Baseball is heavily dependent on the equipment used. As wear and tear is an integral part of any equipment, we could use simple steps which will make the baseball glove long-lasting.
Before moving to the instructions, let us look at some benefits of doing this job yourself :
- It surely is easier than you might be assuming.
- It will save you the pain of separation from your glove, as there would be no need to send it away to be fixed.
- It is a very quick process and should not take more than 20 to 30 minutes of your time.
- You will be saving a considerable amount of money too.
- Your glove will appear fresh as any signs of wear and tear will be eradicated.
- Well, the best part is, you can offer your services to friends or other players and make some extra money for yourself!
Only a true player will emotionally know what the glove is to them. It is more like an extended body part which they feel incomplete without. Most players have their favorite glove, and enjoy the comfort and the confidence they gain by wearing it. To ensure the glove stays intact for long, it needs to be properly maintained and taken care of.
The most common problem is the lacing coming off. This is natural, as it is subject to constant wear and tear due to high usage. It is better to replace the glove once in a while to ensure a longer life. For this, you will require the following tools:
- Rawhide Lacing
- A pointed tool like a leather awl
- oil or a leather softener
- Pair of scissors
Before you begin removing the old lace from the glove, apply some oil or leather softener which will soften the lace and make your work easier. Go through the lacing once observing it minutely in detail, and remember the lacing pattern.
Pick a spot on the glove where you find there is broken lacing and take out a section of lacing from that particular spot. In case you are having trouble with this, cut the lace using a pair of scissors to ease your job.
Tie an overhand knot at one end of the replacement raw hide lacing you are going to use. Tighten the knot as hard as you can.
With the help of a pointed tool, insert the lacing through the first hole as per the pattern, and pull it out till the knot reaches the hole opening. Keep on threading in a similar manner through all holes according to the original lacing pattern. It is important to pull the lacing as tight as you can, so that it lasts long even after being stretched a lot.
Once you have reached the end of the pattern, tie another simple overhead knot on the rawhide lacing. Make sure you adjust the last knot in a manner that it rests against the glove. Use a pair of scissors to cut out any extra lacing.
Follow the same procedure for all areas which require replacing.
A very crucial aspect is to come to terms with the fact that the leather will disintegrate due to constant exposure to heat and moisture. Remember never to spit on the glove as saliva is also capable of damaging it. Do not leave it out in the open or let it stay wet for long, as both of these conditions are capable of ruining the glove. Always wear a batting glove beneath. Doing this will ensure that sweat from your hands is absorbed by the inner glove, and the lining will last longer because of this. If at all it gets wet, use a towel or soft piece of cloth to dry it and then allow it to stay till it dries. When you are not going to use it for a long time, put it away only after placing a softball in its pocket and wrapping it up with a wide rubber band.
To help you with this repair job, there are several kits available in the market. These kits come with leather laces, tools, a wire, and a leather punch, and are fairly inexpensive as well. Use these kits to mend and maintain your baseball glove, and enjoy its benefits for a long time.