The days of heading to your local sporting goods shop and asking the manager to let you try on a few mitts are fading. We live in an ever-expanding online marketplace and often we rely on other’s opinions to choose our own gear. Many times without ever trying it on ourselves.
When it comes to catcher’s equipment, and more specifically a catcher’s mitt, it is so incredibly important that you do whatever you can to try them on before you buy them.
Certain companies are known for their quality (we absolutely love All-Star gear and mitts for their comfort, functionality, attention to detail and R&D work), but it does not mean that it will be the right gear for you.
When it comes to a catcher’s mitt, it has to feel like a part of your hand. An extension of your own body. That is how comfortable it should be. You cannot gain that level of comfort from looking at a picture online or reading reviews. No matter how many 5-star ratings there are, it does not mean that it is a 5-star decision for you.
Folks ask me all the time, “what glove do you recommend for my catcher?”. It’s such a loaded question because, while I could certainly throw out a few options, I can’t possibly know what is going to feel most comfortable to that player.
My recommendation to anyone looking to find the right fit when it comes to a mitt….Try. It. On! Find a local dealer for the company of the mitt you’re thinking about buying and try it on. Ask a teammate who has one if they will do you the incredible courtesy of letting you put your hand inside their mitt. Find a way to try it on.
Catchers, catching is an art and the mitt is our paintbrush. Paint brushes come in so many different sizes and shapes to adhere to the hand shape and size of the artist. So do catcher’s mitts.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s Tip of the Month!
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Lastly, in case you were wondering....yes, that is a TCC branded catcher's mitt. More details to come!