It always seems like Fred Couples has it together. Maybe that’s because he’s been Super Gluing himself for years.
For the last decade, Couples has been applying Super Glue to his thumbs for most rounds of golf. Why? Because he can’t stand to wear a glove.
“Personally, I don’t know how people play golf with a glove,” Couples said Friday at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco. “I don’t know how you hold onto the club. And if I did wear a glove, it would be the loosest glove. When they put them on and they’re on skintight, I don’t know how you hold onto the club.”
The solution Couples stumbled on around 2004 was to applying Super Glue to his fingers before each round so he could continue to not wear a glove but also prevent his grips from slightly cutting his thumbs each round.
Couples is a bit of Super Glue aficionado, in fact. In a 2009 feature for the PGA Tour, Couples said he keeps up to three varieties of the strong stuff in his golf bag at all times.
The ’92 Masters champion has used a glove before, but there’s probably only one photo of it — from the driving contest at the 1982 PGA Championship at Southern Hills near Tulsa.
“It was on the range, it’s 400 degrees and you hit a couple, then you wait,” Couples said of the Oklahoma heat and humidity. “I made it to the finals and I’m sweating so bad I couldn’t hold onto the club. So you’re there and you hit three real quick. So I borrowed a glove.”
Years later, someone showed Couples the picture of him wearing a glove.
He said, “It will be the only one ever.”