Mike Vaughn Gear Tip: Choosing Correct Catch Glove For Your Game
The first thing I ask the goaltender is where they most often get beat on the glove side.
Is it above the glove? Below the glove? Or out past the reach of the web?
The next question is whether they catch the puck clean in the pocket.
Or do they tend to get hit more on the thumb area? Or on in the palm? And is so, where in the palm?
What I am trying to establish is the natural center of that particular goaltender’s hand position.
Then I ask what glove they are currently using. The idea is to have the goaltender pick a glove based on their style of play and hand position rather than based strictly on how it feels trying it on, or by matching the model of their pads and blocker.
For example, if a goaltender tells me they are getting beat above the top of the glove and tend to get hit most often in the thumb area, then they need a catch glove with a higher vertical thumb position, something like our new Ventus model.
But if a goaltender tells me they keep getting hit in the palm area right over the base of the index finger, I would have them go to a glove that has a lower thumb and moves the pocket lower in the body of the glove – the Velocity 7990 style used by Jonathan Quick, with a one-piece cuff that extends in a straight line from the thumb and the rest of the hand below.
For those in need of a more neutral hand position and thumb angle, the V5 7800 features a thumb that is more upright than the 7990 but not quite as vertical as the new Ventus, with the hand angled almost straight out along the line of the forearm.
It really depends on each individual hand, and how the goaltender holds the glove and catches pucks.
A lot of the features are the same throughout the gloves, but the hand and thumb position is different from model to model.
The new graphic on the Ventus also ensures you can mix and match the glove models and still maintain a consistent look with any Vaughn blocker and pad combination, so choosing the right glove based on your style and catching mechanics is even easier now.
It certainly makes a lot more sense than choosing one based on anything else.
~ Editor’s Note: You can read the entire Vaughn Ventus LT90 review, including more glove specifics, in the current January edition of InGoal Magazine. The Vaughn V5 7800 review, including the glove comparison highlighted in the photo above, can be found in the July, 2012 edition of InGoal Magazine.
You can also read Mike Vaughn’s first monthly Gear Tip, which talked about choosing the right mask for fit and visibility.
Lastly, be sure to enter the Vaughn Ventus contest for your chance to win your own custom set of the new line. It closes this week.