Gloves are coverings for the hand designed to protect the hand from various things. When most people think of gloves, winter gloves come to mind. Winter gloves are fitted around each finger and designed to provide warmth to the hand from harsh cold winter air. Winter gloves differ from mittens in that mittens do not have separate pockets for each individual finger. There is one hole for the thumb and the other four fingers fit together into one big hole. Mittens tend to be more restrictive than gloves. With gloves, normal activities can still be accomplished, but mittens hinder activities that require the use of fingers. Gloves come in many different sizes and styles. Gloves can be knitted by hand or manufactured by a machine. They can be leather, wool, cotton, or any other material that is desired. Some people prefer magic gloves that are small in size but stretch to fit any hand. Others prefer big bulky gloves that offer maximum warmth and protection. Many people like to coordinate their gloves with a matching hat and scarf to be more stylish. Gloves are available to fit every individual style and personality.
Winter gloves are not the only type of gloves that exist. Sport gloves are also popular. Golf gloves exist to make gripping the golf club easier. Sweat on the hand can loosen the grip on the club, but golf gloves keep the grip firm and steady. Golf gloves, similarly to winter gloves, also keep the hands warm on colder days. It is common to only wear one glove when playing golf. Right handed individuals wear this glove on their left hand and vice versa for left handed people. Baseball gloves, also called mitts are used in baseball to catch the ball after it is hit by the bat or thrown by a team mate. Baseball gloves absorb the shock of the ball and protect the hand from injury. Soccer gloves are used by goalies to protect their hands during a game. It is common for a soccer goalie to use his hands to keep the ball from the goal. Cycling gloves are used by cyclists to protect their hands in case they fall off their bike.
Gardening gloves are used to protect the hands from thorns and other rough materials in the garden. Gardening gloves are also helpful with keeping the hands clean while working with plants or dirt that may be hard to clean off. Protecting the fingernails from getting excessively dirty or broken is another use. Gardening gloves should fit the hand snugly and be made of a nice cotton fabric.
Driving gloves are another popular type of glove. The main purpose of driving gloves is to improve grip on the steering wheel. Driving gloves tend to be worn by people driving fancier cars such as a Ferrari or a Rolls Royce. Driving gloves are also worn to appear more fashionable.
There are many other types of gloves available. Protecting the hands seems to be the main goal but each glove has a different use and purpose.