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Glove Care

Break It In? Repair It? Have It Restored?

Take care of your glove as much as it takes care of you. Rawlings offers the following tips and services:

Rawlings Glove Break-In Time

Rawlings gloves are rated with percentages based on how much time or effort it will take you to break in or form your glove. The percentages below are very realistic.

  • 30% Factory/70% Player
  • 40% Factory/60% Player
  • 50% Factory/50% Player
  • 60% Factory/40% Player
  • 75% Factory/25% Player
  • 80% Factory/20% Player
  • Glove Break-In Tips

    There really isn't an overnight solution to breaking in your glove. Taking the following steps, however, can make the process easier.
    1. Rub in Rawlings Glovolium. Start with the palm of the glove and work outward. Be sure to cover the entire glove. (DO NOT SATURATE, JUST COAT IT) Some people like to use shaving cream (with lanolin) in this step.
    2. When glove has dried, play catch with someone. The more catching you do, the better the glove will form to your hand and fingers.
    3. When you are finished playing catch, apply a light coat of Rawlings Glovolium. Then put a baseball or softball in the pocket of the glove. (We prefer using a softball to increase the size of the pocket). Then close the glove around the ball. Using a string or rubber band, tie the glove tightly with the ball in place. Repeat this step whenever you are not using the glove until the glove is broken in the way you want it. This will help hold the shape of your glove's pocket.
    4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the glove is broken in. The more you use your new glove, the faster the glove will break in.

    Notes: Keep a ball in your glove when it is not being used to prevent the glove from getting flat and losing its shape. Use Rawlings Glovolium on your glove a couple times a year, maybe more depending on how dry and dirty your glove is.

    Glove Repair Don'ts

    • Do not submerge your glove in water. Some believe this is a quick solution to breaking in your glove. All you are doing is ruining the leather and running a risk of cracking and drying out your glove. (Doing so will void your warranty.)
    • Do not put your glove in the oven or microwave. (Doing so will void your warranty.)
    • Do not dry your glove using a heat source such as a hair dryer.
    • Do not buy a pre-broken-in glove. They are not as durable and will not last as long.

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    Glove Repair Do's

    • Do keep a ball in your glove when it is not being used.
    • Do condition your glove occasionally to prevent drying and cracking.
    • Do wear a batting glove to keep sweat from drying and cracking the leather on the inside of your glove.
    • Do tighten your laces routinely. Occasionally leather will loosen.

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    Expert Glove Repair and Restoration Services

    For expert repair and complete restoration services for Rawlings gloves, contact:

    Kenny Jenkins Glove Repair
    (417) 683-2207 or kennyjenkins@hotmail.com
    Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm (Central Time)

    You can also visit his website at www.kennysgloverepair.com for photos and additional information.

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