I don’t about you, bit I typically play in hot, humid conditions. I live in south Alabama, one of the most humid places in the United States if I had to guess. Before I moved here, I was already a serious sweater. I could sweat with the best of them. In a cold room? I’ll still find a way to sweat. Perfect golf weather? Doesn’t matter, I’m sweating. Don’t believe me? I had to buy $8 deodorants at one point just to keep from sweating no badly. Alright, enough about my sweating problems.
Keeping your hands dry and sweat-free is so important. If you are prone to sweaty hands and palms, you are at a huge disadvantage, and I think you already know that.
Luckily, there are some things that I’ve learned and tried on my own to fix this problem. Unfortunately, most of these tips will require that you buy something. Nothing is too expensive though, and they will definitely be worth it if they allow you to hold the club loosely like you should be.
Use Multiple Gloves & Rotate Them Often
Yes, I know. Gloves can get expensive when you buy so many. If you sweat, though, then you need to rotate gloves often. Rotate after 9 holes, after 3 holes, after 1 hole, after 1 shot, doesn’t matter. Just have as many gloves as you can and rotate between them so none of them get too sweaty.
To save you some money on golf, consider reading my article on the best value golf gloves. You are sure to save a lot of money in the long run.
At my peak, I used to rotate between 4 gloves in a round. It’s really not that hard to do, and it doesn’t have to be too structured. I would just play a few holes with one glove, then switch to another, then drop that one and switch to another. It didn’t matter which one it was. If you are wondering, I am now playing with MG golf gloves, as they are priced super low and made with great quality leather.
Try a Dry Hands Product
There are lots of dry hands products. Before I played golf, I was a big tennis player. My sweaty hands eventually got so bad that I bought three dry or sticky hands products to test them out. To my surprise, they all worked phenomenally. Some people will find that they like a dry hands product like a a rosin ball (the thing that pitchers use) or a product called Dry Hands (substance that makes your hands dry without making them sticky).
- Dry Hands will turn your hands a little white and chalky, but it does a great job at keeping sweat off your hands. Plus, it is only a few dollars, so it is definitely worth the try. A product called Tite-grip has also had great reviews, but I’ve never tried it personally.
- Others will find that they actually prefer the sticky products. As a tennis player, I really liked the sticky feeling that I got from a product called the Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer. I would just gently rub my hands and the grip with the towel/cloth, and I would be good to go for the rest of the day. For golf, it might make sense to just gently rub your golf glove and opposite hand against the towel, as opposed to each club grip. Depending on how much you sweat, you can rub the towel softer or more aggressively to get less/more tackiness.
- The spray stuff (like Grip Boost) that you’ll see pretty often works great as well. It gets your hands sticky enough to be useful, and it makes it harder to over apply. These products last a very long time compared to products like Dry Hands.
Use Rain Gloves
I just wrote a long article on the best rain gloves on the market. There is no question that they improve your ability to grip the club, even with sweat, rain, or water on your hands. I know of a couple of guys that use them in the summer when they simply sweat too much for normal gloves.
They will allow you to keep a loose grip, instead of having to “white knuckle” the grip to make sure it doesn’t come out of your hands in your swing. You’ll have to try it out yourself and see how you like it.
Put Baby Powder on Your Hands
If you are balling on a budget, consider trying baby powder instead of a Rosin Bag. I’ve heard it works nearly just as good. Just put a small amount and spread it over your hands. If you already have some at your house, consider just using that instead of buying a new product of having something shipped to you.
Use Sweat Bands Around Your Wrists
I won’t lie to you, having a sweatband around my wrist makes my golf swing feel very different. However, try it out and see if you mind it. It will 100% stop some of the sweat from getting to your hands. If it comes at the expense to your golf swing, though, it’s not worth it. I’d recommend trying one of the products listed above first, and then throwing this in as well if needed.
Skip “Golf Towels”
Standard “golf towels” are honestly not very good at absorbing sweat. They are much better at removing dirt from your clubs as opposed to getting your hands dry enough for your next shot. For that reason, consider skipping out on standard golf towels. Just use normal gym towels or anything else really. They are much better at absorbing sweat and keeping your hands dry, as opposed to just moving sweat around.
Use Lots of Towels
If you are only using one towel, that might be your problem. You need to have lots of towels. Some for your clubs, some for your face, some for when your first towel gets too wet, some for your grips, some for when that towel gets too wet, etc. If you are using a slightly sweaty towel, you won’t be able to absorb much sweat in the first place.
I would also recommend you try to have one cold towel as well, to keep around your neck when you can. That way, you will stay cooler and hopefully sweat less.
Most importantly, keep a dry towel tucked into your pants. That way, right before you are about to hit, you can wipe your hands and grip off if you need to.
If you think the problem might be because your golf grips are simply too slippery, consider getting new grips. Winn DryTac, BestGrip’s leather grips, and just chord grips (not wraps) are the most common advice that you will find.
At least consider cleaning your current grips with soap and water and drying them as much as possible. This alone will make your grips slightly tackier.
Keep Yourself Cooler
Do whatever you can to make yourself cooler. Wear clothes that are very breathable, keep a cold drink with you, keep a cold towel on your neck, wear a hat, rub ice on your veins, fan yourself, etc.
Speed Up Your Routine
My last tip would be to speed up your routine. After drying your hands, you are on a time limit to hit your next shot. If it takes you a whole minute from hand drying to hitting the ball, that’s 60 whole seconds that the world has to screw you over.
Allow the world less time to ruin your score. If you keep a towel tucked into your shorts/pants and speed up the time that you stand over the ball at address, you can hit the ball within 10-15 seconds of drying your hands. This will ensure you are hitting your shots will sweat-free hands each time.