By Shawn McConnon

November 27, 2023

Cadet vs Regular Golf Gloves

Ever wonder what the difference is between cadets and regular golf gloves?

A lot of golfers assume a cadet size is for junior golfers. That’s actually incorrect and about 20% of golfers need a cadet-size golf glove.

What is a Cadet Golf Glove?

A Cadet golf glove is wider in the palm and has slightly shorter fingers.

How do I know if I need cadet gloves?

  • If regular gloves are tight and you have a little extra room in the fingers… You need a cadet glove.

  • If you struggle to get your hand in a golf glove you need a cadet size.

  • When a glove is too tight and is causing discomfort you need a cadet.

  • If your glove is ripping at the seams too often you need a cadet.

Cadet vs Regular Golf Glove Size Chart Comparison

Cadet vs Regular Gloves Size Chart

Here you can compare the cadet vs regular sizes.

I recommend measuring your hand per the manufacturer's instructions. Each golf glove brand might use a varied approach to measure your hand for their gloves.

Also don't assume one glove company’s size is the same as another. Always confirm by checking their size chart.

Benefits Of Using Cadet Gloves vs Regular

Benefits of using a cadet glove that fits

Having a properly fitting golf glove can be a game changer. If you're currently using a regular sized glove but need a cadet...

You’ll definitely have more confidence along with these benefits…

Better fit

You’ll have a more comfortable glove that’s not too tight and no extra finger-tip space. Your hand won’t feel so restrictive. Depending on the glove you may also reduce sweat.

Better durability

A properly fitting glove will increase its durability and life. If you wear a glove that’s too tight you risk having rip at the seams.

Better Grip

You’ll get a better grip. The extra finger space hinders your grip on the club. You’ll also have a better feel for short-game shots.

FAQs on Cadet vs Regular

FAQs on Cadet vs Regular

What's the difference between cadet and regular golf gloves?

Cadet gloves suit people with broader palms and shorter fingers. Regular gloves fit those with evenly sized palms and fingers. If your mitts are a bit on the stocky side, grab a cadet. Otherwise, stick with regular.

How do I know if I should buy a cadet or regular-size glove?

If regular sizes are too tight and have some finger space... You need a cadet. Also how does your glove feel? Does it feel tight and uncomfortable... you need a cadet. If your gloves are ripping at the seams... you need a cadet.

Can wearing the wrong-sized golf glove mess up my game?

You bet it can! A glove that's too tight or too loose is like playing in shoes that don't fit – it's gonna throw you off. I definitely recommend getting a cadet if regular sizes are not working out for you.

You want the right fit for your glove hand. The comfort and confidence can go a long way for your game.

Are cadet golf gloves more expensive than regular ones?

Nope, they usually cost the same. It’s all about finding the right fit for your hand, not spending extra clams.

Where can I find cadet-sized golf gloves?

They may be a little harder to find and not every manufacturer carries them. Luckily, UpGlove carries cadets sizes in medium through extra large.

Feel free to check them out here...

Final Thoughts

Having the correct fitting golf glove can be huge for your game. 

Cadet gloves are suitable for golfers with wider palms and shorter fingers. If you find that regular gloves are too long in the fingers or too tight in the palm, a cadet glove may be a better fit for you. It's important to note that cadet gloves are not suitable for everyone. If you have long fingers or narrow palms, a regular glove may be a better fit.

It's important to choose the right glove that fits your hand correctly to improve your game.

Happy Golfing!

About the author

Shawn is the founder of UpGlove. He started UpGlove to solve his own problem of getting an affordable player's glove. Shawn is a single-digit Handicap and loves to play different courses throughout Tampa Bay. He also enjoys taking his two doggies Brutus & Champi for long walks.

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