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The triangle technique is one of the most common techniques a goalkeeper uses to catch the ball. It is usually talked about as the method of catching shots that are kicked at head height – but it is also used when handling crosses and making diving saves.

Hand Position

This method is called the “Triangle Technique” because the goalkeeper’s hands make the shape of a triangle when he catches the ball. To do this, the goalkeeper spreads his fingers and brings his two thumbs together, as shown in the image below.

In this position, the thumbs are firmly behind the ball and the fingers wrap around the perimeter of the ball (which is why this is also called a contour catch) to ensure that there is as much latex on the ball as possible.

Young goalkeepers may need (as they build strength) to place more of their hands behind the ball to ensure that the shot force does not push through their hands, but this will come at the expense of better handling.

It is important that, whenever possible, the goalkeeper’s hands are wrapped around the top half of the ball rather than the bottom. This allows the goalkeeper to control the shot and bring it more easily to his chest, and most importantly, if the ball is not caught, it will fall in front of him so he can recover the ball instead of going over his head into the goal.

Absorbing power

So, we have our hands in a good triangle position and we are going to do our best to make sure we catch the top half or 2/3rds of the ball. What else do we need to consider?

For a shot that is kicked with a lot of force, we need to use our bodies as shock absorbers and we will use different tools to do this!

The first thing we will use are our hands, we will keep our fingers open and with some tension in the shape of the ball let it come to us instead of pushing it away with tight straight fingers, but we will also need to have strong wrists so that the ball does not push our hands out of the way.

Next we use our arms, in particular we make sure that our elbows are close to our body and we bend them so that the ball pushes our hands back a little bit and absorbs much of the power of the shot into our arms.

To facilitate this, we should try to catch the ball about 30cm from our face/body so that there is room for the goalkeeper to slow the ball down before it hits him in the face.

When to use

As mentioned at the beginning, this technique is used a lot! Basically, any ball that is at chest height or higher should be caught with this triangle technique – including crosses and most diving saves where the ball is not on the ground.

Problems to watch out for

  • If you don’t bend your elbows, your hands will probably hit the ball at the wrong angle and won’t be able to really absorb force, which will cause the ball to bounce away instead of being caught.
  • If your hands are too close to your body, you cannot absorb the impact and it will feel uncomfortable trying to hold the ball.
  • If you do not bend your fingers into the shape of the ball it will be difficult to get a grip on the ball.
  • If your hands are too low to the ball, the ball may slip and you may push it into your own goal.
  • When the grip of your gloves is worn down you will find that holding the ball will require more focus from you, but nothing is impossible with the right focus.

How does the grip of your glove last longer?

Everything starts with caring for your equipment

As with so many things, it starts with how you handle your gloves. Do you hang in the nets a lot, do you leave them lying around everywhere or even let others play with them? It all plays an important role in how long you will be able to enjoy the most optimal grip that our goalkeeper gloves offer. In the article below, we will give you more tips on how to do this.

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