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The Ultimate Guide on How To Prep Your Glove

You have picked your next glove. Now what? Prep your glove!

Shopping for a new baseball glove or softball glove can feel a little overwhelming. There's a huge market of different gloves with an assortment of factors. There are infield gloves, outfield gloves, different web types, variable leather qualities, youth gloves for kids, adult gloves for slow pitch, softball gloves for female athletes, and on and on. Phew! Take a second and remember that JustGloves has a whole team of Glove Experts dedicated to helping you. We also have an automated Glove Coach to guide you through a series of straightforward questions to determine only the gloves that fit your shopping criteria. It may feel like a lot, but at JustGloves, we're with you every step of the way.

Glove Coach
Answer a few simple questions to find your perfect glove.

Glove Assurance

If you are still struggling to pick out your next glove, try our Glove Assurance Program. As current and former ballplayers ourselves, we know the bond between a player and their glove. We even understand that shopping online for a glove can cause concern. Will it fit? Does it really look like that? Does it have an authentic leather feel to it? These thoughts can race through your head as you gear-up to spend a couple of hundred dollars on your next gamer. 

This is why we built the Glove Assurance Program. If selected at checkout, we allow you to not only hold your glove but own your glove for 100 days before you have to decide whether or not to keep it. Here's how it plays out:

  • If you choose to send your glove back. We cover all shipping costs and give you a full refund of what you paid for the glove. Quick, easy, & simple.
  • If you choose to keep your glove. Awesome! You've got the glove you've been looking for. That's not all though, we'll also credit you with the amount you spent on Glove Assurance to be used towards a future purchase on JustGloves or JustBats within the next 365 days.

We're just upset that we didn't offer it to you sooner because it's the way glove shopping should be.

Ok, so picked out your next baseball or softball glove. Now what?

After you have selected your next glove, it becomes essential to begin working on preserving your leather quality. This, like everything in baseball and softball, all starts with your preparation. As you begin to break-in your glove, you must be careful to not cause any adverse harm to your leather. Failure to do so may find you back at square one (shopping for a new glove) faster than you would like. So how do you properly prepare your baseball glove?

Trusted Glove Prep

If you haven't heard by now, JustGloves offers a complete glove prep program to set you and your mitt up for long-term success on the diamond. With a series of intentional actions, we make sure that your glove is prepared for anything the game can throw (or hit) at you. Here's what you'll receive if you allow us to prepare your glove:

  1. Softer, more supple leather
  2. Abbreviated break-in period
  3. Expert applied glove oil for longer-lasting performance
  4. Untouched inside for a personalized fit

It's a quick and easy way to speed-up the break-in of your new glove. This is the perfect way to jumpstart the break-in and maximize the lifespan of a Rawlings Heart of the Hide, Wilson A2000, or any high-quality glove. While there are certainly still benefits to be had, those choosing a less expensive, lower quality mitt may opt to skip this step in glove preparation.

Our Favorite Glove Care Kit

Just because you have fully broken-in your new glove doesn't mean that the work is over. Once you begin playing with your glove, it's time to make the conscious effort to upkeep your mitt in the best possible way. This includes things like cleaning your glove of any excess dirt or debris, applying a light amount of glove oil at season's end, and tightening your laces to ensure your glove's shape is adequately upheld. The best way to care for your glove is to invest in a quality glove care kit. Our favorite glove care kit just so happens to be available for purchase on our website. Here's what it includes:

  • JustGloves' Glove Care Kit Brochure  
  • Drawstring Backpack  
  • ProSoft Brand Glove Conditioner
  • Glove Care Guide Video
  • Oversized Shaping Ball
  • Two Applicator Sponges
  • Two Oversized Shaping Rubber Bands
  • Wooden Glove Mallet


With the assistance of the included brochure, the how-to video, and all of the necessary equipment, you'll have all the recommended tools to keep your glove 'game ready.' With a few simple actions and the proper knowledge, you can extend the lifespan of your glove by an extra season or two. Which can lead to better performance and even save you a few bucks along the way. (Tip: If you shop for a new glove and the Glove Care Kit at the same time, you'll end up saving an extra $10)

Glove Break-In Tips

For those looking specifically for break-in tips, JustGloves has many valuable resources. Feel free to use any of the following posts and videos to help you break-in your glove.

Blog: The 4 Do's of Glove Break-In

Resource Guide: How to Break-In Your Glove

Video: Glove Break-In With Aso

Video: Glove Break-In With Logan

In conclusion, players take ownership of your glove. By doing little things like simple glove care, you can make your glove last longer. The longer your glove lasts, the better you'll play, and the less time and money you'll have to spend shopping for a new glove. These simple, proven measures will go a long way. Prepare your glove. Break-in your glove. Take care of your glove. It's a tried and true method, and we promise you'll thank us later. 

We're JustGloves, and we're with you from Click to Catch.


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