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Reader Tip: Working in your mesh

A lot of people break mesh in too much or can’t find a way to break it in.
Some people say patience is the way to break in your mesh. I say that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. When you get mesh, stretch it out a little, just big enough to be able string it to the side walls. After you have strung it like you always do, grab hair conditioner (like you use in the shower), a baseball, a butter knife, and a bucket of water. It helps if the conditioner is really cheap, or non-name brand. Those are said to be greasier, bad for your hair but better for your mesh. Take the mesh and start to rub a little of the conditioner where you want the pocket. Keep applying the conditioner repeatedly and dunk every 2 or 3 minutes in the bucket of water until it’s to your liking. When you can, start to use the baseball to break it in and try and get to the point where the baseball can be put in the mesh with a butter knife. – Submitted by Panda

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6 Responses to “Reader Tip: Working in your mesh”

  1. conman Says:

    hey instead of a baseball why not a lacrosse ball

  2. Matt Says:

    Conman,
     A Baseball is larger and helps you get a more broken in/deeper pocket

  3. big Says:

    shaving cream works better.

  4. toast Says:

    conditioner works great for a quick fix but the pocket won’t last nearly as long! a couple days of shooting and hitting the wall usually works for me…

  5. Bphilli19 Says:

    Conditioner works great on really hard mesh, but it does drastically reduce the life of your pocket, especially when using water. Water is one of the worst enemies that your pocket might encounter, the drying of the water accelerates the eventual drying out of your mesh. Just Stretch it, Sting it, and punch it, don’t be afraid, you could probably use the tough knuckles anyway.

  6. Andrew Says:

    The butterknife trick doesnt work. The pocket forms from the way you string the sidewall.

    A common misconception is that breaking in mesh makes the pocket bigger. Breaking in mesh only helps with catching and groundballs and makes the pocket no bigger.

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