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The Baseball Glove

There are many things to consider when choosing a baseball glove. Players need to consider on what size suits them best. This also depends on what position the person will be playing. People need to keep in mind what their budget is before making the purchase. Anyone looking to invest in a baseball glove should consider these points: What position will you be playing? How much is my budget? How does the glove feel on my hand? What size do I need? What type of web and back?

What Position will you be playing? Baseball Gloves come in various shapes and sizes based on the position they will be used for. An outfielder for example would choose a larger glove than those who play infield or pitcher. A first basemen has a specially designed glove that is longer with extra padding for easier catching and fielding. Catchers mitts are unique with heavy padding and only used by catchers. If you are someone that plays in many different positions then a utility glove (medium size) may be your best bet.

How much is my budget? Baseball gloves come in a wide range of prices. Many can be found for under a $100 but high end brands can be over $200. If you are looking for quality and something that lasts longer then you will have to pay the price. If you plan on playing for years, then spending the extra money might suit you better. Cheaper doesn’t mean you will save money in the long run. On the other hand players that are still growing may find it better to go with something cheaper.

How does the glove feel on my hand? Baseball gloves should have a comfortable feel to them. Every brand and model may have a different feel which may or may not suit some players. The better the feel the better the performance. Remember style does not always give the comfort one needs. Make sure you try on as many brands and styles as possible when making your choice.

What size do I need? Baseball gloves come in many different sizes made to fit different ages, positions and games (softball gloves). For adults in baseball most outfielders use 12” to 13” whereas infielders and pitchers use 10 �” to 12”. Softball players usually use 12” to 14” accommodate the larger ball. Care should be taken when choosing a glove for a youth player. Youths range from 9” to 11”. 8 year olds can often use 11” based on their size. Many teenagers may fit into 12”.

What type web and back? Baseball gloves come with different types of webs and backs. The open web is preferred more by outfielders. The closed web is preferred more by infielders and pitchers. When it comes to the back of the glove, open back or closed back, it varies from player to player. Each individual has their own preference.

There is more to choosing a baseball glove than most people might think. Remember to do your research and understand the proper sizing when making your choice. Keep in mind the positions you will be playing. Always make sure to try on as many brands and styles as you can that way you can find what is most comfortable to you. Most of all just have fun and figure out what you prefer. If you have any questions you can go to Baseball Training Aids Plus.


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