When it comes to hitting in baseball or softball, it is important to have a solid grip on your bat to ensure you have the most precise control possible. Batting gloves for baseball and softball batting gloves not only help achieve better grip on the bat but can help reduce vibrations in the hands when making contact with the ball. Below we will look into certain reasons we believe you should wear batting gloves, how to measure your hand to determine what size batting gloves you need and will wrap things up by going over a few key aspects to consider when finding the right pair of batting gloves to purchase.
Batting Glove Size Chart (Youth & Adult)
Finding the correct size batting gloves for your hand can be difficult, especially online. Below you will find a chart showing the average measurements for batting glove sizes from youth to adult.
|X-Small||6 3/4" - 7"||5 3/4" - 6 1/4"||5 1/2" - 5 3/4"|
|Small||7" - 7 1/4"||6 1/4" - 6 1/2"||5 3/4" - 6"|
|Medium||7 1/4" - 7 1/2"||6 1/2" - 6 3/4"||6" - 6 1/4"|
|Large||7 1/2" - 7 3/4"||6 3/4" - 7"||6 1/4" - 6 1/2"|
|X-Large||7 3/4" - 8"||7" - 7 1/4"||N/A|
|XX-Large||8" - 8 1/4"||N/A||N/A|
Why Wear Batting Gloves?
- Increased grip and control on wood or metal bats
- Reduced vibration in the hands upon contact
- Hand protection during base running and slides
- Help prevent blisters and caused by repetitive hitting
- Some players wear under their fielding glove for added padding/grip
Measuring Your Hands for Batting Gloves
Whether you’re buying new batting gloves in-store or online, knowing the proper way to measure your hands is essential to finding a pair of batting gloves that fit perfectly. Below we have provided the steps to measuring your hands in the efforts to make finding the right sized batting gloves a little easier.
Step 1: Place your dominant hand palm side up on a flat surface, with you fingers straight and firmly pressed together.
Step 2: Using a tape measure or ruler, measure from the base of your palm to the tip of your middle finger.
Step 3: Using the measurement you got from measuring your hands in step 2, determine your batting glove size by comparing that measurement to the sizes in the size chart above.
Step 4: Once you have your ideal size figured out, it is time to try on some batting gloves. You’ll want to make sure that the gloves are not too tight and restrict hand movements in any way. They should be form fitting to your hand, but not to the point where you can’t move your hand and fingers like normal.
Advanced Batting Glove Considerations
Baseball and softball players hit a lot during practice and games, so it is important to find a pair of batting gloves that will last through lots of wear and tear.
- Padding: Helps reduce vibration and sting when making contact with a pitch
- Material: Batting gloves made with higher quality material are likely to be more durable
- Tack/Grip: The more tack/grip on the palm of the batting gloves, the more control you can get when swinging the bat
- Long/Short Cuff: While most batting gloves have a short cuff that goes around the wrist right up to the bottom of the hand, long cuffs that go part way down the wrist are becoming more popular; this is completely personal preference, but can be something to consider
Shop Batting Gloves with BaseballMonkey!
Batting gloves can help greatly in providing better grip on your bat and can even help reduce vibration in the hands on contact. So, if you’re in need of a new pair of batting gloves, remember, you can always visit a MonkeySports superstore location for in person advice and shop batting gloves online or in-store!