How to Break In your New Ballglove
You've just received your new Shoeless Joe Ballglove and want to get it "Game-Ready" as quickly as possible. Shoeless Joe gloves are a step ahead of other off-the-shelf gloves as they start the break-in process during manufacturing, so we suggest following their recommendations on how to finish the break-in process so you and your glove are good to go for many seasons.
- All new Shoeless Joe gloves come pre-oiled. To finish the break-in process of your new glove, get out and play catch or throw a ball into the webbing repeatedly. This will help form the pocket.
- After the first season or use, treat or recondition your glove with a recognized brand lanolin-based glove oil or leather conditioner.
- 2-3 times a year tighten your glove's laces. Keeping your laces tight will help extend the glove’s “life”. This is especially important during the break-in process or throughout the first month or so of use. The laces will stretch most during this time.
- Storing a ball in the webbing of your glove will help keep the pocket formed. Some will use a rubber band to help keep a more rounded pocket.
- It's always recommended to keep your hand and fingers fulling inserted into the glove. This helps keep the glove's fold or break formed correctly.
- Do not use shortcuts to break in your glove quicker.
- Household cleaners, cooking oil, and personal care items (shaving cream) have changed over the years. They have added ingredients that can be harmful to the leather of your glove.
- Do not microwave or bake your glove. This can damage the leather, drying it out too quickly..
- Do not leave the glove lying in the back window or trunk of a car. Leaving your glove in the hot car will dry it out and damage the leather. It's a good idea to keep all of your equipment out of extreme environment for storage.
- If your glove gets wet during practice/game use or perspiration, leave the glove out in front of a fan overnight. This can help keep mildew or mold from forming in your glove.
- Do not use your glove as a dog chew toy. New ball gloves smell amazing, and yes, your dog, cat or any other pet may find that smell good enough to eat or use as a restroom. Keep your glove away from pets.