When you show up to the field, you want to look the part. That means: no jeans, no softball bats, no random mitts that have been sitting in the closet all winter. Fair or not, the first thing the coach usually notices is whether you look like you’re ready to play, and in a competitive environment, you want any edge you can get. That’s the first of many reasons to stick with a company that’s been around since Cy Young was a player and not just an award. Rawlings’ GG Elite Series will have you looking like you know what you’re doing before you can even prove it on the field.
When you get a new glove, there’s nothing more frustrating than taking it home and having to devote a 40-hour workweek just to break it in. You try everything: smothering it in oil, leaving a rubber band around it for days and, in desperate times, your dad might even resort to running it over with his car. Those traditions are tedious and in the case of being crushed with three tons of steel, extremely misguided. The other (even worse) alternative is taking that thing out to the field too quickly when, predictably, boom! you start stacking up “E’s” on the scoreboard.
Thankfully Rawlings had you in mind, as the Elite Series was crafted with premium leather intended to get you through the often-miserable break-in period with ease because, ultimately, your glove should be ready for the diamond, not as hard as one.
Simply breaking in your glove wouldn’t mean much if it couldn’t execute when it mattered (you know, like in actual games). But a company that’s been around for more than 125 years has pretty much proven that they can craft some top-notch leather. The GG Elite’s got comfort and performance, with a web pattern that makes for a quicker open and close, giving you a greater buffer period to secure the ball. And once it’s in there, it’s safe, as the web was molded with security in mind, whether you’re holding down the fort at the hot corner or trying to conceal a breaking ball on the mound.
Find out more about the fastest and easiest way to break in your glove here.