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Baseball Gloves

Baseball Glove Advice

Baseball gloves come in a variety of styles, colours, and sizes... so how to pick the one best suited for you?

Price

As a general rule - the more expensive the glove, the better the leather and the more padding it has. A lower price glove will have a lower grade of leather, less padding and therefore take less breaking in. A higher price glove will have better quality leather, and additional padding and will require some break in before ready to play.

Field Position

An important aspect of picking the right glove is your position on the field.

Infield - An infield player will usually select a glove 11.75" or smaller. With the speed of play for an infielder a smaller size glove will have a smaller pocket making it easier and quicker to transfer the ball from glove to hand

Outfield - An outfield player will usually select a glove 12.25" or larger. This gives a player a much larger pocket, and therefore catching area to snag those balls dropping out of the sky.

Pitcher - A pitcher will usually select a 12" glove giving them the best of both an infield and outfield glove. These gloves are usually specific in their web design to hide the ball, and therefore the pitchers grip, from the batter.

First Base / Catcher - these gloves are always specific to the players position. Unique in their design they will have a different shape and additional padding to protect the player at key positions.

It is also important to note a glove size does not define the actual fit of a player's hand inside the glove - therefore a larger size glove will not fit a larger hand.

Glove Differences

Web -  the web design is more of a player's personal preference. Each type of glove; infield, outfield and pitcher, does have some specifics designs of web that are more suited to the position, but the actual choice of web design is more a player's choice

Size - Baseball gloves generally are between 11" to 12.75"

Back - Generally most baseball gloves have an open back though some youth models have a closed back with velcro straps for a good fit

We hope the above helps in choosing your glove, but we appreciate the difficulty in choosing a glove online. If you do need any help or advice, please feel free to contact us at 0800 458 2442 or sales@thebaseballshop.co.uk

Check  out the beginners guide to glove here >> CLICK HERE

 

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