Helpful tips for glove lacing

Perhaps nothing is more sentimental and/or cherished for its owner than their glove.  Usually, it’s the glove’s laces that are the first parts to break. The following instructional steps can help you do-it-yourself re-lace repair .

Typical lace lengths you may need.

Five replacement laces approximately 3/16 inch wide at least 48” inches long each for a complete glove. You can substitute two of the laces for ¼” x 48” to lace to dedicate to the web and fingertips.  ¼” lace will give the glove greater strength and durability in the areas that take the greatest stress.

3/16″  width Lace

Strap Tie – 14″ (not shown, on the back of the picture)
1. Palm – 28″
2. Little Finger – 24″Thumb – 24″
3. Heel – 36″

1/4′ Width Lace

4. Most H – Webs – 54″
     I or Full Web – 1-24″, 1-34″
     Basket Web – 48″
     Trap Webs –  lace patterns may vary you’ll need at least  – 1-24″, 2-48″
5. Finger Tops & Web Top – 48″



Items that will help


  • Needle nose pliers
  • Leather hole punch or Leather Awl
  • Handle pull needle or Lockin’ lacing needle
  • Scissors, wire cutters or similar sharp cutting tool






Step 1

Using needle nose pliers carefully pull out the laces you wish to replace. It’s a good idea to replace one lace at a time.  Repair a part  of the glove then move on the next. Note which holes the laces passed through so you can insert replacement laces into the same holes, following the same pattern. You may wish to photograph the glove before you remove any laces to help guide you through the replacement process.

Step 2

You may want to dab some petroleum jelly on the laces so they’ll pass more smoothly through your glove.

Step 3

Trim the end of the lace at an angle and twist it into a lacing needle.


Step 4

Tie a secure knot in the other end of the replacement lace, unless you’re lacing the heel or the webbing.



Step 5




Pull with the lockin’ needle or pull with the wood handle pull needle the replacement lace through the hole at one end of the section you’re replacing. Pull the entire replacement lace through the hole until the knot you tied rests on the outside of the hole. You may wish to grasp the lace with the needle nose pliers to pull it tight.

Step 6

Continue pulling the needle and the new lace through the remaining holes in each section. Pull the lace tight after threading through each hole, and make sure the smooth side of the lace is on the outside of the glove throughout the process.

Step 7

Cut off the remaining lace after you’ve threaded it through the final hole of each section — except for the heel and webbing — then tie a knot in the end of the lace that sticks out of the glove. Leave a generous amount of excess lace when you make your cut. You can always trim some of the lace after you’ve tied the knot.


John Golomb Disclaimer: Please read carefully before attempting to re-lace your glove.

Please be cognizant that some injury can result from an improperly laced glove. New factory fresh gloves are designed and laced in a specific design that minimizes the risk of injury. You should consider having your glove re-laced repaired by a professional experienced craftsman. If you elect to re-lace your glove yourself, you assume the risk of injury that may result. Moreover, John Golomb and/or his employees do not guarantee that the laces it sells will be safe for use in every baseball.softball glove and therefore waives any liability and limits its warranty to the replacement value of the John Golomb Lacing Kit itself.

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