If you’ve been watching the 2015 MLB playoffs, you’ve probably noticed more than a few players using adhesive grips on their bats. This recent trend is because some big leaguers feel more comfortable at the plate with a tacky, polymer grip on their bat than a simple pine tar job. Where did these grips come from?
Lizard Skins started as a bicycle accessories company in 1993, making handlebar tapes and grips for cyclists that demanded comfort and durability. In 2012, however, Lizard Skins launched its baseball line, creating Durasoft Polymer (DSP) bat wraps for baseball and softball players alike. Major League all-stars such as David Wright, Anthony Rizzo, Russell Martin, Yoenis Cespedes, Hunter Pence and David Ortiz have used Lizard Skins bat wraps during their careers to trick out their handles. Judging by the sheer amount of star power in the previous sentence, that’s probably the best Lizard Skins bat tape review you’ll be able to find.
Lizard Skins bat tape serves three main purposes: To reduce bat vibations and stinging hands; to provide extra tack so players can really grip the bat; and to give players the comfort they need at the plate for every at-bat. Lizard Skins DSP bat grips are also lightweight and completely slip-resistant, meaning you can use them in the worst of conditions and still get a great feel for the bat.
Lizard Skins baseball bat grips are available in basic, solid colors such as Black, Red, and Green. For the flashier player, we recommend Lizard Skins Camo colors such as Desert Camo, Patriot Camo and the exotic Yamasaki Camo.
These wraps are available in three different thicknesses: 0.5 mm, 1.1 mm and 1.8 mm. So you may be asking: “HomerunMonkey, which size Lizard Skins should I buy?” Well, we’re glad you asked! (We’re assuming you asked.) The answer is: There’s no absolute answer. (Sorry.) It’s very contextual, as your choice of thickness will depend on your experience, how much bat vibrations bother you, and even the size of your hands. Let’s break down each size with help from Lizard Skins size charts:
We’ll start with the Lizard Skins 1.8mm grip. This Lizard Skins bat grip is the thickest one the company has to offer. The extra felt within the bat wrap offers users with a more cushioned grip–more cushion means more material to dampen bat vibrations.
The 1.8 mm Lizard Skins size is great for young players that want to reduce sting, or any player that feels comfortable with a handle with extra cushion.
Next is the Lizard Skins 1.1mm grip. This grip was developed after Lizard Skins fans requested a thinner grip with less cushioning. This grip is great for players that don’t want such a bulky grip, but still want a Lizard Skins bat wrap that will dampen some vibrations and provide comfort at the dish.
Finally, the Lizard Skins 0.5mm grip. This grip was created for elite baseball players; it is the most popular design used in Major League Baseball and on wood bats. Because it is more than three times thinner than the 1.8 mm grip, there is virtually no extra bulkiness added to the handle of your bat. This means that this grip won’t dampen the sting of a ball off the handle as well as the thicker versions, but it allows players to get a better feel for the bat without sacrificing comfort.
All three sizes come 39 inches in length with pre-cut ends for a perfect wrap. The back is adhesive, so your Lizard Skins bat grip will attach to your bat and more importantly stay on your bat. All Lizard Skins colors and sizes are applicable to composite, alloy, and wood bats. With three different sizes and nearly 20 colors on HomerunMonkey.com, you have almost 60 different color and size combinations to choose from!
Need help with Lizard Skins application? Check out the Lizard Skins bat tape videos, directly from the company, to learn more about Lizard Skins bat grip installation on your bat!