A new glove?


Howard At Play

April 01, 2001|By SUN STAFF

A couple of tricks to think about when buying a new glove for a new season:

* Think small for young, inexperienced players. Gloves with huge pockets may seem like a good idea, but they're harder to control and can hinder the learning of fundamentals.

* But the pocket is important, and you can improve the grip of a new glove.

* Rub some hot water or saddle soap into the center of the glove.

* Then stuff a couple of softballs or a wad of crumpled newspaper into the pocket, and tie the glove shut with shoelaces for a couple of days.

* Use saddle soap or leather conditioner regularly, especially after a glove gets wet.

SOURCE: American Sport/Education Program.

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