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Discussion: gloves on throwing hand

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Jan. 27, 2014
phantomf4j
19 posts
gloves on throwing hand
I am aware that equipment of all types has been advanced beyond what any of us ever expected. I am now hearing that there is a glove on the market that actually allows one to throw effectively with the glove on the throwing hand. These gloves are surely different than a normal quality hitting glove, as I doubt anyone can throw effectively with a normal batting glove on their throwing hand. I am hearing of two product lines that offer such a glove. The manufacturers are Saranac and Sandman. Have any of you ever tried these gloves on the throwing hand? I am wondering if they are effective and if there is any performance tested data in the softball arena. Many NFL QB's are now wearing them on the throwing hand and seem to be performing as usual. Just wondering if any senior players, especially those in the northern climates, are using such a product.
Jan. 27, 2014
DOLFAN
22 posts
Phantom..this is interesting. The air out in SoCal gets pretty dry so the ball has a tendency to be slippery. I will have to check into this. Thanks
Jan. 27, 2014
softballnuts
78 posts

I looked at the Saranac web site....didn't see any mention of their gloves for throwing softballs. The ones they show seem to be batting gloves.

Jan. 27, 2014
phantomf4j
19 posts
softballnuts-

I have also been to that site and agree there is no mention of a glove for the throwing hand. Nevertheless, there is such a product and it is being used in other sports. Apparently these gloves have knuckle expansion and skin-like material in the palm and fingers so one can actually grip a ball as well as he does with the naked hand. I always wear a batting glove on the hand inside my fielding glove. But in cold weather I could sure see how a supple gripping glove might be useful on the throwing hand as well, especially in the early spring and late fall. I hope someone has tried this product and can add some information.
Jan. 28, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4246 posts
Sent off a couple inquires and haven't found the Sandman site but Cutter and Saranac do not make gloves for throwing.
I doubt you'll find one cause focus in on grip.. IE bat holding and ball catching as in football.
But replied back to these two, and awaiting to see if they know of a co that does make them.
Jan. 28, 2014
phantomf4j
19 posts
Thanks taits. I will only add what I have read about such gloves. The gloves that I have heard about would indeed allow one to grip any ball, even the 12" softball. And frankly, if you observe where the hands are placed on a football it is not all that much greater than our senior softball. The fingers in gripping a football are more spread for certain, but the overall ability of the hand in this glove is flexible enough to throw a softball, with the fingers curved over the ball. I believe the product is out there, but has not been connected to softball yet. I hope it makes an appearance because I would like to try them. Please let me know what you find out and thanks again for the research.
Jan. 29, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4246 posts
One of those sites, I think 1st one you listed has softball as a link. But they when I asked said none were made for throwing balls. Some show gloves with 'receiver' as part of name. Personally I think the tacky or stickiness might cause ball to move in a direction not intended at release point.
Perhaps one with top portion of fingers cut would help there though like weight lifters gloves. I use one primarily for extra padding for glove palm.
Jan. 29, 2014
Caveman
Men's 50
61 posts
Try these. We use them at work and I think they might fit the bill. They are not sports gloves. They are made of a stretch material so they form to your hand like a second skin without being uncomfortably tight and the palm and fingers have a rubberized material for grip. Haven't tried them for throwing but I did put one on and picked up a softball and it seems like it would work

G-Tek MaxiFlex Ultimate
www.atg-glovesolutions.com

Fastenal has a similar product called Body Guard. Both sell for under $5 a pair

Treacy Elliott
Saints 60
Jan. 29, 2014
softball4b
Men's 60
706 posts
Home Depot or Lowes
$5 - West Chester Nitrile-Dipped Large Multi-Purpose Gloves (5-Pack)

$2-Firm Grip Nitrile Coated Polyester Work Gloves

I use them form batting gloves, they are even better if there is a little moisture.
Jan. 29, 2014
softball4b
Men's 60
706 posts
Meant to say form fitting, you can pick up a dime with them.
Jan. 30, 2014
phantomf4j
19 posts
I'm a naval aviator from the Vietnam era. We were issued flame retardant gloves that were like a second skin. As softball4B mentions one can pick up a dime with these gloves. I am certain I could throw a ball accurately with these gloves on. Of course, they were for aviation and too long (mid forearm) to used as such. But I am convinced that such a glove must exist out there that could be applied to the softball game. I will look into the Lowe's/Home Depot idea as well as the G-Tek suggestion by Treacy. Thanks to all.
Jan. 30, 2014
Airbosn
Men's 65
319 posts
Phantomf4j...I still have a pair of the flame retartant and over leather gloves. My last tour with the F4J/S was in the RAG at Oceana as the AMO. 79/81 For an Aviation Deck LDO/CWO the tour was very much fun...Got to do all the det., Top Gun, Red Flag and all the bird farms that were scheduled.
Jan. 31, 2014
hemi racer
Men's 65
63 posts
I'm sure the NFL guys use them for a better grip on the ball in maybe wet weather. But would a glove thin enough to have control of a softball really help as far as cold weather is concerned?
Jan. 31, 2014
Caveman
Men's 50
61 posts
Hemi,
I've worn the gloves I described above in 30 degree weather (not playing softball) and they do keep your hands comfortably warm.
Treacy
Jan. 31, 2014
hemi racer
Men's 65
63 posts
Boy! Looks like someone(Alan) is missing the boat here. Seems that would be a hot item first of ever year. Just read an article on Manning and how he has gotten accustomed to wearing his glove even in warm weather. Don't know if you and I could afford a pair, but they must be out there.
Feb. 3, 2014
phantomf4j
19 posts
Airbosn-

"J" model was an incredible machine. But we better stick to softball or get a reprimand! Manning is not the only QB that wears a glove on his throwing hand. I realize such gloves might not be for everyone, but I am looking for any edge. I have developed arthritis in my fingers, hands and wrists and in cold weather I think this glove might be useful. I will keep searching for this product and if I find it I will let you know.
Feb. 4, 2014
J R
174 posts
SSUSA rule book says no gloves on throwing hand for pitchers
Feb. 7, 2014
stick8
1238 posts
Besides the Super Bowl a glove on the throwing worked out pretty well for Peyton Manning!!
Feb. 7, 2014
hemi racer
Men's 65
63 posts
In my day, I could have blocked better than Peyton's line did in the super bowl. Don't know what was the matter with the offensive line that night. Was the Seahawks that much more talented?
I know-not really a product review comment.
Feb. 8, 2014
garyheifner
334 posts
About 4 years ago I was in Menards (it's like a home depot) and I saw a pair of Box Handler gloves for about $8. They are nylon with like dozens of plastic little knobs. They are designed to handle slick card board boxes. Not only do I get a great grip on a bat, When I wear them in cold weather, they hold the ball very securely and have no problem throwing the ball. Menards currently have the same type for about $7 but they are chartruse and have a NASCAR #27 on them. I am probably going to look a little silly with gray and red unforms high lighted by the gloves but what the hell, they work and most of my team thinks I look silly anyway!!
April 2, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
414 posts
Now that it is getting warmner, does anyone have an update on these gloves and their experiences with them and any other thoughts on this subject??
Thanks.
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