Finding the best softball glove is not an easy task. The choice depends on many different things such as the position you play, the level you play at, your age and your hand size. No two softball players are the same which makes this task even more difficult. Although we can’t provide you with reviews on every single softball glove used in 2014, we have provided you with what we feel is the top resource when it comes to finding the best softball gloves around. Simply click on the following links to begin your search.
What are the best gloves right now for 2014?
In 2014, there are three main softball gloves that seem to be “in a league of their own”. Click on the links below to see a quick review of why we feel they are so good:
Our top choice for all position players is the Worth Toxic Lite which is available in 13”, 13.5”, and 14” glove sizes. What makes this glove so good? For starters it is one of the lightest gloves available which makes a huge difference on a player. With a lighter glove, you can react quicker and not be weighed down by a bulky uncomfortable thing hanging from around your wrist. Although this glove is used by more competitive level players, the price tag allows just about anyone (even casual players) to easily own it and enjoy the benefits. Some of the other top features include:
- Full grain leather lining and laces for even more durability and strength
- Use of Worth’s Pro Mesh backing for quick break in and lighter weight
- Increased palm padding
If you play first base, you know that there are many things you need to do differently than everyone else on the field. Because the position is so unique, you also need a glove to fit the rigors of your position. In our opinion the best softball glove for first basemen is the Louisville TPS Valkyrie first base mitt. The Valkyrie series is one of the best at making gloves specifically for female players. The mitt in particular features smaller finger stalls, and wrist opening to fit female players with ease. Other main features include:
- Velcro strap around the wrist for better fit and stability
- High quality leather construction making the glove nice and soft
- H-Web back to suit the needs of the first base position
The TPS Vakyrie is widely considered to be the best valued glove on the market and would make an excellent companion for any player playing first base.
Ahhh the catcher, arguably the most unique position in all of softball (let alone any sport). In all seriousness however, playing behind the plate presents many unique challenges that are not experienced by other positions. Not only will you be catching the ball the most during any given game, but you are also expected not to drop the ball in any circumstance. The Mizuno Franchise Pro Series catchers mitt has been one of the most sought after gloves for players that want to crouch behind home plate. You may wonder why at a cost of $50-$60 we consider this glove to be the best for catchers when there are many more expensive gloves around. The features we like about the Franchise Pro Series include:
- ParaShock technology: for catchers the use of this patented technology provides much less shock than any other glove on the market
- Powerlock: for an even better and tighter fit, Powerlock secures your glove around your hand so you can concentrate on the pitcher
- More padding to keep your hand and palm protected at all times
This last glove is dedicated to youth softball players who are approximately 10 and under. The important thing to consider when purchasing a youth softball glove is that you are more than likely still growing. You certainly don’t want to pick up an expensive glove only to have it not fit next season. That is where the Mizuno Prospect Series comes in. This glove has been designed to help younger players learn the game properly in that it aids in teaching proper technique that coaches are constantly talking about. Using Power Close, when a player catches the ball, the glove is actually designed to help perform that last “closing” action for you. Now you can really impress your coach! Other great features include:
- Wider pocket so there is more area to catch the ball
- Better palm lining to reduce sting and soreness
- Closed back so it can be used for any position around the field (very important for youth softball)
View gloves by Position and Age
First and foremost, the easiest way to first start your search is to look into our top choices by position and age.
Softball Gloves Brands
Our website also breaks down the top gloves available from the best softball brands on the planet. Simply click on the links below to see our choices broken down by specific brand.
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