Features to consider when choosing pool gloves
Billiard gloves help you mitigate the external factors that might hinder your overall performance. Before buying the best pool glove for the right or left hand, consider the following essential features to get the right fit, and to avoid guesswork.
Materials and design
The most common material found in the best rated billiard gloves is Lycra, which is also known as Spandex or Elastane that is used to make Longoni Billiard Pool CUE Glove. These materials are highly elastic and can stretch up to 8 times of their regular size without tear and wear. They may be paired up with nylon, polyester, and other fabric to increase their elasticity. Lycra is great at eliminating sweat and heat because of its impressive moisture-wicking properties and low heat retention. The material also provides adequate traction for a firm and steady grip of the cue stick to reduce wayward and missed shots.
Molinari Billiard Glove incorporates meshed material, another popular choice with exceptional breathability that improves air circulation to keep pool players cool and dry. It also feels comfortable next to the skin.
Suede is used for a smooth surface, but it is prone to staying warm.
These gloves also come in a variety of designs; some have finger sleeves that are totally closed or open, others only have the tips exposed, while the majority feature a combination of fingerless design on 2 fingers with the other 3 fingers closed or exposed at the tips. Players using a closed bridge prefer having the thumb, index, and middle fingers to prevent the cue stick from rubbing against the skin when gliding to shoot. Closed finger sleeves provide better protection against skin abrasion, whereas exposed fingers or fingertips improve heat dispersion and allow players to get a proper feel of the table.
What hand it fits on (what versions are available)
When we talk about hand orientation, we are referring to the bridge hand and not the hand that holds the cue stick. That means a pool glove for the right hand such as Tiger Billiard Glove would be for left-handed players and vice versa. Manufacturers will always indicate what hand the glove fits. Check the description beforehand for confirmation as well as information on other versions that are available. Most brands will offer options for either hand.
Although uncommon, there are 3-finger gloves that can be reversed to be worn on either hand. Unfortunately, this kind is less likely to fit snugly.
You need the right pool glove that will fit your left or right hand snugly. Too loose fit is clumsy, and a tight one will be uncomfortable and may even bruise your skin or tear from excess stretching. Fortunately, reputable sellers include a sizing chart on their websites that guides potential buyers on the best glove size for their palms. For instance, Predator Second Skin Billiard Glove Red is available in large and extra-large sizes for players with palm measurement of 9 to 9.5 inches, while KAMUI Billiard Glove comes in optional sizes of extra small, small, medium, large, extra-large, and extra extra-large.
Palm circumference, expressed in inches, is measured by wrapping a tape around the widest part of your wrist without including the thumb.
A proper-fitting pool glove will also be convenient to take on or off. A one-size-fits-all design may also suffice, although models designed for specific sizes fit better.
Besides varied designs, you can also purchase a pool glove for the left hand, such as Molinari Billiard Glove in 6 different color options depending on your style and personality. They include red, yellow, black, and various shades of blue color.
It is important to research the Company you intend to buy from for testimonials by verified users on the performance and durability of the pool glove. You will also learn more about other related products on offer, pricing, shipping schedule, and the customer support, if any.
The best way to narrow down risks is to consider purchasing your billiard glove from established brands like Kamui, Predator, and Longoni, which will have plenty of reviews, a long history of quality, and accessible support for shipping and other enquiries.
Anti-slip padding: It is integrated on the palm area to prevent your hand from sliding on the pool table felt.
Adjustable wrist band: It is adaptable for custom fitting and secures the worn glove with Velcro or hooks.