Have a baseball glove you need to break in before the season starts? Check out this blog post to find out how to do it in just one day!
Soak the glove in warm water for 30 minutes
If you have a baseball glove that is new or has never been used, it will need to be broken in before you can use it. There are a few different methods that you can use to break in a baseball glove, but one of the quickest and most effective ways is to soak the glove in warm water for 30 minutes.
This will soften the leather and make it more pliable, which will make it easier to form into the shape that you need. Once the glove has soaked for 30 minutes, remove it from the water and gently wring it out. Then, put the glove on your hand and start working the leather by bending it back and forth.
Continue doing this until the glove feels close to being broken in. Once you feel like the glove is close, put a ball in the pocket and start catching. The more you catch, the more comfortable the glove will become.
Apply glove conditioner to the outside of the glove
Applying glove conditioner to the outside of the glove is one of the most popular methods for breaking in a baseball glove. You can find lots of different brands of glove conditioner, but they all essentially do the same thing: they soften the leather so it’s more pliable and easier to shape.
To apply the conditioner, simply squirt a small amount onto a clean rag and rub it into the leather. Work it in until the conditioner is evenly distributed, then let the glove dry overnight.
This method works best if you also put a ball in the glove while it dries, as this will help mold the pocket to the shape of a baseball.
Wrap the glove in a soft cloth and tie it shut
Wrap the glove in a soft cloth and tie it shut. This will help the glove keep its shape while you’re breaking it in. Place the wrapped glove under your mattress or in a pillowcase and leave it overnight. The pressure from the mattress will help soften the leather and make it more pliable.
Place a baseball in the glove and tie it shut
Place a baseball in the glove and tie it shut.
Tighten the laces as much as you can without making the glove uncomfortable to wear.
Wearing the glove, form a fist around the ball.
Repeat this process until the ball is firmly seated in the pocket—between 50 and 100 times.
Sleep with the glove under your pillow
If you’re in a pinch and need to break in a baseball glove quickly, one method is to sleep with the glove under your pillow. This will help the leather to mold to the shape of your hand overnight. Just be sure to put a towel or some other protective layer between the glove and your pillow so that the leather doesn’t get damaged.
Another quick way to break in a baseball glove is to put it in the oven. Set the oven to its lowest temperature setting and place the glove on the top rack. Leave it in for about 10 minutes, then take it out and put it on your hand. Repeat this process a few times until the glove is broken in.
Of course, the best way to break in a baseball glove is to just use it. Play catch with it, throw balls into it from different angles, and generally just handle it as much as possible. The more you use it, the more comfortable it will become.