How to Choose Football Gloves

By: Robert Riles

Football gloves have become a necessary accessory for anybody playing serious football nowadays. Gloves are especially necessary for receivers, linemen, line backers and running backs. Football gloves improve a player's efficiency while at the same time providing him with a grip on the ball that makes for better performance on the field. If you are kitting yourself out to play football, then buying a pair of good gloves for yourself is imperative. An extremely wide variety of football gloves are available in the market nowadays, and making a choice might be tough. Discussed below are some football glove basics that should help you in taking a decision when it comes to buying football gloves for yourself:

Upper Glove Material: Most of the football gloves available in the market today carry a top of leather, spandex or synthetic leather. If you can afford it, a glove with a leather upper is a good choice because it will last a long time. On the other hand, because of leather being a natural material, the gloves will allow your hands to breathe. As a result, your hands will be comfortable while playing. Another good thing about a leather glove is that it is very flexible, so it will not be hampering either your grip or your performance. Synthetics on the other hand, will not be as comfortable, as flexible or as durable as leather. However, these gloves are much cheaper than gloves with leather backs, and can be used by beginners. In order to have maximum flexibility, you can buy a glove that has an upper made of stretchable material. Nowadays, most running back, receiver and defensive back gloves have uppers made of some or the other kind of spandex material.

Glove Palm Material: The material on the glove's palm is the one that is responsible for enhancing or decreasing your performance. Generally, football glove palms are either made of latex or cabatta leather. Cabatta leather is a thin leather material that is treated with chemicals that increase tackiness and provide a better ball grip. This leather is extremely soft, flexible and durable. On the other hand, gloves with latex palms might not be as durable. However, latex palms provide the best fit and flexibility, apart from giving a player the best ball grip and tackiness required for playing football. The only drawback is that latex might get slippery in wet weather.

Playing Position: Different kinds of football gloves are available for different playing positions. So while a lineman's glove should be heavily padded on the top and the wrist, a line backer would benefit from a glove that is heavily padded but at the same time is flexible and soft. It is important that a line backer's glove has a sticky palm as well. Soft and flexible gloves with a sticky palm are best suited for running backs and receivers while a defensive back's gloves should not just have the same qualities, but should also be padded on the upper.

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