There’s a new company making its way into the US golf glove market and they are quickly making a splash. HIRZL is a Swiss company and “We Believe in Glove” isn’t just a motto, it’s their mission. They are a company that specializes in sports gloves; period. They focus solely on gloves. In fact, HIRZL is the specialist for high-performance sports gloves.
The Trust models feature a mesh/cabretta back with a kangaroo leather palm and use their special GRIPPP Technology in the manufacturing process. GRIPPP Technology in the Trust Feel model offers a thicker, more structured palm leather; it also provides 100% sweat-free palms, up to 3 times the grip in dry and up to 5 times the grip in wet conditions. The Trust Control model is thinner and provides 2 times more dry grip and 4 times more wet grip.
SOFFFT Flex gloves are hand-crafted and are produced with the highest-quality platinum cabretta leather, undergo no less than 72 separate manufacturing steps and include an extremely complex tanning process. With SOFFFT Flex, HIRZL has created the ultimate player performance glove.
Since their launch in 2008, HIRZL have made a considerable impact in golf and have enjoyed key endorsements by some of of the game’s heavy hitters. HIRZL was the official glove of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships in Mesquite, Nevada last year. In December, HIRZL earned USGA approval for their entire product range; a strong showing at the 2001 PGA Show in Orlando Florida has put them on the path to wider exposure on the professional tours – the basis of their strategy for the 2011/2012 season.
HIRZL’s Trust Feel and Trust Control gloves are the first gloves I have ever come across that offer better grip when wet rather than dry. They’re making bad-weather control, sweaty palms, and cracked and torn gloves after just a few rounds, a thing of the past. The SOFFFT Flex model is perhaps the softest, most supple glove I have ever put on. What’s more, it’s machine washable. At the PGA Show, they compared a SOFFFT Flex glove that had been washed 30 times to that of a name brand competitor’s that was a couple of weeks old and the SOFFFT Flex was still in better shape. The SOFFFT Flex is a more traditional all-cabretta glove that isn’t going to offer the wet performance of the Trust models. The biggest downside to these gloves is the cost. They retail for $24.99. It may be worthwhile to pick one up for use when it’s raining. However, here in Florida, there are too many nice days here to play golf in the rain.
Availability in the US is somewhat limited; they’re not yet available at the major golf retailers. I’m sure that will change in the near future. In the meantime, there are several websites that offer them. For more information on the company and the other products they offer, visit them online at www.hirzl.com.