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Best Pine Tar for Better Bat Grip

Modified on June 14th, 2024

As someone who's spent countless hours in the dugout and on the field, I know how crucial it is to have a reliable grip on your bat. Each type of grip aid has its own advantages, so it really comes down to personal preference and the conditions you’re playing in.

We're gonna break down the following:

  • Pine Tar Sticks
  • Pine Tar Sprays
  • Real Pine Tar
  • Rosin

Best Pine Tar Sticks

These are awesome for their cleanliness and convenience. You can easily toss one in your bag and apply it quickly before stepping up to the plate. The best pine tar sticks will hold up well in both hot and cold weather, although are much harder to apply in the cold.

Tiger Stick - $12

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Tiger Stick improves bat grip and control, preventing slippery, sweaty hands. It provides a non-slip grip even with your hardest swing and is a no-mess, no-stain alternative to pine tar. Highly requested by professional players. It comes in a durable stick covered in cardboard that you peal back as needed. Tiger Stick is much harder to apply in cold weather.

The Stick - $19

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The Stick applies smoothly to the bat handle and provides increased tackiness in warmer conditions. Like the Tiger Stick, you tear back the cardboard skin, and rub onto the bat handle as needed.

Premium Pro Pine Tar Stick - $25

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BRUCE BOLT Premium Pine Tar claims to be the tackiest, longest-lasting pine tar in baseball. With a blend of real pine tar and rosin, this stick comes in a plastic push-up applicator. The pine tar doesn’t dry out or get gooey in heat and retains the classic pine tar smell.

Pine Tar Grip Stick - $30

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Kraken Pro Wrap Pine Tar is genuine pine tar, working well in all temperatures. Pre-wrapped in athletic tape, it provides a cleaner, more convenient application than the paper or plastic push-tubes. Each stick includes a plastic pop-top carry case for protection.

Best Pine Tar Sprays

If you're looking for something a bit cleaner than the traditional sticks, pine tar sprays are a great option. They’re super easy to apply and stay tacky even when it’s wet out. Pine tar spray usually needs to be applied more often,

Death Grip Bat Spray - $30

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Death Grip Bat Spray provides superior grip in a convenient aerosol form, performing well in extreme hot or cold conditions and staying tacky even when wet. It goes on clear and dries in about 10 seconds, offering an extremely strong grip. Apply it to bat handles or gloves for immediate, long-lasting grip enhancement.

Hitter's Grip Spray - $12

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Hitter's Grip Spray is a cleaner alternative to pine tar, offering premium gripping power that stays tacky even when wet. The spray goes on invisible and can be applied to both bat handles and batting gloves. It comes in a 4 oz (114 g) bottle, providing effective grip enhancement without the mess.

Pine Tars

For those who prefer the old-school approach, real pine tar is the way to go. Yes, it can be a bit messier, but the grip you get is long-lasting and tough to beat. For those who are interested in real pine tar, you'll also need to use an applicator to use on a bat.

Deluxe Pine Tar Kit - $20

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The Pine Tar Applicator Kit maximizes bat grip with scientifically formulated pine tar, simplifying prep for the whole team. Each kit includes a 4 oz pine tar bottle and a travel case, making it ideal for baseball. This hassle-free applicator ensures optimal tackiness and ease of use.

Grip Dip - $29

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Grip Dip™ is a pine tar/rosin blend grip enhancer that can be used on bat tapers, glove pockets, or any area needing extra tack. Simply pull a small amount out with your finger and spread evenly. It comes in a 4 oz plastic jar with a screw-top lid and should be stored flat in a cool, dry place when not in use.

Choosing the right bat grip can make a significant difference in your game. Whether you prefer the convenience of pine tar sticks, the cleanliness of sprays, the traditional feel of real pine tar, or the added tackiness of rosin, there's a solution out there for you. So, give these products a try and find what works best for you.

Zach Kerr


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