Look for batting gloves that offer good gripping surfaces and ventilation for cooler, dryer hands. Although leather is often the first choice, you might find that you prefer one of many lightweight, form-fitting, comfortable synthetics that are available. A well-fitting batting glove should permit free movement of your hand while remaining snug. Knowing your batting glove size ahead of time will allow you to shop for them more efficiently.
Open your dominant hand out flat, palm side up. Keep your fingers straight and pressed together.
Use a tape measure or ruler to measure the dominant hand from the heel of your palm to the tip of your middle finger. Most adult hands measure between 6 3/4 to 8 inches. Use that length measure to determine your batting glove size.
Determine your glove size. For men, (hand size in inches) 6 3/4 inches or less is an extra small, 6 3/4 to 7 inches is small, 7 to 7 1/4 inches is medium, 7 1/4 to 7 3/4 inches is large and 7 3/4 to 8 inches is extra large. For women, 6 1/4 to 6 1/2 inches is extra small, 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inches is small, 6 3/4 to 7 inches is medium, 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 inches is large and 7 1/2 to 7 3/4 inches is extra large. Youth sizes are 6 to 6 1/4 inches is small, 6 1/4 to 6 1/2 inches is medium, 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inches is large and 6 3/4 to 7 inches is extra large.
Try on the batting gloves that appeal to you. Bend and flex your hands, fingers and wrists in every direction. A good fit will feel snug without constricting your hand movements in any way. Test the gloves that you like by swinging and handling a bat the same weight and size that you normally use for a few minutes while wearing each.
- If you run across a batting glove brand that is measured differently, there is likely to be a brand-specific sizing chart in the store.
- Consider bringing your favorite bat with you to the sporting goods store to test batting gloves with them on. Bring your fielding glove with you if you think you may want to wear a batting glove under it.