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Goalkeeper Glove Cuts Explained

If you’re in the market for the most comfortable gloves for goalkeepers it’s likely that you’ll be hearing a lot regarding “glove cut”. What exactly are they? Which one do you need to choose?

In a nutshell, goalkeeper glove cuts define the manner in which the materialsthe latex palms as well as the backhands — are joined. It’s that easy.

The cut of your glove can affect the comfort level in terms of flexibility, comfort as well as the “feeling” on the ball. The cut you select is mostly a matter of your personal preference. The key is to try different cuts until you come across the brand/cut combination that is comfortable for you.

In this article, I’ll discuss the different types of glove cuts for goalkeepers, and what they’re made to accomplish.

Flat Palm

Glove Cut Features

Flat Palm is a classic entry-level cut that was first noticed when gloves for goalkeepers first came onto the scene.
The glove is composed of a individual piece of latex, which is attached on the inside of the glove with stitched gussets between fingers and palm.
Gussets are situated on the outside, providing the user a comfortable feel around your hand (unlike Negative Cut gloves that are stitched on the inside).
Most of the time, they do not have the option of a wrap-over thumb.
The most affordable glove cut generally, they are priced around PS10-20.

Verdict

The flat Palm gloves are much easier to create as opposed to the more contemporary designs featured in this article. So, they’re generally cheaper to purchase and are designed for people who want “casual” goalsitting glovesthat can be worn in the playground, on your park or even as spares.

There are Flat Palm gloves on the shelves of sports stores. If you do decide to purchase these gloves, make sure you don’t go overboard. When you’ve reached the PS20 cost, you’ll be better off buying higher-end — and more fitting Roll Fingers Negative cut, Roll Finger, or hybrid cut gloves (read here to find out more).

Although there are definitely top-quality Flat Palm gloves on the market (usually with fashionable squared-off fingers) in essence, the style is simple. The flat Palm gloves are made to maximize the surface area of the latex. They are not designed to stretch to fit the contours of your fingers or wrap around the shape of your ball. There are other options.

Roll Finger

Glove Cut Features

The goalkeeper gloves with a roll finger are a classic and extremely popular.
The latex is curled or rolled around the fingers , which gives comfortable and good fit inside the gloves.
The backhand is connected to the palm with no necessity of Gussets. Thus the name “roll finger”.
More loose fitting than gloves with Negative cut (or hybrids that incorporate Negative cut characteristics).
A well-known and well-loved cut typically has an estimated price in the region of PS20+.

Verdict

The goalkeeping gloves of the Roll Finger have been through the ages and are still used by a lot of goalkeepers in the present. The most important thing is that they’re comfortable and offer excellent grip. They’re an excellent option for those who like loose fitting.

I like the way the majority of Roll Finger gloves are slightly arched, which means that the palms of latex wrap in the shape of the ball to help absorb the force of the powerful shots.

But, I’ve found that the extra area created from the roll Finger cut causes them to feel a more “flappy” in comparison to gloves with a negative cut (depending on the size and brand you purchase). In addition, the lack of gusset creates a slightly uncomfortable shape around the fingers.

The design, while superior over that of the Flat Palm cut, the Roll Finger is still only my last resort.

Negative Cut

Glove Cut Features

Goalkeeper gloves cut in negatives are stylish and sleekly constructed. They’ve seen a rise in popularity in recent times.
Like Flat Palm gloves in that they utilize one piece of latex that is attached to the backhand using Gussets.
Contrary to Flat Palm gloves as the stitches for the gussets are within the glove and can’t be observed from the outside.
It is a more tighter, more “natural” fitting than other gloves that allow for maximum control of the ball.
A top cut typically has a cost of PS30plus.

Verdict

Negative cut gloves provide maximum performance and convenience. The grip overall is in line as Roll Finger, but comes with certain advantages.

The thing I love most about Negative cuts is the fact that it offers an ideal fit to your hand and finger forms, while leaving the least amount of (wasted) space within the gloves. The result is that your hands feel more secure and more comfortable more than when you wear Flat Palm or Roll Finger and Flat Palm gloves.

Additionally the stitching on the inside has created padding on the finger tips and provides protection as well as an even, smooth surface to spread the ball across. If you’re bowling it underarm or overarm, or tumbling onto the bars the Negative cut can be adaptable to any circumstance.

The only downside to negative gloves is the stitching on the inside results in an increase in tension inside the latex. This means the cut wears slightly more quickly than Flat Cut or Roll Finger gloves.

Negative Roll

Glove Cut Features

A Negative Cut is a new Hybrid glove design that blends Negative cut and features of the Roll Finger to increase the fit, comfort and comfort.
A narrower design is intended to give greater flexibility and feel.
Fingers are rolled in the same way as fingers as with a Roll Finger cut, while the palm’s inside is stitched as Negative cuts.
This glove is even more secure than conventional Negative cut gloves.
A top cut typically is priced at PS30+

Verdict

In some ways, in some ways, the Negative Roll can be described as the best and most sophisticated goal-keeping glove cut. It “moulds” into your hand, rather than forming the standard “mit” shape that is common to the other cuts of goalkeeping gloves.

For all its advantages, I’d say the small/tight design and the space between fingers results in less surface area and, consequently, less contact with latex on the ball as compared to standard roll or negative finger gloves. Do you really need it?

The regular cut, non-slip gloves are my choice. The saying “If you don’t think it’s broken, do not attempt to repair it” is a good one to think of.

A lot of glove manufacturers are now focusing on hybrid options, like The Negative Roll (which I’ll discuss later). If you’re keen to try out this unusual cut, you’ll have to purchase it from a specialized goalkeeping manufacturer (e.g. Precision).

Hybrid Cut

Glove Cut Features

An “Hybrid” cut the result of combining different cuts. It is not a reference to a particular type of glove.
Goalkeepers can choose to testing various Hybrid cuts to discover the best one for their preferences.
Most popular Hybrid cuts include Negative-Roll Finger as well as Flat-Palm-Roll Finger combinations, looking for an “best out of both the options” glove (see GK Saver 3D).
Hundreds of brand names are used to describe Hybrid cuts.
A top cut typically is priced at PS30plus due to higher manufacturing costs.

Verdict

Hybrid options are available with a higher cost due to the fact that they’re more difficult for goalkeeper companies to achieve from a manufacturing and design viewpoint. However, it could be that the extra expense is worth it when you’ve finally discovered “the the one”.

I’ve tried Hybrid goalkeeping gloves before. The experience was completely positive and I was delighted with the possibility the two favorite cuts (Negative and the Roll Finger) were merged into something completely unique and original. However was you think that the Hybrid design really add difference to my game?

It’s not bad, but… not much more than any other non-Hybrid model I’ve used I’ll be honest with you.

Keep in mind that although your gloves may help you gain more control over the ball, no cut design will transform you into a better overall goalkeeper. If you decide to dive into Hybrids (and other options that cost a lot) you’ll see a decrease in your returns from now on.