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What Do The Different Types Of Goalkeeper Glove Do?

If you’re in the market for the most comfortable gloves for goalkeepers it’s likely that you’ll be hearing a lot regarding “glove cut”. What are these cuts for goalkeepers? What kind would you pick?

In a nutshell goalkeeper glove cuts define the manner in which the materialsthe palms made of latex and backhands — are stitched. It’s that easy.

The cut on your glove will affect the level of comfort in terms of flexibility, comfort or “feeling” on the ball. The cut you select is mostly a matter of your personal preference. It is important to play around until you come across the brand/cut combination that feels comfortable to you.

In this article, I’ll go over the different kinds of gloves for goalkeepers and what they’re intended to accomplish.

Flat Palm

Glove Cut Features

Flat Palm is a classic entry-level cut that was first noticed when junior goalkeeper gloves first came onto the scene.
The glove is composed of a small piece of rubber that is attached on the inside of the glove with stitched gussets between fingers and palm.
Gussets are situated on the outside, providing the user a comfortable feel around your hand (unlike Negative Cut gloves that are stitched on the inside).
Usually , they don’t come with an over-the-knee thumb.
The most affordable glove cut usually, it is priced between £10-20.


A flat Palm gloves are much easier to create as opposed to the more contemporary styles featured in this post. So, they’re generally cheaper to purchase and are designed for people who want “casual” goalsitting glovesto be used in the playground, on your park or even as spares.

There are Flat Palm gloves on the shelves of sports stores. If you choose to purchase these gloves, ensure that you don’t go overboard. When you’ve reached the PS20 cost, you’ll be better off buying higher-end and more comfortable Roll Fingers Negative cut, hybrid cut gloves (read for more details).

There are certainly top-quality Flat Palm gloves on the market (usually featuring stylish squared-off fingers) fundamentally , the style is basic. The flat Palm gloves are made to maximize the surface of the latex, not to stretch to fit the contours of your fingers or wrap around the shape of your ball. There are other options.

Roll Finger

Glove Cut Features

The goalkeeper gloves with a roll finger are very popular and traditional.
The latex is rolled or curved around your fingers to provide comfortable and good fit inside the gloves.
The backhand is connected to the palm with no need for Gussets. Thus the name “roll finger”.
More loose fitting than gloves with Negative cut (or hybrids that have Negative cut attributes).
A well-known and well-loved cut usually has an estimated price in the region of PS20+.


The goalkeeping gloves of the Roll Finger have endured the test of time and are still used by a lot of goalkeepers in the present. The most important thing is that they’re well-padded and have a great grip. They’re an excellent option for those who like loose fitting.

I like the way the majority of Roll Finger gloves are slightly arched, which means that the palms of latex wrap over the curve of the ball, and help absorb the force of strong shots.

However, I have found that the extra room created through the roll Finger cut causes them to appear a slightly “flappy” when compared to gloves with a negative cut (depending on the size and brand you purchase). In addition, the lack of gusset results in a slightly uncomfortable shape around the fingers.

While the design is superior over those who prefer the Flat Palm cut, the Roll Finger is still only my second choice.

Negative Cut

Glove Cut Features

Goalkeeper gloves cut in negatives are stylish and sleekly constructed. They’ve been gaining popularity in recent times.
The same as Flat Palm gloves in that they utilize only one piece of latex, which is attached to the backhand using Gussets.
Contrary to Flat Palm gloves as the stitching of the gussets are within the glove and can’t be seen from the outside.
It is a more tighter, more “natural” fitting than other types of gloves that allow for maximum control of the ball.
A high-end cut usually has a cost of PS30plus.


Negative cut gloves provide maximum performance and ease of use. The grip overall is in line as Roll Finger, however, they have additional benefits.

What I really like about Negative cuts is the fact that it offers an exact fit to your finger and hand shape, and leaves the least amount of (wasted) space within the gloves. The result is that your hands feel more secure and more controlled more than when you wear Flat Palm or Roll Finger as well as Flat Palm gloves.

Additionally the stitching on the inside has created padding on the finger tips and provides protection as well as a firm, smooth area to distribute the ball across. Be it bowling the ball underarm or overarm, or tumbling onto the bars The Negative cut is flexible to all situations.

The only downside to negative gloves is the stitching on the inside causes an increase in tension inside the latex, which means the cut wears more quickly than Flat Cut or Roll Finger gloves.

Negative Roll

Glove Cut Features

A Negative Cut is a new Hybrid glove design that blends Negative cut and Roll Finger features to improve fit, comfort, and comfort.
A narrower design is intended to give greater flexibility and feel.
Fingers are rolled exactly as in the Roll Finger cut, while the palm’s inside is stitched as Negative cut.
It provides a more snug fit than the standard Negative cut gloves.
A premium cutusually is priced at PS30+


In some ways, it is the Negative Roll can be described as the best and most sophisticated goal-keeping glove cut. It “moulds” into your hand, rather than forming the typical “mit” shape that is common to the other cuts of goalkeeping gloves.

But, for all its advantages, I’d argue that the tight and narrow design that has space between fingers provides less surface area and, consequently, less latex contact with the ball as compared to standard roll or negative finger gloves. Are they worth the cost?

The regular cut, non-slip gloves remain my preferred choice. The saying “If there’s no problem, don’t attempt to repair it” comes to mind.

A lot of glove manufacturers are now focusing on hybrid options, like The Negative Roll (which I’ll talk about later). If you’re keen to try out this unusual cut, you’ll have to purchase it from a specialized goalkeeping manufacturer (e.g. Precision).

Hybrid Cut

Glove Cut Features

The term “Hybrid” cut the result of combining different cuts. It is not a reference to a specific type of glove.
Goalkeepers can choose to testing various Hybrid cuts to find the one that best suits their needs.
The most popular Hybrid cuts include the Roll Finger Negative as well as Flat-Palm-Roll Finger combinations, aiming for an “best combination of the two options” glove (see GK Saver 3D).
Many different brands are available to Hybrid cuts.
A high-end cut usually will cost PS30plus due to higher manufacturing costs.


Hybrids are priced with a higher cost due to the fact that they’re more difficult for goalkeeper companies to master from a manufacturing and design viewpoint. However, it could be that the extra expense will be worth it once you’ve discovered “the the one”.

I’ve played with Hybrid goalkeeping gloves before. My experience was overwhelmingly positive and I loved the possibility the two most-loved cuts (Negative and the Roll Finger) were combined into something completely unique and original. However did this Hybrid design really have an difference to my game?

Then again… it’s not any more than any other non-Hybrid-cut I’ve tried I’ll be honest with you.

Remember that even though gloves can assist you to improve your grip on the ball, there is no way that a new cut design will transform you into a better overall goalkeeper. If you decide to dive into Hybrids (and other costly options) the returns will decrease as time goes on.