Spin Control has made its return the Wilson lineup after a long hiatus. After being used in 1990s and 2000s gloves, Wilson finally revamped and improved the technology for the latest series of gloves. Here’s everything you need to know about it:
- Spin Control is a technology that uses a dimpled palm and special oiling process to reduce the amount a ball will move in the pocket upon catching the ball.
- The Spin Control technology comes in the palm and, usually, the web. These are the areas where the ball typically hits and begins to torpedo in the leather, where either you corral the ball or watch it squeak out.
- Why would I need this? Due to its spherical nature, a baseball likes to rotate all kinds of ways in the air or in your pocket. This tech simply reduces the amount of spin that can effect how well you catch the ball.
- Does it actually work? We haven’t tried it out yet, but it seems like MLB players have been using it and liking it so far. We’ll have more information on how well it works soon, but for now it seems pretty good.
- Is it worth it? Right now, Spin Control mitts aren’t any more expensive than regular A2000 gloves. Although we don’t see it as the latest, greatest feature to get on your glove, if you want to be one of the early adopters of this glove tech, it’s probably worth it.
Right now there are a few gloves that come with this technology, as it roll-out has been calm and measured. These are the models where Spin Control is used:
- Wilson A2000 1786 Spin Control: Our favorite middle infield glove that measures at 11.5″ with and shallow pocket and I-web. Get it here.
- Wilson A2000 1975 Spin Control: An 11.75″ mitt that is largely an oversized 1786. Good for shortstop and third base. Buy it here.
- Wilson A2000 H12 Spin Control: A 12″ glove that is an oversized 1787, with a medium depth pocket and I-web. Good for third basemen and some shortstops. Check it out here.
- Wilson A2000 M1D Spin Control: A 33.5″ Catcher’s mitt. Probably the best mitt to have Spin Control, as catcher’s deal with a lot of different stuff behind the dish. Get it here.
- Wilson A2000 OT6 Spin Control: A 12.75″ outfield mitt that comes with a trapeze web and elongated feel. Spin Control is probably good for outfielders to avoid weird flyballs popping out of their gloves. Buy it here.