Larry Hisle, Jr. had a very successful junior year at the University of Dayton, hitting .400 with 9 home runs and 47 RBI in 46 games. Doing all of this after being the starting shooting guard and playing a full season for the UD Flyers basketball team. Deciding to concentrate fully on baseball for the first time in his life, Larry received a full baseball scholarship from UD and prepared both mentally and physically for next year.
After a strong fall camp, Larry was excited for his senior year of college baseball to start in the spring. As usual, the spring season in Ohio was very cold and hitting with either a wood or aluminum bat can be a painful experience. Before leaving on the spring trip to play games in Florida, Larry felt some discomfort in the hamate bone area of his left hand whenever he gripped or swung the bat. The discomfort continued to increase once the games started and after returning home from the spring trip, the pain was immense. He even dropped the bat at home plate on a check swing. Trying to play through the pain was taking it’s toll on Larry and it was impossible to be as effective at the plate as he was his junior year. Since there is nothing that can be done to alleviate the pain besides taking time off and/or having the hamate bone removed, Larry did the best he could. Although he finished the season as an All-Great Midwest Conference player, Larry knew he was capable of doing much more had he not injured his hamate bone.
After playing a few years of minor league baseball and talking with his father about making a product that was ergonomically designed for the ultimate grip, could increase a hitter’s bat speed, improve bat control, help to maintain hand alignment and reduce the possibility of the bat slipping from hands, reducing tension on the hands, wrists, elbows and shoulder musculature, help eliminate stinging sensations during inclement weather when the ball is hit near the hands or off the end of the bat and to help eliminate bone bruises and/or fractures of the hand…they formed HISLEWOOD© (formerly known as The Hit Syndicate©) and the patented Syndigrip® was born!
Years of research and development have brought HISLEWOOD© to a point where they’ve been asked to manufacture Syndigrip® for little league, high school, college and Major League Baseball players!
On June 4, 2011 the Syndgrip® made it’s Major League Baseball debut when Nyjer Morgan hit a home run in his first at-bat against the Florida Marlins. On June 19, 2012 the Syndigrip® was accepted into the National Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. And then on April 29, 2014 the Syndigrip® received it’s official patent # US 8,708,846, B2.
Syndigrip® can be used on both aluminum and wood bats and has been used in Little League all the way up to Major League Baseball games.
The most important part of a baseball bat is the handle. If you don’t have control of the handle, the barrel is meaningless. Syndigrip® will give you an ergonomically designed grip providing you with ultimate control, among numerous other features. The confidence provided when using Syndigrip® will give any batter physiological as well as psychological advantages when hitting.
“My new Syndigrip feels really good in my hands! My swing is faster and I have more control of the bat.”
"Since I started using Syndigrip, I’ve noticed a definite increase in bat speed and bat control. This has helped me make contact more often and hit with more power, which helps my own cause as a pitcher. I can contribute offensively and help my team more."
“Holding the bat properly is a key component of being a good hitter and the Syndigrip is the perfect way to make that happen. It’s comfortable, durable and takes the guesswork out of gripping the bat. What we like most about it is the way it feels in your hands when you take a swing and make contact with the baseball. We at Bigler Baseball highly recommend this product and believe it will enhance your performance at the plate!”
“After Bobby broke his thumb, I was worried that he might re-injure his hand when he swung the bat. Once he used Syndigrip, his confidence returned. Syndigrip made his hands more comfortable when swinging. I was thrilled to learn that Syndigrip actually protected his hand with the custom designed padding.”
"I like the Syndigrip and think it’s a great tool for hitters. Hitting is hard enough and putting yourself in a consistent position to succeed is critical. Syndigrip ensures that you’re holding the bat correctly and maintaining the proper hand alignment throughout your swing, allowing you to concentrate on seeing and hitting the ball.”
"Jus' used da bat and with the [Syndigrip], makes it feel even better, less shock on finger. Ill be out there hittin' tomorrow bangin' away! Gonna need more grips but I'll see u tomorrow and we can go from there. If there is anybody that needs a custom grip for that perfect feel on the bat, trust me Nyj Morgan say you’ll hit like a pro!"
“Being a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon who treats professional athletes, I know that any advantage in a competition can be the difference between winning and losing. I believe Syndigrip can provide a major advantage to a hitter on any level at any age. I believe that one of Syndigrip’s major advantages will be injury prevention. The polyurethane design provides padding. This should help reduce carpal (including the hook of the hamate), metacarpal and phalanx contusions and fractures from repeated impact or the unfortunate occurrence of a hit batsman. With its custom fit design, the incidence of forearm fatigue and muscular strain should decrease over the course of a season. When hitting the ball off the end of the bat or near the hands, the vibrations should be dampened, preventing pain. I believe Syndigrip is an innovative tool to aid hitters who want to maximize their ability. By preventing fractures and overuse injuries, Syndigrip’s advantages should be noticed instantly, but more importantly over the long course of a season.”
The Syndigrip feels good, especially for taking a lot of swings. It protects my hands and keeps them fresh"
“After having surgery to remove a fractured hamate bone in my bottom hand, I was dying to get back to swinging a bat again, pain free. The doctor told me that players start hitting, without pain, 6-8 weeks after surgery. However, thanks to the Syndigrip, I was back swinging within four weeks. I only wish I had found it earlier and prevented the hamate bone injury altogether.”
“I have used Syndigrip with my baseball playing patients in the past. The majority of these players have required less rehabilitation for overuse or traumatic batting related injuries. As a result, I am a strong advocate for the Syndigrip device.”