How to Choose Baseball Gloves

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A baseball glove should be chosen based on several factors, the most important of which is the position that a player is playing. Discover the differences between infielders' gloves, a first baseman's mitt and a catcher's mitt with help from a professional baseball instructor in this free video on baseball gloves.

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The question's asked how to choose a baseball glove. Well you choose your baseball glove on several factors. The first factor, and most important factor is what position are you most likely to be playing. An outfielder's glove isn't quite, or a pitcher's glove are both larger generally speaking than an infielder's glove. Now this happens to be an infielder's glove one of the smaller professional type models. Which is different from a catcher's glove or mitt, which is only worn by catcher's. And then there is a first baseman's mitt that is even different from these two gloves. So the first thing you need to consider is what position are you playing. If you are an outfield you probably want to get something larger than a twelve inch glove in the thirteen inch range. If you are playing infield you want a smaller glove to make your hands quicker, and make you get the ball in and out of the glove quicker. If you are a catcher obviously you need a catcher's mitt, and if you are a first baseman you need a first baseman's mitt. So choose the glove that is most comfortable for you, fits the most appropriate size for the position that you are playing. Outfielders and pitchers want larger gloves. Pitchers want to be able to conceal the ball, and the outfielders need that little extra help they can't, they need to sometimes catch that ball that is almost over the fence. And infielders need smaller gloves so they can quickly exchange the glove from their glove to their hand to make a quick, and accurate throw. So choose your glove based upon the position that you play, what feels best to you, and by all means go to the store and try it on. But don't just buy it off the Internet. Figure out which model fits you the best, that you like the best, that you are most comfortable with. Combine that with what position you are playing, and that is how to best choose the correct baseball glove.


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