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Discussion: Breaking in a glove

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Dec. 29, 2008
Sisavic
134 posts
Breaking in a glove
Anyone have tips that work? I've tried the usual break-in techniques such as glove conditioner, tying glove up with a ball inside, and lots of catches. Any "secret" techniques?
Dec. 29, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Many are made that don't even need it, but using it is best... Neetsfoot oil, petroleum based oils, I heard is also used.
Dec. 29, 2008
505geno
3 posts
Hey, put some oil on it and pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds,and repeat as needed
Dec. 29, 2008
angus73
Men's 50
97 posts
I like using the foam stuff that comes in a can, then spread it on the glove then bake for 5-7 min. @ 300
Dec. 30, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
I have used the "Hot Glove" application in the oven for years and it works great. When I bought it for my new glove it took me a few days to get up the nerve to put my new glove into the oven but when I did it came out nice an soft and read to use. I think it took me 3 applications to get it where I wanted it.
Dec. 30, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
505geno,
That dries out (as would an oven) the leather if it's real leather, but I'm sure it would do same for synth.
Dec. 30, 2008
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
Just use it. There are not real shortcuts to breaking it in.
Dec. 30, 2008
angus73
Men's 50
97 posts
As I stated earlier in a post I use the " hot glove " and I started playing Senior ball 4 yers ago and still have the same glove. good luck
Dec. 30, 2008
hitt2
354 posts
Try oiling the glove up heavily and then wraping it in an old towel. with the ball inside and toss it in the dryer for 30 minutes. (clean dryer avoid angering the wife ). Then play catch with a cannonball, glove will break in nicely.
Dec. 30, 2008
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
Seriously, good luck with the shoulder of whoever used the cannonball.
Dec. 30, 2008
THE HI-JACKER
118 posts
SISAVIC: It takes about 2 months to break in a glove. the following three ways are how I have learned to break in a glove.
1) Roll ones glove up, with a 12' ball inside the pocket. Wrap ball in glove in a towel & roll over that glove one time with ones auto. This will break the pocket in, so the glove closers e-zer.

2) Apply lots of Saddle Soap to ones glove. Try an work on ones glove, 15 minutese per day.

3) Bend the glove. Work on the top of ones glove. Bend the top on the gloves fingers down; that would be inward toward the pocket.

Good Luck ..... THi-J
Dec. 30, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1223 posts
http://www.ballglovewarehouse.com/glove.care.aspx?c=2&gclid=CN_DhcGg6ZcCFRPZDAodg1_YDQ
Dec. 30, 2008
stick8
1238 posts
Oils, shaving cream, bear grease, etc are ok but the best way to break a glove in is to play catch with it. Using a weighted ball speeds up the process. It takes time.
Dec. 30, 2008
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
sticks is 100% correct, and rushing it often only affects the life of the glove.
Dec. 30, 2008
MaverickAH
59 posts
What you should do depends on the glove you choose. Higher quality gloves generally require more work. I usually just use petroleum jelly & concentrate on 3 areas:

1. Top of the web.
2. The area at the bottom of the web between the thumb & index finger.
3. The heel of the glove.

I use a glove mallet to help get the job done.
The fewer 'unnatural things you do, the longer the glove will last.

Hey Dirty...... How's that Rodiguez working out for you?
Dec. 30, 2008
docnorm
Men's 55
97 posts
Never never use oil, just darkens the glove and makes it heavy.

First dip it in water get it througly wet, and then just damp in dry, then apply lots of Shaving cream to the whole glove, the kind i have found that works the best is Gillette foamy for sensitive skin, rub it in real good and let it set for 10 minutes then lightly wipe off excess, use old tooth brush to get into all the nooks, let dry for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes put 2 softballs in and wrap it up and tie it and let it set over 12 hours, then take the balls out and just throw a ball in and out of it for 5 minutes, then take 1 ball and wrap and tie it up again and let it set over 12 hours, should be fine after that, you can repeat the shaving cream again it if you need.
Then play catch

No oil and no Micro wave :) :)
Dec. 30, 2008
docnorm
Men's 55
97 posts
Forgot 1 thing, use shaving cream on it at least once a year, more if you use it a lot.
Dec. 31, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1223 posts
Never put your glove in a bucket of water. It greatly shortens it's life.
Dec. 31, 2008
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
When did soaking become the proper way to handle leather, any leather?

The glove is fine. I prefer my Rawlings, but it is a well-made glove. Just not my cup of tea.
Dec. 31, 2008
OZ 33
3 posts
I've found a new product made by Rawlings called the glove break-in kit. $10.99. Includes the break-in formula an applicator, whiffel ball and tie up strap. The formula doesn't add weight to you glove with heavy oil. Nokona makes a break-in mallet that works extremely well.
Dec. 31, 2008
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
Does the kit include someone to play catch with? No better way to break in a glove.
Dec. 31, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
Tait: I did mine 12 yrs ago when I started playing and is still as soft as the day I dit it.
Dec. 31, 2008
Mitch
Men's 50
68 posts
This may sound a little crazy, but I had an old glove that I wanted to soften up. I didn't have an good glove oil so I went to the garage and wa-la, WD-40. I sprayed some on there and it worked just great. As "docnorm" stated, it will add weight to the glove so be carfefull.
I just sprayed the entire glove and worked it in with my hands by bending and streching it. Seemed to work pretty damn good for me.
Oh yeah, you'll probably need to leave it in the garage for a couple of days to air it out because of the smell.
Good Luck
Dec. 31, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1223 posts
Some games, the way I play the outfield, I swear I must have WD-40 on my glove.
Jan. 1, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Fred,
I was trying to say that the HOt method literally removes the moisture from the glove and dries it out. Moisture is what keeps the glove soft and pliable keeping it from cracking. Not sure about these new synthetic glove materials.

If someone likes the stiff gloves I have two NEW & unused, Vinci Pro gloves for sale or possible trade for a good 26oz bat. I believe the models are BV-19 and BV-100. Or an unused Wilson A2000 something. It has a couple balls rubber banned in it.
I can send pics of these if wanted and info on Vinci can be found on web.
Jan. 1, 2009
SLOBALL1
Men's 50
173 posts
The best thing is mink oil. Can buy it in paste form.I never put any liquid on a new glove as it will simply soak it up. Buy the paste .Mink oil softens, conditions and waterproofs the leather and will not make it heavy nor dry out the leather.Simply Rub it on work it in ,wipe off excess with a clean cloth-repeat as needed.I promise you will see results immediately.You'll still need to shape it ,play catch etc ,but you'll never use anything else on your gloves.
KIWI outdoor minkoil-shoe polish section of most discount stores.
Jan. 1, 2009
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
There really is no "best" anything except playing catch with it. Which doesn't seem to get mentioned enough.
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