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Rawlings Is Where Gold Gloves Begin
4/14/2010
Rawlings gloves are your best defense on the ball field.

You won't find better quality baseball and softball gloves anywhere else. In fact, it is Rawlings' Gold Glove Award by which the best defense is measured, according to RawlingsGoldGlove.com.

Today's baseball and softball gloves have many features built in to help your game and to suit your ability. These features are customized for function and are designed to meet the needs of every position player.

To understand which glove is best for you, here is a look at the features of a Rawlings glove:

WEB:
The web is the piece that allows for secure control of the ball on impact. It connects the fingers and the thumb. Rawlings introduced the first web in 1906.

LACES:
Laces connect the fingers of the glove and provide shape to the glove. Leather is the preferred lacing material, as it allows the laces to break in as the glove breaks in.

POCKET:
The pocket serves as the primary catching area of the glove. It is the center portion of the glove. Rawlings patented the pocket in 1940 to provide better functionality in the glove. The introduction of the pocket transformed the glove from serving solely as protection to a necessary piece of equipment for fielding the ball. The position you play determines the type of pocket you need.

HEEL:
The heel is the lower portion of the glove, palm side, that provides protection and determines the break of a glove.

BACK:
The reverse palm side of the glove provides fit and shape to the glove and stabilizes your hand on ball impact. Most outfielders use a Fastback®, which provides additional size without loss of control. Most infielders prefer a Conventional back design.

HOLDSTER®:
Rawlings patented the Holdster in 1971 to save wear and tear on your index finger. It is a pear-shaped opening that offers protection for the index finger. Rawlings patented the Laceless Finger Holdster® in 2002 to make this innovation even more comfortable.

Visit RawlingsGear.com or contact a Rawlings Gear Customer Care representative at (866) 678-GEAR(4327) to purchase your glove.
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