Break in New Goalie Gloves
Gloves for soccer goalies come in numerous varieties, differing in thickness, fit, cut and material composition, which range from latex to polyurethane to synthetic leather. Despite the wide range of products, both soccer and hockey goalkeepers contend with stiff, uncomfortable new gloves that may negatively impact game-day performance. Although each soccer goalie glove and hockey catcher is different, a variety of universal techniques can make new gloves feel like old friends.
Tape the gloves’ digits back. Using masking tape, electrical tape or even rubber bands, wrap the gloves so that the fingers and thumbs are bent backward and spread apart. Alternatively, wrap the fingers of soccer goalie gloves or a hockey catcher around a softball and tape the glove or gloves in that position. Leave the gloves taped or bound for a night – or even a few nights, if time allows – increasing their finger flexibility.
Perform physical activity while wearing your gloves. Try everything from playing catch to doing pushups – the former to increase wrist mobility and the latter to loosen the gloves’ fingers – so long as losing a little hand precision won’t endanger your safety.
Rub glove oil into new gloves according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Although typically meant for baseball catchers’ gloves, different solutions cater to different materials – including leather and vinyl – to soften them.
Sport your new gloves at practice. While taping, flexing and oiling your gloves help to break them in, the only way to truly get used to a new pair of gloves is to use them on the field.
Wash your gloves after every game to increase their flexibility and prolong their life. Soak your gloves in warm water and wring them out thoroughly. Use a manufacturer-approved glove care solution for soiled gloves. Stuff the fingers and palms with dry newspaper to absorb excess water and hang them to dry overnight.
Moisten your gloves slightly before each game to increase their grip.
Blog Source: AZ Central | How to Break in Goalie Gloves by Dan Ketchum