Not many are willing to go through the trouble of replacing the old laces on their baseball gloves, simply because it’s too complicated for beginners.
If you want to try your dexterity, here’s a detailed guide on how to relace & restring a baseball glove. To give you an idea, look at the baseball glove lace diagram and visualize the sections that we will go through:
- Pinky finger, thumb, and wrist
- Fingers’ tops
Table of Contents
- What You Need to Prepare for Baseball Glove Relacing
- Steps to Restring or Relace a Baseball Glove
- Restring Baseball Glove Service
What You Need to Prepare for Baseball Glove Relacing
- A hole punching tool
- Another puncher to widen the holes and thread the lace/string
- A glove lacing tool (U-wire lacing tool)
- A cutter
- Suitable laces for the gloves (3-4 packs of 72 inches laces)
- Leather glove conditioner
- Some clean clothes
- Your glove
- Old newspaper
Or you can purchase a baseball glove repair kit, which can cost somewhere around $20 – $25. You will have important pieces like the lacing tool, a thread of laces, a leather cutter, a punch tool, a U-wire lacing tool, and more, depending on the specific kit.
However, you’d probably want to purchase separate laces for your gloves, since the usual pieces included in the kit are not as strong as we want.
Steps to Restring or Relace a Baseball Glove
Important note: Before relacing, you have to unlace the whole string from your glove. It’s easier if you take the lace out hole by hole.
While you are unlacing, thread the new string right into the old one’s hole. It’s best to keep track of every piece to prevent making a mess because it can get complicated later on.
Step 1: Condition the glove and the laces
Spread the large newspaper pieces on the table to avoid making a mess.
You can directly apply the conditioner onto your glove by pouring it on your hand and spreading the agent evenly.
Make sure you reach every corner, including the palm and fingers, covering every lace hole you will thread later.
Then, rub the glove thoroughly, applying some pressure to soften it.
Afterwards, apply some conditioner onto the laces. Use your two fingers to dab it in. Then, run your fingers over the entire length of the strings. With that, the laces can smoothly go into the gloves.
Step 2: Restring the baseball glove’s palm
Start by punching a hole in the tip of the lace to insert the U-wire lacing tool through the hole. Now, you have the lace attached to the tool, ready to thread the glove palm.
Begin with the lowest hole just below the inner side of the little finger. Use the U-wire with lace to punch through the opening from the palm.
Then, lace the string back through the hole right next to it, and bring the lace back to the palm.
Continue to work through the series of holes on your glove palm to the final one right below the thumb.
Once done, cut the lace, sparing about 2 inches to make a knot there. That’s your first successful stage of baseball glove restring.
You can watch this video for a visualization of the process:
Step 3: Restring the baseball glove’s heel
The next step of restoring baseball gloves is to lace their heels.
Start with punching the lace through the side hole right below the little finger, getting through it from the palm to the back. Keep lacing one hole at a time until you finish.
Then, thread the string to the thumb and leave out several inches of lace.
Do not knot the lace just yet, just leave out 3 inches from the thumb’s end and the fingertip’s end. Tuck it there for knotting later.
Step 4: Relace your glove’s little finger, thumb and wrist
In this next stage, we will work on the little finger, lacing through the hole near its end and going up. Make sure you tight a knot when it’s done.
Do the same for the thumb.
As we move to the wrist, we will start threading the lace from the wrist strap on the side of the little finger. Leave about 2 inches of lace and pull it through, and work through the wrist.
Check out how to lace the wrist part right here:
Now, you can tighten the 2-inch short lace left at the beginning of the wrist hole with the end of the lace.
Step 5: Relace the webbing of the glove
Now, move to your glove pocket. Take the lace to punch through the first front hole of the webbing, getting to the second hold located on the thumb.
Afterward, thread the lace through the next holes lining along the web’s top; knot and tight when it’s done. Do the same with the middle and the bottom of the webbing.
Step 6: Restring the top of the fingers
You can start from the little finger, starting from the hole on its tip, connecting through the tip of every finger.
Work through the entire glove and knot the spared ends of the lace in step 3.
Now, it’s done!
Restring Baseball Glove Service
If the task is too complicated for you to follow, you can always have the option of using a professional service. Please know that it might differ, depending on the glove type and position (fielder or catcher).
Below are the glove relacing prices as a reference:
- The whole piece: From $45 – $60
- Glove heel: $15 – $20
- Glove web’s top: $15 – $17
- Glove’s web: $20 – $25
- Palm: $17 – $20
- Thumb: about $20
- Pinky finger: about $20
You can ask for a specific price if combining two services. First, make sure you find a reliable place.
Read more: What is the price of a baseball gloves?
Are you letting out a long exhale? I know it’s pretty confusing to try this task for the first time. Still, through trial and error and extra detailed instructions on how to relace & restring a baseball glove, you might be able to pull this off.
If not, you can always visit a professional or ask for help from someone experienced.
Good luck with the task.