Baseball gloves and softball
gloves need to be broken in before use in order to provide a proper fit
and play a better game. Different players have different methods of breaking
in a baseball glove, and these differing techniques are generally viewed as
a personal preference. There are two basic goals in breaking in a glove. First,
you want to soften the leather so that the glove is pliable and moves well with
your hand. Second, you want to form a pocket or molding an area in the palm
of the glove so that it will catch and squeeze the baseball tightly. A number
of different lotions can be used to soften the leather of a baseball glove.
- Foam Shaving Cream
- Manufacturer's Solutions
- Lexol Leather Conditioner
- Pure Petrolium Jelly
order to soften the leather, less oil, soap or cream is best. Use small amounts
of oil on a cloth and lightly coat the glove. Do not oil the entire glove,
and don't allow oils to soak in as this will cause the leather deteriorate
faster. Apply oil once, and allow it to absorb into the glove for 24 hours
after its application. Do not apply any more oil until the end of the second
week. Besides actually playing catch or spending your afternoons throwing
a ball into your glove, there are a number of ways to form a pocket in your
baseball glove. Another great method (especially if you don't have a partner
to play catch with) is to visit a batting cage and instead of batting, use
the machine to simply catch balls and help break in the glove.
The most popular way to form a pocket in a baseball glove is to place a baseball
or softball in the pocket and tie the glove shut with a rubber band or belt
overnight. A regular daily practice workout of at least 100 good tosses will
continue to soften the glove and help mold the pocket to the user's hand.
If you do not have someone to play catch, you can visit a batting cage and
use the machine to catch balls. Each night, when the glove is put away, continue
to place a ball in the mitt and secure it tightly. Continue this process for
at least 2 weeks. When breaking in your baseball glove, avoid the following
- Baking or microwaving the glove. This will damage the leather.
- Soaking the glove in water will also damage the leather.
- Completely soaking the glove in any oils.
Simply using the glove will produce the best results. The more playtime your
glove experiences, the better it will properly form to your hand. Before you
know it, you'll find that your baseball glove is broken in and ready to serve
you for many seasons to come.
Baseball / Softball Glove Care Helpful Hints:
- Remember glove leather is like your own skin on your face so
don't treat leather any differently than your own skin.
- Never soak your glove in water.
- Never put your glove in the microwave or oven.
- Never over oil your glove thinking more is better.
- Never keep your glove in plastic bags over 12 months.
- Treat your glove well, don't throw your glove around the field.
- Keep your glove dry, wipe off built up dirt with dry cloth.
- Keep something in your glove pocket, a baseball, softball, or
whatever works for you.
- Put conditioner all over glove pocket and back of fingers and
let it sit for 24 hours. Then wipe off with dry cloth.
- Use VINCI conditioner or non-treated Petroleum jelly or Petroleum
jelly. Remember you want to keep pores of the leather open. Some
oils will close the pores and makes the leather dry, harden and
- The number one thing is to play catch and form your pocket the
way you like it.
- Remember leather is skin and should be treated as you would your
- At the end of the season make sure your glove is clean of all
dirt, place ball inside of pocket and store in a dry location.
- You can treat your new VINCI glove once you receive it and wipe
dry with a cloth.