I get emails all the time from players, parents, and coaches asking me questions about anything, and everything, about catching. There are a few questions that pop up really frequently so I thought it would be a good idea to address them in my blog. So, in the first installment of my “FAQ Blog Series” I’m going to discuss what size mitt you need because that is probably one of the most common questions I get asked.
A few times a week there is a message in my inbox that says “Coach, should I buy a 32.5″ mitt or 34″ mitt for my son?”
I have a standard reply that I send out to all the concerned dads asking me about their son’s mitt and it is: “Get him the one that feels comfortable to him and he likes!” I know that sounds like the easy way out, but I honestly believe that there isn’t a big difference between the “small” mitt and the “huge” one. I don’t think that using one mitt or the other is going to make a difference in how well you catch, block, or throw the ball.
If you haven’t really thought about it before, 1.5″ sounds like a big difference, but it really isn’t. If you consider the math involved, they’re actually very close in size. Let’s take a look at the math involved in finding out how much bigger a 34″ mitt is than a 32.5″ mitt:
Once you actually look at it, you’ll find that there is less than a 10% difference between the “small” one and the “large” one. With that small of a difference, I recommend finding a mitt that the player likes, feels comfortable with, and has confidence in.
I know that in today’s world most of your shopping is probably done on the Internet. I even do most of my shopping on the Internet! However, when looking for a mitt, I recommend actually going to your local sporting goods store and trying a few different mitts on. Everyone’s hand is different and different mitts feel different to each individual. You will quickly find out which mitts you like, and which ones you dislike!
I hope you remember that the way a mitt feels is much more important than the numbers attached to it! Choose a mitt that feels good to you, is comfortable, and is made by a reputable company with a good warranty!
P.S. If you want to see the mitt that I recommend CLICK HERE.