We often field inquiries about different web types for both baseball and softball gloves, so we decided to create a post to directly breakdown the most common web types. Keep in mind that different players will prefer different styles of gloves. There is no “right” way, but hopefully, the following blog will be informative and get you or your player on the right track.
A Basket glove will be completely closed off, not allowing light or dirt to pass through. This is often a style of glove utilized by a pitcher to conceal their grip from an onlooking hitter. Closed, or basket webbed gloves will often be shallower in their depth. However, the pocket is stronger and makes for a great option in the fastpitch softball game at all positions
The I-Web is an extremely popular option for middle infielders. The construction consists of two horizontal leather strips and one centered, vertical leather strip. This creates the shape similar to a capitalized letter “i.” Infielders receive the benefit of the ball consistently aligning in the same spot for quick turns at second as well as relay throws from the outfield. The gaps in the web also allow for a player to look through the web at high fly balls.
Very similar to the I-Webs, an H-Web glove is going to make a great option for infielders. However unlike the I-Web, you can also utilize them in the outfield as well. This is because manufacturers will make H-Webs in sizes suitable for outfield play. The only difference in construction is that the two leather strips will be vertical with one centered, horizontal strip of leather.
The look of a Modified Trap is a little more futuristic than most glove types on this list. The use of leather lacing allows for ease of closure and more flexibility. A leather strip will run vertically conjoining with a horizontal strip at the very top of the web. This style make for a great utility option and can be used at all positions.
A Single Post web is going to primarily be used by first basemen. The construction creates a consistent pocket for receiving the ball. With a deep pocket, securing throws across the infield become much easier for the player. The downfall of the deep pocket is that transfers can be difficult which is why it will generally only be used at first, a position that does not require quick transfer very often.
Often used by a pitcher, the Two-Piece Closed models will help conceal the ball from hitters like the aforementioned Basket webs, as well. The main difference between the two will be the weight of the gloves. Two-Piece Closed webs will often carry more weight than the Basket models. As a result, they are generally used by older players looking for a heavier glove.
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