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Premium leather: offers enhanced feel and durability with a more specific break in and fit.
Pro Series leather: the highest quality leather, offering the elite player unparalleled craftsmanship, durability and comfort.
Every player should understand their glove construction—keep in mind these key features when making your selection:
Web/Pocket: connects the fingers and the thumb allowing for secure control of the ball upon impact, features a tightly woven piece of leather that will allow the fielder to close his hand on the ball and easily maintain possession. This is where you want to catch most fly balls, pop ups and line drives. See the selecting a glove by position section for recommended web by position.
Palm: often features padding under the leather to give the palm protection.
Heel: the lower portion of the glove, palm side, which provides protection and determines the break of your glove.
Lacing: provides shape to the glove, leather is the preferred lacing material allowing the laces to break in as the glove breaks in.
Hinge: allows the glove to open and close easily.
Wrist adjustment: an optional feature in some gloves that allows an adjustment for the player who likes a snug fit. This is common in youth baseball, women's and girl's Fastpitch / Slow Pitch. Special features of the most popular types of wrist adjustments:
D-ring fastener: allows you to pull on the lacing and make the glove tighter or looser.
Velcro fastener: offers convenience of pulling and adjusting to fit your comfort level.
Lacing adjustment: allows you to loosen or tighten the wrist fastener with leather laces.
To achieve your ultimate potential, choose a glove that's appropriate for your position on the field:
Catcher: a fingerless mitt featuring heavy padding to reduce the sting from the pitcher's throw and a claw-like shape to properly catch the pitch. The special design also helps to provide a target for the pitcher.
Pitcher: often has closed webbing to allow pitchers to conceal their grip on the ball.
First Base: very long and wide, specifically designed for those balls thrown in the dirt to scoop up. It is longer to help the first baseman field throws from infielders and a shallow pocket allows the first baseman to quickly retrieve the ball.
Infield: five-fingered glove with a shallow pocket for a quick throw to the necessary base, offering open webbing so the player throws only the ball, not the dirt that was locked in the glove.
Outfield: deeper pocket to catch fly balls and longer glove length for more reach.
Fit: choose a glove that fits snug. Be careful not to purchase a glove a glove too big for your hand as it could hinder performance.
Feel: your glove should be stiff enough to give strength, yet offer the flexibility to provide control & agility.
Style: choose a look & color that fits you while making sure the web pattern is right for your position.