As we all know this time of year our gloves take a battering from the muddy pitches that we play on. Below are a few tips on looking after your goalkeeper gloves.
1.Keep a pair of gloves for games only. Warm up in a second pair of gloves putting your match gloves on just before kickoff. During games we want our “Match Gloves” to perform at there best and not let us down so by minimising their use they last longer at their best.
2. Buy mid range gloves for training these gloves are harder wearing but not as good grip. But as we tend to train more than play matches these gloves get a lot more use. Buying these gloves you can save you money as Match Gloves are more expensive.
3. Keep your gloves clean, wash them straight after games in luke warm water only, trying not to wipe too hard at the palm and not trying to get them spotless, just the worst of the mud off.
4. Keep your gloves damp during games, when the grip is allowed to dry out they becomes brittle and start to break down the glove palm material. Most gloves now come in a pouch, this is not just fancy packaging it is to keep your gloves in when not in use, it will also keep them damp after washing ready for your next training session or game.
5. Keep a water bottle (with water in , not still or fizzy drink) in your glove bag. Because if your gloves are drying out just wet them again with your water and have a drink yourself.
6. Keep a small towel in your glove bag ,not only can dry gloves be a problem but overly wet ones can be as well .Carry a towel so you can wipe your gloves to keep them damp and clean but not too wet.