How to Make a Custom Baseball Bat
An avid baseball player would prefer to have a custom baseball bat made for his specific baseball bat preferences that would showcase his personality. The baseball bat is the main sporting equipment that a baseball player could possess during the game inside the diamond arena and there are many ways to customize a baseball bat such as engraving, painting and designing the baseball bat. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to make a custom baseball bat.
Step 1 - Engraving the Baseball Bat
Carve a name or personalized slogan onto a wooden bat if this kind is used. Normally the engraving is done at the handle of the bat. This customizing feature is preferred especially when the player is popular which would make the baseball bat a collector’s item.
Step 2 - Re-grip the Bat Handle
Customize the grip or the hold on the baseball bat, whether the type is wooden or aluminum. For thicker handle, just add grip tape to the handle of the bat and adjust the amount used to how you want the handle to feel. If a thinner handle is preferred, use a knife to take out the tape off the bat to the desired grip.
Step 3 - Getting a Firmer Grip
Use a pine tar grip to be added to the bat. The bat is normally swung so a firm grip on it should be ensured so that it does not get out of the player’s grip. The size of the player’s hand holding the baseball handle will determine the firmness of the grip desired. This is the function why adding a pine tar grip is needed for the customized grip.
Step 4 - Stretching Fibers of Metal Bat
In the case of an aluminum bat, it is necessary to extend the metal fibers. This is so because the bat would have reached the most possible performance level after about 400 to 500 hits. This number of hits has caused the aluminum fibers to have stretched. Create a trampoline effect on the bat and the baseball by striking the baseball’s barrel using a rubber mallet. Make a few hundreds of strikes. Turn over the barrel and make sure that all its parts are covered with the strikes.
Step 5 - Installing a Weighted Baseball Bat Shell
To further test and adjust the bat, add a weighted baseball bat shell to the end of the baseball bat. Players have preferred to test the bat swing with a heavier contact before the actual game. This will create a lighter weight on the bat when it is actually swung. Remove the weighted bat shell from the baseball bat prior to stepping into the game.
Step 6 - Painting and Designing
One customizing feature of the personalized baseball bat is to paint it. A popular choice for this is airbrushing. There is also the choice to custom-design the baseball bat by stenciling it onto the baseball bat.