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    Breaking in a new glove.

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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    I use Louisville Slugger Glove Grease, wrap it in a belt.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    For me, the best way to break in a glove is to oil the pocket, (not too heavily) massaging the oil by hand, deep into the leather. (I use Rawlings glovolium with lanolin) Play a lot of catch, with the glove, and when you are not using it, keep it in a very warm area. (When it is warm, the trunk of your car is great)

    A lot of the quick break in methods will sometimes damage a glove, long term. I have always bought Rawlings "Heart of the Hyde" gloves or Wilson A2000's. They are definitely not the easiest gloves to break in, but once you get them broken in, you can expect a very long life with the best leather and gloves that are made. The best thing that you can do for a really great leather baseball glove is to clean away the dirt after each use. It will make a huge difference in the life of the glove.

    As with most things, the quick easy way is not usually the best way.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    I soak it in some kind of leather conditioner, wrap it in a towel and put it in the microwave for 3-5 minutes.

    really.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    I know that the Rawlings rep that I talked to last year told me, above all things, to never use the microwave oven on a premium ballglove. I have never done it, myself, so I have nothing to back that up on.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    Oh, premium glove.

    yup, I agree with Randy, but I have three kids so the last thing I bought that was premium ended up causing one of the three.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    Splash of hot water right in the palm. Get your big brother to play "burnout" with you for fifteen minutes. Repeat daily until either the glove is broken in or your older brother develops rotator cuff problems. Oil well after it's broken in to your liking.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    I've used neatsfoot oil for years - something the Demarini Rep told me years ago at a Softball tourney. Most big manufacturers "glove oil" has mostly neatsfoot in it (At least I know Franklin's & Easton's does).

    Don't use shaving cream or the microwave gag. Both don't work. I used Shaving cream on a brand new Easton Infielders glove a few years ago in a pinch and it was never the same.

    I also spent a few bucks and got one of these from Akadema - Called the MittMasher - been well worth it

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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    In high school I had to break a new mitt in in a hurry, oiled it up good, put a tennis ball in the pocket, tied it up good, and ran over it many times with my car, pulled it out, played some catch, put some new conditioner on it, put hte ball back in, tied it up again, and used it the next afternooon.

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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    Time is the only real answer. I used to sell gloves in college. Neatsfoot oil or lanolin do a nice job. Glovolium by Rawlings is really designed more for gloves that are already broken in. Avoid anything involving ovens or microwaves. As odd as this may sound, I used to recommend sticking it in between your mattresses at night. The pressure and the tossing and turning can give the leather a good break in.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    I remember Charlie Brown using Neatsfoot oil on his glove in the Peanuts comic strip.

    I tried a quart of Motor Oil and a trip to the oven on one of my gloves. That gloved leaked oil whenever I used it, much like the cars I owned at the time. It was the nicest glove I had ever purchased (by far) and I foolishly ruined the darn thing because I was too lazy to put the time into breaking it in correctly.

    The last glove I bought was softer brand new than my childhood glove ever was.

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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19 View Post
    I also spent a few bucks and got one of these from Akadema - Called the MittMasher - been well worth it
    The MittMasher was developed actually by women's pro softball players. The "glove conditioner" quickly made its rounds on the circuit. It was quite a favorite until one of the ladies that kept the MittMasher with her on all road trips developed an awful yeast infection. The moral of the story is never use leather conditioner when you're low on KY Jelly.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    Originally posted by Newman4
    The MittMasher was developed actually by women's pro softball players. The "glove conditioner" quickly made its rounds on the circuit. It was quite a favorite until one of the ladies that kept the MittMasher with her on all road trips developed an awful yeast infection. The moral of the story is never use leather conditioner when you're low on KY Jelly.
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    Re: Breaking in a new glove.

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    Oh, premium glove.

    yup, I agree with Randy, but I have three kids so the last thing I bought that was premium ended up causing one of the three.
    Just curious, did you stick it in the micorwave before you used it too?
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