Glove Hand & Arm Location For Fielding
The glove arm and hand have to be very accurate when it comes to playing baseball and especially as an infielder. As an infielder your glove needs to have rhythm and timing while fielding ground balls. When you have great glove position it gives you a better chance to have better rhythm and timing to catch the ball. Being an infielder you want really soft hands which means having quick and smooth timing with your glove hand. When playing infield you want to have smooth hands because, all you’re trying to do is re-direct the baseball to your throwing hand to throw the ball to the appropriate base.
The glove arm is just as important as the glove itself. The reason why the glove arm is so important is that the arm is what takes the glove to the ball. In the infield you have to be able to react quickly with the arm because of the hop you might get. If your arm isn’t quick, it will be really hard to catch the ground ball. Being that you don’t ever know where the ball is being hit, you have different types of plays you have to be able to make. Each play has a little bit different technique/fundamental to do as your fielding. Regular, is anything that you field in front of your body. Backhand, is a groundball that you field on your throwing arm side of your body. Forehand, is when you field the ball on the outside of your body on the glove side. With that being said, your arm has to be quick and smooth to be able to field one of 3 ways for the correct fielding position that is determined by where the ball is hit.
Rhythm and timing is very handy when it comes to fielding ground balls. Think of it as playing the violin and how much rhythm and timing you need with your hands. Not only do you need rhythm and timing but you also have to be really smooth or you will break the cords on the violin. When fielding ground balls you want to be loose in your arm and hand. Being flexible will allow you to have better rhythm and timing to field the ball. That means timing the ground ball with your arm and hand in the correct position to field. What good timing with your arm and hand will do for you is to be more consistent at fielding the ball with the perfect fielding mechanics because you are always on time. Being on time with you glove arm and hand makes the ground balls become easy to field in any way, whether it’s a regular, backhand or forehand. If you have perfect glove position it allows your arm and hand to have great rhythm and timing to field ground balls.
Fielding is all about re-directing the baseball to your throwing hand. The ones who can re-direct the ball the quickest, you will see how well their glove position is every time they field a ball. Not only will you notice there glove position but you will see how much rhythm and timing they have with their glove arm/hand. Learning how to field ground balls with their glove arm/hand first is very key to fielding ground balls with both hands. Once the fielder learns how to field with just there glove arm they will be a lot quicker to transfer the ball from glove to throwing hand because you do things quicker with one hand verses two hands.
This is how important your glove arm and hand are for infielders fielding ground balls. With the Libke Flex Fielder you will have perfect glove position which will lead to better rhythm and timing to field ground balls. Having better rhythm and timing will allow you to be quicker with your glove arm and hand.