InstructionalUpdated Friday December 4, 2015 by LBLL.
Wednesday, July 3
How to Dry Your Glove
With all the rain and suddden downpours we have been experiencing, there are probably a few soggy baseball / sofball gloves out there. So what is the best way to dry your glove? The best method is to let it air dry. Open the glove and place it in a dry room. If the glove is extremely wet, you can wad up some newspaper and stick the newspaper into the fingers and palm of the glove. Change the newspaper every few hours as it will abosorb some of the water. WHen your glove is dry, you can recondition it with glove oil. Never put your glove in an oven or expose it to high heat like a hair drier. Excessive dry heat will overdry the leather and cause it to crack and split. _____________________________________________________________________________________
Friday, March 19
Breaking In and Caring for Your Glove
Apply a small amount of Glove Oil in the triangular area shown. Rub it into the leather until most of it has been absorbed, then wipe off the excess with a soft towel. Next, fold the glove at the hinge and excercise that area a bit. Then, fold the glove and squeeze the fold so that a crease can be formed along the triangle line from the index finger side to the hinge. After setting this crease, re-fold the glove and form a similar crease from the thumb side of the triangle to the hinge. The final step is to re-fold the glove so a crease can be formed from the center of the web crotch to the hinge. When finished with these steps you should be able to see three distinct creases fanning out from the hinge to the web crotch. After completing these steps (about 20 minutes) put the glove on your hand and close it a few times. You should be able to feel a difference in the way the glove responds. Repeat this procedure in a few days, but do not use the glove oil in excess. Here's a tip from one of our readers. He conditions a new glove using the above procedure, and then goes to a batting cage (at an off-peak hour, so there will be fewer distractions and less chance of injury). He buys a bucket of balls to catch, not to hit. He says that after one session the glove is game ready.
The most important part of caring for your glove is to recognize that leather will deteriorate if subjected to repeated exposure to moisture and heat. Saliva will also result in damaged leather, so Don't Spit In Your Glove. Leaving your glove out in the weather will ruin it, as will putting it away wet from perspiration. Always wear a batting glove under your baseball glove (except for pitchers) - this absorbs the sweat from your hand. When your batting glove gets wet, change it. This will add years to the lining of your glove. When your glove gets wet, dry it with a towel or soft cloth, and leave it exposed to room air for a few hours until the lining is dry. After it dries, use a little glove conditioner to moisten the leather. When you put your glove away, put a softball in the pocket and wrap it with a wide rubber band.