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?
Quick, Make Sure Your Glove Isn’t Too Big!
Middle infielders – shortstops and second basemen- are likely to have the smallest gloves on the field. They handle the ball a great deal and need to be able to get the ball out of their gloves very quickly.
We’ve seen middle infielders using gloves as small as 11 inches. On rare occasions, you will see a player with one as larger as 12 1/2 inches.
When a player appears to be fumbling with the ball, struggling to get the ball out of the glove, their glove is too big. Get a smaller glove and you will see your middle infielder develop the skills to use it.
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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