Can a softball glove be too broken in?
Yes, a glove can be too soft. But in general middle IF’s like harder (and smaller) gloves so that they can quickly get the ball out of their gloves. I have read in several places that Ozzie Smith liked his glove to be quite hard; he just wanted it to slow down the ball, not bury it, so he could get it out quickly.
How do you soften a new softball glove?
Pour a small amount of hot water (150 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit) over any area of your new glove you want to make softer. Do not put your glove in the microwave or use detergents to soften the glove, as this can damage the leather. You can also use a small amount of glove oil applied with a sponge.
How do pros break in their gloves?
Some break them in by dunking them in water or placing them in a microwave oven. Some, like Rodriguez, lather them with shaving cream. Others beat them with a mallet, as if tenderizing a steak.
How do you break in a fastpitch glove?
Rub some oil or shaving cream into the glove to condition it. Place it in the oven for around 3 minutes, just long enough to soften the leather and let the oil soak in. After you take the glove out of the oven, allow it to cool to the touch and then put it on and play a few passes of catch with it.
How do you break in a fastpitch softball catchers mitt?
It all starts with how you break it in.
- Put it in the oven and “cook” it.
- Rub vaseline all over it.
- Cover it in shaving cream.
- Take your mitt to a sporting good store and have it “steamed”
- Nuke it in the microwave.
- Putting it under your mattress and sleeping on it.
- Rub oils all over the pocket.
- And some other crazy ideas!
How do you restore a softball glove?
Use neatsfoot, mink oil or any other glove conditioning product to condition your glove, but stay away from petroleum-based products like Vaseline. Whichever conditioner you choose, work it into the leather well with a clean rag or small sponge. Dab (don’t rub) the excess off with another clean, dry rag.