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Dahitman44

breaking in gloves

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still not happy with my kids baseball gloves -- any idea how to REALLY break them in?

thanks

Hitman

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Lots of oil, put ball in glove, wrap tight with string around it, let it sit a few days (if you can). Another thing to try is to put it in the oven on a cookie sheet and warm it up 120-150 deg, then oil it, reheat, then break it in by bending it and working the glove. There use to be a product called snow-glo or something like that for leather, the product was for waterproofing, but also worked wonders on breaking in gloves, check a sporting good store to see if they still carry it, you will have to warm the glove to apply this too, the leather will soak it in, then just work it good.

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how much glove oil do i put on?

I have done this and was not impressed by the results

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Neatsfoot oil will loosen it up. . It takes a lot. To brake it in it needs that baseball hitting the sweet spot over and over.

Play catch.

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When I played a lot of softball I used to use the glove conditioner, rub it in quite a bit. I would often sit at night and just work the ball into the glove. Then I would tie the glove around the ball each night. Plus play lots of catch. Takes a while, but it is worth it for the glove to get broken in properly.

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Put it under the kid's mattress with a ball in the pocket every night after playing catch. Works like a charm

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I have always used a conditioner that you apply and then put it in the oven. Once it is out of the oven and still warm, I flex the leather to loosen it up. I'm not sure of the brand off hand, but if you repeat this process a few times, you will be very impressed. I have used oils before and I wasn't quite happy with the results. It adds weight to the glove as well. After you have it broken in, I use shaving cream a couple times a year and a toothbrush to work it into the leather.

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