Are you finding that you are getting through too many pairs of goalkeeper gloves in a season? Want to find a few ways to keep the amount of pairs you through down to a bare minimum and save yourself some money? Here I give you a few tips about how to do this.
1 – Pre wash your goalkeeper gloves – One of the first things that you should do when you get a new pair of goalkeeper gloves is always to prewash them.
Unpack your goalkeeper gloves from the packaging and wash them gently in luke warm water. During the manufacturing process, chemicals are put into the latex to preserve it. The only way to get rid of these chemicals is to pre wash them.
I personally recommend goalkeepers to wash their gloves twice prior to using them. The latex will only function properly if these chemicals are removed.
2 – One thing that a number of goalkeepers do after a game is they forget to take them out of the kit bag after a game or training. Especially if they are wet and dirty, do not leave them wet in your bag.
Take them out of your bag and store them in a cool dry place – not next to any direct sunglight and not next to a radiator – before you get a chance to wash them.
3 – Wash them again in luke warm water after a match or training. Especially if the gloves are dirty, then it is important to wash the latex, otherwise it will become impaired and therefore will not last as long.
4 – Improve your technique – goalkeeper coaching by experts such as Just 4 Keepers will help you to catch the ball using the right technique.
If you are not catching the ball using the correct ‘W’ shape then you may well find that you are pushing the ball away more than you need to. This means more wear and tear on the latex palms.
5 – Learn about using the right latexes for right circumstances. There are many latexes that are designed for different conditions.
For instance you can buy goalkeeper gloves with an aqua foam latex palm that are designed specifically for wet conditions.
You can also buy goalkeeper gloves with a contact lite or contact foam palm that are designed specifically for dry conditions.
The most widely popular type of latex is called supersoft latex – and this can be used well in both wet and dry conditions.
Flat palm cuts are recommended by some professionals during the summer months as they can prove to be more durable.
6 – Buy a pair of goalkeeper gloves for training and a pair for matches. Many goalkeepers buy a pair of goalkeeper gloves for training and a more expensive pair for match play.
When training you nearly always use the palms of your goalkeeper gloves more than in a match situation.
You will often find that more expensive goalkeeper gloves will wear more quickly as they use more expensive and softer professional latexes.
After you have been using your match gloves for a while, you can switch them over to your training gloves – and get a new pair for matches.
7 – Do not wash your gloves in the washing machine. Goalkeeper gloves are not designed to be washed in a washing machine – and doing so may ruin a number of features on the gloves.
They certainly will not last as long as if you hand wash them in luke warm water.
On the same note do not dry them in a tumble dryer as they may shrink.
8 – Do not dry or leave your gloves in direct sunlight as it will cause the latex to crack.
9 – Do not dry or leave your goalkeeper gloves on or near to a radiator as this will also cause the latex to crack and they will lose their functionality.
10 – Store your goalkeeper gloves in a cool dry place – with the palms not touching on the back (i.e. not the palm side).