How to Choose the Right Baseball or Softball Glove
by Source For Sports Baseball
What type of ball do you play? Glove models are designed differently between baseball and softball.
When you walk into a Source For Sports store, the array and quantity of ball gloves may be overwhelming. To get you into the right glove that will be comfortable, perform for you and help you elevate your game, one of our Pro-Formance Advantage fit specialists will ask you several questions:
What type of ball do you play?
Glove models are designed differently between baseball and softball. For example, a baseball is only 9 inches in size and a baseball glove is designed to catch an hold that size, whereas a softball could be 11 or 12 inches, so these gloves have a larger pocket.
Softball gloves typically come in 12, 12.5 inch and 13 or 14 inch. H-web pockets create a large catching area, allowing the glove to close around the ball. Baseball gloves range from 11 – 12.75 inch. Outfielders want a bigger glove for maximum catching area, while infielders prefer a tight, narrow pocket to contain the ball.
What position do you play?
Pitchers want a closed pocket so that the batter cannot see what their fingers are doing to predict which pitch is coming, nor anticipate when the ball will be released. Middle field positions such as shortstop, 2nd base and 3rd base, usually look for an 11-11.75 inch glove that has a narrow close, with either an I-web or modified trap design. The I-web closes thumb to forefinger and is designed to trap and release the ball quickly. The modified trap design closes thumb to ring finger, creating a deeper pocket and a little more space to catch the ball. The outfield position glove has a H-web design which opens up to a deep and wide pocket for maximum catching area in the glove and holds the ball in the palm upon closure.
What is the quality of Leather and Laces?
Leather quality will range, depending on where it is harvested from the cow hide. Some stretch more, some are softer, others have more imperfections (scars and irregularities) and some require more break -in than others. The price point will vary according to these features. Plastic laces have a tendency to break, but are suitable for players who play once or twice a week. Leather laces are much more durable and long lasting for those players who play more often or at a higher level.
Let's Break it In!
You have found the perfect fitting glove for your softball or baseball play. Now how do you break it in? The best way is to wear, use it, and play with it. This will allow the leather to conform to your hand and as you open and close the glove, it will begin to soften. For helpful tips and information on how to break in your glove before putting it to use on the diamond read How To Break in a Baseball Glove!