No bat review site would be complete without a conversation on bat grips. And no conversation on bat grips would be complete without a Lizard Skin Grip review. Lizard Skin Grips, if you have yet to hear, may be the biggest revolution in baseball since pine tar. At every level of the sport, these perforated grips are found. We have seen several dozen up close, installed at least a dozen more, and used the product extensively. That experience, added with extensive player feedback, entails this Lizard Skin Grip review.
When we first reviewed Lizard Skin Grips nearly two years ago their color options number not much more than a dozen. Now, it can’t be less than 200. Throw in the custom grips they make for Louisville Slugger’s 2017 lineup of bats and the options are on the verge of endless.
More recently, we ran a user-generated review on the ‘best looking bat grips‘. The voting genrated over 10,000 votes. Spoiler alert if you intend to read that entire article: The winner was the Dynamite Camo (pictured at the beginning of this section). The Dynamite Camo is just one of literally hundreds of designs Lizard Skin offers.
Lizard Skin baseball and softball grips cut their teeth on the bike grip space. To survive in that highly competitive niche, bike grips needed to perform in all types of weather—while still providing the spectrum of comfort and feel desired by the preference of the rider. At the time, some believed no company was providing that type of offering in their handle and grip space. Lizard Skin saw the need and filled it. Today they are known worldwide for an array of quality built bike grips and handlebar tape on any
Today they are known worldwide for an array of quality built bike grips and handlebar tape on any line of bike you can imagine.
They’ve made the climb in baseball for much the same reason they are a worldwide brand in bike grips. That is, a simple recognition that different players like different feels depending on the situation. As well, grips must work in all types of weather. With 18 years of experience in perfecting different grips for competitive bike racers, the transition to producing grips for competitive baseball and softball players was pretty straight forward. They needed options, a grip that had success in all types of weather, and an unbeatable feel.
Considering that in 2012 Lizard Skin had yet to produce a single bat grip, their ascent into the baseball psyche has been nothing short of remarkable. Big names in baseball now use lizard skins religiously–Robinson Cano, David Ortiz and Hunter Pence to name a few. Massive vendors like closeoutbats.com can install the grip before shipping out new bats. In 2017, Louisville Slugger has custom made Lizard Skin grips for their bats.
Wood bat users tend to the 0.5mm. This thin grip still gives a tactile feel to the bat’s handle but keeps exceptional grip without pine tar. Look no further than Bo Jackson’s bat or Ken Griffey Jr’s bat for examples pre Lizard Skin that wanted this tactile feel. Even Honus Wagner, in the 1800’s, attempted to improve the grip with cork.
Little leaguers looking for the most cushion possible prefer the 1.8mm. Even most highschoolers appriciate this feel the most. We recommend this to most simply because it does feel the best for shock absorbtion.
The middle ground is the 1.1mm Lizard Skin grip. This is, roughly, the standard grip width of most bats straight from the factory. We would recommend this to those who don’t want too pillowy of a grip, but still aren’t ready for the very thin 0.5mm.
Practice does make perfect in apply Lizard Skin Grips. We are much better at it today, after installing at least a dozen, then we were on our very first one. For best results, we suggest you watch the video above. And then practice.
In a sport that has been around nearly as long as America itself, Lizard Skin bat tape somehow created an entirely new category of product: customized baseball bat grips for any player, anytime, anywhere. In that space, they’ve made a significant run with all signs pointing to open field ahead.
And probably the greatest validation to Lizard Skin baseball bat grips? Big name conglomerate companies are now scrambling to the space with knock-offs of their own. With a two-year head start, a very fair price point and traction in the MLB, we suspect those copy-cats will learn quickly that it is hard to catch someone who first learned to run on a bike.