You're in the infield. The batter hits the ball and it's headed your direction. Remembering what you've been told, you move up on it. Oh no. A bad hop. Most ball players at this point panic, but I know a simple technique to save you from the awkward panic that results from those dreaded, upredictable in-between bounces that tend to hurtle towards your face. Instead of using the commonly taught “funnel” technique, try a move more similar to a strategy used by soccer goalies. Position the glove so that it is as open as possible in the direction of the ball while using your throwing hand to block your face. Slide the glove towards the ball while maintaining distance from the ground so the ball has no chance of sliding underneath it. Then you simply "go get it" as smoothly as possible. This will smother the ball and eliminate its angles rather than leaving space to allow bad bounce and cause you to miss the catch completely, or worse, get smacked in the face with the ball. Practice this drill with a partner daily to commit it to muscle memory. You will quickly realize how easy fielding a ground ball can be, and will no longer fear anything that comes your way.