Baseball GlovesBy thebaseballstore.net added on Thu, 12 Feb 2009
Baseball gloves are generally fingerless gloves with heavy fillings to provide your hand protection against frequently catching fast ball from pitchers. Choosing a proper baseball glove depends on many factors such as your field position, your size, and your personal likings. Generally a baseball player does not like a new pair of gloves as they don't fit properly or either they feel uncomfortable in it. The new acquired gloves are likely to be hard and at times you may lose the grip. Hence special care has to be taken in order to make it softer as the game plan is very much depended on the quality and comfort of the gloves.
Usually baseball gloves are made up of hard leather and the basic is to just soften the leather. The best way to do it is use them repeatedly in practice sessions or make use of baseball glove oils available in the market. However a high value baseball gloves are made up of best leather that allows you to perform like a champion. But not all players can afford the best quality gloves and hence they have to depend on oils or lubricants to soften the leather.
The webbings and pocket of the gloves are the other features that are necessary to be considered in softening process. Every baseball glove has an open or closed web and your choice will depend on your fielding position. A closed web is preferred by pitchers as it allows hiding the ball from the batter while an open web is generally preferred by infielders that allow them to make throws to bases in quick time. Same is the case in pocket of gloves as shallow pocket gloves are specially designed for catching and deeper pocket gloves are considered to help players grasp onto fly balls. Shortly you need a glove with soft leather as they play a major role in the game of baseball.
If you're able to buy high quality soft leather gloves then its fine but if not just apply a small amount of glove oil with a soft cloth. Rub it thoroughly through the entire surface and allow it to dry the whole night. Thus this simple process will soften the leather and the gloves will be ready to use for best performance on the field. Also it will last for many years and once softened you will feel really comfortable in it.
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