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Single hinge catchers mitt

May 21, 2014
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Is it harder to catch with a dual hinge catchers mitt? Meaning harder to squeeze it?
not usually. And another thing to consider is a single hinge is typically narrower, so if the goal is to give more margin for error, I would say go dual hinge and go larger like a 34" mitt.

Single hinge is such a baseball thing.... a 12" softball needs dual hinge in all of their gloves and it's very overlooked in design, imo. The main reason softball players like "floppy" gloves is because it will actually get all the way around a ball.
 

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May 3, 2018
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not usually. And another thing to consider is a single hinge is typically narrower, so if the goal is to give more margin for error, I would say go dual hinge and go larger like a 34" mitt.

Single hinge is such a baseball thing.... a 12" softball needs dual hinge in all of their gloves and it's very overlooked in design, imo. The main reason softball players like "floppy" gloves is because it will actually get all the way around a ball.
Thank you!
 
May 6, 2015
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not usually. And another thing to consider is a single hinge is typically narrower, so if the goal is to give more margin for error, I would say go dual hinge and go larger like a 34" mitt.

Single hinge is such a baseball thing.... a 12" softball needs dual hinge in all of their gloves and it's very overlooked in design, imo. The main reason softball players like "floppy" gloves is because it will actually get all the way around a ball.
possible counterpoint, early on in their life, a good catchers mitt will be significnatly harder to squeeze than a glove. it is this factor, plus smaller hands, I think that make a single hinge potentially desirable for catchers mitt. we deliberately went single hinge for this reason for DD two years ago. now she could probably handle a dual hinge (growth spurt), but is a creature of habit, and likes her CMW3000, so would only accept CMW3001 as her next mitt (still in break instage, will have her use it over winter catching pitching lessons to get it game ready)
 
Jul 29, 2013
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Single hinge is such a baseball thing.... a 12" softball needs dual hinge in all of their gloves and it's very overlooked in design, imo.
Single hinge, dual hinge.....in all reality they're both a baseball thing! Why limit softball gloves to one design or one style pattern? I own and like both single and dual hinge gloves, I'm old school (and old), my preference in gloves is the "NP" single hinge pattern and they work perfectly with a 12" softball.

As far as catchers mitts, I have a All-Star CMW3000 & a Vinci JCV-22, I've used plenty of Mizuno mitts and the awesome older Worth Liberty Advanced.....the real one! If you're looking for thumb protection from stingers, nothing beats a single break mitt like my All-Star! I've never used a custom Rawlings mitt like the one Travis built so I can't comment on the thumb protection of that mitt!
 
May 21, 2014
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Single hinge, dual hinge.....in all reality they're both a baseball thing! Why limit softball gloves to one design or one style pattern? I own and like both single and dual hinge gloves, I'm old school (and old), my preference in gloves is the "NP" single hinge pattern and they work perfectly with a 12" softball.

As far as catchers mitts, I have a All-Star CMW3000 & a Vinci JCV-22, I've used plenty of Mizuno mitts and the awesome older Worth Liberty Advanced.....the real one! If you're looking for thumb protection from stingers, nothing beats a single break mitt like my All-Star! I've never used a custom Rawlings mitt like the one Travis built so I can't comment on the thumb protection of that mitt!

Vinci still have the best padding, and therefore the hardest to break in. My daughter has used one for 5 years now and never has a sore thumb. Never.
We own the Allstar, and a Rawlings, 2 Vinci and an Akadema. The fit of the Allstar is completely different....not bad, but different than the others. Size of your hand and grip strength matters too. Trust me, I see more gloves that are "broken" at the base of the ring finger because of the way girls squeeze a glove. It's not that it's a "baseball" thing...it's whether or not it's practical. If you are single hinging a 12" fielding glove for a 12" softball then that's on you. I can promise you for the majority of girls the pocket that that forms is not good.
 
Jul 29, 2013
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Vinci still have the best padding, and therefore the hardest to break in.
Vinci's have the "most" palm padding, that's why they're the hardest to break in!

If you are single hinging a 12" fielding glove for a 12" softball then that's on you. I can promise you for the majority of girls the pocket that that forms is not good.
We've single hinged a ton of 12" gloves for a 12" softball and I can promise you the pocket is excellent, so when you say that's on me.......no that's on that majority of Dad's and their DD's for the way THEY broke their glove in!
 
Single hinge, dual hinge.....in all reality they're both a baseball thing! Why limit softball gloves to one design or one style pattern? I own and like both single and dual hinge gloves, I'm old school (and old), my preference in gloves is the "NP" single hinge pattern and they work perfectly with a 12" softball.

As far as catchers mitts, I have a All-Star CMW3000 & a Vinci JCV-22, I've used plenty of Mizuno mitts and the awesome older Worth Liberty Advanced.....the real one! If you're looking for thumb protection from stingers, nothing beats a single break mitt like my All-Star! I've never used a custom Rawlings mitt like the one Travis built so I can't comment on the thumb protection of that mitt!
That Rawlings custom mitt is the nicest glove I've ever held in my life lol, down to the stitching. We ordered it with the firm option and the leather pad. It was absolutely stiff as a brick and took forever and a day to break in. That thing has given her hand a workout trying to close it. Probably also why I was able to beat on a Pro206 and it be "game ready" for her after one session of me doing so lol!

It's a great mitt in every respect and the thumb protection feels fine. BUT about a month or so ago she started complaining of her thumb hurting. Evidently she caught one wrong and it stung her. Fast forward a couple weeks later after she complained some more I bought her a Evoshield thumb protector. No complaints since. Also working on fixing something she was doing that probably caused the issue....
 

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