3M Introduces Batting Gloves made with 3M™ Gripping Material to Enhance Player Performance in Baseball and Softball
3M announces the introduction of an innovative technology into the field of baseball and softball. Batting gloves made with 3M gripping material and a bat wrap, 3M gripping material tape, are designed to enhance player performance and allow a significant increase in bat speed.3M™ Gripping Material Technology Allows Significant Improvement In Bat Speed
- Research indicates up to 4.4% bat speed increase possible using 3M gripping material
- Reduces slippage even in wet conditions
- Noticeable increase in holding power using less force
- Safety improvements on the field by keeping the bat secure in the hitter’s hands
About the technology:
3M gripping material is based on 3M’s proprietary micro-replication technology and consists of thousands of micro fingers that enhance grip and reduce slippage.
3M gripping material may be used alone, as in the batting gloves made with 3M gripping material, or as part of a two-part mated system using the gloves and wrapping the bat handle with 3M gripping material tape for maximum effect. Both applications allow for a strong, secure grip, firm hold and an easy release, contributing to a potential increase in bat speed for baseball and softball players.
This 3M technology also offers better bat control, which can help improve safety on the field by keeping the bat secure in the hitter’s hands, out of the stands and away from other field personnel.
Research Shows Improvements in Bat Speed.
3M conducted research and discovered impressive results in university testing in varsity baseball.
An NCAA Division II research study* with varsity baseball players found that players using batting gloves made with 3M gripping material and a 3M gripping material tape grip had a 4.4 percent increase in bat speed (compared to leather gloves and leather bat wraps). Using 3M gripping material on the batting glove and 3M gripping material tape on the bat grip created the greatest difference in bat speed—3.32 mph, from 75.4 to 78.7 mph—which translates into a fly ball traveling 16.6 feet farther simply through the use of 3M gripping material on the batting gloves and on the bat.
*Complete study details can be found at http://www.3M.com/gripping.
“3M gripping material technology is very significant to baseball,” said Tanya Richert, 3M gripping material business leader, “because it improves performance by enhancing bat control and increasing bat speed while requiring less force.”
She added, “Another convenient feature that will appeal to players is that the 3M gripping material technology eliminates messy pine tar and adhesives often used for gripping assistance. It offers a clean, no-mess solution. We encourage players and teams to purchase our batting gloves made with 3M gripping material and/or Trial Bags containing a roll of 3M gripping material tape for evaluation.”
Batting gloves made with 3M gripping material are available in adult sizes of small, medium, large and extra large. 3M gripping material tape comes in a variety of widths and roll lengths. More information on the batting gloves made with 3M gripping material and 3M gripping material tape can be found at http://www.facebook.com/gripping.material.
While ideally suited for batting gloves and bat wraps, the 3M gripping material technology can also be useful in hundreds of other applications in sports, work and home, where people are looking for enhanced traction, firm hold, reduced slippage and secured grip on any tool or object. It performs well even in wet or oily conditions and across a broad temperature range, indoors and outdoors.
Players and teams can GET A BETTER GRIP ON THE GAME by purchasing batting gloves made with 3M gripping material and/or trial bags containing rolls of 3M gripping material tape for evaluation.
Gloves and Tapes:
3M is also working with other top brands to incorporate this technology into their unique glove designs where grip is important.
For more info or other inquiries contact:
Concept Group Marketing Communications
Media-PR and Marketing Insights Department
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