One of the most infuriating things for a goalkeeper is to buy goalkeeper gloves, only for them to rip while playing or while training.
It’s natural that goalie gloves will have wear and tear over time. However, you want to get the most amount of longevity from your gloves as possible.
There are a few things that you can do to minimize the risk of your goalie gloves ripping.
Make sure the goalie gloves aren’t too small for your hands.
If the gloves are too small for your hands, you are likely to rip your gloves by stretching them out with your motions or when you are pushing or pressing with the gloves.
Check the size of the gloves to make sure they have a comfortable fitted, but slightly loose fit.
Make sure that you aren’t pressing up with your palms.
The added force and friction when pressing up from the ground can rip the palms of your goalie gloves. Instead, press up with your knuckles.
Be careful to avoid ripping your gloves when diving on the ground.
Ripping occurs when the goalkeepers diving form isn’t very good. If you notice wear and tear at the fingertips of the gloves, make it a priority to work on your diving form.
Take good care of your gloves.
The maintenance and care of your gloves is really important. If the latex of the gloves aren’t cared for properly, it will dry out and it will rip easily when you start using the gloves after you have washed them.
Check how to dry for your goalie gloves so that they don’t rip or get damaged.
Moisten the palms of the gloves.
Because the palms are made of latex, they will be more prone to ripping if they are dry. Keep a water bottle nearby and moisten the palms in your goalie gloves so that they remain flexible and that they are less likely to rip.