As Gary Sheppard, the CEO of HIRZL North America, sees it, golf gloves are much more than player accessories.
“In reality, they are important pieces of equipment,” he says, adding that his company, which specializes in high- performance gloves for sports like cycling and horseback riding, boasts three lines for golfers.
One is known as TRUST Control, which is designed for medium- to high-handicappers and features a palm made of kangaroo leather. Sheppard claims that material is not only soft and durable but also provides three times more grip in dry weather conditions over leading golf glove brands and five times more when things are wet, thanks to a special tanning process.
The backhand of this product is made of a combination of Cabretta leather and Airtech mesh, and the glove can be hand washed. “It will never dry up or crack,” he adds. “You can wear it 50 times and never lose your grip.”
Headquartered in Switzerland with North American operations based in Granbury, Tex., HIRZL also has the TRUST Feel, with a thinner kangaroo leather palm designed to appeal to better players looking for optimum feel. Sheppard says this offering has two times more grip in dry weather conditions and four times more in wet weather.
It, too, has a backhand made of Cabretta leather and Airtech mesh, and can be washed in cold water as well. Sheppard also points out that the TRUST Control and TRUST Feel gloves were used by more than 80 percent of the field at last fall’s RE/MAX World long Drive Championship, and claimed victories in five of the seven divisions there.
Then, there is the SOFFFT Flex, made mostly of Cabretta leather that goes through 72 separate manufacturing steps in an attempt to create superior fit and feel. Sheppard describes this as the ultimate tour player performance glove, and adds that LPGA major winner Anna Nordqvist wears one in competition. This product is machine washable, he says, and designed to be as long lasting as the HIRZL models made of kangaroo.