1. Breaking in Your Glove- Finger Placement
There are two main strategies and set-ups when it comes to finger placement in the glove.
Straight up (All five fingers separate in the web): when all five fingers are placed in different finger holes in the glove, and two in the pinkie: when the pinkie and ring finger are placed together in the pinkie hole of the glove.
- This is solely a preference for what is comfortable for the fielder. I’ve heard of organizations mandating their infielder to use the straight-up method because of their belief that it leads to more control of the glove.
Two-Pinkie Method: However, if you have a youth fielder who may no be equipped with the adequate hand strength to close the glove on command, try out the two in the pinkie method.
- This tends to give the athlete more pressure on the edges of the glove and leads to easier open and closing.