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    My nephew plays LL ball and wants to use pine tar. Who allows their players to use pine tar??
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
    My nephew plays LL ball and wants to use pine tar. Who allows their players to use pine tar??
    My 14u son has been using it since he got his first wood bat around 12yrs old. He thinks its cool.

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    • #3
      Batting or pitching?

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      • #4
        We always had a pine tar rag ready for my baseball teams. There is a nice packet that comes with a folded "rag" which is actually much thicker than a rag and it was easy to put in my coach's bag. I'd guess most of the team used it when we hit with wood. I don't think many used it when we hit with metal/composites. As many of you know, we hit with wood a lot in practice.
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        • #5
          I put some on my sons bat when he was 8/9u to help keep the bat from flying into the umpire. Worked well.

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          • #6
            In my experience, pine tar is of limited value except for wood bats. The composite/metal bats have such good grips that few kids needs to use pine tar on them.

            For wood bats, it's more or less what everyone on our teams use. Most guys like it.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by JJA View Post
              In my experience, pine tar is of limited value except for wood bats. The composite/metal bats have such good grips that few kids needs to use pine tar on them.
              I've seen people remove the stock grips on metal/composite bats and use tape and pine tar to make the handles thinner.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
                My nephew plays LL ball and wants to use pine tar. Who allows their players to use pine tar??
                My oldest is playing LL Juniors and uses a wood bat. He was told that pine tar isn't allowed in LL. Take it for what it's worth since I heard it third hand from my son, but I'd double check the LL rules just in case.

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                • #9
                  Ted Williams used a bottle cap and scraped grooves into his handle for better grip.

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                  • #10
                    My son and his teams have used pine tar any time wood bats are involved.

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                    • #11
                      We all used pine tar. I did when I was a kid because we only had wood bats. My older son started using wood bats when he was 10 so we would tape the handle and pinetar it, so it would last a little longer. When he was playing for a 13U travel team they would all strip off the factory grips on the aluminum and composite bats and replace it with athletic tape coated with pinetar on top of that. Of course little brother had to do it the same way, so all of his bats undergo the same treatment. The more use the bat gets, the cooler the tape / pinetar looks and feels.

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                      • #12
                        Look at MLB hitters when on deck, many are scraping on "Mota Stick" nowadays instead of pine tar..... it was developed by former major leaguer Manny Mota, but there is also a readily available very similar brand out there called "Tiger Stick" (I think they're an offshoot of the Mota group) if you can't find the Mota Stick anywhere.

                        The Mota/Tiger Stick is much less messy, easier to apply, and gives as good (if not better) grip than pine tar.

                        While the Tiger Stick website only sells it in cases of 500 or more, it's readily available at most sporting goods stores and/or online.....I've yet to see the Mota Stick in retail stores, but you can always order it online from his site.

                        I've used both and can't really tell a difference, besides the Tiger Stick being a little bit lighter in color than the Mota Stick, more readily available, and a bit cheaper.

                        If you read the Mota website, you'll see that it says "under new management" and that they don't mention the Tiger Stick as one of the less comparable products. I'm thinking there's a reason behind that, as I always thought the "Tiger Stick" was simply the commercial/marketing name for the "Mota Stick"....I may be mistaken though.

                        Either way, they're both good products, and IMO, both are far superior to the old pine tar routine.

                        But whatever you use, just be careful how far up the handle you place it......
                        Last edited by mudvnine; 06-21-2012, 01:57 PM.
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