Want to learn about how to replace baseball bat handle covers? Baseball bat handle covers may need to be replaced over time. The handle cover may become frayed, dirty, or begin to peel off. Instead of replacing the entire bat, you can replace the baseball bat handle cover for a fraction of the cost. A good handle cover is important because it affects the grip and traction that the batter has on the bat. A bad or uncomfortable grip may affect performance. Replacing a baseball bat handle cover is easy to do if you have the right materials.
To replace a baseball bat handle cover, you will need:
- Grip tape
- Rubbing alcohol
- Clean rag
- Old bat
- Go to the sporting goods store and buy grip tape. Grip tape is available in a wide variety of colors and materials. One factor to consider when choosing a type of grip tape is moisture absorption. You want to choose a material that absorbs moisture so that you can get a good grip on the bat. Stay away from plastic. A good choice would be synthetic leather tape.
- Remove the baseball bat handle cover. Peel the old handle off. You may need scissors if the handle cover is thicker.
- Clean the bat. Ensure that the area where you will be replacing the handle cover is free of debris, dirt, and adhesive. Use a cloth to wipe down the bat with rubbing alcohol.
- Secure the bat so that it will not move. You can do this with the help of a friend or by securing the bat between your legs. You want a firm, stable surface to work on.
- Wrap the bat with the grip tape. Start at the bottom of the bat. Slowly wrap the tape around the bat, working your way up. Be sure to wrap it tight and overlap the tape slightly. You do not want any bubbles or bulging areas.
- Cut off the excess tape. Once you have wrapped the tape to the top of the handle, about 10 to 12 inches from the base of the bat, you will need to cut off the excess tape. Use the scissors to trim the tape.
- Use the finishing tape that is provided with the grip tape to secure the new handle in place. Most types of grip tape come with a finishing tape which secures the grip in place. Wrap this around the edge of the bat, at the point where the tape ends. The handle should be secure and your bat is now ready to use.