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Soccer Savings Gloves Guide
Quick Quide To Soccer Gloves
Every sport has its critical piece of equipment — that one item that makes the difference between the athletes playing their best or failing on the field. Soccer gloves are must-have items for goalkeepers, and they boost a player’s performance in many ways. Good soccer gloves protect the goalkeeper’s hands from injury, help him or her grip the ball, and enhance the player’s blocking, catching and punching abilities.
Whether you’re new to the sport or a veteran player, it can be challenging to know just what to look for when choosing soccer gloves. While you could find volumes written about the nuances of selecting soccer gloves, here is a quick guide to some basic considerations:
- What’s your level of experience? If you’re a novice player and not yet committed to a position, it probably doesn’t make sense to spend a lot on soccer gloves just yet. If you’re an established goalkeeper who plays or practices multiple times a week, buying top-quality soccer gloves may be a wise investment.
- What kind of field will you play on? Different types of soccer gloves work better under different field conditions — inside or outdoors, sunshine or rain, etc. If you’re playing at a competitive level, you may want to have multiple pairs constructed to perform under varying conditions.
- Know how to choose the right size. Any piece of athletic equipment that doesn’t fit properly is destined to be more of a hindrance than helpful. Fit is critical when it comes to choosing soccer gloves. The rule of thumb for fit is similar to the one for choosing shoes — your fingertips when inside the glove should be close to the tips of the gloves but still have room to wiggle without discomfort. And, of course, never buy a pair of soccer gloves without first trying them on.
- Comfort is critical. As with shoes, your new soccer gloves should fit comfortably right away. Never buy a soccer glove that isn’t immediately comfortable, assuming it will get better after you “break it in.” By the time that happens you could have blisters, chafing and even serious injuries.
- Know the parts of the glove and how they work. Each part of a soccer glove has an important function. The back protects your hand when you punch the ball, and the best gloves have latex backhands. The palm affects your ability to grip the ball, and several construction “cuts” affect how a glove performs. Flat or traditional cuts are constructed with a single piece of flat foam. Rolled-finger construction and palm sides that wrap or roll around the fingers characterize the rolled or gunn cut. A negative cut means the seam is on the inside of the glove, and this cut provides the snuggest fit. To get a combination of cuts in the same glove, look for a hybrid cut.
Choosing the soccer gloves that work best for you can be a challenge, but it’s well worth the effort. Good soccer gloves can enhance a goalkeeper’s ability to protect his or her team’s goal — and make the difference between winning and losing for the team.