A glove is the second most expensive piece of equipment most players will buy. Thankfully, if you get the right glove, it will last for a very long time!
Generally speaking, gloves are like cars. You can get a Chevy, a Buick or a Cadillac. What makes one better than the others?
Compromise Brings Success
Outfielders usually use the largest gloves on the field. For most, it’s between 12 and 12 3/4 inches. Occasionally, you may see a player use a glove as large as 13 inches or bigger.
As the glove gets bigger, there are trade-offs.
Outfielders don’t need to make as many quick plays as infielders. They’re less likely to have issues getting the ball out of the glove quickly. The larger gloves gives those in the grass more reach to catch a ball slightly further away from the body.
However, it’s important to note that when an outfielder does need to make a throw, the game can hang in the balance.
We suggest a compromise. A 12 1/2 glove gives your outfielder a little more reach, but still allows them to get the ball out of the glove in those game saving moments.
About the Author: Tory Acheson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fastpitch Prep staff. He has coached at all levels of the game, including the last 25 years at the college level at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State. He began his coaching career at the high school level spending 9 years Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. and is now working as a professional softball instructor.
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