Football is extremely popular in America. The Super Bowl continues to be this nation's greatest televised event; with so many people both young and old gathering around to watch pro footballers compete for glory, it's no surprise that the number of people participating in tackle football reached 5.22 million in 2017.
If you're in school and are looking to be one of the greats, you'll need to make sure your football gloves are up to snuff. The game revolves around throwing, catching, and holding the ball; if your football grip is lacking, your game will falter. Let's take a look at four ways you can ensure your football grip is strong enough.
- Spit: Sometimes, the old fashioned way is the easiest and best choice to get sticky gloves. This method works well if the gloves are dried completely after; simply spit on your gloves and wipe your hands on your pads to remove excess moisture. This is a quick and repeatable solution that can be used multiple times during your game.
- Wipe: If the idea of spitting on your gloves grosses you out, consider the wipe method. Before each game, take a Clorox or baby wipe and wipe down your gloves -- be sure not to forget your fingers! Afterward, rub your gloves together to ensure they've gotten grippier.
- Sun: It's hard to keep your gloves sticky if your hands are sweaty, so putting them in the sun to dry before the game can guarantee your gloves are dry when the time comes. It sounds too simple to be true, but give it a try and check the results out for yourself.
- Grip Spray: There are many products designed to make your grip tackier on game day. From football glove juice to grip sprays, you have your pick of the litter. However, it's important that you check your rule book to see which adhesives are permitted; football glove juice is most likely allowed, but it doesn't hurt to make sure.
With these tips, you'll never experience another fumble, or watch another ball slip right through your fingers. Once you find the best solution for your playing style, you'll be throwing and receiving like a pro!