GloveGlu is one of the latest goalkeeper products to hit the market. Does it it work? Should you buy it to prolong the life of your gloves?
Read on. This article help you understand why you probably should not buy this new goalkeeper glove spray.
What exactly is Glove Glu?
GloveGlu is a spray designed to increase the grip and tackiness of goalkeeper gloves. It claims to be able to enhance the grip of both new and old pairs of gloves. It contains a special ‘goalkeeper formula’. You just spray directly onto the palms of of your latex gloves.
Does Glove Glu work?
Goalkeepers who have used Glove Glu have posted in the Glove Glu Goalkeeper Talk thread. Below are a couple of quotes highlighting their experience –
I’ve tried giving it different drying times, on an
old pair of gloves and on a new pair of gloves and came to this conclusion every time. It doesn’t work!
Another keeper writes –
when first applied it was very tacky and everything stuck to the glove, but after around 10 mins or if when it’s raining 3-4 mins the glove just becomes slippy.
In the same thread, one goalkeeper had a more positive experience –
It makes the gloves really sticky, and it doesn’t ware off too quickly as long as you don’t rinse your gloves with water.
You can go and see more of the Glove Glu discussion in the forums.
Should you buy GloveGlu? Answer – No, and here’s 3 reasons why… CONTINUE READING
Marseille’s first choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda certainly had a football weekend to forget. After collecting a loose ball, Mandanda’s throw went almost horizontal, resulting in a goal. Watch the vid –
What can goalkeepers learn from Mandanda’s mistake?
Avoid throwing/kicking across your goal - Had Mandanda moved more central in his box before throwing it, he would be in a better position to deal with the resulting strike. As he is out on the right and throwing across himself, he leave this the goal completely empty.
Distribute quickly, but be aware of nearby attackers – The Steve Mandanda throw was clearly a freak mistake, however had he allowed an extra 5 seconds for the attackers to clear his box and give him more distance the failed throw may have fell into space. 5 extra seconds would not have sacrificed the counter attack and may just have the mistake resulting in a goal.
If it is any consolation Marseille were already trailing against Valenciennes and this goal was not a deal-breaker. Plus as an amateur keeper, it’s consoling to see even the world’s best make some fails now-and-then. It shows us they are still human.
Have you ever make a mess of a goalkeeper throw like this? Comment below and join the Goalkeeper Talk forum.
Become a one touch goalkeeper
It sounds basic. You have probably already guessed what it is; try to only take one touch when making a save. As soon as the ball hits your palms, it should stick. One time only. You should not require two touches.
The benefits of one touch goalkeeping in goalkeeper drills
As you run through goalkeeper drills with this concept in mind, you will begin to take it into your matches. You will inspire confidence in your defence as they won’t be panicked into dealing with a loose spillage from you. Some more benefits include –
- You will reduce the amount of unclean catches you make; this assists in your team keeping possession
- You will leave a positive impression on any players, coaches, scouts or spectators watching – nothing is better than a single, compact, complete save from a keeper
- It forces you to pay more attention to the exact flight and spin of the ball as you take it.
When shouldn’t you use one touch goalkeeping?
As you’d expect, there are times when a one-touch save isn’t doable. CONTINUE READING
Looking to become a better goalkeeper? Follow these 5 goalkeeping tips to improve your goalkeeper training sessions.
#1 First of the goalkeeping tips – Decide on the purpose of your training session
Sounds simple enough right? I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve seen goalkeeper training sessions with no purpose. Often times it is just a random mixture of unrelated drills. Are you planning on working on handling? Looking to deal with crossed balls? The key goalkeeping skills you must master is a good place to start.
#2 Focus on attacking the ball
Goalkeepers often have a habit of not attacking the ball during a training session. By ‘attacking’, I mean forward motion. When diving, you cut the angle down more effectively if you have forward momentum in your dive. Whenever you are making a save or dealing with a crossed ball, look for an opportunity to steal a step or two forward.
#3 Dynamic stretches for warm up & cool down
There is a wealth of research on the benefits of dynamic stretches online. For some of you it will be stating the obvious; never neglect a cool down. Sometimes after a heavy GK agility session, a cool down is the last thing on your mind. However, remember the quote – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
#4 Stay in the goalkeeper set position
Another goalkeeping blunder has been become a hit on YouTube. The keeper in question is Moroccan, Khalid Askari. Here it is –
It’s not even worthy of being called a mistake. It’s just sheer stupidity brought on by being totally caught up in the moment. Bad times!
It was bound to happen, at least one keeper was going to make a glaring error on the first week of the premiership. Even so it still didn’t make it any easier to watch (especially if happened to be an Everton fan!). Poor Tim Howard let the ball slip out of his grasp for a straightforward finish. If you haven’t seen it, here it is –
What can we goalies learn from this?
YOU HAVE 2 HANDS FOR A REASON!
Now maybe he was using his other hand as protection. But look at the end result, disaster.
ALWAYS KEEP TWO HANDS ON THAT BALL
That isn’t the first time I’ve seen goalkeepers cradle the ball in one arm and in my opinion the ones who get away with it unscathed are LUCKY!
GO EARLY, BUT DON’T RUSH
I also believe Tim was so concerned about releasing the ball early it led to that mistake. Would an extra half second of made much of a difference to Everton attack? Probably not, but it sure as hell would have made a BIG difference to the end result in this game. Remember to take a beat to compose yourself otherwise things like THAT can happen.
Below is a quick video with a few tips you may not immediately consider to improve your goalkeeping. Most of us understand the importance of the training aspects of goalkeeping, but sometimes neglect other areas.
Even if you make a 1 percent increase on your goalkeeping skills, that could make the difference between reaching amateur level vs full professional.
If you don’t know who Jörg Butt is, he is the current Germany number 1 and plays in goal for Bayern Munich. He will be wearing the Fangmaschine Supersoft South Africa Glove released by Uhlsport, along with a selection of other world cup goalkeepers.
This is to support the WE TAKE ACTION project which aims to supports aids orphans in Africa. Obviously Uhlsport will be concerned with their bank balance before anyone else’s, but it’s nice to see positive approach with ethics. And if nothing else, it draws attention to a worthy cause.
Roll on World Cup 2010!
If you are a goalkeeper…and haven’t had a chance to play the immensely enjoyable game of goalie wars…I’d class you as a deprived!
There are many variations on the rules but the basics are – 2 goals, 2 goalkeepers, 2 minutes to score as many goals into each other. Endless supply of balls…any method can be used to score. Click here for more on the rules.
So what makes it so worthwhile for a goalkeeper? It involves you going freestyle with many gking skills. Handling, agility, striking the ball, reactions. Often during a training session, you can start going through the motions, not thinking too much about what you are doing. Goalie Wars forces you to use the best of your ability in a very short space of time.
Whether you are a goalkeeper or goalkeeper coach, I highly recommend incorporating this into an occasional training session
An article from the Guardian website focuses on England’s current goalkeeper problem. I wanted to highlight a part of the article which I thought was something to consider –
It may seem illogical to blame James for an untimely bobble of the ball, but I believe we should, mainly because goalkeeping is an illogical business, a pseudo science that – despite some waffle about angles and big-making and wrist-firmness – is still bound up in an invisible world of aura and personality and luck-creation.
The writer is attempting to point out that goalkeeping training/coaching falls 2nd to ultimately having the personality (and luck) factor.
Obviously the writer has never been a goalkeeper, and fails to realise the only way you can build your confidence is through improving your ability. One cannot succeed without the other.
In other words, find the biggest, most confident loud-mouth you can, and put him in goals vs someone who has been goalkeeping training every week for the past 5 years. The loudmouth may have this illusive ‘personality’ the writer refers to, but there is no way he can outperform someone who’s been properly trained.
Common sense really…(but I suppose journalists need to sell papers…not talk sense!)