I put about 30 days of use on one glove and it got ugly. My golf grips are black and that seems to be rubbing off onto the glove. I've had the clubs for years -- maybe 20 -- and not used them. Maybe the grips are degrading wrt the dye.
Anyway, I hand-washed the glove. Put it on, applied Dawn, rubbed it with the other hand, used a sponge on the worst areas. Rinsed and rinsed with cool water. Air dried. And voila! It's still kind of grungy, but has shrunk, like, a full size. The parts that velcro around the wrist juuuust reach the end of my palm. The fingers are too tight. And my hand would probably go numb if I tried to grip a club for very long.
The glove was new (unused) when I started lessons this year. Like the clubs, it has been lying around for years, but in its original packaging.
On to the 2nd glove. And ordering one of the synthetics.
Thanks. I rinsed the glove, put it on, and towel-dried it on my hand. When it dried again, it fit better ... reached my wrist, fingers weren't tingling. After it is dry, it's really stiff. If I get into a bind, I can probably use it enough to work that out. But I'm trying out other gloves as I go so I should have backups.I'd try getting it wet again, put it on wet and stretch it back to the shape of your hand and see if that helps?
Ohh yes, good idea! My instructor told me this as well, when I initially asked about care/cleaning maintenance of my clubs this season. He said to just take an old tooth brush and dish soap to club heads regularly to get off dirt and grime. Then less frequently to do the grips as well, and that extends their life quite a bit.I, ahem, "had occasion" to visit a golf club repair shop. I explained I am a beginner and plan to replace my clubs in the next couple of months. I think he was trying to educate me -- he recommended I take a nylon brush to my grips, along a little soap, and scrub the shine off. The shine represents use and means the grip will have less grip.
I scrubbed all the grips and rinsed off gray-colored soap. I expect to find much less staining on my gloves from now on. It may be that the grips have begun to degrade and this scrubbing will just extend their life a bit while I get ready for demoing clubs. If so, that's good enough for me.
@TNtoTaos -- what gloves do you like? I would much prefer to use synthetic gloves. I have found no all-synthetic gloves in local stores, so I expect to have to go thru a bit of trial-and-error with online suppliers.