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What Type of Goalkeeper Gloves Are the Best?

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

A question asked my parents, children and young goalkeepers everywhere! With so many brands, cuts, colours, styles and gimmicks how do you know what is right for you? In the following article i will try and answer some of your questions and help you make the right decision for you.

Flat Palm - The traditional flat palm is probably the most recognisable style of goalkeeping glove. In this day and age I would argue it to be the least popular also. The latex on the glove is made from one single cut which is cut between the fingers. The style is not particularly snug around the fingers and can twist and move on contact with the ball. Most finger protection gloves use the Flat palm.

Roll Finger - The most common glove in Britain without a doubt. The latex palm is attached directly onto the backhand of the glove which gives the latex a rolled effect around the fingers. The benefits are of a larger surface area and snugger fit around the hand. The large surface area makes the Goalkeeper feel more confident when trying to hold a shot in typical wet British conditions.

Negative Cut - An increasingly popular glove in this continent. Having been popular in Europe for a while, the difference between the negative palm and flat palm being the stitching attaching the palm to the gussets between the fingers is on the inside of the glove. This creates a really snug feel and means the fingers do not twist on contact with the ball.

Surround Cut - Is a feature that can be used on all of the above gloves. The back hand and palm are made from the same cut of latex which wraps around the side of the glove. This means less seams and stitching.

Hybrid Cut - Is a rare and quite unique cut. It combines a combination of the Roll finger and either the Flat or Negative cut. The index and little finger are made using the roll finger design. Leaving the middle fingers cut from a different piece of latex and featuring the Flat palm style of negative cut. Fits snugger than a Flat Palm.

With a wide range of gloves available on the market, it is very difficult to know what is right and best for each individual keeper. Each keeper has their own personal preferences and these will affect the gloves that they decide to wear.

For more information on The differing styles of goalkeeping gloves go to http://www.hertsgoalkeeping.co.uk/

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