In a game of baseball, gloves play an important role. Unlike the game of cricket, which is vaguely familiar with it, the players catch balls without any gloves on. However, in baseball, the playing field is comparatively smaller, balls come at a much greater speed from a much closer distance. That is why every player in a game of baseball needs to use gloves.
One of the most challenging things which newer entrants to the game face is lacing a baseball glove. While it may seem to be complicated and hard, it is not so once you know the basic steps and get the hang of it. It’s ok if you are a beginner and do not know how to do it, or think that the process is complicated. Many professionals think so too at times! These steps shall explain how to lace a softball or baseball glove.
At the very beginning, you will need to remove older lace strings and the ones which have broken down. If there are places from where the old string has been ripped off already, you will need to mark the places where the original string used to be. For this, you need to use a twofold process.
First of all, you need to use a marker and mark the places. Secondly, you need to take pictures from various angles. Using the marker is essential, but make sure that its ink can be removed by water. Using a camera acts as a reinforcement so that you do not get lost while lacing the glove.
Once the old lace has been removed, you need to prepare the glove for the new one. For this, use a conditioner and apply it on the glove, and that includes inside the glove as well. Be careful that you do not apply too much of it, though. Additionally, you need to apply conditioner to the new string as well. This helps the new lace go through the holes easily.
Make a hole on any one end of the lace itself. Enter one side of the U-wire through this side. On the other side of the lace, made a knot.
We recommend that you start lacing the glove from the palm area because it is the hardest part. Once this part is laced, the rest of the parts become easier. This is the V-shaped part between the bases of the glove’s thumb and the little finger.
When you are about to start lacing, ensure that the smooth part of the lace is on the top. This will ensure a better grip, which is important when you are going through narrow sections. Now, you will start the lacing from your little finger. Look at the back of the glove, just behind the little finger and look for the hole which doesn’t seem to belong there, or which looks out of place.
You’ll commonly find this one on either the right-hand side or the left-hand side of the little finger. Enter the needle through this hole, with the lace with it. Bring it out from the palm side of the glove. Lace through the first few holes, which are notorious for being the hardest. To solve this problem, use your free hand to feel and loosen up the holes. Use the free hand to hold up the fabric while you lace through the holes. This makes the process much easier.
Complete lacing the rest of the glove by using the same technique. However, remember that you will need to replace the web separately. The web is the part of the glove which comes separately and is placed between the index finger and the thumb. As you know, the webbing is used to catch the ball more effectively.
In this article, you have seen how to lace a baseball or softball glove. Learning it to do on your own is very important because you can’t expect your parents or coach to be there with you. The tips given in this article will enable you to lace a glove even just before a match. Once you get the hang of the steps, you can do it faster and amaze your peers.