Finger save or not?
High quality equipment is of great importance for a goalkeeper. It can mean the difference between winning and losing, but it can also prevent many injuries. Most goalkeeper shirts and goalkeeper trousers contain protection, so that a goalkeeper always ends up safely after a tough save. But goalkeeper gloves are also very important in preventing injuries. A large number of goalkeepers have been relying on modern fingersave technology for several years. They swear by it, while other goalkeepers are strongly against it. But when is fingersave the right choice and when not?
What is fingersave?
First of all, it is important to be well informed about what exactly fingersave is. Fingersave is a modern technique that is woven into many contemporary goalkeeper gloves. This technique ensures that the goalkeeper's fingers cannot fold. And when a goalkeeper injures his fingers or hand, defending the goal ends for an indefinite period of time. The fingersave technique has been designed to prevent this. The fingers can no longer fold and the goalkeeper is now protected against hard-hit balls, studs and other collisions.
Whether or not to choose fingersave
Why doesn't every goalkeeper choose goalkeeper gloves with fingersave? You would say that every goalkeeper wants to feel safe under the crossbar. Yet there are plenty of goalkeepers who do not want the fingersave technique in their goalkeeper gloves, because they feel that it reduces the freedom of movement of their fingers. There is something to it, because goalkeeper gloves with fingersave are of course stiffer. Fingersave is therefore not recommended for children and adults who are really into goalkeeping. The Fingersave keeps the hand in a certain shape. This makes the hand lazy and the biggest disadvantage is that most goalkeepers cannot get around the ball properly due to the stiffness. This makes catching difficult and this is the basis of goalkeeping, especially in the early years. Young goalkeepers often encounter the problem with Fingersave that many balls jump away while catching. The ball is often hit downwards or pushed away. You will also have to look at the technique of catching a ball. Catch a ball and look at the hands and the ball. Fingers cannot fold back while catching. This risk is only run by going to a high ball and a far ball with one hand and being weak in the moves. The second point is the flank ball. If you, as a goalkeeper, enter into a duel with the striker for a cross, it is almost impossible to spread your fingers with fingersave. This makes the goalkeeper, especially in a duel, more likely to release the ball, resulting in a goal. For these reasons, it is not desirable for many BVOs to use fingersave as a goalkeeper. There are also stories of goalkeepers who have been seriously injured due to fingersave. The famous ball right on the fingers is a well-known goalkeeper experience. Goalkeeper gloves with fingersave will certainly not work with these balls. Because the finger cannot act, which is painful, the finger will want to go straight in. Very undesirable if we can believe the keepers who have experienced this.
What is the conclusion now? We do not recommend Fingersave. In professional football and high divisions you will hardly see goalkeepers with fingersave. However, if you are not sure without Fingersave, use it. After all, what matters is how you feel as a goalkeeper. If you don't feel completely comfortable with something, this will always reflect on your performance.