How to Break in a Baseball Glove Using Vaseline

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Having a flexible baseball glove can be a key part of playing good defense. A glove breaks in over time through natural wear and tear, but you can also apply Vaseline to speed the process. With a little lubricant and patience, you'll create a comfortable glove to help you on the baseball diamond.

Things You'll Need

  • Baseball glove Vaseline Rubber bands or string Baseball
  • Take Vaseline and with your fingers and evenly apply a small layer of lubricant throughout the glove. Don't over-saturate the glove as this may damage the leather over time. You want the glove leather to be soft and flexible.

  • Place an old baseball in the pocket of the glove. Take the ends of each side and overlap them. The ball will be firmly covered by the encasing glove.

  • Wrap the glove with heavy duty rubber bands and overlap them around the pocket to ensure the ball doesn't come loose. You want the ball to create a pocket as the glove is broken in.

  • Place the glove in a warm, dry area, letting it sit for 24-48 hours. Check the glove to see if it needs additional time for the Vaseline to set.

  • Rub any unabsorbed Vaseline into the leather. Once your glove feels comfortable and is flexible, it's ready for use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rub Vaseline into all parts of the glove. The leather will absorb it.

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