When you step onto the softball field, you better be ready. In a split second, you could have to make a game-deciding play. Be prepared for sizzling grounders, scorched line drives and everything in between with a top-rated softball glove from DICK’S Sporting Goods. This list features the best glove series for fastpitch and slow pitch in 2020. Each glove has been handpicked by one of our softball equipment experts.
Best Fastpitch Softball Gloves for 2020
- Wilson A2000 Series
- Mizuno Pro Select Series
- Rawlings Heart of the Hide Series
- Easton Professional Collection
- Rawlings GG Elite Series
- Rawlings Liberty Advanced Series
Learn more about each of these top-rated fastpitch gloves.
A2000 gloves are carefully crafted with input from professionals, top collegiate stars and elite travel players. Featuring top-grade American steerhide leather, the A2000 is designed to maintain its shape and feel season after season. Keep in mind, this durable leather can feel stiff at first and may take some time to break in, but it’s worth the effort. You’ll have a dependable glove that’s designed to last for years.
A2000 gloves are also available in slow-pitch styles.
The word “pro” isn’t used lightly here. Mizuno analyzes hundreds of gloves used by professionals and top players to design the Pro Select. Each pocket is crafted for optimum performance based on your position. Outfielders will love the longer 12.5-inch glove, while the I-Web on the 11.75 inch can help infielders cleanly field and transfer the ball. The 12-inch model is also an ideal choice for pitchers.
Designed with insights from elite college players, the Heart of the Hide Series offers incredible control at each position. If a secure fit is important to you, Heart of the Hide gloves have a pull-strap closure system, which is made to keep your glove in place throughout every inning. Plus, the thumb sleeve is padded to provide additional protection and comfort. Each Heart of the Hide glove comes 65% broken in so you can get it on the field faster.
If you’re a player with smaller hands who’s found other gloves too roomy, consider the Easton Professional Collection. These gloves have a smaller hand opening with an adjustable wrist strap to help ensure a snug, secure fit. There’s also a sweat-wicking wrist liner that can help keep your glove hand cool and dry when the heat is on.
Only available at DICK’S Sporting Goods, the GG Elite is a more affordable option that still provides top-level performance. The GG Elite offers a quick break-in period and a customized feel thanks to the pliable Pro Soft leather shell and moldable padding in the palm.
Our customers love the Liberty Advanced for its exceptional comfort and easy break-in process. The full-grain leather design is nearly ready to play from day one, and extra padding in the palm helps eliminate the sting of hard-hit balls. Finally, a pull-strap closure helps provides a secure fit so you can field every ball with complete control.
Best Slow Pitch Softball Gloves for 2020
- Louisville Slugger TPS Series
- Miken Pro Series
- Rawlings Premium Series
- Easton El Jefe Series
- Mizuno MVP Prime Series
Learn more about of these slow pitch gloves to get the best fit for your game.
The TPS is a great choice for serious slow pitch players. The glove is made with premium-grade leather designed to last season after season, and all components are certified for quality by Louisville Slugger’s Research & Development team. The 2020 TPS is available in 13 inch, 13.5 inch and 14 inch lengths.
Do you play in a league where hitters routinely smash the ball? Miken Pro Series gloves feature extra foam padding in the palm and index finger to better absorb the impact from hard-hit shots. The adjustable pull-strap closure helps provide a secure fit so you can stay focused on the action.
The affordable Rawlings Premium Series is our best value slow pitch glove. The pre-oiled, full-grain leather shell offers a soft feel, and the glove closes easily to help you secure the ball every time it comes your way. Extra padding lines the palm and fingers to provide maximum protection on hot shots, while a wrist strap allows you to customize the fit.
If you’re looking for a glove to last you years, consider the Easton El Jefe. The heavy-duty leather shell is incredibly durable, while oiled cowhide in the palm and fingers offers optimum comfort and feel. It may take you a bit to break in the El Jefe, but once you do, you’ll have a glove designed to last the long haul.
If you want a jack-of-all-trades glove that can perform at any position, the Mizuno MVP Prime is the perfect choice. In MVP Prime gloves, Mizuno centralizes the pocket directly under the index finger, allowing you to control the ball cleanly no matter where you are on the field. Plus, the glove comes broken in, so you can play right away.
Now that you have the right softball glove for your game, it’s time to get to work.
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