You have just bought a brand new, high-end soccer glove right! It might have cost you a few dollars but do you know how you are going to get the most out of your new pair of soccer gloves? Here, I am going to give you tips on how to get the best out of your gloves.
Playing at the goalkeeper position is one of the most expensive positions in the soccer world you will realize that besides having the basic gear like soccer boots, the jersey and shorts you are required to have a good pair of gloves to match the game.
A good pair of gloves will impact on your game positively, to get the best out of the gloves you need to take care of the gloves. So, how are you going to make the best out of the gloves? To get the maximum here are few steps you need to take.
If it is the very first time you are using the gloves it is good that you wash them let gloves dry before using them.
On the way to go about it, most manufacturers provide the guidelines on the user’s manual. But basically, what you need after prewashing is squeeze them gently and hung them to dry naturally. Before a match, if you find out that they are too dry don’t use Vaseline to soften them up but instead dump the palms in water before putting them on. This will ensure that they are comfortable to put on and most importantly that they offer the grip much needed in the field.
Don’t forget to check:
After every training or playing session, before doing anything else make sure that the gloves are clean and leave them dry waiting for the next playing session. Leaving latex to dry up with sweat and dirt makes it wear out fast. So cleaning you soccer gloves after use ensures that they last longer giving you the support you want. Store you gloves properly, the most favorable environment to store the gloves is under a cold and reasonably moist environment. It is not you want the gloves to wet no! Storing the gloves in a totally dry environment makes the latex dry, brittle and dry uncomfortable to use when the time comes. The environment in which you store the gloves should not also be wet but rather moist.
Most soccer is made from high-quality latex and being that latex is a naturally occurring material it is subject to wear and tear.
So, the better you take care of the gloves the longer they will last. But eventually, they will show signs of wear and tear. When you see such signs you should not panic, it is quite normal for latex to wear out however for the latex to get completely worn out from the palm area it will take time what you need is to buy a supplementary pair to support the old pair.
Lastly, most soccer gloves are predominantly designed for use on natural surfaces but if you are going to play on hard or wet grounds before making a purchase you need to ensure you get the right pair of gloves for the right playing surface.