Since we have a little down time now that aluminum and composite bat baseball has taken a back seat to football and school, we thought we’d revisit a couple ideas that were thrown at us during the year. One idea was HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN EASTON MAKO by taping down the spinning handle of a MAKO TORQ.
The MAKO and MAKO TORQ form Easton, you should recall, are rather identical with the obvious exception that the Easton MAKO TORQ has a spinning handle when compared to the Easton MAKO.* (By way of full disclosure, it should also be noted that the 2015 MAKO is Orange while the 2015 MAKO TORQ is Green). Taping down the handle of the TORQ will give you a green MAKO.
*(As one reader points out, the YOUTH barrel version of the MAKO actually has a bit longer barrel when compared to the MAKO TORQ).
For many months the idea of taping down the handle didn’t make any sense because of the premium price on the TORQ. Now, however, the TORQ can be found less expensive than the MAKO. As of this writing, with this search like this, the 2015 Senior League and BBCOR TORQ is cheaper than the 2015 MAKO (and considerably less expensive than the 2016 TORQ or MAKO). Justbats also gives a warranty a legit return policy too. I’m guessing those prices will change as supplies dry up.
We thought about taping up the TORQ a few different ways. First we thought a Lizard Skin Grip might do the trick and we were confident it would. But we weren’t sure we wanted to strip the Easton standard grip completely off (for warranty purposes) nor did we want the added girth the Lizard Skin would add if we put it right on top. We ultimately decided on some simple athletic tape. We taped one time around the transition and then ran the tape in a circular pattern toward the knob from about 3 inches above the transition point.After about 200 hits the results were surprisingly solid with very little to no movement in the knob. If the bat is used by both a left handed batter and a right handed batter (or a switch hitter) then we’d expect the back and forth to wiggle the tape a little faster. But, all in all, the athletic tape is cheap enough to where adding an extra row or redoing it in a matter of seconds in the dougout wouldn’t be a big deal.
In the end, we think picking up a MAKO TORQ for the crazy discounts you can find now and taping it up with about $0.20 of athletic tape is a serious life hack for baseball parents looking for what is often considered the best bat on the market. At a minimum, it is at least something to keep you busy until little league baseball season starts again.