About Coach’s Glove Mallets
While spending a lifetime involved with baseball, I have had the opportunity to watch both my son’s excel in their baseball careers at the high school and college level and beyond. I made my first glove mallet almost 35 years ago out of a piece of firewood to help break in my sons’ new baseball gloves. The design of the mallet has evolved some, however, it has withstood years of use and has proven to be effective.
Each Coach’s Glove Mallet starts out as 2×12 lumber that must be cut and glued to make a mallet blank. The blank is then hand turned on a wood lathe to the mallet form. It is then sanded with 80 grit to 320 grit sandpaper. The final step is to hand rub each mallet with boiled linseed oil and allow to dry. During the following days, the CGM is hand rubbed with boiled linseed oil at least 3 more times and allowed to dry. This finishing process toughens the surface to provide years of service.
Coach’s Glove Mallets (CGM) are solid wood, handcrafted mallets used to help break in and establish the Perfect Catching Pocket in a new baseball or softball glove. They can also help protect and maintain the existing pocket in an established glove. The CGM is designed to perform both these important tasks by allowing the player to simulate hundreds of catches in a fraction of the time. The player, glove, and mallet working together will help build the muscle memory of the hand and arm as well as the glove memory in the leather of the glove. A properly fitted glove with a well established catching pocket becomes an extension of the ball player’s hand and improves the confidence level to make the routine and difficult defensive plays. It will also help provide a smooth and confident transfer of the ball from the glove to the throwing hand.
Coach’s Glove Mallets now offers a mallet specifically for baseball gloves and mitts and another that is specifically for the larger softball gloves and mitts. The head of the baseball mallet is approximately 3 inches in diameter and is slightly larger than a regulation baseball. The head of the softball mallet is approximately 4 inches in diameter and is slightly larger than a 12 inch regulation softball.