How to Choose The Perfect Adult Baseball Gloves
Adult baseball gloves are different from mittens which have a single space for all the fingers and are generally used by catchers. Because a baseball glove has separate space for each finger, the size and fit are extremely important considerations that should be taken into account when buying the product. A glove that is too big or too small will make it cumbersome to control the ball which can be very frustrating. So, here are some tips on buying the perfect adult baseball gloves.
The right fit: This is probably the most important constraint when choosing baseball gloves; the fit will certainly impact the feel of the gloves and your performance. Using a hard ruler to buy a pair of gloves will not work because the measurements will not conform to your hand. Instead measure the glove from the tallest spot on the surface (middle finger) to the wrist using a tape measure which is more flexible.
The size: Adult baseball gloves fall in the size range of 12-13; however, there is a size limit for professional baseball gloves but the rule is rarely enforced. Professional baseball rules dictate that the glove used should be no more than 8 inches in width and no larger than 12 inches.
Your position: The position of a player on the field will also have a bearing on the size of the glove required. The farther the position played from the pitcher's mound the larger will be the required glove size, so an outfielder will wear a larger glove than a infielder. On the other hand, the baseball gloves used by the baseman and the mitts used by catchers have their own unique designs. If you intend to play multiple positions, you might want to consider purchasing a utility glove which is larger than an infield glove.
The material: There was a time when the only material used in the manufacture of baseball gloves was hard cowhide; however, today adult baseball gloves are made through the use of a variety of materials. This helps the player to get the right level of stiffness; the perfect glove should neither be too hard nor too floppy.
Type of Webs: The type of webs and backs on the glove will also have to be chosen based on the position you play; for instance, third basemen and outfielders prefer open webs while closed webs are well suited for pitchers and middle infielders. As far as the backs go, whether you choose a glove with a closed or open back will depend on your personal preference; however, most infielders are partial to the open back.
Your budget: Adult baseball gloves can be a long term investment depending on the quality of the product and the material used. While you can get a basic glove for no more than $15; this may not last you for more than a few months. On the other hand, a more expensive product; generally priced in the range of $150- $200, will not only offer durability but also superior performance and feel. If you intend to use your baseball gloves frequently, it would make sense to choose a high-end product that will offer years of service.
Choosing the right adult baseball gloves can help to enhance your performance and make the game more enjoyable. Remember that a larger than required glove will increase the ball retrieval time, so choose a glove that fits perfectly and feels good on your hands.