I bought this helmet 3 years ago. I am a female that pitches for competitive women ball. I feel so much more comfortable wearing this gear. Just knowing I have this helmet on also improves my defense because I not scared of getting hit in the face with the ball and receiving a terrible injury. I have been hit by a line drive and the ball deflected to the shortstop but I was not injured. This helmet also protects the side of your head. Magnificent investment for a pitcher. I won't pitch without it.