A QB must protect his throwing hand in order to keep lobbing those game-winning touchdown passes. And if you're a WR, a clutch fingertip catch can change the outcome of a game. But how do you stabilize your grip on the ball in frigid or sloppy conditions? Cutters offers a solution with their new Naked Glove.
After five years of experimenting with 79 prototypes, Cutters has created the Naked Glove, the only open palm glove on the market. Designed to feel natural while providing a functional grip, the lightweight glove strategically places Cutters' exclusive ultra-thin C-TACK Performance Grip Material on the finger and thumb areas, where you need it most when throwing or catching the ball.
"The shape of your [palm] is not flat, and when you cover it with material, it's not going to form exactly to your hand," explains Gary Bethea, Cutters director of sales. In fact, covering your palm with material can create an air bubble, or what Bethea refers to as tenting or "trampolining," causing the ball to bounce off your palm and increasing your chances of dropping it.
The same problem can result from wearing gloves that are too large. Bethea says, "T.O., for example, had to wear a bigger glove because of the length [of his hand], but the width was too big."
According to Bethea, the Naked Glove is ideal for quarterbacks, who tend to have smaller hands. Wide receiversor athletes with long, skinny hands that don't conform to a typical glove's moldcan also benefit. Says Bethea, "You've got the natural feel still in your hand when you take a snap . . . and you have the grip as well."
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