Glove Break In

Glove Break In

Break in your new glove in ONLY 1 to 2 days!!!!

There are many different methods for breaking a glove, just Google it and you will discover that.  I don’t know about you, but I have a full-time job and can’t get out with a friend to throw a softball 10,000 times to “properly” break in a glove.  Therefore, I have used the following method in the past to break in my slow pitch softball glove and have been quite successful with a very short break in process.
Caution: Some people severely frown upon using water to break in a glove by saying it will destroy the leather.  Well, I am here to tell you that I used water and it has worked just fine.  I am on year 3 with my current glove and it is not showing any signs of falling apart.  Besides, even if I have to buy another glove next year because this one miraculously falls apart from the water break in method I used 3 years ago (current year 2009), well that is well worth the money since I did not have to spend a 100 hours playing catch to try and break it in naturally.  I don’t know about you, but I think I make enough money to purchase a new glove every 5 to 10 years if the break in period is 1 to 2 days.

Step 1: Fill a sink or bucket with lukewarm water (approximately room temperature).  Submerge the entire glove in room temperature water for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Put a softball deep in the pocket and stretch the glove around the softball forming a pocket. (Note: Pocket location is VERY important.  It should be slightly up in the base of the glove webbing and not so low that the ball touches the palm area of the glove.  If the pocket gets built too low and touches the hard palm area of the glove, the ball tends to pop out of your glove while fielding fly balls.  It took me two very frustrating seasons and many irritated teammates to figure this out.  I bought a new glove and built the pocket a little higher, which solved the problem.)

Step 2a – Optional: I like to REALLY shove that ball in the pocket being formed.  I have put the glove on the ground and stepped on it with my heel to force the ball deep.  I have placed heavy weights on the glove to shove the ball deep.  Alternatively, you might set it on the ground and gently back your car tire onto the glove to push the ball DEEP into the pocket (Note: Do this extremely carefully as it may damage the glove, ball and/or car, and for heaven’s sake, make sure nobody’s hand is in the glove when doing this!)

Step 3: If you don’t have the glove under a heavy weight, tie it up tightly to continue forming the pocket.  You can buy a special elastic band at the sports store to stretch tightly around the glove, or use bungee cords or a belt to cinch up around the ball in the glove.

Step 4:  With the glove tied up or under a weight that will form a good tight pocket in the glove, allow it to dry naturally (hopefully in warm sunlight or just warmer daytime temperatures). Do not oven bake the glove, microwave it or place on any HOT surface.

Step 5: Once dry, untie the glove or remove the weight.  Time to try it out!  You should only have to play catch for about two sessions before the glove will be pretty well broken in.  You may have to bend the glove’s fingers to loosen them up so it will “open” to catch balls, but you should have a nice, deep pocket that the seems to “attract” the ball once it touches your glove!  You should notice the difference, and your teammates will notice a difference in your fielding!