The weekend before last, I was spending my Sunday morning doing what I love to do best…Play as a goalkeeper! This time of year, everyone is playing indoors on the sometimes less than perfect turf fields. I ran into a longtime friend of mine who is a great goalkeeper who has obviously been part of a quality training program through the years and played in college. As I passed him and exchanged greetings, I noticed he was wearing the lowest quality goalie gloves I have ever seen! They didn’t fit right, the latex palm (if that’s what it was) may have been 2 mm thick, there was no thumb support nor any reinforcements in the finger webbing. I was astonished!! I asked him why the heck was he wearing such a crappy pair of gloves. His response was, “Because the turf tears them up and I’m tired of spending $80 to wear a glove for maybe eight games!”
I couldn’t agree more! Artificial grass, or turf, will tear and rip your goalkeeping gloves in a very fast manner. Particularly if you are playing properly, diving properly, coming out to challenge shooters and constantly up and down from the ground (Isn’t Keeping Awesome!?) The older the turf and the less it is properly managed, the rougher it will be on all of your goalkeeping equipment.
So what is a quality goalkeeper to do?? First, make sure you are taking the best care of your gloves as possible. Keep them moist before and during the game, wash them at regular intervals, keep them separate from your other equipment in an isolation bag and make sure to have two pairs, one for training and one for matches. You can watch a great simple video here on taking care of your gloves.
But the other thing you need to do is find a quality supply of gloves at an affordable price. That’s where Just4Keepers comes into play…. I asked my buddy, how much he paid for his “gloves”, he said $30 USD that he got on sale from $40 USD. I said look, “Go to NY.J4KSPORTS.COM. There will be a huge supply of QUALITY gloves in a similar price range! And since you know a J4K coach, I can get you 10% off no problem! That way you can use a glove that matches your abilities as an awesome keeper, and not have to spend the rent money in the process!
J4K is a company lead by goalkeepers, owned by goalkeepers and built by a professional goalkeeper. We have the best quality gloves at prices that are designed for goalkeeping families! Prices that won’t break the budget and will allow for keepers to get what they want….not what they have to settle for.