Just like in baseball, a great softball glove is one of the most important tools that you can buy for yourself that will help you to become a more successful player. In many ways, it is the final piece in what you would need to stop that hard line shot down the third base line or to that spectacular diving catch you’re going to make in the outfield. Not all softball gloves are created equal in terms of material or size. The size of the glove you are going to purchase has a lot to do with the position you play. However, there are other factors as well.
There are a lot of sections of the glove that you should pay attention to when you buy. The webbing, the palm, the fingers and heel are what make up the glove and these might be built differently based on the glove.
The position you play will make a difference too. Generally, outfield gloves are going to be a little bigger with deep pockets to catch those fly balls. On the other hand, an infielder glove is going to be a little smaller to allow for the transition from the glove to your throwing hand quickly.
We know there are a lot of gloves out there to choose from and picking the length is one choice. However, there are gloves with features that will either benefit you or not work out for your position. This is why we’ve created this list of some of our favorite softball gloves of the season. We hope this list will make your search more bearable since you’ll have some good options to choose from right here. Enjoy!
Wilson A360 Slowpitch Glove
The Wilson A360 Slowpitch Glove is most likely the most versatile glove in the line of slowpitch soft gloves by Wilson. This gloves plays great all over the field with the closed, V-Lace webbing that measures 13 inches. It’s great choice for younger players because you can use it almost anywhere on the field and it isn’t going to cost you a lot of money. It is made with a Velcro wrist strap for adjustable comfort. In addition, you’ll notice the genuine leather palm shock absorption and even more comfort.
– Comes in both left and right handed
– 13” model softball glove
– Webbing is a closed V-Lace style
– Adjustable Velcro wrist strap for a secure and comfortable fit
– Palm is constructed with genuine leather
– Pro-Tech padding to take away some of the sting you might feel
Franklin Sports Field Master Series Baseball Gloves
For just under $25 you can get your hands on the Franklin Sports Field Master Series Baseball Glove. This is the perfect starter glove for your little one and comes in a variety of lengths going form 10” to 14”. This means that no matter if you’re playing second base or the outfield, there is an option for you in this series of softball gloves. This love is made of synthetic leather but is still a durable option. The Contour Fit System lets you adjust the fingers so they fit great and feel better. For the money, you aren’t going to find a lot of better options. We highly recommend.
– Made with premium, thick synthetic leather for a durable and great looking glove
– The Contour Fit System allows for adjusting so you it fits perfectly
– Features a hand formed pocket that allows for easy catches and scooping of the ball
– Sizes range from 10” to 14”
Mizuno Prospect Select 12.5″ Youth Fastpitch Softball Glove
If you are looking for a glove specifically constructed for the female softball player choose the Mizuno Prospect Select 12.5″ Youth Fastpitch Softball Glove. This is an affordable softball glove for your little one that is going to last for seasons to come. It has a full grain leather shell with a ButterSoft palm liner. The Thumb Cut hinge is a great innovation from Mizuno in which you get increased flexibility so they player doesn’t have any issues closing the glove around the ball. Add the Polyurethane PowerLock and you’ve got yourself a glove that is going to hold onto anything that enters. It has been slightly broken in so the process of making this glove fit perfectly to the hand won’t take long.
– Engineered for the female softball player
– Durable full grain leather shell
– ButterSoft palm liner that feels great
– Polyurethane power lock system that offers a secure and simple fit through the PU pull tab
– Mizuno’s Thumb Cut allows for a hinge to help in closing the glove
Miken KO Series Slowpitch Pro H Web Pattern Fielding Glove
The Miken KO Series Slowpitch Pro H Web Pattern Fielding Glove is a step up in quality and when you get your hand inside this glove, you’ll see what we mean. This glove breaks in pretty fast, but it wouldn’t hurt to add a little conditioning oil for yourself. Outside of that, this is a very solid glove. The full grain leather shell is game ready and has a durable, soft and lightweight feel. Miken has used the PORON XRD Technology in this glove which means when the player catches a line drive, the impact is greatly reduced making the experience virtually sting free.
– 13” pattern
– Comes with Pro H Web
– Has USA tanned leather laces
– Full grain, soft leather shell
– PORON XRD palm pads to take away the sting from those hard line shots
Rawlings Liberty Advanced Softball Glove Series
The Rawlings Liberty Advanced Softball Glove Series is an upgrade from some of the previous gloves. You know what you are getting when you buy a glove from the Rawlings company. It is going to be well made and last you for years. This glove has perfectly balanced patterns while being made specifically for women by contouring to their hands. We love the back closure system on this glove. All you have to do is pull two wide laces to tighten and to release you just pull the opposite joining tab.
– 5 size options
– Comes in White
– Another Rawlings product that stands up to the competition
– Made of high quality leather
– Pull lace closure system