All About The Gloves!
As a goalkeeper, your prized possession should be your gloves! Even though I am not playing anymore, the excitement that I used to get when I knew I was getting a new pair of gloves, or evening ripping open the packaging, still lasts with me today! It’s one of those things that you can only understand if you have ever been a serious goalkeeper!
Here are a few little tips that I find help goalkeeping gloves last longer!
1.The latex palms that good quality gloves are made from, all work best when they are damp! With the warm weather in Dubai, this latex will dry out very quickly! So every time that you grab a drink, make sure you give your gloves one too
2. Always try and have at least 2 pairs of gloves. Use one as a training pair, and the other as a match pair. When you train, you nearly always make more saves than you would in several games, using the palms of your gloves. I recommend to start with, get a brand new pair of high quality match gloves and immediately make your current match gloves your training gloves. Once your match gloves start to wear, these can easily become your training gloves and the cycle continues!
3. The latex palm is the most important part of the glove! This also means its the most vulnerable and that you need to take extra care of this part of the glove! A little tip I love for this, is when you make a save and are on the floor, can you try and get up using your fist to push you up, rather than your palm.
4. Remember to try and wash your gloves after every match or every training session! This is simple to do and takes just 2 minutes! All you need is lukewarm water in a sink, and with a bare hand, rub out any dirt that may be on the glove. Leave the gloves to just dry naturally. Any artificial heat will just dry them out and will ruin the grip
5. Lastly, try not to leave your gloves in a bag! This will cause them to dry out and go crusty. Just like you needed that drink, your gloves need to breathe like you too!! The J4K Glove bag has been specially designed to include air holes that allow this to happen! Alternatively, leave them in a cool dry place that is out of sunlight!
Hope this helps! And if you have any questions or want any more tips then please get in touch!