Which Field Hockey Glove Do I Need?
What type of hockey gloves do I need?
Why do field hockey players wear one glove?
Do I need a left or a right hand hockey glove?
The above are all questions we get asked in store and online about hockey gloves. We have answered a list of the most frequently asked questions and offered our honest advice below!
Which hockey gloves do I need?
There are so many choices on the market these days but there are fundamentally a few questions that need answering before you make a decision…
Do you want a glove to
a) protect your hands
b) keep your hands warm
c) protect your hands and keep your hands warm
d) because your coach told you to
e) because you’re a scaredy cat on the pitch when it comes to defending
Gloves to protect your hand
These hockey gloves come in all shapes and sizes (I guess so do hands!) You need to try some on where possible but here are some of our best-selling protective gloves:
A top end palmless glove that offers protection to both knuckles and is probably the most streamlined glove. Brilliant for those who have never worn a glove before due to its streamlined fit, but also for top end players as it has a brilliant level of knuckle protection. It is palmless so you can feel the stick with your hand.
Very similar to the Ritual Vapor glove, this glove is a palmless glove and comes in two brighter colours (black/pink and black/neon yellow). Grays are well known for a glove that fits well. This glove is also palmless so you can feel the stick with your hand.
A full-finger glove, probably slightly more old-school in design but hugely popular as it offers protection along the full finger. It also has a grippy palm so allows you stay in contact with the glove. Brilliant for players that want maximum protection but are happy to make the choice to lose a bit of the movement in the wrist/hand. A little big and bulky but fantastic. This glove also works well as an indoor hockey glove.
Gloves to keep your hands warm
These type of gloves are often sold to younger players but are worn by players of all ages. They are fantastic for warmups and for doubling up if you’re out running on those cold winter days.
An obvious market leader for us at OSW. It is a thermal lined glove that has a grippy palm and come in sizes as small as XXXSmall (which is tiny!) These are brilliant junior hockey gloves. You can also wear this thermal glove and then put a protective glove over the top.
A new brand that we stock, and we love their thermal gloves. Designed with a full palm grip and a compression lycra backhand for a comfortable, secure fit.
Gloves that protect your hands and keeps them warm
A win win! We’d usually recommend these as youth hockey gloves but the Grays Gel G500 gloves are awesome for all ages as they have a gel protection on the knuckles whilst also keeping the hands warm with their thermal barrier.
As a parent does my child really need glove(s)?
The answer is a difficult one to answer but if you’re watching a game and at any point you see your young player defending well with their hand low and wonder if it would hurt/ damage them if hit by a ball then the answer is a simple. YES!
It’s a great idea to get your young ones wearing junior hockey gloves so they get used to them from a young age!
Why do most players wear a glove on the left hand?
Simple, while you’re reading this go and grab a hockey stick. Grip it properly (left hand at the top please!) and put your stick on the floor whilst holding it. You will see that the knuckles on your left hand are now very exposed. Now imagine a 160-gram hockey ball hitting your hand at up to 80mph…Painful right?
Right-handed gloves are often worn to give peace of mind if player’s often defend on their reverse stick effectively.
You can wear either, or both. It is a personal preference but we would advice all players to at least wear a left hand glove.
How do I choose the right size hockey glove?
Most brands will have a size guide on their product listing on our website or on the packaging in store. A few key brands to note:
Adidas Hockey Gloves - Almost certainly come up big (order a size smaller)
Grays Hockey Gloves - Fit as expected and go down to XXXSmall
Y1 Hockey Gloves - Come up a little big (order a size smaller if in doubt)
5 FAQs with answer in less than 5 words
1. Left or right handed glove?
We advise left, maybe both
2. Protective or warm?
Protective, unless hands get cold!
3. Do I need a glove?
Do you feel safe without…
4. Palmed or palmless?
Palmless seems most popular
5. Best glove?
Grays Touch does it all
Finally, a little note on indoor hockey gloves. The answer is simple, yes… wear one! The bigger the better as your left hand should be glued to the floor as the ball is not allowed to be lifted (apart from at goal).
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