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You’ve probably never thought about it before. Do I wear my glove wrong? Sounds like a stupid question.

You put your hand all the way into your glove. You have 5 holes in your glove for your fingers and you put the 5 fingers into those holes. The bottom pad of your palm does not show. For some people they like to keep their index finger outside of the glove and for some people they like to keep their index finger into the glove. That’s about the extent of it.

What if I told you that was the wrong way to wear your glove?

In more recent years we are seeing a shift in the way that players wear their gloves. Especially at the pro level.

In the conventional way of wearing a glove when you squeeze the glove, your’re usually squeezing the glove with your thumb and index/middle finger. Squeezing the glove in the middle to pocket area. One way to have better control with your glove, make the pocket seem bigger and close properly is to squeeze your thumb and pinky fingers together. For a lot of players this is an awkward feeling.

In order to do this players from little league to the professionals have changed the way they wear their gloves. By placing your pinky finger and ring finger together in the pinky slot of your glove, middle finger in the ring finger slot, and index finger in the middle finger slot or outside of the glove (therefore bypassing the index finger slot)…you will see you have better control of the glove, and are able to squeeze it in the way that we want players to do so. Confusing isn’t it? Go grab your glove and come back and read this section.

Also we want our players to have the pad of their palms sticking out the bottom of their gloves. This helps in making our gloves longer and also easier to squeeze it in the we want them to.

The next time you play catch, try it out. Is it something that you’ll make the switch to? Or will you stick to the conventional way? Is there a wrong way? Right way?

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Comment by Chris Patt on February 22, 2010 at 10:14pm
Been doing this for years now and it does give better control and a longer reach when needed. Won't go back to the index finger slot at all again.
Comment by Bill Stanton on February 24, 2010 at 9:52pm
This is great info. Thanks for sharing Coach!
Comment by Noel Vazquez on February 25, 2010 at 11:34am
You're right! I've alway worn my gloves that way.
Comment by Brian Moran on February 25, 2010 at 11:51am
Learned this in college and soon realized that all college outfielders wear their gloves this way. Definitely makes a difference.

Brian Moran
Comment by Mark Chesshir / NBTA on February 25, 2010 at 12:03pm
I have been doing your suggestion for 45 years! As a trainer, I teach every player that walks through my doors how to put their fingers in the glove "PROPERLY!" Thanks for writing about this!
Comment by Fernando on February 25, 2010 at 1:01pm
I agree with WESLEY.
The way each player wear the glove (mitt) is not the wrong way or the right way, is just the way they feel confortable.
Of course theres a "common sense" of wearing a glove. i.e Right glove in left hand, LMAO! (I used to do this back home when we didnt have money to buy left-handed gloves and we have to use right-handed gloves.)
Comment by on February 25, 2010 at 1:20pm
That's why I wrote the article with a "Question Mark?". I wasn't telling anyone a right or wrong way to wear the glove. I was asking a question and presenting a viewpoint. An old jewish style of writing. Present the reader with a viewpoint that is different then the norm, then let the reader make the decision.
Comment by Duke White on February 25, 2010 at 1:52pm
I've always worn the glove this way and now my son does the same. Much more control. Thanks for the post.
Comment by The Glovedoctor on February 25, 2010 at 3:53pm
There is also a benefit (especially for Outfielders) to putting your pinky and ring finger into the pinky slot - it actually "lengthens" your glove by about an inch. Here's how you can tell: put your glove on the conventional way with each finger in the respective stall. Notice the at the heel of the glove where it lays on your hand (the boney part right before the wrist on the palm side). Take a pen and draw a line where the base of the heel meets the base of your hand.

Now, put your fingers in the glove ("Vulcan" style) with the pinky/ring finger in the pinky stall, and the middle and index finger shifted over one more stall towards the pinky. Notice how the glove has climbed up your hand by looking at the line you just drew or imagined on the base of your palm? The glove shifts up about an inch!!!

The only disadvantage I can think of this method is leaving the boney part of the bottom of your palm exposed to hard ground balls. It can be painful so think twice if you play infield before you try this method - or wear some protection on your hand.
Comment by Ronald C Fazar on February 25, 2010 at 4:11pm
Eight or nine years ago a teammate of mine, about twelve years older than myself, clued me in to this notion. It's 100% natural to me now when I put on my outfield glove (which is where I play 90% or more of innings in the field) but, for some reason, I still wear my infielder mitt the conventional way.

I recommend any young (or old) player give the method Coach Lisle describes above a fair chance.

For infielders who are concerned about their exposed wrist - I would not suggest this long term - but if you need some peace of mind when you're "getting used to" the new method - Easton makes a wrist-band with a piece of cardboard or plastic or something in it. Working on fear-of-the-ball should probably come before the glove issue though.


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