In the last few weeks, we’ve gotten a bunch of questions from you guys about these colorful bat wraps we’ve been seeing on MLB handles lately. I did a little snooping and we were lucky enough to get in touch with Lizard Skins, who got us some nice images, a few samples to try, and a nice discount, too.
Before I got the samples, I will say I didn’t have any interest in these. I was thinking that this was a metal bat thing, not a wood bat thing. I was concerned that the handle would get too thick with one of these on, so I asked for the thinnest version they have, the 1.1 mm. If the bat handle is too thick, I feel slow because I’ve got to grip the bat deeper and tighter in the hands. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got no bat speed to spare.
It was very easy to put on, and to my surprise, I felt that even with the slightly added thickness, it actually improved my ability to grip the bat with my fingers. In the game, I actually felt a little bit more confident loosening my grip and throwing my hands at the ball, whereas the month-old tape-job was mostly caked on stick and I needed to spit on my gloves every pitch to feel any tack. This is in no way a boast, but I got into a couple balls with the Lizard Skin on—two of my hardest hit balls of the year—and I feel like that confidence gained in my grip helped me extend and use my wrists maybe a touch more. Yes, I’m a ballplayer, and if I went 0-5 I’d probably tell you these things were better off in the trash—but I didn’t. And I think the Lizard Skins had a little something to do with it.
Maybe you’re in a slump. Maybe you’re wondering if it’ll ever end. Maybe you’re thinking of breaking it off with your girlfriend. Maybe you’re contemplating séances and hair dolls…
Or maybe you’re missing pitches by 1/16th of an inch because your grip isn’t right, and you need that little extra extension to push a ball through the hole. These might do the trick.
Since I haven’t swung metal in a while, I don’t know how those grips have changed, so I can’t say how they’d improve the grip. In my limited experience with them, and knowing that guys with arms like David Wright, Bryce Harper and Prince Fielder use them, I would say they’re worth a shot.
Lizard Skins is offering WPW readers an exclusive discount until 8/20 to give them a try. They’re plenty affordable to begin with, but if you enter A52JL9EAR5B7 (memorize that one) at checkout, you’ll receive a 10% discount. Check them out at LizardSkinsBaseball.com. Let us know what you think on Twitter @whatproswear.