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 Post subject: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:17 pm 
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I've seen a lot of the guys at my local softball field using a lot of "softball brand" gloves. Worth, Miken, Vinci, etc, I've never used one and wanted to know from anyone out there if they're any advantage over a hardball glove. I've been using my baseball glove (PRO88) for SS and the deep pocket works fine, wish it was a little larger (why I picked up a PRO200-4JBT) from Mike, but some of these guys are using 12.5 for infield. I can understand a 13 and maybe a 14 incher for OF, but I'd have control issues using a 12.5 in the infield. I'd have no idea where the ball was if a I were to field a grounder; I'd have to look down to see where it was in my glove. These Worths gloves can cost around $160ish so I'm guessing the quality is decent...? Anyone on here playing softball using one could give me some opinions?

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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:33 pm 
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I've played mostly SS, and use a Rawlings RBG36 Jose Canseco model. 12.5" glove. (My Dale Murphy disappeared between games last year.) Both were made late '80s - early '90s. Perfect all around size for softball in my opinion. The extra reach and security of a 12.5" glove is well worth the rare occasion I have trouble getting the ball out of the web. Love the way it swallows the ball on an over the shoulder catch.
I think once you get comfortable with a bigger glove than you're used to now, you'll wish you had gone bigger sooner.
Don't have any experience with other gloves.


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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:49 pm 
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I play mainly SS and 2B and I use a Worth Ranger WR1225. It is nice, deep and wide. I have always liked smaller gloves but an 11.5" was just too small for me even in the infield for softball. I went from there to a Mizuno classic 12" and like it but feel in love with the Worth 12.25". It's big enough to handle a 12" ball without feeling like a cow on my hand. As for the Worth gloves, get a Ranger (discontinued) or a Liberty - they are great gloves. Most gloves that are labeled "slow-pitch" softball gloves suck, so I use baseball gloves. Also, the newer Rawlings Gold Glove (models beginning in GG...) softball gloves are nice. I use a Wilson A2K 1799 (12.5-12.75") for the outfield, softball

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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:59 pm 
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Softball specific gloves typically have a deeper pocket to house the softball and a shorter profile. Some manufacturers just stretch a 12.5" baseball glove to a 14" softball glove, keeping the pocket the same depth for baseball. The deeper you go on a pocket, the shorter you go in height. Typically, a 12.75" baseball glove will be taller than a 12.75" true softball glove.

Vinci is a baseball glove company with high end softball gloves. They(vinci) as a brand have deep pockets throughout their line(baseball and softball). I am not a huge fan of Worth gloves. They do not seem to form well and their leather just bugs me. Soft leather in the palm and stiff leather on the back. Just never have liked them. Had one before I bought my Vinci.

I use Vinci, I also rep Vinci. They are one of the best gloves out there. Definitely worth the price tag. I was a customer before I was a rep.

In your case, if it works for you, why change it. A slightly larger glove will give you a little more reach and depth. But, if you are comfortable with an 11.5", stay with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:02 pm 
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I was using a 11.5" Rawlings HOH GG for the last 22 years and just recently made the swith to a true softball glove in the Vinci PC-2443. It's listed as 12.75" but seems to be more like a 12.5" with a deep pocket. I tried it out in a game before it was ready and it was ok but not great but I saw its' potential. I made a couple of gaffe's due to its' stiffness but it wasn't the gloves fault. I swithched back to my trust Rawlings and all went well the rest of the night.

Two weeks later I turned three double plays in a game which could have been 5 if not for bad feeds. The deep pocket I was so worried about is something I am adjusting to. The glove isn't in the neighborhood of being where I want it yet but I know when it's there I will be happy for many years.


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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:53 pm 
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I still use baseball gloves, Just make sure they are at least 12.25".

Mostly I have 12.75" gloves. They seem perfect to me. Anything bigger it still gets lost in there.
Still love the TRAP-EZE gloves. Perfect pocket.

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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:26 am 
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Baseball gloves. 11.5" A2000 1786 at 2B. 11.75" A2000 L at SS or 3B. 12" A2800 PST at 1B. Seven weeks in, no errors. Softball-sized gloves look and feel so clumsy.

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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:43 pm 
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Never had a problem using my baseball gloves (12.25"-12.75"), when playing softball.

Agree with the softball gloves looking and feeling too big and clumsy........ I've seen softball gloves that look like they could double as a gear bag.


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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:05 pm 
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I use a USA Custom Rawlings PRO T.

12.75, but feels like a 12.5.

I use it for infield and outfield.

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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:10 pm 
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Mason, I tried about 10 different gloves from 11.25"-12.25" and I finally settled on a PRO 1000 6-JB 12.25" H-web. I play SS in softball.It seems to be perfect, big enough that it gives you a little more range/margin for error vs using a small hardball glove but not big so it feels like you have a huge glove on your hand and still feels comfortable and easy to maneuver . A GTG board member on SBF had this exact model for sale for $150 and was in VERY good shape just recently. He's also on here , allenlin1213


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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:58 pm 
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I very much agree with with RedSox81. I started out trying an 11.5" glove for softball infield... then a 11.75"... then a 12" and ended up with 12.25" Big enough but not a cow on your hand. For outfield I also tried a nice 13.5" Glovesmith but it was just to big. I currently use a A2K 1799 (12.5"-12.75").

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 Post subject: Re: Softball glove vs. hardball gloves
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:09 pm 
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I find my 12 3/4 inch Trap-Eze web (an OF baseball glove) to be perfect for any softball position. Strong, flexible pocket for outfield play, but a nice deep pocket at the base of the trap that allow for some quicker glovework on the infield. Bigger ball/Bigger glove situation suits me fine.


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