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Break in softball mitt

I gave into peer pressure and agreed to play softball this spring. Now in addition to the fact I suck bad at it I haven't had a mitt in years. So I got a new cheapo to use. Any advice on break in from the people that don't suck at baseball?

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Re: Break in softball mitt

soak the glove in warm water, put a ball in the glove with rubber bands around it till dry, rub glove in glove oil and lay glove flat under your mattress when not in use. Practice throwing every day to get the fibers worn if you cannot get out maybe due to weather get a ball and your glove and toss it into the glove when watching tv in the house.

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http://www.decatursports.com/articles/base/breaking.htm

I had other suggestions but... after a little while with google I've found out that all the things I've done to gloves in my youth were baaaaaadd.

I used the linseed oil trick, worked with the glove when goofing off, pounding the pocket. I would then leave a ball in the pocket overnight with rubber bands holding the glove closed around the ball. From what I've just read, linseed oil was baaaaaad. (worked for me).

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Re: Break in softball mitt

I was always told that this would soften a mitt up pretty good?
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Re: Break in softball mitt

all my years of playing baseball led me to use the tactic of using a ball in the mitt overnight and using it daily. there is leather conditioner as well that can be used. i would not, however soak it in water. the only time i used water to break in leather was for a pair of army boots. and that just sucked.
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Re: Break in softball mitt

Ball in mitt over night and using it on a daily basis worked for me. Don't forget to go to some batting cages and work on the old hand eye. Lord knows after not holding a bat for a while you'll be a bit rusty.


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Re: Break in softball mitt

There's actually a product made that you spray on and then bake the glove in the oven. It doesn't work well on cheap gloves with sub-standard leather, though. I like the old-skool method of leather balm or saddle soap, and working it in by hand. Always keep the glove stored with a ball in it.
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Re: Break in softball mitt

Thanks folks. And thanks again for GROSSLY over estimating the softball playing potential of a wool. Weeks of break in batting cage

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Re: Break in softball mitt

Ive heard of everything from shaving lotion to hot water. The best thing is glove oil available at any sporting goods store. No need to play catch. Just sit around and work the glove with your hands. The pocket is the last thing that really needs to be worked since it never moves. The outer portions of the glove need it most since that is what will surround the ball and hold on to it (along with your opposite hand unless you are a professional).
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