Which Baseball Glove Should I Get?
Baseball gloves feature a wide array of different designs, materials and web types so finding the right glove type is crucial for on-the-field performance. While it can be daunting to know which glove style is best for you or the younger players in your household to get, there are a few things to keep in mind to help you buy the best baseball glove.
Baseball gloves are designed to give players protection, comfort, and control on the diamond. Baseball mitts and gloves come in different sizes, are crafted for different positions, and feature comfortable fits for adult and youth baseball players.
Anatomy of a Baseball Glove
Before buying a glove, it is helpful to know which materials your glove is constructed from. Look for baseball gloves that are crafted with high-quality materials such as full grain leather, kip, premium steerhide or cowhide.
For younger players, cowhide or synthetic leather are recommended, particularly because synthetic leather doesn’t require a break-in period. More mature players should use softened, oil-treated leather gloves for a game-ready feel. If durability and optimal performance are necessary, then a top of the line Premium or Pro Series leather construction is the best choice, but keep in mind that it will require a break-in period (two to three weeks of daily use) for optimal performance.
Most modern gloves are broken down into common components: a heel, a hinge, a lacing system, a palm, and a web.