It is a common misconception that baseball gloves have to be stiff and inflexible. The truth of the matter is, if you know how to reshape a baseball glove for better performance, it will last longer and allow you to catch more balls. This blog post shares with you how to do so.
A baseball glove is an expensive piece of equipment to replace. The average cost for a pro-quality glove on the market today is $200 or more. If you don’t take care of your gloves, they will quickly start to fall apart as the leather ages and becomes dry. To make a good investment last longer, we recommend reshaping it with special tools designed for this purpose.
How to Reshape a Baseball Glove?
Reshaping baseball is not a hard task and can be done quickly. The time taken to reshape the glove is not more than 24 hours if done correctly. Let’s see some of the steps below to reshape the baseball glove.
Apply Baseball Oil To Soften
The process of reshaping the baseball glove is the same like you can do to break in the baseball glove. Use high-quality oil to reshape the glove quickly. If you decide to use a cheap or low-quality glove, then rather soften it will get damage.
Now take the oil and spray it on the towel or any dry piece of a soft cloth. Now rub the towel on the glove from thumb to palm.
Put Baseball/Softball On The Pocket
Put a ball on the pocket and use your glove to reshape it. After oiling up, put some softness into this glove by using one of these methods:
- Use baseballs for those who play baseball with gloves or if you are trying to fix a hardball infielder’s mitt.
- Depending on what type they need to be reshaped, softballs will work best for those looking at fixing their softball/catcher’s mitt.
Tie It with Rubber Bands
If you want to speed up the process, then you can tie up 3-4 rubber bands that will press the gloves for you. Because if you keep on pressing the glove, it will take 24 hours to do the process. And, you cant press the baseball glove for 24 hours. So, using a rubber band will increase the process and do the bending on its own.
Let It Dry
After doing all the above processes, now it’s time to dry the baseball glove and make them ready for the next game. You can dry the glove using natural air or an air fan. Drying the baseball glove under the sun will damage the leather, and using it inside the oven might damage the oven itself.
So, it’s not recommended to use the glove under direct sunlight, heater, oven, etc.
Can I Use Shaving Cream To Reshape A Glove?
Many people try to reshape their baseball gloves by using shaving cream. The theory behind this is that the shaving cream will fill in any unwanted folds, which can be shaped with your hand as you mold them into what you want them to look like.
Difference between Reshaping and Break-ins?
The process of reshaping a baseball glove is different from breaking in. Breaking in only softens the leather on the inside. While reshaping resizes it to fit your hand better and make catches easier with less strain.
A baseball glove should be reshaped every year to ensure it is at its best for catching. Reshaping your glove allows the leather to rebound when you catch a ball, making catches easier and less likely to cause injury from excessive strain on your fingers.
Why do you need to reshape your baseball gloves?
There are several reasons why you need to reshape your baseball gloves, but the most common one is because it has been either left out in a garage or shed for too long. This will cause the glove to be misshapen and unappealing.
Another reason will be if they have been soaked with rainwater which can cause them to have a warped shape. There are many ways to reshape your gloves to make them look and feel like new again.
Should I Reshape A New Baseball Glove?
If you are looking for ways to make a baseball glove last longer, reshaping it is one way. A new baseball glove will have its shape set by the manufacturer and may not fit your hand as well as you would like.
Reshaping it can improve the comfort of the gloves so that fitting issues are resolved, and performance problems are avoided. The process of reshaping a baseball glove is not difficult. It can be done at home or by your local cobbler who specializes in repairing footwear and gloves.
One of the most common questions we get is whether or not it’s difficult to curve a baseball glove. The truth is, it doesn’t take much time and you don’t have to be an expert in order to reshape your glove for optimum performance.