How To Choose a Baseball Pitchers Glove

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Step 1

A pitcher's glove is different from other fielding gloves in that most pitcher's usually want a webbing that is closed (so no one can see their hands with the ball) and is able to form a comfortable pocket for the pitcher to manipulate his or her hands on the ball before each pitch.

Step 2

A lightweight glove is necessary due to the pitcher's constant movement throughout the game can be extremely exhausting, and with this, it needs to be extremely durable and able to absorb or vent away sweat for those pitching in hot weather for hours on end. It should also be secure, but easily removable when pitcher's need to rub a ball with dirt and form better grip on a new ball.

Step 3

A pitcher also does not want a long and heavy out fielder glove because although they offer a large pocket and plenty of room, they are awkward and add unnecessary weight. An infielders glove is usually too short and although usable, provides little pocket room and are not good for snagging quick balls hit back at the pitcher. A pitcher never usually needs to field a ball like an infielder due to timing of a ball hit off the bat and placement on the field. They need to be ready to snag anything quick or simply run down a bunt.

Step 4

Again, like the catcher's mitt, you should go to a store and locate a mitt that offers a mid-length, sturdy built, large pocket and no see-through webbing. Again, search the internet to compare prices. Pitcher's gloves can still cost as much a catcher's mitts, but there is usually a greater abundance and more styles and brands, therefore opening up more opportunity to afford a good pitching mitt.

Step 5

Also, if you play other positions, you should look into buying a mitt that would work well for both spots to save money. It all depends on what your ability is and your budget and expectations. Again the top brands are Rawlings, Wilson, and Mizuno.

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1. Remember to looks for lightweight 2. Mid-size to shorter--about 11-12 inches in glove length. 3. 100% leather for durability 4. Full covering webbing--no see through weaving patterns

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Like my post on a catcher's mitt, depending on the age level and level of competitive attitude toward the sport, you can find a variety of gloves ranging from $10-$500. Any 100% leather glove between 11.5-12 inches will be suitable for a pitcher. It primarily depends on the comfort and style of the glove.

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