How To Choose a Shortstop Glove or Mitt

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Step 1

Again find a shorter glove in a local store and find one you can fit your entire hand in securely, even when waving your arm around. If it is 100% leather, adjustable, and has a nice round pocket and no creases yet established, then you have found a good infielders glove for shortstop and second base. Third base is a bit longer like a pitchers, and first base usually is a completely different form better for scooping balls off the ground and presenting a large target.

Step 2

You will field many hard hit balls with this glove, therefore make sure there is adequate padding and that you start with a glove that is almost impossible to squeeze brand new. Buying a glove that is brand new and stiff will allow for your to properly break in the glove to your liking and create your own pocket. If a glove has a large crease down the middle and folds like a "V" and not a "U," then that glove is ruined and should not be used. The ball will not hold securely in a V-shaped pocket. This goes for any style glove. You must break-in your glove to hold a round object securely.

Step 3

Another reminder is to make sure your pocket is basically wide enough to easily transfer the ball from your glove hand to your throwing hand. Infielders need to quickly make throws when balls are grounded to them to get the runner out. If your glove folds over the ball, it will make a huge difference when efficiently trying to remove the ball form the glove and throw it accurately.

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Again, like my other two posts on gloves, this is follows the same criteria for choosing gloves with some other small changes. An infielder's glove should be very lightweight, able to create a large open pocket and very short in length, usually 10-11.5". The webbing is by preference, but a glove with minimal webbing or see through spots will allow a better notion of where the ball is in the glove for fly balls.

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