Glove Cut

Glove Cut

Find your best fit

What type of glove you choose is obviously a personal choice. We hope that by providing you with a detailed description of what each cut means, this decision is made easier for you.

Flat Palm Cut

When gloves were first invented the flat palm cut was the traditional cut for goalkeeper gloves. Unlike negative cut gloves that have the gussets (or seams) on the inside, the flat palm gloves have the gussets stitched on the outside. Before the introduction of the roll finger cut, the flat palm cut was the most popular glove cut internationally. As the gussets on the flat palm cut are stitched on the outside, each finger is made to look like a box. This is why some goalkeepers refer to the palm cut as the “box cut”. The backhand is stitched to the palm of the glove by attaching two side gussets either side. Due to the fact that the glove has less contact with the fingers the flat palm cut usually does not give as tight a feel on the ball as the roll finger cut. The slightly looser feel of the gloves is what makes them the most popular cut used for finger spine gloves..

Negative Cut

The negative cut is very similar to the flat palm cut and is a popular glove cut choice in Europe and especially Germany. The difference between the two cuts is in the positioning of the stitching.


The stitching that attaches the latex palm to the gussets is done in a way so that the seam is on the inside of the goalkeeper gloves. Like the roll finger cut, this style is also a snug fit and many players consider it better as they have better control and feel when catching and throwing. The fingers of this type of cut are not prone to twisting which results in better latex to ball contact when catching. Often players with thinner fingers prefer this cut and this style has also been marketed for women as well as men. That said however, in the premier league more male goalkeepers are choosing this cut as their glove of choice. This cut is also suited to children as it offers them a better technical grip. This style also gives a clear advantage in wet weather to those players who already have good technical grip.

Roll Finger Cut

Over the past 5 years (particularly in Britain), the roll finger cut has become more and more popular and is now an internationally recognised cut. Unlike the two main cut types mentioned above, the roll finger cut does not use gussets. The palm is directly attached to the backhand, with the latex wrapping around the fingers making it a snug fit which gives better allround ball control and feel.