Bionic Golf Gloves Expand Beyond Original Focus on Arthritis Sufferers

Models include extra padding, moisture-wicking

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One of several models of Bionic golf gloves. Courtesy of Amazon

Bionic Golf gloves are made by a division of the Hillerich & Bradsby Company, the same company that brought you the Louisville Slugger baseball bat and that makes PowerBilt golf clubs.

The golf gloves from Bionic come in multiple models, several for men and several for women, mostly in basic black/white color schemes but with a few more colorful options for women.

They cost more than many other golf gloves on the market but offer additional padding, a thicker leather palm and other features we'll discuss more below.

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Origins of the Bionic Golf Glove

Golf gloves with the Bionic name originally came to market in late 2004, and they were heavily marketed at the time to arthritis sufferers and other golfers who have issues with their hands and the ability to properly hold onto their golf clubs.

We wrote about the original Bionic golf glove back then, focusing on the company's "seal of approval" from the Arthritis Foundation. Here is some of what we wrote at that time:

"The Bionic Golf Glove is the creation of Dr. Jim Kleinert, a highly respected orthopedic hand surgeon. Patented anatomical relief pads placed between the hand's bony prominences give wearers more control over their golf clubs.

"The benefits come from the patented anatomical design of the gloves including pre-rotated fingers, motion zones, and anatomical relief pads," Dr. Kleinert said. "The pads are a key feature because they fill in the valleys of the fingers to give the golfer better contact with the club grip."

The Bionic Golf Glove is the first glove to receive the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendation.

"Easy-to-use products can reduce stress on joints, and make everyday tasks easier for all people," said Dr. John H. Klippel, Arthritis Foundation president and CEO.

The technology in the golf glove - Bionic Technology, which is also the name of a new division within H&B - was first developed for hockey gloves, then evolved to catcher’s mitts and first base mitts in baseball, then batting gloves for baseball. A Bionic Gardening Glove is being launched nationally and has also received the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendation."

Bionic Golf Gloves Today

The company still makes gloves today specifically for arthritis sufferers, although it long ago moved beyond that focus. The gloves designed for arthritis sufferers are the ReliefGrip models, offered for both men and women.

The ReliefGrip gloves, Bionic Golf says, have "extra support and mild compression," which helps "reduce pain and discomfort from swollen and sore joints, giving you a better grip."

All the Bionic Golf glove models have leather palms and terrycloth "mini-towels" inside to help control moisture. That wicking feature - the elimination of sweaty palms - is one of the Bionic features most liked by wearers.

Extra padding around the area below the thumbs and at the joints of the fingers help create a more comfortable grip without the golfer having to grip too tightly.

Standard Bionic Golf glove models also include these:

  • PerformanceGrip: With "flexion zones" between the fingers and elsewhere to increase flexibility and feel; includes a magnetic ballmarker.
  • RelaxGrip: Promotes a more relaxed grip with padding designed to even out creases in the golfer's hand.
  • StableGrip: With tapered finger design to match the natural finger shaping.
  • AquaGrip: For playing in wet weather.

All of these except the AquaGrip come in both men's and women's versions. While these models are not specifically marketed to arthritis sufferers, they, too, provide extra padding at key points in the fingers and elsewhere.

For more info, visit bionicgloves.com.

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