Flaring your glove helps create more surface area and a deeper pocket for you to catch a ball during a baseball game. For some people, flaring a baseball glove may provide a competitive edge. You can purchase a glove that is already flared or flare your current glove at home. Check with your glove's manufacturer before flaring. They may have specific recommendations about oils and lubricants to use on your brand of glove.
Things You'll Need
- Baseball glove
- Oil or petroleum jelly
- Shoelaces or belt
Flaring a Glove
Set your oven to a low heat, less than 200 degrees. Allow your oven to warm up while you grease your glove.
Lubricate your glove with your favorite type of oil. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions carefully to avoid using a product that may harm the material of the glove. You may find that petroleum jelly works best for you, but you may also want to use lanolin oil or mink oil.
Put your baseball glove on a cookie sheet and place into the oven. Let the glove heat up for about five minutes. Check your glove to test for mobility. If your glove is not flexible enough for you to work with, continue heating your glove.
Allow the glove to heat in the oven but only in one-minute increments after the initial five-minute stage, if needed. Continue to monitor your glove until the material is easy for you to move and conform.
Stretch your glove as much as possible while it is warm. Bend it and play with it to loosen it up and improve flexibility with your grip. This is especially helpful since gloves conform to your hand and motions the more you use the glove.
Place a baseball in the pocket of your glove and wrap it up with shoelaces or a belt. Allow your glove to stay in this position overnight. Conforming your glove to a ball helps build a deeper pocket.
Repeat the steps over a period of several days until you reach the desired flare. It may take weeks or months for your glove to conform to your hand and grip.
Tips & Warnings
- Stretch your glove by practicing at the batting cages. Instead of hitting the ball with a bat, catch it in your glove. The force of the ball allows you to further deepen the pocket of your glove, giving you a greater flare.
- Some gloves come with a flare. If you find that playing with a flared glove improves your game, you may want to consider purchasing a flared glove.
- Do not leave your glove unattended while it is in the oven. It may overheat and burn. Always use a cookie sheet that has been stored at room temperature. Placing your glove directly on a hot cookie sheet that has been warming up in the oven may cause a burn or discoloration on your glove.
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