As soon as the flowers bloom and the snow melts, we get people asking us if it’s alright for them to use a baseball glove in a slowpitch game. After all, it is a natural progression to play slowpitch once your baseball career has come to an end. In the following blog post we are going to breakdown the pros and cons of using a baseball glove in your slowpitch softball games.
The main issue with using a baseball glove in a slowpitch softball game is simply that a softball is much larger in size than a baseball. Baseball gloves are made with the smaller sized baseball in mind. Therefore, the pocket will be smaller. With the pocket smaller it creates a difficult scenario to comfortably control the ball within your glove. This becomes more apparent on difficult plays where you are forced to range for the ball and added stress is placed on the glove.
To piggyback off the previous point, the web of a baseball glove is not traditionally large enough to handle the size of a softball. Furthermore, the web (depending on the quality/model) could be compromised when fielding hot shots off the bat. If you paid attention in Physics class, you know that Force = Mass * Acceleration. The increase in Mass on that equation directly results in more force applied to your web. It’s nothing to worry too much about, but certainly worth noting.
This is primarily in reference to somebody that would be playing on the infield. Infield baseball gloves are made to be lightweight and quick. Manufacturers have worked tirelessly for decades to create a lighter weight baseball glove. Wilson has been the most effective so far with their Superskin technology. However, in order to do that, you have to remove non-essential elements of the glove. This almost immediately means the padding is taken out. The end result is a ball rocketing off a bat towards your minimally protected hand. Tread lightly when using a baseball glove anywhere besides the outfield.
You Already Own The Glove:
The final factor in selecting the correct glove will be the fit of the model. If you have a younger player with a smaller wrist and shorter finger stalls, then a “youth” model baseball glove will likely be the best route to take. Youth gloves are marketed with different jargon from manufacturer-to-manufacturer, such as “Narrow Fit” or “Pedroia Fit” but all in all they mean the same thing. If you do not see a glove with any disclaimer in the product title, it is fair to assume that it will be a comfortable fit for an adult male’s hand. Determining the fit of your player’s choice will be paramount in finding the perfect glove for them. Keep in mind that a youth model will likely last your player as long as an adult model because the opening and finger stalls will become too small if they continue to grow.
If you have had your baseball glove for a long time, it naturally will fit perfectly to your hand. Better yet, an extension of your hand. When this occurs you forget you are wearing a glove and just go out and do your thing. This will allow for optimal control on all over the diamond, and as a result, highlight reel web gems.
While there is no rule against playing slowpitch softball with a baseball glove, we would not recommend buying a baseball-specific model to play primarily slowpitch softball with. Now if you already have a baseball glove and are just looking to recreationally playing slowpitch, no need to worry, you’ll be just fine. However, if you are in the market for a glove to play slowpitch with, we would certainly recommend going with a slowpitch specific glove.
To wrap things up, we would certainly recommend that you take full advantage of our Glove Coach to help size your player exactly to their liking. We understand the importance of your glove feeling like an extension to your hand and that’s why we are here to help you 24/7.
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