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The 10 Best Baseball Gloves

last updated Jan 05, 2019

There really is no sport like baseball. No other sport has its history, its legacy, and its place in American iconography. Almost every inch of this sport is steeped in tradition and immediately recognizable. From the sport to the teams, and equipment, the sport is well known. And that includes, of course, the BB mitt. Whether it’s the classics, or the new blood, one of the big three, or one of the up and comers, everyone knows the baseball. It is, in and of itself, a piece of classic Americana.

BB mitts are just as famous if not more so than the sport itself. Today, we’re going to count down the greatest BB mitts out there on the market today. We will cover which were the best built, the most comfortable, and generally the most fun to use. Prepare to take the field with these top 10 baseball gloves!

In a Hurry? The test winner after 16 hrs of research

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 Wilson A2000 Infield
92/100 our score
Materials
94
Comfort
93
Breathability
93
Fit
92
Value
88
Wilson A2000 Infield
Why is it better?

Dri-lex wrist lining

Pro stock leather guarantees a longer lifespan

Dual welting makes for a stronger pocket

In a Hurry? Editors choice:
 Wilson A2000 Infield
Test Winner: Wilson A2000 Infield
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This buying guide has been reviewed and revised to contain the most accurate information regarding baseball gloves. The top three reviewed gloves have remaied the top reviewed products. Outside links have been added throughout the article to provide readers with other useful information.

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$199.95
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$77.56
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90.6
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$53.18
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90.6
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$59.99
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90.4
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$31.40
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89.4
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$149.95
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89.2
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$30.40
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88.8
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88%
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$35.06
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$11.99
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Wilson A2000 Infield
  • Rawlings Gamer
  • Rawlings Player Preferred
  • Rawlings Sandlot
  • Rawlings Renegade
  • Mizuno Youth Prospect
  • Rawlings Heart of the Hide
  • Wilson A360
  • Wilson Advisory Staff
  • Franklin Sports Master Series
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
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Top 10 Picks

1. Wilson A2000 Infield

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
 Wilson A2000 Infield
Materials
94
Comfort
93
Breathability
93
Fit
92
Value
88
best offer for today
$199.95
Pros:

Dri-lex wrist lining

Pro stock leather guarantees a longer lifespan

Dual welting makes for a stronger pocket

Cons:

Pricey

Kicking off our list the right way, we have the Wilson A2000 Infield Glove. Now, many older people who grew up playing baseball may be familiar with the earlier model of this glove, the A1000, which was about as immediately identifiable as you could get for a baseball glove. However, Wilson is back with the upgraded model of their famous glove, and we’re proud to say that it’s a very worthy successor.

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Dri-Lex wrist lining

Want to know what every pro baseball player hates the most about wearing these otherwise very useful gloves? They make you sweat like you stuck your hand in a sauna. Not a fun experience for anyone who uses a baseball glove. Fortunately, this glove comes with a Dri-Lex Wrist Lining that helps to let the air in to keep your hand cool and dry, while still staying nice and snug on your hand.

Pro stock leather

Manufacturers have to be very particular about the leather they choose to use for their baseball gloves. It has to be long lasting, and it also has to be receptive to being fiddled with, such as excessive sewing, lacing and tying. Fortunately, the pro stock leather used to make this glove is very long lasting and sure to stay strong for you for years.

Cost and Value

The big problem with this glove is the price. This is going to be a regular occurrence here, though, since we’re looking at professional grade baseball gloves, made from high-class materials. Thus, the gloves on this list are incredibly expensive, though they are most definitely worth the price.

2. Rawlings Gamer

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.8
  Rawlings Gamer
Materials
94
Comfort
90
Breathability
91
Fit
90
Value
89
best offer for today
$77.56
Pros:

Made from Tennessee Rawhide Leather

Reinforced palm pad

Affordable

Cons:

Takes the longest to break in, might need to be steamed and oiled

In #7, we have our final Rawlings glove, with the Rawlings Gamer Glove. This 12 and ¾ inch all leather glove is definitely a high note to end our time with Rawlings today, as it’s easily one of the best recreational BB mitts on the market right now.

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Tennessee rawhide leather

There are all kinds of leather out there, but none are quite as high grade as Tennessee Rawhide Leather. And with every lace and much of the main material being made from this high-grade material, this glove is almost guaranteed to last you for years to come, no matter how many games you put it through.

Reinforced palm pad

While not quite as advanced as the more expensive items on this list, this glove still boasts a strong means of taking the impact of the ball hitting your hand away from your body. This boosts your reaction time tremendously, allowing you to make quicker decisions when you catch the ball because you aren’t still reeling from the ball’s impact on your body.

Cost and Value

This glove isn’t quite as cheap as the other double-digit entries on this list, due to it being quite a bit higher quality. However, it’s nowhere near as expensive as the more pro-grade entries, making it a good in-between point.

3. Rawlings Player Preferred

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.8
 Rawlings Player Preferred
Materials
93
Comfort
93
Breathability
92
Fit
86
Value
90
best offer for today
$53.72
Pros:

Zero shock palm padding

Basket web, which makes it usable in any sector of the field

Affordable

Cons:

Run small

In our second-place spot, we have the Rawlings Player Preferred Glove. Prepare to see our friends at Rawlings a lot from here on out. They’re not the only real game in town, but they’ve been making baseball equipment for a long time, so they know how to do it right. As we shall demonstrate with the Player Preferred Glove.

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Zero shock palm padding

When you catch a pop fly in midair, you need to be able to throw the ball at the guy that hit it as fast as possible before they hit the base. That is a reaction time of milliseconds, so you cannot afford to let the force and shock of the ball hitting your hand slow you down at all. Luckily, this mitt comes equipped with a zero-shock palm padding that drastically reduces the force of a ball’s impact on your hand.

Basket web

Sometimes you’ll read the label on a baseball glove to find it being referred to as an infield or outfield glove. The thing is that the discerning eye can pick up various differences between baseball gloves, and this is no coincidence. Some gloves are meant for the infield, and some are meant for the out. Fortunately, you don’t have to buy two different gloves, because this glove comes with a special basket net that makes it usable in any field during a game.

Cost and Value

In stark contrast to the previous entry, which was firmly placed in the triple digits, this glove is actually very affordable by comparison. While nowhere near the cheapest pro grade glove out there, it’s still very affordable for what it’s giving you.

4. Rawlings Sandlot

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.6
 Rawlings Sandlot
Materials
92
Comfort
92
Breathability
90
Fit
88
Value
91
best offer for today
$53.18
Pros:

Padded finger back lining

90% broken in right off the bat

Cheap

Cons:

If you have large hands, then this glove may prove tight

In the #6 spot, yet another Rawlings entry, with the Sandlot glove. As the name suggests, this is a much more casual glove than its predecessors. Meant to be played with your friends, rather than a high octane, stadium event. However, do not take that to mean that this glove is inferior. As you will see, it is exactly the opposite.

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Padded finger back lining

One of the most common places in a BB glove said to be uncomfortable is the finger area. There’s always some part of the interior that scratches or rubs your finger every time you move around in it, which is inevitably irritate you to no end. Fortunate, then, that this glove comes with a padded finger back lining that protects your finger and gives it a maximum sense of comfort.

90% broken in

Let’s say you want to use your brand-new Rawlings BB glove right now. Not later, not tomorrow, right now. Then don’t worry about having to deal with a non-broken in BB glove, because this glove comes 90% broken in already straight from the factory.

Cost and Value

Since this is a more casually minded BB glove, the price is once again rather low. On average, if you want a professional grade BB glove meant to be used by pro players, then you’ll have to deal with incredibly high prices. However, more recreational BB gloves, like this one here, will be priced much more affordable.

5. Rawlings Renegade

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.6
 Rawlings Renegade
Materials
92
Comfort
92
Breathability
90
Fit
88
Value
91
best offer for today
$59.99
Pros:

High density cushioned leather palm

Neo flex back

Very affordable

Cons:

Fits a youth hand very well, a bit tighter with adult hands

Finishing up our top 3, we have the Rawlings Renegade Glove. As we said, Rawlings is one of the uncontested masters of BB equipment, and their products reflect that. The renegade, in particular, is a very high-quality glove, great for use both in professional games and casual recreation.

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High density cushioned leather palm

The key to stopping an object moving at extreme speeds without hurting yourself is to make sure that whatever you choose to put between the object and your squishy, easily destroyed flesh is thick enough, or at least dense enough, to take it. Which is why the Renegade comes outfitted with a high-density cushioned leather palm, that can take whatever’s thrown at it.

Neo-flex back

BB gloves are meant to be tight on your hand, but that doesn’t mean that they should be suffocating on your wrist or the rest of your hand for that matter. Fortunately, the Renegade accommodates anyone who wants to try it on with a Neo-flex back with a Velcro strap, which makes fitting it on easy.

Cost and Value

Like the previous entry, this glove isn’t cheap, but it’s definitely cheaper than a lot of the entries on this list are going to offer you. At least this one is firmly set in the double digits, just like its predecessor.

6. Mizuno Youth Prospect

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.4
 Mizuno Youth Prospect
Materials
92
Comfort
91
Breathability
90
Fit
87
Value
92
best offer for today
$31.40
Pros:

Power close

Power lock closure

Cheap

Cons:

Only for younger players

In our 4th place spot, we have the Mizuno Youth Prospect Ball Glove. And with this, we complete the big three of BB accessories: Rawlings, Wilson, and now Mizuno. Mizuno has garnered quite the reputation over the years for being more than worthy of taking on the big two American brands. And nowhere is that more evident than with the Youth Prospect Ball Glove.

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Power close

This being a youth BB glove, first and foremost, it’s of course built to help the kids wearing it catch as many balls as they can, as easily as they can. And this glove does it through its patented Powerclose design. This design choice is guaranteed to help young players learn how to catch the right way: in the pocket.

Power lock closure

The last thing any young player wants is to have to put their glove back on in the middle of a game because they moved the wrong way and their glove flew off. This glove, however, comes equipped with a power lock closure system that secures your glove to your hand and makes sure that it won’t move.

Cost and Value

This is one of the cheapest entries on this entire list. A good $10-20 cheaper than the previous two entries, this glove is the perfect starting mitt for your BB star-to-be.

7. Rawlings Heart of the Hide

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.4
 Rawlings Heart of the Hide
Materials
91
Comfort
91
Breathability
90
Fit
89
Value
86
best offer for today
$149.95
Pros:

Just stiff enough to be broken in how you want

Fits very well once broken in

A versatile, top of the line glove

Cons:

Pricey

And in #5, we have another Rawlings entry with the Heart of the Hide Glove. This is considered by many to be the best glove that Rawlings currently has in their lineup, and as we will demonstrate, the reasons why are self-explanatory.

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Just stiff enough

Baseball gloves usually start off stiff, but there’s a point where it’s okay and a point where it isn’t. And it all has to do with how fast you’re able to break it in. And this glove is, generally speaking, just stiff enough that you can break it in the way you need it to be. But flexible enough that you can totally just take it out and start playing with it right away.

Fits very well

It may take a minute to break in, but once it does, it redefines fitting like a glove. This BB mitt fits almost as if it were custom made just for your hand. So, while it may be pretty stiff at the beginning, that will not take long to change.

Cost and Value

You probably thought we were pulling your leg with the whole expensive thing at the start, didn’t you? Well, the cheapness of those previous entries got them rather far on this list, but now we’re back to our regularly scheduled wallet-draining prices.

8. Wilson A360

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.2
 Wilson A360
Materials
90
Comfort
90
Breathability
89
Fit
89
Value
88
best offer for today
$30.40
Pros:

Soft interior to make breaking it in easier

Pigskin palm and web

Cheap in smaller sizes

Cons:

Pricey in larger sizes

In our second to final entry, we have the Wilson A360 Glove. This is a good example of the classic, all-rounder BB glove. It may not do as much as previous entries, hence why it’s all the way down here, but it still does quite a bit.

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Soft interior

The downside of using leather as an interior is that it can get rough with your hands if rubbed against it for too long. Especially during those first few times when you’re still breaking it in, and the glove is incredibly stiff. Which is why this glove makes sure to have a very soft, cushioned interior since it’s made of rather stiff leather that would distract you from the game otherwise with how irritating it gets.

Pigskin palm and web

People don’t really use pigskin for sports stuff anymore. Mostly because other, better leathers became more mainstream, so there was no need for it. But pigskin leather still has its uses. For one, it has great traction, so no more of that ball sliding or bouncing out of your hand when you catch it.

Cost and Value

While not as cheap as the previous entry, this is still one of the cheapest entries on the list. At least, it is when you get it in small. Unlike other entries on this list, this glove determines its price by what size you get it in, and latter sizes can get very expensive.

9. Wilson Advisory Staff

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.8
 Wilson Advisory Staff
Materials
89
Comfort
89
Breathability
88
Fit
88
Value
90
best offer for today
$35.06
Pros:

Can be used in all positions

Dual welted pocket

Affordable

Cons:

Synthetic leather build, and not very strong synthetic leather at that

In our final entry, we have the #10 pick, the Wilson Advisory Staff Glove. If what you’re looking for is a great all-around BB glove, then you’ve definitely come to the right place with this one. This is one of the best affordable BB mitts on the market, whether you’re amateur or pro.

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All positions

It’s rare to find a BB glove that can be used in all positions at once, so when we find one, we love to point it out. This glove is specially designed so that you can use it no matter what position you’re currently in.

Dual Welting

Dual welting is a common practice with Wilson, especially when it comes to their A2000 line, to which this glove is related closely with in design. This design component’s purpose is to help make the shape of the fingers more curved and the pocket more durable. Making for an easier time using it.

Cost and Value

If we had to rank them, we’d put this glove at generally being the 3rd cheapest entry on this list. You’ll typically find this BB glove for a very reasonable price, considering what it’s offering you.

10. Franklin Sports Master Series

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.2
 Franklin Sports Master Series
Materials
87
Comfort
87
Breathability
80
Fit
89
Value
93
best offer for today
$11.99
Pros:

Premium synthetic leather

Hand formed pocket to make catching easier

Cheapest entry on the list

Cons:

Doesn’t breathe at all

Starting off our final 3 entries, we have our #8 pick, the Franklin Sports Field Master Series Glove. While Rawlings is an excellent service and manufacturer, getting away from them was a net positive, as the criminally underrated Franklin Sports also has plenty to offer. As we will now demonstrate with the following.

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Premium synthetic leather

Many purists turn up their nose at synthetic leathers, but the material really has come a very long way in the years it’s been around. For one, while it can never truly match the suppleness of the real thing, it breaks in 3X as fast as normal leather. Making this glove much quicker to get used to and faster to get to the fun of using it, that’s supposed to be its main appeal, to begin with.

Hand formed pocket

There’s always an element of awkwardness when it comes to dealing with the pocket of a BB glove. It always seems just a tad too big or too small. Which is why the pocket of this glove was specially crafted to match the shape and contours of a human hand. This makes scooping and catching tremendously easier.

Cost and Value

We previously named one entry as being one of the cheapest on this list, well say hello to the absolute cheapest on the entire list. This glove is incredibly affordable compared to other entries on this list, and just BB mitts in general. And given that it’s such high quality to boot makes this one of the best deals on the market.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Size

Size

Size, as it applies to BB mitts, is a very fascinating subject. Because it isn’t simply a debate about what size can apply to what person, it’s about what size is best for which position. Indeed, different sizes are needed for different points on the field. For instance, if you’re an infielder, your purpose is to cleanly field the ball and make quick transfers from mitt to throwing hand. And while you feasibly can do that with a larger mitt, it just makes more sense to use a smaller mitt with a shallower pocket. Whereas if you’re in the outfield, then a smaller, shallower pocket is not going to do a lot to stop a ball that’s flying through the air fast and far enough to reach where you are. And if the ball gets out of your hand, you’re out. You need a mitt that’s larger with a deeper pocket in order to catch the ball effectively.

Breathability

Breathability

If you haven’t really played BB before, allow us to walk you through what the average game is like for a catcher.

Your job is to run out as far out into the field as you are instructed and just…wait. Just stand there, out in the hot summer sun, likely at high noon in July, and just wait until the ball flies your way. You’re standing there, eternally grateful that BB uniforms being cool, reflective white is the norm. However, there is still another problem: the mitt. Thick, brown leather is hardly the attire suited to a hot summer’s day, as you will no doubt learn when you remove the object when it’s your turn to bat or when the game has concluded. Wherein, if you were not wearing a mitt that breathed properly, you find your hand now covered in sweat and smelling like the pungent, unwashed version of whatever animal made that leather. A smell that does not wash out easily, we assure you.

Breathability is one of the most sought-after qualities in a BB glove. Because a BB glove that breathes well is one that will leave your hand nice and cool, and thus not covered in an unreasonable amount of sweat (if it’s a hot summer’s day, sweat is inevitable. But at least a breathing uniform will keep it down to a minimum). Which is definitely good when it’s your turn to bat, and you need your hands to be as dry as they can possibly be.

Style

Webbing

A BB mitt’s webbing is the material that connects the thumb of the mitt to the other finger slots. This part is considered to be just as essential at catching the ball as the pocket itself. The biggest problem that these BB mitts face is that their larger size makes the space between your fingers and thumb an even bigger escape route for the ball. So, the webbing is there to patch that hole, making it impossible for the ball to escape.

While a mitt manufacturer will come up with whatever catchy buzzword for the net that’s catchier and buzzier than the other manufacturers, the net of a BB mitt typically falls into one of two categories: closed and open nets.

Open nets: An open web will use cross-like patterns of leather strips that show little gaps in the webbing. These gaps are important if you work in the very far outfield where the kind of fly-balls you have to run a half mile in reverse to catch go. The reason is that it makes it easier to catch the ball when you don’t have to look past that big mitt and can instead see through the little gaps in the mitt.

Closed nets: Meanwhile, a closed net is meant for players who, for instance, work one of the bases, or are deep in the infield. A closed net is basically the same; only there are no gaps. This way, no one can actually see what you’re doing with your ball, and when every member of the opposing team is looking at you, especially the ones moving between bases, you want to make sure as few of them as possible know whom you’re aiming at.

Materials

Material

When it comes to what material you want for your BB mitt, you pretty much just have to ask what kind of leather you want. Your three choices come down to synthetic, top grain, or full grain leather. You want a leather, no matter what type it specifically is, to be nice and stiff, even after you’ve broken it in. Because the stiffer the leather, the longer it’s going to last you.

Value

Price

Generally speaking, you have one of two camps when it comes to pricing and BB mitts. On the one hand, you have the recreational BB gloves, which are excellent in their own right but are meant more for the hobbyist rather than the professional ball player. And on the other end, you have the pro grade BB gloves, used by athletes, and available to the public for those who want to get into the professional scene themselves. It should be obvious to anyone observant which of the two is the more expensive. Now, you are of course getting your money’s worth when you buy the more expensive mitts; however, if you aren’t playing professionally, then there’s no reason not to buy the normal variety. They’re typically the same general quality but for way less.

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Quality Matters

Do not underestimate what it takes to make a truly great baseball glove. There’s a small army of different things that you need to get right and get right at the exact same time. Among those things, you have to get the leather right, need to make sure the pocket is shaped correctly, and a million other things that, if done wrong, will cost you a lot in performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What are the differences between the three different types of leather?
a:

As we’ve gone over, the three most commonly used types of leather used to make BB mitts are synthetic leather, top grain leather, and full grain leather. The differences are as follows:

Full grain leather: This is the highest-grade leather in general, not just on the BB mitt market. However, because of this, it’s also the most expensive, often adding dozens to the price tag along, and that’s being generous. However, it is the definition of getting what you paid for.

Top grain leather: This is considered the second highest quality of leather, a veritable runner-up to the higher quality, and higher priced full grain variety. Another upside is that its thin nature makes it much more pliable than normal leather.

Synthetic leather: Finally, we have synthetic leather, which is nowhere near as tough or as long-lasting as full or even top grain leather. However, it’s far cheaper, and thus, we recommend any brand-new players start with this material, as you won’t end up having to mortgage your house just to buy it when you’re still unsure if you even want to play football.

q: Why do some of these BB mitts cost so much anyway?
a:

Well, for one, as we’ve discussed, a lot of that price can be decided simply by what kind of leather they chose to make the mitt out of. If they made the mitt entirely from full grain leather (an uncommon practice in itself), then the price could jump up into the triple digits even if they slack off everywhere else. The price can also vary depending on the manufacturer themselves, as we’ve seen. A franking sports mitt will generally cost far less than, say, a Rawlings mitt, simply because one has significantly more pedigree than the other.

If the price is your main concern, then a synthetic mitt will do you just fine. And will last you quite a few seasons before it finally starts to give out on you. Meanwhile, the mitt made from full grain leather will last far longer, but you’ll be left almost penniless in the process.

q: Are there any more, perhaps subtle differences between each type of mitt depending on position?
a:

Certainly! For instance, if you’re working at first base, then a mitt with 13 inches to its name, to help extend your reach and grab wild throws out of the air, will serve you nicely.

If you’re an infielder, you’ll need one with a closed net and between 10 ½-11 ¾ inches. This will help you catch more powerful throws without getting knocked off your feet.

Finally, if you’re an outfielder, you’ll need your mitt to be between 12 – 12 ¾ inches, with an open net so you can see the fly ball above you.