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Discussion: QUESTION FOR OUTFIELDERS

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Dec. 3, 2010
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
QUESTION FOR OUTFIELDERS
i am sure you have tried various outfield gloves over your softball career, what brand and size have you found that works best for you. i am currently using a nokona 12 1/2" that will need to be replaced in the next year or so. i have been very happy with it,just curious if you think there is something better that wont cost an arm and a leg. thanks. frsnk a.
Dec. 3, 2010
Dbax
Men's 60
1267 posts
As an outfielder, I have always used a 14" glove. I can't believe you use that small of a glove in the outfield. And I have always had a Rawlings.
Dec. 3, 2010
crusher
Men's 70
389 posts
14" is a must for me. You can and will make some extra catches. I use a Rawlings. These gloves are not broken in so I use Vaseline outside and inside to make the leather softer. Using Vaseline inside will not make the globe slick as the leather absorbes it. What happens is the glove inside will not rot from sweat. Gloves will last 10+ years. My glove is now 14 or so years old and still good.
Dec. 3, 2010
FOFO
Men's 50
171 posts
14" Nokona. Not only is it the best, I believe it's the only glove still made in the USA.
Dec. 3, 2010
hitman
Men's 65
301 posts
A 14" is good and a 15" is even better for the outfield.
I have 15" Vinci Pro in Black partially broken in and great for outfields.
A Merry Christmas Special @ $100 shipped. Normal Price is $189.
Just leave e-mail address if interested.

The Hitman
Dec. 3, 2010
Dbax
Men's 60
1267 posts
I think 15" is illegal in most all associations.
Dec. 3, 2010
outfielder
Men's 65
58 posts
Rawlings 14" is the best I've found, a little longer break-in time but well worth it. I use the Nokona NLT Classic glove conditioner to break in and keep clean. You might look at Ebay, sometimes you can find a decent glove a little cheaper, be sure to look at Rawlings site first and decide which one you are interested in then find the best price.
Dec. 4, 2010
zonk
56 posts
For the last few years I have used 13.5"-14" Vincis. They take a bit longer to break in; but, they have deeper pockets, and reinforced thumb and pinky. Also, the ball sticks after a catch; and, the transfer to the throwing hand is smooth. I have tried most brands; all are good, Vinci works best for me.
Dec. 4, 2010
titanhd
Men's 50
329 posts
14" Nokona. Great choice.
Dec. 4, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
816 posts
I used a 14" Nokona from 1996 thru 2003. It had the kangaroo on the pocket side and started to get floppy after a number of years. I then got a 14" Vinci which I love. It is a little heavy so I got an inexpensive Worth Toxic 13.5" which is nice and light and I use it on occasion. I also just got a 14" Rawlings trap-eze that I am breaking in. I guess I'm a glove hound!
Dec. 5, 2010
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
GUYS---appreciate your responses, i "assumed" that the longer the glove ,the less control/feel you would have when the ball hits the glove. looking back now, i probably would have made a lot more catches over the years. i will start looking around for a 13 1/2 " or 14 " on ebay. larry- have a great xmas and new year. see ya ! frank a.
Dec. 5, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3932 posts
frankie you blaming your glove huh.....LOL....i thought it was the cute little bunny hop you do .....LOL....
Dec. 5, 2010
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
I use a 14 inch A-2000 and I do not place my pointing finger in the finger hole. I place 2 fingers in the pinkie hole, middle finger in the ring hole, etc. Without the pointing finger in the hole I have more cushion / give.
Dec. 5, 2010
truhitter
25 posts
Airbosn i was taught that way when i was in little league it makes for a bigger pocket for the ball
Dec. 5, 2010
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
Sure does and other players always ask me why my glove pocket is so wide. I usually them, good break in and the finger placement.
Dec. 6, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3932 posts
AB i do they same thing,been doing it for years.i also look for a real light one,specially when i pitch for the kids,as they have no respect for their elders..LOL....

14" all the way no matter what position i play....
Dec. 6, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
816 posts
I guess that just goes to show you...you're never too old to learn something new! Airbosn, I'm going to try your technique next time I get some guys to go out for some BP. Anything that will help give an old guy an edge!
Dec. 6, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
Airbosn-I was taught the same, 2 fingers in last hole and index finger out-14 inch all the way-15 is too big to control.
Dec. 6, 2010
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
419 posts
Frank,

The Vinci BR45 is the best glove I've ever owned. I believe it's 14.25". One thing the Vinci has that I am not aware of with other manufacturers is a pocket pattern designed specifically for softball.

Of course, at your age, you may not need a glove that will last for years, but if you have an heir that plays ball it would be appreciated.
Dec. 6, 2010
hitman
Men's 65
301 posts
The 15" is legal in Senior ball, I'm not sure but think that the 15" is illegal in the other associations (ASA,NSA,ISA,& USSSA).
Still have this one for Sale.
Vinci Pro 15" for $100.

The Hitman
Dec. 6, 2010
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
TEXAS TRANSPLANT- the last sentence was " COLD ", brother. BUT true, i'll be playing 70's and 65's next year. not sure how much longer my knees will last. if i am told i need a knee replacement, i will quit softball and play jacks with my grand-daughter. am also getting my eyes checked tuesday 12/7 for cataracts. will decide what to do at that time. "IT'S HELL TO GET OLD !, MY MIND AND HEART TELL ME TO GO! GO! GO!, BUT MY BODY IS SAYING: " NO MAS "! NO MAS ! good to play with you in las vegas 2 weeks ago. jim- stay healthy my amigo !see ya ! frank a
Dec. 6, 2010
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
419 posts
Frank,

Hope ou know I was joking. The way you hit the ball in Las Vegas, you may be playing forever.
Dec. 7, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
816 posts
Frank, good luck with the eye exam today! You looked like you were seeing pretty well in Vegas recently; however, I've been told that getting old is not for sissies and I'm only 64! I sure know what you're saying when the mind is willing but the body says NO! LL
Dec. 7, 2010
oldnslow
19 posts
An easy way to remind yourself to use that 2 finger in the last slot is:

"Remember it's two in the pinky - not one in the stinky!!"

Hope that helps.
Dec. 7, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3932 posts
LL yeah he hits it well,but has no control(bat that is),likes to hit his fellow runners on base.....DOH,LOL.....



frankie my leg still has a prol....
Dec. 7, 2010
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
If 15" is legal in seniors than yet another silly senior rule.

Why do seniors need this?
Dec. 7, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
section 3.6 specifies 14 inches maximum in SSUSA rule book if I read it right.
Dec. 7, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
816 posts
mad dog, I hear ya! I know I cringe when I'm on first and Billy Valadez is up or when I'm on third and Joe Harris is hitting! Billy has nailed me more than once! Heck, Sam Golden almost killed me with a shot when I was on SECOND base! I ducked and it barely went over my head! I could have done good in the limbo that day...
Dec. 7, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
What we need is mandatory armor for base runners! :-)
Dec. 7, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
Darn-why don't we all just dress in bubble wrap uniforms-100% coverage. That would take care of a lot of problems---but watch that first head first slide!! :-)
Dec. 8, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4359 posts
Perhaps we all should suit up with football uniforms.
You still have motion and all the protective devices, Plus you'll get the possible weight loss side effects for additional weight you'll carry around.
lol
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