The Importance of Grip—Bat Wraps and Gloves

How to Apply Pine Tar to Your Bat

The old adage a little goes a long way has never been truer than it is with pine tar. Regardless of whether you use the pine tar stick or liquid and a rag, you're only going to need a very small amount.

Applying pine tar to your bat is rather simple. You will only need:

  • Bat
  • Pine tar stick (or container of liquid pine tar)
  • Application rag (if using liquid pine tar)
  • Duct tape
  • Rosin bag

You can find many of these items in our Bat Accessories section of our online store. Or, you can create a pine tar rag yourself at home without having to pay a premium price. Follow these steps to create your own rag:

1. Use a flat and clean cloth rag and cut into a 9x9 inch square. Avoid terry-cloth towels.

2. Cut the duct tape into 11 inch strips. Cover one side completely, keeping 1 inch on either side to overhang on the front of the rag. This will allow you to apply pine tar to your bat and not get any on your hands.

Now that you have your rag, you'll want to properly apply the pine tar to your bat. Follow these steps to ensure you are doing this correctly:

1. Take your rag or pine tar stick and apply to the area of the bat on your handle that you want. Make sure you check with your league to see how far up you can apply the tar.

2. The handle will be sticky, so use a rosin bag to make it more "grippy."

Importance of Batting Gloves

If you've ever wondered exactly why you need batting gloves, you're not alone. Many players don't understand just how essential it is to find batting gloves that fit properly, which will give you more grip during your swing. Batting gloves also help reduce shock and sting when making contact. You want to have a batting glove that fits properly and should use a batting glove size chart to find the right size for a perfect fit.

How to Measure for Batting Gloves

Before you look at the size chart, you should know how to size batting gloves. You can do this by measuring from the base of your palm to the tip of your middle finger. Take this number and use the batting glove size chart below to find the right sized glove:

Please note that this size chart is just for reference. It does not guarantee a perfect fit and can differ from individual manufacturers' sizing charts.

That's a wrap! You'll be swinging for the fences in no time. Be sure to check out our other guides and our wide selection of bats. Don't forget to share this guide with your friends!

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