To play your best game, you need the right tools. So for all you baseball lovers out there, one of the most crucial aspects about the game is that beloved bat.
To make it perfect for play, here is a little guide to taping it up just right.
So, Why Should You Tape It?
Taping is not absolutely essential, but is definitely highly recommended. Not only does this improve the bat’s lifespan, but will also give you better grip for an improved performance during the game. It’s no wonder that all players indulge in this practice.
So why avoid something that’s going to help you out while saving all that money in the bargain? After all, if you don’t tape it up regularly, you’re likely going to be looking for a new bat all too soon leading to some unnecessary spending. Since bat’s don’t come cheap, it’s important to make the most of what you have.
Moreover, this process is easy, quick, and can be done without costing you a bomb.
All That You Need:
- Your Bat
- Some Tape: you can pick either athletic tape, sports tape, or electrical tape. These will be available in your nearest sports store in a number of sizes and colors, so make your choice, there is no end of options!
Moreover, since each has a different texture, it’s important to experiment and feel them out so that you can find the best fit for you.
- Once you’ve figured this out, grab a pair of scissors and you’re ready to roll!
Step 1: Mark it Out
Before you begin wrapping up that tape up, start by marking the bat. So draw a small line on the length you’d like the tape to stretch on to.
Needless to say, if you’ve already wrapped up the bat and the tape is wearing off then you need to scrap this off before getting started.
However, your previous length could act as a guide, so you could also mark that out before removing the tape and moving on.
Step 2: Set it Right
Now that the bat is marked, you need to position it perfectly. So sit down and set the bat such that your legs hold it steadily in place while your hands are free for taping it up.
This will ensure the least trouble moving forward.
Step 3: Taping
After you’re ready, it’s time to really get started.
So grab your chosen roll of tape and begin from the very base, just below the knob on the handle.
While the first round should be made parallel to the ground (considering that the bat is upright), subsequent turns should be at an angle.
Keep rolling it out at around 30 degrees. It’s important to ensure that there is a slight overlap with each turn. Not only will this use up more tape, but it will also give you a better grip throughout.
Once you reach the point you had marked out in Step 1, its time to wrap it up. Clip off the tape from the roll and move on to the final step.
Note: Keep a steady tension throughout this process to prevent any wrinkles or air bubbles. This will improve your grip and prevent the tape from wearing off all too soon.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
As the very last step, just cut two small (but not too tiny) pieces of tape from your chosen roll. Now you have to wrap these around the bat at two different points.
Place one at the very top where you began to roll the tape out. This will be immediately under the knob of the handle.
Now place the other piece at the end where you just finished wrapping up the tape in the previous step.
Both these will firmly seal the taping, preventing it from unraveling with constant and rigorous use. While it isn’t an eternal solution, it will definitely keep that bat going for a longer period of time.
So there you have it – this simple trick is all it takes to get your bat ready for whacking some home runs.
However, this isn’t an eternal solution, so be prepared to do it all over again as the taping wears off.
By doing so regularly, you will keep the grip strong thereby helping you stay on top of the game.