We have had a blast this summer at live events getting to see so many awesome baseball players. In doing so, we’ve noticed one common question for Emery Glove Co. founder Kevin Schneider and master craftsman Marcus “G” Gurule.
“What’s the best way to break in my new custom Emery?”
So here’s our step-by-step guide on how to break in a baseball glove and get the optimal performance out of your absolute fire Emery leather:
1. Condition the Glove: Before starting the breaking-in process apply a small amount of leather conditioner to the glove. G gives thumbs up to Ball Player’s Balm as a great option. This helps soften the leather and prevents it from drying out.
2. Work the hinge points: Use the greatest tools of all (your hands) to fold and bend the leather, paying special attention to the heel and fingers and how you want the glove to break in. Flex and bend the glove in various directions. This helps to further soften the leather and create a more natural fit.
3. Play Catch: One of the best ways to break in a glove is by playing catch. Simply find a partner and start throwing the ball back and forth. This helps to loosen up the leather and create a natural pocket. Start with shorter distances and gradually increase the distance as the glove becomes more comfortable.
4. Use a Ball or Glove Mallet: Insert a baseball or softball into the pocket of the glove. Close the glove around the ball and secure it with rubber bands or string. If you have a glove mallet, use it to shape the glove around the ball with the mallet.
5. Wear the Glove: When you’re not playing catch or practicing, wear the glove around the house. Flex and manipulate it with your hand to help it form to your grip.
6. Repeat 2-5: Breaking in a glove takes time, and repetition is key. Continue working the hinge points, playing catch, and using the ball or mallet until your Emery feels comfortable and molds to your hand’s shape.
Patience will be rewarded: Avoid rushing the process or using extreme methods that could damage the glove. Refer to the Customer Care card that comes with your Emery. No steam or water treatments. No car dashboard on a hot day. And if you run your glove over with your vehicle, we will disown you.
Protect your Emery: After each use, store the glove in a cool, dry place. Avoid exposing it to excessive heat or moisture, as these cause the leather to deteriorate. Never leave it lying flat. Keep a ball in the pocket or make sure the glove is pointed down. Make sure you perform routine maintenance. Clean your glove, check the laces, take advantage of your industry leading Diamond Service Plan, and hit us up ([email protected]) to keep your glove looking great.
Remember that every glove is different, and the breaking-in process may vary based on the type of leather and the individual preferences of the player. With these tips, your baseball glove will become your best friend on the field.