Playing tennis with a glove

gerikoh

Semi-Pro
i have problems with my hands when they get sweaty. the grip slides backward as i hit the ball making me commit a lot of unecessary errors. so used a glove. it was very hard to find a right hand glove since most of it are worn by the left hand. plus it's so hard to find a right hand glove that is thin enough for me not to compromise my feel with the racquet plus with it should be very tacky as it is the reason on why i should use on. all of a sudden, i happen to pass by a golf shop, found these fit39 golf gloves. it's very perfect: right handed, thin and has a hell of tackyness. eventually, all my problems are solved. i can do a pure flat powered backswing forehand then add some spin on my follow through, and the grip didn't even slide, not one bit. i felt like in heaven as all my problems were solved. and what's more, i don't even need to replace my overgrip even for a month of usage and the grip just feels like the same. however, after my first few uses with the gloves, i happen to experience severe aching in the lower left portion of the palm. but i got used to it after a week. fortunately for me, the gloves were so damn fitted and so thin that i didn't experience a lesser feel w/c i was supposed to expect. it's well ventelated too ;)
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
Why would you want a glove?
Interested as opposed to provoking. I have always found Tournagrip deals well with the sweaty hands and a bit of tape with the blisters.
 

gerikoh

Semi-Pro
maybe he has a sweaty hands. there's no tournagrip in our place. and i still have to order with tw plus the shipping fee of some $40 omg. though i tried a package of them. indeed they are good. but not as good as the golf glove ;)
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
Aha, lack of tourna is a bad thing....
Can't believe its $40 shipping, I have the same problem in the UK but at least some shops here have it. I tend to put together a decent sized order of strings, racquets etc...once or twice a year from TW
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
I once asked at a tennis shop if anyone made gloves for tennis and got laughed at. Never asked again :)
 

forzainter

Semi-Pro
Aha, I do in fact have a solution to your glove question. Such a product is in existence that would blow your mind. Its a glove (of course) that has a sleeve in it so the racquet is still in contact with your hand, but the handle is covered up by the glove, so you are actually joined to the racquet, how clever, ill see if I can find a pic.
 

gerikoh

Semi-Pro
so what does that do? it just covers your arm and the grip, not minimizing the sweat like what a golf glove does.
 

Fedace

Banned
I think old guys use racketball gloves, i have actually seen this before. they seem to do well with it. but you lose too much feel
 

AlpineCadet

Hall of Fame
Does anyone have any feedback on how different it feels to play with a glove?
Imagine wearing a glove, with a racket in your hand. :) Not hard to imagine how that would feel. Interesting enough, I saw a man wearing a racketball glove while he was playing tennis on a public court. He looked like a 3.0-3.5. Next time I see him, I'll ask him why he prefers a glove. It seems to me that he'd be the perfect candidate for a bigger handle size.
 

AceofBase

Rookie
Just any kind of glove cause a buddy of mine used the cotton kinda glove that you can buy anywhere to play tennis and plus i try with those squash racket glove and its work alright but not use to the feel.
 

JavierLW

Hall of Fame
Cliff Drysdale played much of his career wearing a glove..he seemed to do ok
Im an above average 3.5 player, and I went all almost this whole year thru my USTA League season wearing a glove. (usually golf or racquetball)

It didnt hamper my game at all, and I still managed to play better (not because of the glove of course, but despite it).

I originally tryed it at first, because I just started playing again in January after taking 3 months of (do to a surgery), and I tore the skin off the inside of my thumb serving.

I really wanted to keep playing so I decided to try wearing a glove since that seemed to be the best way I could keep playing (Ive used gauze and gauze tape for this before, but it just comes off when I serve).

Then I got to thinking. Every summer when the weather gets hot and humid here, I have a big problem with holding onto my racquet on the serve. Ive tryed tons of diffrent grips but I just sweat too much and none of them last me much past a set.

So I wore the glove. At first it actually really helped because it forced me to be more concious of a bad habit I have where I change grips without using my off hand (I have big hands), with the glove it's harder to do that. (it's a bad habit because obviously not using my off hand is a lazy way of messing up my strokes)

It worked great indoors, and worked okay for half the summer, but once it got to mid-July / August they actually didnt help much because I would sweat so much the glove would become soaked thru, which was worse then if my hand was wet.

I tryed using multiple gloves, and exchanging racquets to keep the grip from getting wet but it got to silly. And the problem was if I took the glove off in the middle of the season it seemed to affect my strokes somewhat (because the feel is diffrent).

Once the season was over, I ditched the glove and went back to wristbands and H2O grip and they seem to work fine, although August is long gone and I'll just have to accept that Im always going to have some sort of issue then.

So anyway, my point is the glove works fine (for some people probally), it just didnt really hold up for me.

The golf glove (the Nike DRI-FIT one) was the best feeling one as it was soft and tacky. However at the time I was using Wilson Pro Overgrip, and the glove would literally rip the grip right off the racquet if I was having a good service day.
 

LPShanet

Banned
Does anyone have any feedback on how different it feels to play with a glove?
The main difference in feeling is a flush and redness of the face, triggered by the merciless teasing that most of your playing partners will probably give you :)

I'm assuming the main reason you ask is to protect from blisters. (If it's a fashion motivation, then I can't help you.) Once you develop callouses, you'll find you won't need it, and you'll get better feel without a layer between you and the racquet. Until then, try strategically placed sports tape if you want to go more macho and less...you know. I don't know if they still make gloves, but they're probably similar to a racquetball or even a golf glove. Also, if you hit against hard hitters, a glove could rub back and forth or slip against your skin if it didn't fit perfectly, causing poor grip and blisters itself (albeit different blisters).
 

tbini87

Hall of Fame
i have seen a few older men around my parts wearing gloves, but no one else does. i have never considered it, but i have no problems without one. i would consider wearing one in really cold conditions, but that is about it.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
If you are concerned about blisters, calluses, breaking skin etc., I suggest you use paper tape from pharmacy to protect sensitive areas instead of trying a glove.
 

mpenders

New User
I play racquetball, and like most, I use a glove.

Here's the deal with gloves - you need to own more than one. It's important to be able to rotate them once they start getting wet. This is both from a performance standpoint, and from a durability standpoint. Continuing to play with an overly wet glove will cause it to wear out more quickly, mainly meaning it loosens up and becomes sloppy. Not good if you're seeking good control of the racquet.

Depending on what you're looking for in a glove, there are many styles to choose from. One of my personal favorites has is the Ektelon Maxtack (see the racquetball warehouse site), which is treated to make the leather tacky. Properly rotated and washed occasionally (yes, you can wash them), they will last a long time - I still have several that are over a year old that I play with regularly.

In my opinion, golf gloves just do not perform or last as well as a racquetball glove. Your milage may vary.
 

kalic

Professional
Just put some anti-perspirant deodorant on your hands 10 minutes before match. Also there is dedicaded "anti-sweat hands" by Prince, but I never try it...
 

Fay

Professional
I got some tennis gloves 5 years ago and they are worn out and I'm going to get more ... I have a very small hand and short stubby fingers and I am able to not grip so tight ... allows my hand to relax without the racquet flying out. I tried a smaller grip and my bones hurt so I went back to mid-size grip and gloves. I can play fine without it, but prefer it.
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
I have played with golf gloves for years.

I sweat A LOT. Changing sweatbands every set etc still doesn't quite fix it, nor does any overgrip on the market.

A few things to note from my experience.

1. you need fingered gloves - the loosening grip is in the fingers not the palm of your hand.
2. you will go through a lot of grips AND gloves if you go with golf gloves. But they have great feel. The first part of the gloves to go is in the palm of the hand, which is still playable because the finger grip is what matters.
3. cotton simply is not durable enough and has virtually no feel or grip when saturated (may seem obvious but just don't even bother trying it).
 

plum

Rookie
I tried playing with a glove and the glove twisted when I changed grips rendering a terrible feeling. I like to play november here in Vermont and the hands get cold. That hot glove looks cool but I wonder if the bionic glove would twist like the glove I tried?
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I tried playing with a glove and the glove twisted when I changed grips rendering a terrible feeling. I like to play november here in Vermont and the hands get cold. That hot glove looks cool but I wonder if the bionic glove would twist like the glove I tried?
Make sure the glove fits snug.
 

OHBH

Semi-Pro
Leather golf gloves do not work in the cold because the leather gets stiffer and you lose feel, and if you sweat the get slippery in the summer. What you need is a golf rain glove; rain gloves are made to work great when swing a driver with a wet rubber grip at 100 mph and they can keep your hand warm in the cold but thin enough to give you some feel. It is the best all year long glove.
 

rtl11

New User
Try a fingerless weight lifting glove
I use fingerless weightlifting gloves and I like them a lot. It they start smelling due to the sweat very quickly. Anyone has tips for brands that are better with the sweat?

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