Choosing a Glove

Choosing a Slow Pitch Softball Glove  Your glove selection should generally be based on position.  Outfielders need a larger glove with a deeper pocket for catching fly balls, whereas infielders prefer a smaller glove to be able to more quickly get the ball out of the glove for throwing to force outs.  I define larger gloves as those that are 13 inches or longer, with smaller gloves 12.5 inches or shorter.  If in doubt, I would default to a bigger glove.

Material: There are generally 3 choices for glove material: leather, treated leather and synthetic materials. Leather offers the most durability and comfort. Treated leather is more flexible and often easier to break-in. Synthetic material gloves are going to be lighter-weight and less expensive.

Style:  The many different styles include open- or closed-back, deep or shallow pocket, different webbing styles and wrist adjustments. It comes down to personal preference, so try on several different styles of softball gloves.  I prefer closed-back, open webbing with a wrist adjustment to tighten the glove open my wrist.

Break in: Breaking in your softball glove is important to get optimum performance out of it (and consequently your fielding skills).  Nothing sucks more than when your glove is not properly broken in and you end up having a routine fly ball “pop” out of your glove.  See our section on breaking in a slow pitch softball glove.

My Choice: Brand: SSK, Model: MPS26, Cost: About $100

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