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?