Unlike the baseball or baseball bat, the baseball glove was initially not part of the game. Back when most of the throwing was underhand, players used their hands. Fast forward to today and it’s a very different ball game. The Guinness World Record for the fastest baseball pitch is 105.1 mph, thrown by Aroldis Chapman for the Cincinnati Reds vs the San Diego Padres on September 24, 2010. Enter the need for impact protection.

Speeds of over 100 mph are not uncommon in baseball, resulting in players often experiencing high levels of impact to their gloves when catching a baseball. The positions of first baseman or catcher receive the largest percentage of throws, so having a glove that provides a high level of protection from such impacts is important to protect the players’ hands and their ability to continue playing in the sport.

Traditional baseball gloves provide limited protection due to the simple materials of leather and wool which do not provide any meaningful shock absorption. One baseball glove manufacturer, Shoeless Joe Ballgloves, needed a way to improve upon their standard gloves. They turned to Rogers XRD® Material to reduce injuries and increase playing time. Here’s how…

Read the Case Study: CONSUMER – Shoeless Joe (PDF)

Designers can quickly find the appropriate XRD Material that fits their sports apparel, equipment, and accessories needs here: XRD Technology Products and Applications.

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