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Combining a super grippy palm side with a highly breathable backside, the CaddyDaddy Claw golf glove offers comfortable performance with a unique feel.
For the majority of golfers, the golf glove is a staple. But unlike a ball that typically gets relegated from play at the first sign of a blemish, golf gloves tend to get used until the blemish becomes a hole the size of the Grand Canyon. The CaddyDaddy Claw glove claims to last “3-5 times longer than leather,” making its $19.99 price a potential value. Always somewhat skeptical of claims that sound too good to be true, I just had to give the glove a try.
The CaddyDaddy Claw glove comes in six sizes, including two in cadet. Trying on my normal cadet medium, I found the fit just right. Unlike a leather glove that may require a bit of a break-in period, the Claw was ready to go right out of the packaging. I immediately felt a distinct difference between the mesh fabric on the back side of my hand and the silicone coated fabric on the palm side.
The coating is very grippy and felt odd as my fingers rubbed or when I touched other objects. Gripping a club, however, felt comfortable and normal. Where it feels natural keeping a quality leather glove on during play, I found the Claw distracting.
Swinging a club with the CaddyDaddy Claw, the bond with the grip was fantastic. I expected the dull feel a thicker rain or winter glove gives, but was delighted to find full tactile engagement with the grip. Although my test sessions were in moderate temperatures, I have no doubt that the mesh fabric will offer good ventilation. If you tend to grip a club too tightly, the Claw’s extra gription may allow you to relax your hands.
The Claw is machine washable. I put it through the wash cycle and found the glove to look like new – no visual degradation. Being able to knock dirt and sweat off the glove in the washer is a definite plus. Before wash and after, the fit remained constant.
I don’t have enough testing time wearing and washing the glove to make any determination about longevity, but I have no reason to doubt that the synthetic material will last longer than natural leather. The durability makes the CaddyDaddy Claw an attractive glove for golfers who need to stretch their budget. Although I found the breathability and grip engagement compelling performance features, the overall wearability fell a bit short.
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