Firstly , apologies its taking me so long to put up a blog, but finally here is one to read! Its a question I get asked a lot by parents and keepers alike, so hopefully the below helps!

“What are the best type of gloves for me?” Well… hopefully this little article can help you decide. There are various glove cuts, and the main ones you need to know about are explained below:

Flat Palm
The flat palm cut is a classic and still popular cut to this day and is probably the style that most Goalkeepers recognise across the world. It was one of the originals to emerge once the goalkeeper glove market began to develop. On a flat palm cut you will see that its stitched gussets are located on the outside vs the inside of cuts that utilise negative, this gives a more looser feel. The cut also consists of one single piece of latex attached to the back of the glove, with the gussets in between the fingers and palm.

Recommended for: goalkeepers with larger / bulkier hands

Example J4K Glove – J4K Anarchy Flame

Roll Finger

The Roll Finger Goalkeeper Glove Cut is one of the most popular glove styles across the world now. With a Roll Finger cut the glove palm is attached directly to the backhand of the glove resulting in a rolled effect around the fingers. The obvious benefits of this is that you create a larger surface area and therefore ball to contact is greater and also it provides a slightly snugger fit around the fingers than with the Flat Palm. While it does provide a comfortable feel, some may view it as a slightly larger or “bulkier” cut vs negative type gloves which is why most finger protection gloves use the Flat palm.

Recommended for: goalkeepers with larger / bulkier hands

Example J4K glove – J4K Anarchy Horizon / J4K Pro Gold

Negative Cut

Negative Goalkeeper Glove Cut is another one of the new styles which have slowly dragged customers away from the traditional flat palm. The main difference between the Negative Cut and the Flat Palm is that the stitching which attaches the latex palm to the gussets is on the inside of the glove. This creates a very snug fit around the fingers and also helps to prevent the movement in the latex i.e. the glove twisting which gives the Goalkeeper a really solid feel for the ball.  Due to this, gloves utilising this type of cut will wear slightly quicker than roll finger for example.

Recommended for: younger goalkeepers or goalkeepers with smaller/slimmer hands

Example J4K glove – J4K Anarchy Venom / J4K Anarchy Antidote

Hybrid Cut

The Hybrid Cut is another style which is slowly growing as a unique twist on the above cuts and basically is when the index and little finger are made using the roll finger design as described above but the remaining middle fingers are cut in a different style i.e. negative or flat palm. The term “hybrid” simply means a combination, and does not actually refer to a specific cut.

Example J4K Glove – J4K Anarchy Fury / J4K Anarchy Guardian

Negative Roll

The “Negative Roll” cut is a hybrid style that combines negative and roll finger to produce an even greater level of comfort, fit and feel. The fingers are rolled in the same way any roll finger glove will, but the inside of the palm is stitched much like a negative glove. The benefits of this combination mean that if a snug fit is your thing and you are a fan of negative gloves, you can have an even better fit but with more latex contact on the ball thanks to the rolled fingers. For those used to a more open or loose fitting glove you may want to consider going one size up when choosing a glove with this cut.

Example J4K Glove – J4K Carbon Fusion


Glove choice is so important, so please feel free to contact me for any advice you need.