• Baseball Glove Question

    Posted by on May 12th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Flare/Funnel Form? Or, Roll Form?

    I’ve been a roll guy, all my life.

    I think the flare (or funnel) thing started about five years ago (or so)?

    Lately, my 9-year son has been nagging me about getting a flare glove. (Me, being a roll form fan, has been stocking him with that type of glove, exclusively.)

    I’m all for breaking in a glove “open.” I totally get it. But, I do wonder if the flare thing is a gimmick.

    Any thoughts on it?

    Comments on Baseball Glove Question

    1. #15
      May 13th, 2013 | 6:17 am

      Several million years of human evolution have nodified and improved the greatest natural grasping and catching device on the planet… the human hand. It curls inward, not outward. Stick with the roll.

      That being said, it’s ultimately the hand and not the glove that makes a good fielder.

    2. May 13th, 2013 | 7:04 am

      @ #15:
      I hear you.

      FWIW, this is what Louisville had to say on it back in 2008:

      WHY THE FLARE?

      One of the most important qualities of Louisville Slugger’s ongoing research and development efforts to improve its products is receiving input from customers. In response to Louisville Slugger and TPX’s discussions with Major League Baseball players, product developers found that many of the best infielders in the game were breaking-in their gloves using a curious technique. Instead of the traditional method of tying the glove surface around a ball to create a deeper pocket, many infielders were doing just the opposite — they were actually pressing the pocket outward and flaring the fingertips back, creating a more flat, open surface.

      Louisville Slugger’s designers developed the Flare Design Type-F premium fielding gloves to provide these players a game-ready glove fulfilling the need for a larger catching surface and easy exchange to the throwing hand.

      This revolutionary advancement in glove design is already being used by a number of Major League Baseball players and is now available for professional, collegiate and adult players everywhere. With TPX Flare Design Type-F fielding gloves from Louisville Slugger, every infielder can make plays with Flare.

      http://www.slugger.com/press/flare_baseball_2008.html

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