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Review: GFORE Golf Gloves

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Pros: Extremely soft, comfortable fit with distinct, colorful styles.

Cons: Price ($35 each). No children’s sizes.

Bottom Line: They’re pricey, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a wider selection of colors and styles from another golf glove maker.

Overview

GFore was founded by fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. If you’re a Target shopper, his name may sound familiar because in 2000 Giannulli brokered the first ever designer-exclusive distribution deal with Target Stores.

With Giannulli’s background in fashion and love for golf, he combined function and style in his GFore golf brand, which sells golf gloves, shoes, hats, socks and golf bags. The young brand has already secured major endorsers of its products, with Tom Watson, Jonas Blixt Robert Rock, Rickie Barnes and Tommy Armour III all wearing the company’s gloves.

GFore’s golf gloves are available in more than three dozen colors and styles, and cover a wide range of size needs: small to large for women, and small to XXL for men. Cadet sizes are also available.

The stock gloves are priced at $35 each and fully customizable GFore gloves costs $50 each.

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Performance

GFore golf gloves are some of the softest, most buttery gloves I have ever worn. That’s thanks to their construction — they’re made from fine AA Cabretta leather — but somehow they’re still surprisingly durable.

I tried four gloves in two different sizes to get my perfect fit. I have long, slender fingers so it’s exceptionally difficult for me to find gloves that are long enough in the fingers, but tight enough to give me a snug fit. The medium is the closest I have come to finding something that fits great on my hand. It really has a natural feel, and its a glove that I don’t mind wearing for a long time.

Despite the bright colors, I haven’t had any staining issues with the gloves rubbing off on my clothes or the color-bleeding onto my hand.

Looks and Feel

The colored glove is not new to the market, but I have not seen the concept executed better than what GFore has produced.

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Pictured are four women’s gloves in Blossom, Clover, Lemon and the two-toned Wisteria. GFore has a large array of colors to choose from in both men’s and women’s gloves, and you can even design an entirely custom glove on the company’s website. You have to truly appreciate that customized glove, however, as one will cost you a whopping $50.

The colors of the gloves in person are just as vibrant as how they appear in the pictures and on their website. Their closures are made with strong velcro, so once they’re on they’re not going anywhere.

The leather on the outside of the glove is one of the softest pieces of leather I have ever felt. The inside of the glove feels similar to other Cabretta leather gloves, although, I wish there was a way to take away the feel of the seems. They’re not a deal breaker, however, and seem to help the gloves keep their shape, even with extended use.

The Takeway

As long as you can stomach the price, GFore golf gloves are a great way to add some fun to your golf wardrobe without going overboard. Their quality construction will also please even the pickiest golfers.

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Kimberly Baresel is a long-suffering golf aficionado. She began playing the game at age 16, married into it with her husband Greg, who is a teaching pro, and has worked on the business side of the industry in merchandise for the last 12 years. Working in a pro shop, doing the soft-goods buying has allowed her to examine apparel in an intimate way. Having a petite frame and being unable to find comfortable, stylish apparel is a motivating factor in her writing. Outside of golf, Kimberly loves being a mother to her two adorable little boys. For more apparel reviews, go to www.kbgolfstyle.com

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  1. Daily Sports USA

    Dec 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    G Fore golf gloves are great, they are extremely soft and comfortable, I really like theirs colorful styles.

  2. Thomas

    Apr 22, 2014 at 1:35 am

    These are hands down the best gloves I have ever played with. I always stock up every year at their Black Friday sale when they are cheaper…

  3. leftright

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Put them in high end proshops at exclusive clubs and they should sell quite well. I would not see this item doing well at mass retail stores or public, semi-private golf courses. They might also do well at some resort facilities serving affluent clientele.

  4. Ron H

    Apr 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I wonder why we golfers wear a glove anyway. After all, the early greats of this game – Hogan, Snead et al – didn’t and they played with relatively slippery leather grips. Today’s modern rubber/ rubber compound grips are so tacky and soft, I just don’t see the point of wearing a glove. I stopped wearing a glove two years ago and my game hasn’t suffered from losing the grip on my clubs. I practice twice a week and play at least onceand have developed exactly the mild callouses Hogan describes in the “Five Lessons”. And I play in the Pacific NW in all kinds of weather (mostly rain). I wonder if the golf glove has simply become one of the affectations of our game.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      Apr 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      That’s great that your hands don’t get tore up! My hands are so sensitive that I’m almost tempted to start wearing two gloves. I mean, I WON’T, but I’m tempted!

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GolfWRX’s fashion expert Jordan Madley picks her top-3 favorite men’s polo shirts from the recent 2018 PGA Fashion Show in Las Vegas. Enjoy the video below!

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Review: The QOD Electric Caddy

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If you want an electric golf caddy that doesn’t require that you wear a sensor or carry a remote — one that will be reliable and allow you to focus on your game, and not your cart — then the Australian-manufactured QOD is worth checking out.

The QOD (an acronym for Quality of Design and a nod to its four wheels) is powered by a 14.4-volt lithium battery, good for 36 holes or more on a single charge. It has nine different speeds (with the fastest settings moving closer to jogging velocity) so the QOD can handle your ideal pace, whether that be a casual stroll or a more rapid clip around the course.

The QOD is also built to last. Its injection-molded, aircraft-grade aluminum frame has no welded joints. Steel bolts and locking teeth take care of the hinging points. The battery and frame are both guaranteed for three full years. If you need a new battery after the three-year window, the folks at QOD will replace it at cost.

Its front-wheel suspension gives the QOD a smooth ride down the fairway, and the trolley is easy to navigate with a gentle nudge here and there. The QOD is always in free-wheel mode, so it is smooth and easy to maneuver manually in tight spaces and around the green.

The caddy also features three timed interval modes for situations where you might wish to send it up ahead on its own: when helping a friend find a lost ball or when you will be exiting on the far side of the green after putting, for example. The clip below includes a look at the caddy in timed mode.

When folded, the QOD measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall.

Another area where the QOD excels is in its small size and portability. When folded, it measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall, making it the smallest electric caddy on the market.

Folks Down Under have been enjoying the QOD for some time, but it wasn’t until a few years ago when Malachi McGlone was looking for a way to continue walking the course without putting undue strain on an injured wrist that the QOD found U.S. fairways. After first becoming a satisfied customer, McGlone convinced CEO Collin Hiss, who developed the product and oversees its production in Australia, to allow him to distribute and service the QOD here in the states.

The QOD has no self-balancing gyroscope, bluetooth sensor or remote control. Bells and whistles just aren’t its thing — though it does have a USB port for cell phone charging that can come in handy. However, if you are looking for a no-fuss workhorse to move your bag down the fairway, the QOD should be on your radar.

The 2018 model has begun shipping and will be on sale at $1,299 for a limited time. It normally retails at $1,499.

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