Goalkeeping Tips, Tidbits and Random Thoughts
An athlete talking to themsleves during competition is hardly a new phenomenon.... The talk does not have to be vocal. By merely thinking you are talking to yourself and sending a message.
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before, and yes, it does make a difference. But even vertically challenged keepers can be successful. My correspondent writes: "I only stand a bout 5'10 175lbs. The only thing I am worried about is my size the goal just seems so big. The original keeper was 6'3 and I nowhere near have his wingspan."
Actually, although taller goalkeepers are the rule, there are many your size who make it to the top level. Jon Busch of Columbus or Nick Rimando of DC United in MLS come to mind immediately, and Jorge Campos who played internationally for Mexico was
probably only 5'9" on a good day!
As a vertically-challenged keeper myself, you don't have to be big to play big. A few parts of your game to focus on:
To repeat, "You don't have to be big to play big." It is a mental mindset as much as anything.
saved penalties and scored the game winner in a German Cup semi-final shootout. It's not often a keeper gets to be the hero for scoring as well as making saves.
Labels: Matchday observations
Flat cut. This is the most common. The latex palm is, well, flat. The gussets (sides of the fingers) are made of a different material. Flat cut gloves tend to feel a bit larger than others, although the size of the glove matters too.
Roll finger. The latex of the fingers curves around each finger to meet the backhand of the glove, there are no gussets. The roll of the latex allows for more ball contact, but roll finger gloves can feel bulky if you're not used to them. Also called a Gunn cut.
Negative cut. The seams of the fingers are sewn on the inside (negative) rather than the outside, making for a snug-fitting glove. Keepers with slender hands and those who like a tight fit often prefer a negative cut. They can be too restricting if you prefer a looser fit.
Manufacturers sometimes make hybrid cuts, for example flat cut with a rolled index or pinky finger. Experiment with different cuts and find out what you prefer.
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