A glove web – the connector between the thumb of the glove and the fingers – works to aid ball control, helping the players snag and hold onto the ball. This sturdy piece of leather that lets fielders close their hand on a batted ball, usually fly balls, pop-ups or line drives. Baseball glove web types vary depending on position, and player preference.
Baseball glove web types come in two key groups:
- Closed Webs – These are useful for catchers, and fielders who need the additional support provided by closed web gloves, and pitchers who need to conceal the ball and type of grip from batters.
- Open Webs – The much preferred option for Infielders and outfielders, since this glove web type allows them to see through the glove when catching pop-flys, and prevents dirt from getting trapped and possibly interfering when fielding a ball.
Here are 7 most common baseball glove webbing types:
- Closed/basket web
- Trapeze web
- Modified trapeze web
- Single post web
- Two-piece web
NOTE: Glove pocket size will depend on your position on the field, and the demands of that position. For instance, outfielder’s gloves have a bigger and deeper pocket than infield gloves to easily catch fly balls. Infielders on the other hand, need a shallower pocket that lets dirt fall through and allows them to quickly get the ball out of the glove.
Different Baseball Glove Web Types
A favorite amongst pitchers, the basket glove web type is completely closed off, which helps conceal the ball and the type of pitch grip from the batter. This baseball glove web type is popular with catchers, pitchers, and some middle infielders. It features small, intertwining straps of leather woven together to form a basket pattern, which is where this glove web type gets its name from.
This basket weave pattern also provides flexibility, making them easier to close, and easier to break in. Because this glove web type completely closes the glove off, it is popular among pitchers who need to keep the type of pitch hidden from the batter.
The I-Web is popular with both professional and amateur infielders. which features leather fashioned to form a capital “I” is popular amongst middle infielders. This glove web type has two horizontal leather strips at the top and bottom of the web, and one centered strip to form what looks like a capital I.
The I web helps create a shallow pocket that allows for faster ball transfers and allows the ball to consistently fall in the same spot for quick turns at second, and relay throws quickly from the outfield. The gaps in its design lets players see high fly balls and track them all the way to the glove.
This glove web type is common in the infield since its open-webbing design lets dirt and debris fall through for quick transfers and exchanges.
H-Web (Dual Post Web)
Similar to the I Web, the H Web gets its name from the letter “H” formed when the two leather strips (two vertical and one center-horizontal) are sewn. Unlike the I Web, H-Web gloves are great for both infielders and outfielders. However, the H-Web is most popular amongst infielders owing to its sturdy but flexible design.
This open web type allows dirt to fall right through it, while giving players a sturdier construction to field hard-hit balls and allow players to see through to catch pop ups and fly balls.
Another version of the H Web is the Modified H-Web, a design that upgrades the classic H-Web pattern by adding a leather strip to the top of the glove to help strengthen the glove, and also to expand the first baseman’s catch radius for that extra lil bit for those flavorful snow cone grabs where the ball is caught at the very tip of the glove.
Trapeze Glove Web Type
Trapeze web gloves are used almost exclusively by outfielders. These gloves feature a thin leather strap with interwoven lacing on either side, which creates a deeper pocket for catching fly balls.
The design has a deep pocket to easily and quickly secure the ball, and the glove webbing shades their eyes from the sun when tracking fly balls, but still allows the player good visibility to track balls all the way into the glove.
Modified Trap Baseball Glove
The Modified Trapeze web features a design similar to the traditional trapeze web, with the only difference being a leather strap added to the top of the web along the top for added stability. This also makes it a more universal glove web that can be worn by players in all defensive positions.
Single Post Web or Cross web
This glove webbing type features one solitary vertical leather strip (the post), paired to two middle-horizontal leather strips.
The Single Post Web (aka Cross Web) gives fielders consistency, flexibility and visibility needed to receive the ball. Single Post Web gloves have a deep pocket, which makes securing the ball easy.
The drawback, however, is that while the deep pocket makes it easier to secure the ball, transfers can be difficult. This is why Single Post Web types are primarily used by first basemen who don’t often require quick transfers.
Double Post Web
This glove web type shares the same design as a single post web. However, instead of one post (the vertical leather strip on the glove’s web), there are two. This design is also identical to that of the H-web, but the strips of leather used on the double post web are much thicker, making them the ideal choice for pitchers as they help conceal the baseball from the batter’s view. However, it’s not unusual to see this glove web type in the infield, since it provides flexibility and visibility.
For infielders, the choice between the single post and double post web type often boils down to personal preference.
Two-Piece Closed Web
Often used by pitchers, the two-piece glove web type closes off the glove, allowing the pitcher to conceal the ball from hitters, much like the closed web/basket web.
The design of the two-piece closed web requires additional material to form the web. For this reason, Two-Piece Closed webs make for a heavier glove.
NOTE: The main difference between the closed web/basket web and this two-piece closed web is the weight. Two-piece closed webs will often be heavier, and as a result, preferred by older, more experienced players looking for a heavier glove.
Another similar glove is the Half Moon web, similar to the Two-Piece web. The half-moon web also has two leather pieces stitched together to create a secure pocket for the catcher and offers more flexibility than other one-piece webs.
Fingerless, heavily padded and boasting tight, shallow pockets created by Half Moon and One-piece Webs, catcher’s mitts supply the control a catcher needs and the protection to reduce the sting and increase the transfer speed.
Web Glove Type By Position
|H-webSingle postTrapezeModified Trapeze
|Outfielders need a deeper, tightly stitched pocket for better support than infield gloves used by infielders. The best web for outfield gloves would be trapeze webs, H-webs and single-post webs. However, H-webs and single-post webs are lighter and have larger holes in the pocket for better visibility.
|Middle Infielders (SS/2B)
|I-webH-webModified H-webSingle post
|Shortstops and second basemen require a glove that helps them catch grounders and quickly perform the glove-to-hand transfer. Open webs and shorter, shallower pockets help aid the glove-to-hand transition giving them time to catch the lead runner or turn two. The best webs for middle infield gloves are H-webs, I-webs, and single post webs. Double Post Web gloves feature on occasion. These glove web types feature loosely stitched pieces of leather and larger holes which let players catch the ball without scooping up dirt in the process. The lighter gloves also means faster maneuvering.
|Third basemen often have to deal with hard-hit grounders and line drives. While a glove with a deep pocket makes sense, third basemen are infielders and must make fast plays. With this in mind, Third Basemen need to strike a balance between a heavier, closed web with the lighter, speedier open web.
|BasketTwo-piece ClosedClosedModified Trapeze
|Pitchers need a glove web type that completely closes the glove off to conceal the ball and keep the type of pitch grip hidden from the batter. The best webs for pitcher gloves often feature closed webbing.
|A catcher’s mitt comes with heavy padding that can withstand constant abuse over 9 innings to protect the catcher’s hand. The glove web type in catcher’s gloves needs to help conceal signs. These gloves also come with stronger, deeper pockets to make secure throws.
|The first baseman needs a glove web type that deals with the rigors presented to them. By design, this glove should provide a wide, long mitt design ideal for scooping up grounders and extra padding to catch hard throws from teammates in the infield. The best glove web for a first baseman is the Single Post Web, the Modified H-Web and the Dual Post web. These webs provide stronger, deeper pockets to help first basemen catch and secure those balls.