Now that you’re getting serious about your Pool game, it’s probably a good time to look for a Pool (or Billiards) glove. While the community is divided whether these gloves actually help or are just a mere show-off, I feel they’re a godsend especially if you’ve a clammy skin like me.
10. Predator Poison Billiard Gloves
- 1 10. Predator Poison Billiard Gloves
- 2 9. Mifulgoo Elastic Billiard Gloves
- 3 8. MXXGMYJ MagicW Billiard Gloves
- 4 7. Anser Sport Billiard Gloves
- 5 6. Kamui Quickdry Billiard Gloves
- 6 5. Predator Second Skin Billiard Gloves
- 7 4. Billiard Depot Billiard Gloves
- 8 3. IBS Three Fingers Professional Billiard Gloves
- 9 2. Scott Edward Billiard Gloves
- 10 1. CueSoul Competitive Billiard Gloves
- 11 Buyer’s Guide to Billiard Gloves
The Lycra in the Predator Poison clings tightly to the skin, with little bunching or crimping, while still giving your hand the flexibility it needs to move in any position. Don’t expect the colors to last very long if you use it often, though.
- Good for users with long fingernails
- Rubber padding can create friction
- Difficult to put on and take off
9. Mifulgoo Elastic Billiard Gloves
The Mifulgoo Elastic has an anti-skid silica gel net on the palm, so you can really lean into your shots without slipping during your follow-through. The tip of the middle finger has been left open to give you a better feel of the table.
- Lots of padding to reduce strain
- Easy to clean when necessary
- Not ideal for large hands
8. MXXGMYJ MagicW Billiard Gloves
The MXXGMYJ MagicW is made from a wrinkle-resistant material, so there should be fewer creases to potentially throw off your stroke. It has a good amount of stretch to it, allowing you to simply pull it taut if it starts to come loose or bunch up.
- Easy to put on and remove
- Helpful for reducing chafing
- Fingers are a little short
7. Anser Sport Billiard Gloves
The Anser Sport is flashier than many other models, as it has a splashy design on the side in addition to a large logo on the palm. This is likely to draw attention, but it could also be distracting — both to you and your opponents.
- Durable construction
- Available in six colors
- Tends to hold onto odors
6. Kamui Quickdry Billiard Gloves
Given its name, it will come as no surprise that the Kamui Quickdry is designed to air out fast, so even those with the sweatiest of hands should be happy with its performance. The Velcro strap at the wrist allows you to tighten it as much as you like.
- Helps keep cues clean
- Good for extended sessions
- For right-handed players only
5. Predator Second Skin Billiard Gloves
Made of breathable mesh, the Predator Second Skin actually helps keep your hands cool, rather than just mopping up sweat as it occurs. The surface is designed to be low friction, ensuring a smooth stroke and reducing the risk of mishits.
- Durable double-stitched construction
- Nonslip thumb pad
- Pricier than some other options
4. Billiard Depot Billiard Gloves
This model from Billiard Depot has quite a bit of flex to it, so you can contort your hand into just about any position without feeling constrained. The elastic in the wrist doesn’t bunch up very much, either, helping to ensure freedom of movement.
- Good budget option
- Fabric allows plenty of airflow
- Suitable for nearly any hand size
3. IBS Three Fingers Professional Billiard Gloves
Made from stretchable spandex, the IBS Three Fingers Professional is a one-size-fits-all solution that will cling tightly to your hand. There’s elastic at the wrist to keep everything in place, so you shouldn’t have to constantly readjust in the middle of a match.
- Comes in four colors
- Good unisex option
- Works on either hand
2. Scott Edward Billiard Gloves
The Lycra used to make this offering from Scott Edward sticks to your skin closely yet is still breathable. This ensures no loose fabric gets in the way during a shot, while also reducing the risk of sweaty palms causing a slip at an inopportune time.
- Ten gloves per order
- Fingertips are cut off
- Strong and durable construction
1. CueSoul Competitive Billiard Gloves
The CueSoul Competitive is available in several vivid colors in addition to basic black. This makes it easier to keep track of, but also immediately announces you as a serious player, so it may limit your opportunities to hustle.
- Won’t unravel if fingertips cut off
- Extremely soft fabric
- Machine washable
Buyer’s Guide to Billiard Gloves
Pool gloves offer a distinct advantage over playing bare-handed, though the primary benefit is to improve your grip on your cue. A better grip will allow for more control over your shots, and leave you a lot less prone to miscues or slipping. The gloves are particularly helpful for playing with a closed bridge, but it also helps with open bridges.
Not everyone chooses to play with a billiard glove, but most players will recommend them – especially in high heat or humid environments.
Do you sweat when you play? Don’t be embarrassed if you do! It’s extremely common, especially in warm competition environments, or when you might be a little more nervous than usual. Perspiration causes you to lose grip on your cue, regardless of how good it might be. Shooting with a pool glove, you completely negate the risk of ruining your shot, making for an all-round more predictable and enjoyable experience!
The problem is knowing which gloves to use. A quick look online will show an impossibly large range of gloves, all of which seem to do a great job – so how do you know which ones to buy?
Listed above, are five of the best billiard gloves, based on our research and trials. All of them offer unique and desirable advantages, but you still might be in two minds over which glove is right for you.
A buyer’s guide will help narrow this selection down – we’ll discuss the various criteria that outline exactly what you should be looking for before you make any purchase.
The price is always a crucial factor, though it is less of an issue when purchasing billiard gloves, as they are all (within reason) relatively cheap.
You should still, however, set yourself a budget. Do you want to spend under $10? Between $11-$20? Or maybe you’re looking to spend up to $30, or even $40!
You should consider your skill level when setting your budget – it makes more sense for a professional or advanced player to spend more money, than a new player who may not appreciate the same benefits. With that said, a new player can certainly benefit from a more expensive glove, though this is down to personal preference.
The price you pay will naturally affect the quality of the glove, which we’ll look at in the next section.
Cheap Vs Expensive Billiard Gloves
So what’s the real difference between a cheap or expensive pool gloves?
The main things that differ are the build quality, and the overall performance. Let’s look at the build quality first:
A cheaper glove will be made of a cheaper material, which presents the following issues:
- It may tear/rip easily
- The seams might come undone
- It might not be made of breathable fabric
- It may be uncomfortable to wear
A more expensive glove will resolve these issues, as it will have better build quality, ensuring a more comfortable fit and a longer life.
In terms of the overall performance:
- More expensive gloves but offer a better fit and comfort
- Cheaper gloves have less flexibility, resulting in less control
- The expensive gloves generally have gripping pads, which the cheaper gloves lack.
- All in, expensive gloves will generally provide a better fit, more flexibility and more control, as well as innovative gripping pads.
The last thing to consider would be whether you play left or right handed. This refers to your bridge hand, or the hand you intend to use your glove on. The cheaper products are usually ‘reversible,’ meaning that it will work equally well on both hands. The more expensive gloves are usually equipped with pads, and can only be worn on the specific hand they are made for.
Make sure that you purchase either a reversible glove, or one that is made specifically for your bridge hand! Some of the gloves on this list might only be suitable for a left or right bridge hand, such as the Predator Billiard Glove. You should also consider the size you need, as this might further narrow down the products available to you. These gloves are usually sized between small to x-large, but certain brands will only offer certain sizes.