The goalkeeper glove market has increasingly changed and differentiated in recent years. In addition to the classic positive and negative cuts, you will now find many different types of cuts, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages.
In any case, you have to find out for yourself which type you are..
A good keeper should definitely be familiar with the glove cuts! We have therefore summarized the characteristics of the cuts currently available on the market for you.
The negative cut has been the most popular cut on the market in recent years. The inside seam cut is characterized by a particularly tight fit, because the seams are inside the glove. This reduces the contact area with the ball, but increases the feel of the ball. Many keepers find it particularly positive that you can't see the seam on the outside. The negative cut ensures a tighter feeling on the hands. This glove style is perfect for the goalkeeper who likes a tighter fit and more ball feel.
The surround cut is becoming increasingly popular. Part of the backhand is sewn from the same piece of latex as the palm. Essentially, therefore, the palm of the hand wraps around the glove instead of sewing a separate backhand. The keeper has fewer seams and therefore even more contact with the ball overall. The finger surround cut from Uhlsport combines, for example, inseam and roll finger cut to enable a larger grip area.
The regular cut is the classic cut under goalkeeper gloves. The seams are attached on the outside, which results in a larger contact area with the ball. The glove therefore has a larger catching surface. In English usage, the outer seam cut is also called a positive cut or "flat palm". It has probably gone out of style in recent years because more and more manufacturers have focused on tight fits. In the last two years, however, the advantages of the positive cut have increasingly come into play with the hybrid cuts. The positively cut goalkeeper glove therefore fits rather loosely.
Half Negative Cut
The half negative cut is a modern version of the negative cut. Goalkeeper gloves in the half negative cut mostly have wraps on the thumb, index finger and little finger. Such wraps are also often sewn into the hand card. It thus ensures an optimal fit and grip. Uhlsport (Pure Alliance) and Benett (with the X1 models) have recently perfected the half negative cut.
More and more goalkeeper glove manufacturers are trying to combine these cuts. Many manufacturers now also offer gloves in the hybrid cut, as this combines the advantages of the classic cuts. You can find combinations of inside and outside seam cuts on the market, as well as sometimes with the roll finger cut.
Sometimes the index finger and little finger are made with the roll finger design described above, but the remaining middle fingers are cut in a different style, ie negative or positive.
Rollfinger /Gunn Cut
Do you want maximum grip? Then the traditional roll finger cut from England, also known as the “Gunn Cut”, is the right one for you. The latex is rolled over here from the back to the front of the fingers to make maximum contact with the ball. The roll effect is also increased by a puncture in the two middle fingers. The adhesive foam is sewn directly with the backhand. The ball rests 100% on the adhesive foam, which leads to 100% grip!
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