Few sounds are as recognizable as the crack of a Wood Baseball Bat. Wood Bats are traditionally made from Northern White Ash or Maple. More recently bat makers like Rawlings, Mizuno, Marucci, and Louisville Slugger have produced Baseball Bats from a few more exotic varieties of Wood such as Guayaibi, Birch, Bamboo and Wood Composite. Characteristics of Ash Wood Bats make them lighter and more flexible, giving more of a whip feeling when hitting a baseball. Maple Wood Bats are harder and denser than, making the bat stiff, which is what a power hitter wants and needs. Bamboo and Wood Composite bats are more durable than Ash and Maple, but lack the performance or "pop" of the others. SouthBat has introduced a new type of Wood Bat to the market called Guayaibi that is harder and denser than Maple, and does not shatter like a Maple Bat. Guayabi is great for practice and games in Wood Bat Leagues, but this wood is not yet approved for Major League Baseball. Wood Bats should be used along with Adult BBCOR Baseball Bats for training, batting practice, and wood bat leagues.
Wood or wooden bat perhaps is every baseball fan’s favorite equipment. Traditional bats were made using Northern White Ash or Maple and recently, popular bat manufacturers like Mizuno, Louisville Slugger and Rawlings used more exotic varieties of wood such as bamboo, birch and wood composites to make baseball bats.
Bats made from Ash Wood are flexible and have a smooth swing. Maple bats are heavier and harder so give a slight “stiff” feeling when you swing your arms. You can go for maple bats if you are a power hitter.
White ash is popular among beginners for its light weight and exceptionally smooth feel. Because white ash bats are lighter, you can actually swing them faster and more powerfully, which obviously boosts your game. The best part about ash bats is that they are comfortable and your hands won’t be stinging even if you hold them for a long period of time.
Wooden bats are also used for training and are a great option if you want to improve your swing. One thing you need to remember is that wooden bats can vibrate unusually or even break if you don’t make solid contact with the ball on the barrel. This means you can use wooden bats to find the sweet spot, i.e. the exact point where you need to hit the ball to get amazing results.
What kind of wood bat you prefer is your choice and you can go for bats made using Ash, Maple, Composite wood and Bamboo. As we’ve discussed earlier, Ash and Maple are more popular among baseball fans because of their price and game performance.
Bamboo bats are the toughest of the lot and last longer than all other wooden bats. You can use bats made from ash at the start as they are lighter and have greater control. As you progress, you can switch to the harder and denser Maple bats if you are power hitter. However, you need to remember that Maple bats don’t swing as smoothly as white ash bats do. If you want to own a light and durable wooden bat, you can go for a bamboo bat.
Some manufacturers use a combination of wood and composite materials to form bats, which results in increased durability. Even though composite wooden bats are a good option, you need to check your local league rules first to know whether or not these bats are allowed.
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