One size does not fit all and thinking it does could explain your latest slump in play. Using the right glove for your position is crucial when it comes to making the plays when it counts. Outfielders need a larger mitt for catching fly balls. Infielders need quick access to the ball after scooping it up. From the right type of leather to the best webbing style, there’s one glove out there best suited to your game.
Pick the Right Glove Size
You likely already know this but the glove size you choose has less to do with your hand size and more to do with the position you’re playing. Infielders typically need a smaller glove because it makes it easier to retrieve the ball from the pocket of the glove after making a catch. Outfielders need a longer glove with a larger pocket to provide them with increased surface area for catching fly balls and scooping grounders out of the grass.
You’ll need a longer glove to accommodate the larger ball if you’re playing softball.
- Infield – 11 to 12 inches
- Outfield – 12 to 12 3/4 inches
- Infield – 12 to 13 inches
- Outfield - 12 to 14 inches
- Infield – 12 to 13 inches
- Outfield –12 to 14 inches
- 31 to 34 inches
Glove Styles to Match Yours
If you’re using the wrong glove style for the position you’re playing, switching to the right design could make all the difference in your game. There’s also an element of personal preference that goes into finding the perfect glove style. You might find one webbing style more effective for your approach than another depending on the weight of the glove and your style of play.
Outfielders & Softball
The large gaps in the h-web pocket allow players to see the ball through the glove which can help when tracking fly balls. Increased pocket size also makes fielding baseballs and softballs easier.
Outfielders & Softball
A trapeze-style webbing allows for maximum catching area and the deeper pocket makes it easier to hold onto your catches.
Pitchers, Infielders & Softball
This versatile design provides a large catching area and also helps pitchers shield their grip on the ball from the batter.
Pitchers & Infielders
Designed for multiple positions and increased ball retention in the pocket, the modified trapeze is sometimes lighter due to less material being used.
The I-web offers greater ball retention and is designed to make transferring the ball from glove to hand easy and fast.
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The Best Types of Glove Leather
Choosing the best type of leather is an easy way to increase your performance on the field.
Made from cow hide where you can still see the natural grain, baseball gloves using full-grain leather are considered high quality, take some time to break in because the leather is stiff when you first use it, and last for many seasons. They’re generally heavier than other gloves and perform very well for years.
Considered the best in leather, kip skin or calf skin comes from younger cows where the leather is still extremely soft and pliable, resulting in a glove that’s quick to break in. The natural feel of these gloves makes them an industry leader for pros and amateurs playing at an elite level.
Most ball gloves are made from cow hide as it provides durability and a natural feel. Some manufacturers inject oil into the glove beforehand so the leather is easier to flex and break in.
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Gloves Specialized by Position
Utilizing a glove finely tuned and specifically crafted for the position you’re playing is a simple and effective method for getting one serious advantage over your competition.
Many pitchers use a glove style that’s appropriate for other infield positions like second base or short stop. One of the most important factors in choosing a good glove for your time on the mound is whether the webbing is tight enough to block the batter’s view of your grip on the ball when it’s in the glove pocket. Some specialized pitcher’s gloves provide this extra cover while also including an additional layer of coverage for any exposed fingers on the outside of your glove.
Designed to protect the catcher’s hand as well as provide a large, round target for the pitcher to aim at, catcher’s mitts have come a long way since the early days of the game. Nowadays, protective technology is built right into the glove with shock-absorbing materials used on the outside and the inside.
Choosing the ultimate catcher’s mitt for you will depend on your playing style. Look for a pocket size that matches your game play (too much glove can make scooping balls out of the dirt harder but not enough glove makes catching balls in the strike zone and above it harder). Added features like wrist straps can also increase the stability of your hand and wrist when catching fastballs.
A first baseman’s glove is similar to a catcher’s mitt. You’ll find additional padding on the fingers that extends the catching area of the glove and makes grabbing line-drive throws easier. The larger pocket also gives your teammates a bigger target to hit.