Batting gloves, not to be confused with baseball mitts, are what batters wear in the box. They cover the entire hand and usually have a velcro strap or band at the wrist. Their primary functions are to aid grip, prevent blisters, and absorb shock from the bat caused when the ball hits the bat’s neck.
Batting gloves have a ton of variety from fit and stitching to aesthetics. Athletes have a lot of room to pinpoint their specific preferences which can make finding the right pair difficult. So let’s step up to the plate and find the gloves that will best help you knock it out of the park.
Best for Baseball
Franklin Sports MLB Shok-Sorb Neo Batting Gloves
- Separate stitching at the inner base of the palm intended to increase the flexibility of the thumb.
- Padding at the knuckles and upper palm can reduce sting from the bat.
- Made with leather that can maintain grip in inclement weather.
- The stitching around the velcro strap may not be as durable as the rest of the glove.
The Shok-Sorb Neo Batting Gloves are made of smooth leather and have shock absorbing padding in the palm. The spandex mesh on the back of the glove allows the glove to breathe to help prevent sweaty hands. Franklin designed these specifically to enable maximum flexibility for batters.
Contender for Baseball
Franklin Sports MLB CFX Pro Baseball Batting Gloves
- The layout of the stitching might offer a more natural feel when gripping the bat.
- Far more color options than the majority of the market.
- The treatment of the leather might make these gloves more durable than comparable options.
- No padding to assist with shock or sting.
- The lighter colored gloves can be more difficult to clean.
These leather gloves have stitching intended to align with the natural curves of hitters’ hands. The stitching maneuvers with over the knuckles to help prevent bunching. There are thirty one different color options, which is a larger selection that most competitors.
Best for Softball
Clutch Sports Apparel Baseball and Softball Batting Gloves
- The mesh on the gloves from the major knuckles to the minor knuckles can allow them to breathe more easily.
- Added flexibility from the sublimated material on the back of the glove.
- Offers sizing up to XXL.
- The length of the pinky finger might feel short or tight for some hitters when holding a bat.
- The stitching around the velcro might fray sooner than expected.
Clutch Sports Batting Gloves have a unique interlocking design to help align a batter’s hands on the bat. The pre-curved pattern on the fingers combined with the leather palm aim to give the batter a steadier grip. There are nine color and pattern options available.
Contender for Softball
EASTON HYPERLITE Fastpitch Softball Batting Glove
- Neoprene wristband likely to fit most wrists comfortably.
- More affordable than comparable gloves on the market.
- Sizing specific to female athletes.
- May not be the best for athletes with larger hands as sizing is tighter than other options.
Lightweight gloves with almost fully sublimated back for flexibility and easy movement. The two-piece synthetic glove-face uses only one line of stitching along the lifeline of the palm to give a smooth but firm grip on the bat. Comes in four different color options.
Best for Youth Leagues
Seibertron B-A-R PRO 2.0 Signature Baseball/Softball Batting Gloves
- The silicone on the fingers help prevent the bat from slipping.
- The gel in the padding might better absorb shock.
- On the more affordable end of the market.
- Sizing may run small, making them less comfortable for athletes with larger hands.
- The material may be prone to smell over time.
The Seibertron B-A-R Pro 2.0 Batting Gloves combine soft gel padding on the palm with textured flexible silicone on the fingers for a comfortable yet firm grip. Additional padding is stitched on the outer edge of the palm and thumb facing side of the index finger’s major knuckle to support the bat comfortably. There are four different color options for all sizes.
Best for Tee-ball
Rawlings Youth 5150 Batting Gloves
- Double knit lycra finger gussets may offer and more enhanced fit.
- Machine washable.
- Added leather padding on the palm can better absorb shock.
- Tends to run slightly smaller in sizing.
- Wear likely to start between fingers on the non-gusseted material.
The Rawlings Youth 5150 Batting Gloves designed for tee-ball players are made with 100% leather and FlexFit heathered material for better flexibility. They’re are eleven different color options available and the goat leather palm helps add comfort when gripping a bat.
It might be surprising how much variety in the details there is for batting gloves. Those details really can change the experience for batters during a season. Ideally, there is a pair of gloves that covers all those bases, but just in case, we’ve sifted down the major details to focus on when committing to your next pair of batting gloves.
Grip and Padding:
The grip will usually feel different from glove to glove and that is most often determined by the type of padding, or lack thereof, on the palm. Many options take it a step further by padding the whole palm or in strategic locations where the bat is likely to apply the most pressure during a swing. Padding, either of extra material or a gel, is primarily added to gloves to absorb shock from awkward impact of the ball on the skinny part of the bat, but they also can create a more comfortable grip. If a pair of gloves does away with padding altogether, it is either intended for players who prefer less material in their hands when swinging, or they employ silicone to prevent the bat from slipping.
Most gloves have unique stitching patterns. The stitch lining should allow the hand to move comfortably in the glove without restricting movement. Some gloves will cater heavily to the thumb for added flexibility since the thumb slipping is a common cause of bats flying out of a batter’s grip when following through on a swing. Good stitching should make a ball player feel secure about their grip.
Almost every glove will either have a velcro strap, neoprene band, or combination of both at the base of the glove that wraps around the wrist to keep the glove flush against the hand. The simpler gloves may bunch at the base when pulled tighter. How tight a batter prefers a glove usually depends on the temperature and weather conditions they are playing in. Having the utility to adjust a glove comfortably should be high on the list of qualities to look for.
Baseball, softball, and tee-ball tend to be played in the spring and summer. Leather gloves, which most are, will cause hands to sweat if they don’t breathe well. Sweaty hands can cause skin to soften, be more prone to cuts and blisters, and have less control over the ball when playing the field. Most gloves solve this issue with a breathable mesh back or perforations along the glove.
Whether an amateur or veteran ball player, having batting gloves at the ballpark can firm up your grip and give you better command over the bat and therefore your swing. Finding the right accessories and fit to your gloves may require some trial and error but is ultimately worth it.