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03-26-2012, 12:58 PM
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Tips to improve the glove hand

This one area of goalkeeping I have always had a hard time with. Rarely able catch to a shot. Any pointers.

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Take a tennis ball and close your eyes while throwing it at a wall and quickly open your eyes and try and catch it. Sorry if I explained that bad but you should get it.

1)Throw Tennis ball (Or another soft type ball) at wall with your eyes closed

2) Decide when to open it e.g when it hits the wall or when you feel like opening them (you might want to keep them open at first)

3) Catch and repeat

Also you could play some baseball/catch to get more use to using a glove if you like doing that.

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do that drill with the tennis balls bouncing them off the walls and the floor a lot real quick like.

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03-26-2012, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by darkhorse686 View Post
This one area of goalkeeping I have always had a hard time with. Rarely able catch to a shot. Any pointers.
Is the shot hitting your glove and then popping out? Or is it just blowing by you completely?

If it is the former, maybe your glove isn't broken in, is the wrong size, or you just need a bit more practice to catch shots in the pocket rather than the palm.

If it is the latter, you can try hand-eye coordination exercises like previous posters suggested. More likely, you will have to examine your overall ready stance and see if your glove positioning is off. Is it too low? Not held forward and open? Usually if your ready stance is good and you have the angle, shots will just hit your glove even if you can't catch it. Try and get someone to take video of you, or just standing in front of a mirror will do in a pinch.

Good luck and keep working hard!

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work on presses, learn to do jerks and snatches. pretty much any explosive movement with the upper body will develop your hands.

if you lack a barbell, you can do it with a kettlebell.

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03-27-2012, 05:51 AM
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Why not try the direct route and just go play catch for a few hours every couple days? Nothing is going to improve your ability to catch better than doing it a few thousand more times a week.

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