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Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« on: February 08, 2020, 07:15:33 PM »

I am thinking about shaping a handle to fit my grip ergonomically. For that to work, I'd have to remove the twine. I am wondering what's a good easier way to add support to a handle without using twine - the new shape may not be perfectly round hence twine may not stay in place.

Have you used any material other than twine? Medical tape all over?
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 08:32:57 PM »

"medical tape" is a fairly vague description.

You could use either plaster taple like Elastoplast (other brands are available) or zinc oxide tape on the handle. The Elastoplast is stretchy, while zinc oxide tape is rigid so would probably give a firmer feeling handle.

As far as the handle not being totally round this wouldn't effect the twine staying in place. Put some glue on the handle, pull the string tight so there's tension when re-binding it and apply some glue over the top once it's done and it should stay in place.

Curious to see what this ergonomic handle design looks like :)
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2020, 09:05:37 PM »

Either fabric strapping (plaster tape) or zinc oxide tape is your best bet.
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2020, 09:39:34 PM »

Glued twine should stay in place really well. Unless your shaping a handle from scratch I cant imagine the new shape would be wild enough to cause any issues with that.
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2020, 08:14:11 AM »

The twine will follow the shape of the handle so doesnt really matter what shape it is. I had a classic bat company bat in for repairs and copy a few years ago and the base of the handle was almost a hexagon shape. Not the easiest to replicate but binding went on absolutely fine.
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2020, 09:16:38 AM »

I did something that might be similar last season. I rotate the bat slightly when I bring it down to drive, so altered my grip after some coaching feedback. As such, I grip the handle off-centre (only way I can think to describe it) with my bottom hand. To ensure that I dont slip back to a traditional grip, I made the handle an semi-oval but at a 45 degree angle to the spine of the bat. I removed the binding, used kinesiology tape to build up the handle and then rebound it, using glue as has been suggested. Twine has stayed in place absolutely fine.

If you are doing similar, Ill see if Ive got some pictures of the process.
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2020, 04:47:50 PM »

I did something that might be similar last season. I rotate the bat slightly when I bring it down to drive, so altered my grip after some coaching feedback. As such, I grip the handle off-centre (only way I can think to describe it) with my bottom hand. To ensure that I dont slip back to a traditional grip, I made the handle an semi-oval but at a 45 degree angle to the spine of the bat. I removed the binding, used kinesiology tape to build up the handle and then rebound it, using glue as has been suggested. Twine has stayed in place absolutely fine.

If you are doing similar, Ill see if Ive got some pictures of the process.

I also place my bottom hand's "V" off center, a little.

Pics would be great, thanks!
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2020, 04:50:23 PM »

The twine will follow the shape of the handle so doesnt really matter what shape it is. I had a classic bat company bat in for repairs and copy a few years ago and the base of the handle was almost a hexagon shape. Not the easiest to replicate but binding went on absolutely fine.

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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2020, 09:29:55 PM »

I also place my bottom hand's "V" off center, a little.

Pics would be great, thanks!

Here are ones that I took when I did it. Im going to re-grip it at the weekend so Ill get some of the binding too.

https://ibb.co/R2VMg8s
https://ibb.co/D7dHCMC
https://ibb.co/6y75L1s
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2020, 09:32:58 PM »

Here are ones that I took when I did it. Im going to re-grip it at the weekend so Ill get some of the binding too.

https://ibb.co/R2VMg8s
https://ibb.co/D7dHCMC
https://ibb.co/6y75L1s

This is great! Thanks!
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2020, 03:33:37 AM »

I have a training bat that I use in the nets which has a small piece of welding wire (110mm long and 1.2mm) super glued on top of the binding which runs down at an angle so that it sits in the knuckle joint of my top hand. I know I'm not rotating the bat in my hands when I can feel the welding wire lump is in the correct location. It took a few goes with just hot glue before sticking it down for the last time, works a treat and I've trained myself now to hold the bat in the correct orientation.
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2020, 03:57:51 AM »

^ Can you post pics?
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2020, 05:00:28 AM »

I'll grab one when I get home
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Re: Alternatives To Bat Handle Twine
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2020, 09:13:26 AM »

There is a product in Aus that is essentially a rubber strip to do the same thing. Maybe it was a grip with a fat rubber strip I cant remember. I saw it again in the BBL but cant for the life of me remember the name. Anyone else remember?
Squirrel grip? There was a wild moulded grip out of NZ a while back too, both were marketed as a training aid for young kids I think.
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