One of the biggest keys to success at the plate is mastering the art of bat control. It's a difficult skill that all players strive to perfect from their youth days of tee ball until their final days as professionals. The combination of barrel size, swing weight, and player strength all play significant roles in finding the sweet spot with every swing.
However, the one element that is often overlooked in bat selection is finding the right bat grip. If a bat grip is too slick, swinging the barrel correctly can be challenging. If the bat grip is too thick, you might find yourself engaging your muscles before you even begin to turn at that belt-high fastball. It can be challenging, but like a great Christmas sweater, just the right amount of tacky can go a long way.
Let's take a look at the top bat grip tape options.
Lizard Skins Bat Grips
You may have already heard that you can get Lizard Skins pre-applied at JustBats with the order on any baseball or softball bat, but if you hadn't, now you know!
Important Lizard Skin Features
- Applicable for all alloy, composite, and wood bats
- 1.1mm thickness
- Official grip supplier of MLB
- Great for use in all types of weather
- Options available in 10+ different colorways/designs
Having started off making cycling grips back in 1993, Lizard Skins has continued to strengthen their "grip" on the competition by evolving their reach into baseball, hockey, and even gaming. They offer many different designs and colorways for their bat grips that allow every player to maximize their style. Even notable bats like the Rawlings Quatro (baseball) and the Easton Ghost Advanced (fastpitch) come standard with a Lizard Skin bat grip already in place. Look for even more notable models to incorporate these elite-level bat grips into their manufacturing process in the future.
Vulcan Bat Grips
Designed to bring a little extra flair into the batter's box, Vulcan bat grips offer what every player wants. Each grip delivers a great feel in hitters' hands while also providing exceptional bat control through the zone.
Important Vulcan Bat Grip Features
- Made with Advanced Technology Polymers
- Vulcan Maze tread patterns improve player grip
- Patented edge resists grip movement
- Multiple performance options for player choice
Vulcan grips have been a staple in baseball and softball games for the better half of the past decade. They have since ventured into the realm of pickleball (and if you haven't heard, we recently launched in the pickleball world with JustPaddles ourselves!) Vulcan offers an exceptional amount of different grips to suit any type of hitter. Be sure to keep Vulcan in mind the next time you're thinking about buying a new bat grip.
SniperSkins Custom Fit Grips
One of the newest names in the world of bat grips is SniperSkins. Based out of Canada, SniperSkins delivers a world of customizable bat grip options. Anywhere from camo to country flags, they can gear you up to take on any pitcher.
Important SniperSkins Bat Grip Features
- Every grip comes with a vibration-dampening foam
- Grips can be applied over the top of another grip
- Wraps will even cover bat knobs
The unique element provided by SniperSkins is that their bat grips don't just stop at the knob. Instead, they make options to customize the bat grip and knob to seamlessly provide a beautiful finish to every application. SniperSkins is definitely a bat grip name to know going forward.
Athletic Tape / Pine Tar
The final two entries into our list of the top bat grip tape options for baseball and softball are the oldest two on the market—the classic options. Whether you want the clean feel of athletic tape or the rugged, hyper controllable feel of the pine tar, these tried and true measures have stood the test of time.
Athletic tape is an excellent option for players that like the feel of the bat in their hands. It creates the thinnest handle (besides no grip at all) and allows you to really feel each swing. You'll likely run into a few extra stingers as a result, but some classic athletic tape on a wood bat is one of the more traditional looks of all-time.
Lastly, we've gotta talk about pine tar. It's sticky, dirty, and everything we love about the game. Buy a stick at your local sporting goods store, and you'll instantly turn heads in your dugout. While typically used with wood bats, pine tar can even be applied to metal bats to give you the beneficial tact for controlling bats swung at high speeds. Just for the sake of all things baseball, avoid spreading it beyond the length of the plate, or you might just have this happen...
Thank you for reading our list of the best bat grip tape options. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team of Bat Experts via phone at 866-321-2287, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or live chat.
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