皮之爭霸:合成皮手套真的能取代小羊皮?

Leather Battle: Can Synthetic Leather Gloves Really Replace Lambskin?

ChangWilson

With the continuous innovation of synthetic leather manufacturing technology, the trend of synthetic leather replacing lambskin has emerged on the market in the past decade. However, many golfers who have used synthetic leather gloves have reported results and we can find that the evaluation is very two-level. Why are synthetic leather gloves on the rise? And why are the reviews polarized? Can synthetic leather really replace lambskin gloves as an alternative to lambskin? In this issue, we try to demystify the above issues.

Advantages of synthetic leather gloves PU

The rise of golf synthetic leather gloves can be said to be a product that combines technology and functionality. Traditional golf gloves usually use natural leather, but in recent years, technological advancements in synthetic leather materials have led people to look for more advanced solutions in golf gloves.

The synthetic leather material used in most golf synthetic leather gloves is synthetic polyurethane (PU), which can come in different thicknesses and textures to imitate the appearance and texture of natural leather. These synthetic materials are resistant to wear and tear. At the same time, the price is low, and it once became a good substitute for sheepskin gloves.

Why do synthetic leather gloves have polarizing reviews?

Good PU leather can indeed achieve the performance advantages of imitating genuine leather. However, the synthesis of PU is unstable. Synthetic materials such as PU are artificial materials. Therefore, factors such as synthesis formula, manufacturing process, quality control, and technology have a great impact on cost and quality. Wrong formula, manufacturing process, and storage conditions will have a great impact. Glove life.

1. Lifespan issue

The lifespan of general PU leather is between 1-5 years, while the lifespan of inferior PU may be less than one year. Most environmentally friendly synthetic materials have a fixed service life. After the service life is exceeded, the leather will gradually weather and erode. Consumers are often unable to determine how long the leather has been stored in the brand's warehouse or factory before getting it. Therefore, when choosing synthetic leather gloves, it is best to choose a brand with good sales volume and high market share in the local market. This kind of product has a high turnover rate. It is not easy to buy products made of materials that are about to deteriorate.

Therefore, some consumers buy old stock, which causes the leather of the gloves to start to weather after a short period of use, and the leather is easily torn. In severe cases, leather crumbs will gradually begin to fall off. This is the main reason why synthetic leather has a bad reputation.

2. Production technical issues

Secondly, the leather synthesized by different formulas and production conditions also has differences in touch, hardness, elasticity and strength. Except for a small amount of synthetic leather used to make golf gloves, it is mainly used in the production of general bag products. Generally, bag products have lower requirements for leather than golf gloves. Therefore, it is difficult to achieve the expected good results if non-top-grade synthetic leather is used to produce golf gloves.

3. Summary

In view of the above reasons, the popularity of synthetic leather gloves has not yet replaced lambskin in the hearts of many senior golfers. In order to make this type of gloves have a better touch, manufacturers will splice lambskin where the palm contacts the club face to achieve the same level of touch as sheepskin. At the same time, the cost of the gloves can be controlled to provide consumers with more affordable prices and high quality. An excellent enough product. This may not be a good plan.

Features of synthetic leather gloves

advantage

  • Low Price: Synthetic leather is generally less expensive, providing a more affordable option.
  • Easy Care: Synthetic leather gloves are generally easy to clean and maintain and don’t require much special care.
  • Variety: Synthetic leather comes in a variety of colors and design options to suit different style needs.

shortcoming

  • Feel: Synthetic leather gloves generally don’t offer the same feel and sensitivity as lambskin gloves.
  • Breathability: Synthetic leather may not breathe as well as lambskin, which may cause sweaty or uncomfortable hands.
  • Texture: While synthetic leather has the advantage of being durable, it may not be as good as the texture and quality of natural leather in some aspects.
  • Quality control: Not every manufacturer produces synthetic leather that can meet good quality standards, and there are issues such as the length of inventory storage. Consumers need to choose more carefully.

GoPlayer synthetic leather products

Currently, there are two products in GoPlayer's glove series partially made of synthetic leather:

Both gloves use lambskin on the palm of the glove to improve the feel of use. At the same time, elastic fabric is wrapped around the finger joints to make the gloves fit the palm better and increase breathability.

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Featured Q&A

Why do you need to wear gloves when playing golf?

The origins of golf gloves can be traced back to the early history of golf. The earliest golf gloves were designed to provide better grip and protect the player's hands.

In Scotland, the birthplace of golf, golfers often use sheepskin gloves. These gloves provide a better grip on the club and reduce friction on the hands. This is very important for playing golf in different weather conditions. In wet Scottish weather, maintaining a stable grip on the club is crucial.

  • Friction, control, and stability: Golf club handles are often made of metal, rubber, or other materials, and they can become relatively slippery, especially in humid or hot weather conditions. Wearing gloves can provide a better grip and help you hold the club more firmly, improving your swing control and stability.
  • Protection (Reduced Friction): The golf club swing creates some friction, which can lead to wear, blisters, or abrasions on your hands if you don’t wear gloves. Wearing gloves can reduce friction between your hands and club and protect your skin.
  • Provide comfort: Wearing gloves can provide a level of cushioning and support, making your hands feel more comfortable during your swing. This helps reduce the impact of the golf swing on the hand and reduces fatigue.
  • Prevent Sweat: In hot weather, your hands may sweat, which can lead to slippery hands and reduced grip. Golf gloves are often sweat-wicking, which can help absorb sweat and keep your hands dry, thus maintaining a better grip.
  • Fashion: Good-looking gloves show a golfer's confident style.

In short, wearing gloves can improve the golfer's control, comfort and protection, and is an important piece of equipment in the game of golf. Different golfers may choose different types of gloves to suit different weather conditions and personal preferences.

Can I play ball without gloves?

A: Yes.

Whether to wear gloves is a personal choice and can be decided based on personal preference and actual conditions.

Some golfers choose not to wear gloves because they prefer the feel of the club with their bare hands, or they think gloves will reduce their feel. In dry and mild weather conditions, some golfers may prefer not to wear gloves.

However, in wet or cold weather conditions, or when hands are prone to sweating, wearing gloves can provide better grip and protection. Gloves also reduce friction against the skin of your hands during the golf swing, reducing fatigue and discomfort.

Introduction to golf glove materials and types

Common golf gloves can be divided into several types according to their materials:

Top quality sheepskin gloves

  • lambskin gloves
  • Technical cloth gloves
  • Synthetic leather gloves
  • Traditional cloth gloves

In the following article, I will introduce the suitable use scenarios of various gloves, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

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It can be roughly subdivided according to function as follows:

  • Elastic gloves
  • rainy day gloves
  • Dispensing gloves
  • fingerless gloves
  • breathable gloves

Other special specifications are not described in detail here.

Lambskin gloves: luxury, elegance, ultimate touch, reveal the secret of material grade!

When you start to choose lambskin gloves as your daily gloves, it means that you have entered the ranks of senior golfers from the beginning. After you become proficient in the movements, you will have higher requirements for the details of clubs, gloves and other equipment. Make better use of your skills. There are many brands and styles of sheepskin gloves on the market, with prices ranging from 200 yuan to more than 2,000 yuan. How do you choose when the price difference is so big? The author roughly lists the factors that affect the quality of sheepskin:

  • Variety
  • Origin
  • parts
  • Post-processing technology
  • Cutting, stitching and sewing techniques

Among them, the variety, part, and post-processing technology are the factors that are easiest for the public to identify and have the greatest impact on the quality of sheepskin.

Different types of sheepskin, parts and post-processing techniques will cause great differences in the feeling of use. Inferior quality sheepskin may not be as comfortable as synthetic leather, and the cost and pricing will of course vary greatly!

Variety

  • Cabrettas: The top and most recognized sheepskin for sheepskin gloves comes from Cabrettas sheep. The name Cabrettas actually comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word for goat (goat). Cabretta sheep are small goats mainly found in South Africa. The leather of this sheep is very thin and soft, making it ideal for making leather goods that require flexibility and comfort, especially gloves. At present, the top styles of the world's top golf glove brands or the gloves launched by luxury brands also mostly use Cabrettas sheepskin (sheep leather) as raw materials.
  • Other breeds of sheep: Generally speaking, in terms of breed, if a glove brand uses non-Cabretta sheepskin, it will not specify the breed. For consumers, the quality difference of this kind of leather mainly comes from the selected parts and post-processing technology.

Origin

Cabretta goats are mainly distributed in areas such as South Africa, Ireland, and Australia, so these places have become the main producing areas of Cabretta leather. Cabretta leather from different regions may have slightly different characteristics and qualities, depending on the goat breed, diet and other environmental factors. Other sheepskin-producing regions such as China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, etc., have extensive goat and sheep farming industries. Although these countries also produce high-quality sheepskins, they also produce large quantities of low-end and cheap sheepskins, which are usually used in mass production. cheap leather products. Low-end sheepskins in these areas are usually less expensive and not as good as high-end leathers.

  • South Africa: South Africa is one of the main production areas of Cabretta leather. The country's dry climate and large tracts of pasture make it an ideal location for lambskin production.
  • Ireland: Ireland is one of the main producers of Cabretta leather and is known for its rich grasslands and climate suitable for raising lambs. Irish lambskin generally has excellent texture and quality.
  • Australia: Australia’s sheepskin industry also produces high-quality sheepskins. Australian lambskin is renowned for its softness and durability.
  • New Zealand: New Zealand is also a major producer of sheepskin, especially famous for its Merino leather. These leathers are used in high-end clothing and other fine leather goods.
  • China: China is one of the largest sheepskin producers in the world. Sheepskin in China is used to make a variety of leather goods, including footwear, clothing, handbags and homewares.
  • India: India is also an important source of sheepskin, which is used to make a variety of leather goods, including shoes, gloves and clothing.
  • Argentina: Argentina is one of the largest sheepskin producers in South America and is famous for its high-quality sheep hides, especially the Cordeva region.
  • Turkey: Turkey produces many types of sheepskin that are used to make footwear, clothing, and other leather goods.

Parts & Cuts

  • Full-Grain Leather : the highest grade. The outermost layer of leather retains the natural texture and pores of sheepskin, making each piece of leather unique! Has excellent softness, durability and feel.
  • Top-Grain Leather : Full-grain leather that has been processed and ground. Smoother than full-grain leather, more consistent in appearance, softer and better to the touch, thinner than full-grain leather, and easier to break. The raw material of the PGA TOUR lambskin gloves that my company has sold well for many years is full-grain leather.
  • Split Leather : Made from the bottom or middle layer of sheepskin. High-end gloves do not use this piece of leather as gloves. Compared with full-grain leather/top layer leather, it is of poorer quality, less wear-resistant and less durable.

Post-processing technology

Excellent post-processing coupled with high-quality sheepskin can often achieve the effect of one plus one greater than two. And inferior sheepskin, after good post-processing, can also modify some defects to achieve softer, more durable and comfortable results. Effect. The leading sheepskin post-processing methods currently on the market are as follows:

  • Bench Cut: The standard cutting technology for high-quality leather. Bench Cut is used to cut sheepskin into suitable thickness for application in various products. The advantages compared with general cutting are as follows:
    • Appearance: Smooth, consistent thickness and flawless/ The thickness varies and there are concave and convex spots.
    • Touch: soft and comfortable/ rough and fine to the touch
    • Natural: retain the texture and color of the sheepskin/destroy the natural texture of the sheepskin
  • Non-directional surface treatment: First, the sheepskin may be washed and pre-treated to remove dirt, oil, and other impurities. Secondly, physical treatment methods will be applied to the sheepskin surface. Machined and shaped to ensure that not only is the texture uniform, but that the entire surface conforms to the desired properties.
    • Texture: Retain the original texture and characteristics of sheepskin without introducing artificial traces, making sheepskin more natural and original.
    • Softening: It does not damage the structure of sheepskin and maintains the softness of sheepskin.
    • Durability: Eliminates the natural pores and unevenness of the outermost layer of sheepskin, making it more resistant to wear and damage.
  • Graphite micro-gap treatment: The leather surface is coated or dipped in a liquid containing a graphite micro-gap agent, usually a water-based or organic solvent. This liquid contains tiny graphite particles or graphite compounds. The fine graphite particles or fine structures in the graphite micro-gap agent will penetrate into the fiber structure of the leather. Graphite micro-gap treatment has the following benefits for leather:
    • Tight: The graphite microstructure fills the tiny pores of the leather, making the leather tighter.
    • Softening: Reduces the hardness of leather and increases its softness and flexibility. Because the penetration of microstructure can help reduce the friction between fibers and make the leather softer.
    • Durability: Because the graphite micropore treatment fills the leather's tiny pores, it helps improve the leather's durability, making it more resistant to wear and tear.
    • Texture : Graphite micro-gap treatment does not damage the leather structure and can well retain the natural texture and color of the leather without introducing unnecessary changes to its appearance.
    • Environmentally friendly: The chemical dosage used is a small amount of graphite and no harmful substances will be introduced. 

Cutting, stitching and sewing techniques

  • Too thick : the point of using Cabretta sheepskin is lost. Because no matter how good the leather material is, you still can’t feel the feel of the club.
  • Hand shape : If the gloves are not cut according to the Oriental hand shape, the comfort of the gloves will also be reduced.
    • Asia/Europe and America
    • Palm length: shorter/longer
    • Finger length: shorter/longer
    • Palm width: wider / narrower
Of course, not all Asians have the same hand size as listed above, and not all Westerners have longer palms.
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