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Rawlings HOH Custom: Palm Pad?

Oct 26, 2019
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I feel like you can’t go wrong with leather, but the XRD is more of a foam/gel pad that’s supposed to be more cushioned than the leather option. The thing I like about leather is it molds and breaks in like the rest of the glove. I’m not sure if the XRD does that.

I had an All-Star glove once that had a palm pad in it that was a gel type pad and it served basically as an ejector mitt. Nothing you caught ever really felt secure.
 
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Why would someone choose the “No” palm pad option?
I would guess if I was ordering a catchers mitt or first baseman’s mitt I would want one, but not if I was ordering a MIF glove or outfield glove where “stingers” weren’t as big an issue. I know when I played MIF I liked to be able to “feel” the ball when I caught it to help with transfers so I didn’t like the pad in there. I would imagine without the pad it wouldn’t be as stiff or take as long to break in - that could be another reason depending on your preferences.
 
Jul 29, 2013
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Ken, absolutely go with leather, do NOT order that mitt with a XRD palm pad! That stuff breaks down and disintegrates into little balls of S*** all throughout the palm of the glove!
 
Feb 25, 2020
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Id go leather. I have a HoH 1b mitt with a leather palm pad and it makes a quite satisfying "pop" and I havent felt much through it yet either.
 
Jul 29, 2013
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I would guess if I was ordering a catchers mitt or first baseman’s mitt I would want one, but not if I was ordering a MIF glove or outfield glove where “stingers” weren’t as big an issue. I know when I played MIF I liked to be able to “feel” the ball when I caught it to help with transfers so I didn’t like the pad in there. I would imagine without the pad it wouldn’t be as stiff or take as long to break in - that could be another reason depending on your preferences.
Ken, ^^^^^ here’s your perfect answer! The new custom NP6 I got in last week, I ordered it with a leather palm pad, but not for stingers. I think the leather palm pad adds overall structure to the glove, and it helps eliminate palm wrinkles.
 
Feb 25, 2020
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Ken, ^^^^^ here’s your perfect answer! The new custom NP6 I got in last week, I ordered it with a leather palm pad, but not for stingers. I think the leather palm pad adds overall structure to the glove, and it helps eliminate palm wrinkles.
Oh I didnt think of that. That makes sense when I look at my DD's glove(the 206DFP) vs that 1b mitt. The 1b mitt sits on its side wide open. Hers is about half open.
 
Jul 29, 2013
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Ken, not trying to tell you what kind / color leather to order but the tan Jtan leather on my new NP6 is fantastic!

Mock up your same color scheme with a tan Jtan base and see what you think?
 
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