THE FLEX FIELDER
Libke Flex Fielder The Libke Flex Fielder is a Baseball/Softball Fielding Aid for fielders fielding ground balls. The Libke Flex Fielder is a tool designed to hold your baseball/softball glove in proper glove presentation. The tool is attached to your glove by a velcro strap, and an elastic velcro strap is used to attach the tool around your forearm. The fielding aid will allow fielders to learn how to position their wrist and hand for better success at fielding. When players have good positioning with their hand and wrist, they have great glove presentation for perfect fielding. Great glove presentation makes you quicker, keeps you in correct fielding posture, and teaches you that your arm is what catches the ball. Having correct glove presentation gives you the optimal potential to catch the ball, the Libke Flex Fielder is designed to do exactly that.
When wearing the Libke Flex Fielder, it teaches you how to stay down and through the ball. The most common mistake I see with fielders is they field the ball deep in their fielding position and too much flipping of their glove. In other words, fielders flip their glove in attempt to compensate for poor timing from bad glove presentation. Some of the reasons for those bad habits are fear of the ball, bad footing, noncorrective practice, poor presentation of the glove, no discipline, and insufficient mental preparation. The Libke Flex Fielder will aid in the correction of these bad habits to make you a better fielder. By cleaning up your transfer from glove to throwing hand, correcting your fielding posture, improving your timing and footing due to proper glove presentation. Bad habits are hard to break, and a lot of bad habits are from fear of the ball. Being scared of the ball is very common, many baseball/softball errors are due to poor fielding. Many of these errors can be prevented simply by correcting your glove presentation and opening your glove.
The Libke Flex Fielders is designed to hold your fingers back pushing your palm open when inserted and attached to the glove it forces the correct glove presentation. Having the ability to take ground balls correctly every time without fear will boost your confidence as a fielder.. lack of confidence or fear can affect your timing and readiness. Instead of catching the ball in front of you, you might be late and out of urgency stab at the ball in an attempt to catch it or field the ball too deep. With the Libke Flex Fielder, you will not be able to field the ball deep in your fielding position because the tool forces your hand and wrist open, putting the glove in front of you. With that being said, the Libke Flex Fielder will also force you to move your feet swiftly and efficiently to catch the ball. Helping you to improve your footing and making you an all around better athlete. Just like any sport or athletic move you need to have quick feet. You should also practice being as good on one foot as you are on both feet. A lot of fielders are creating bad habits because of there lazy footing. Some fielders wait for the ball to come to them because they don’t have to skills of proper footing techniques, which then gives the runner a better chance to be safe. Being mentally prepared for ground balls as a fielder is very important. When fielding a ground ball, there is a lot going on, and you need to be very quick with your decision making.