the black RainGrip glove has been renowned the world over for its performance when the heavens open.
The Autosuede palm and index finger is the key to the whole glove as the fibres 'stand up' when they are wet and this is what enables the glove to grip a soaking wet club.
The glove actually works better when wet so don't be afraid of letting it get wet in the rain. I have seen people run their hand palm down over wet grass before teeing off in order to activate the fibres.
Even if you usually take you glove off for putting, I would suggest just leaving it on all the time as it will allow it to get damp and it will retain whatever warmth there is in the glove. Putting on a cold, wet glove is not much fun.
Moisture can come in many forms and you may also find that using a RainGrip on a hot and humid day can also provide more grip than a sweaty leather glove.
On days like these, the Quick Dry material on the back of the glove helps breathability and aims to reduce moisture emanating from your body rather than the skies.
As well as the usual elasticated Velcro closure, the RainGrip comes with a ball marker and a tee located in a handy loop to save you fumbling in your waterproofs.
Overall the RainGrip is the standard for wet weather golfers and everyone should have one in their bag.
FootJoy RainGrip Xtreme Golf Glove Review
If however you need even more gripping power then the RainGrip Xtreme could be the answer.
Everything about the Xtreme is the same as the standard glove, except the grey colour of the Autosuede and the palm and thumb which feature a strip of black M3 material.
This 3M Micro material has thousands of tiny gripping 'fingers' on it that work with the rubber on your grip to secure your hands.
Even in the dry you can really feel the extra grip that it offers when you are holding the club. In the wet it is just as strong and you are probably wondering why this is not on all the RainGrip gloves as standard.
Apart from cost, it is probably because the Xtreme has a slightly different feel during play because the 3M Micro is on top of the Autosuede palm rather than being a part of it.
There is no real right or wrong here, because each RainGrip glove performs equally well so try them both out and see which one helps you get a perfect grip on your game in the wet.