The Pros and Cons of Maple Bats
At M^Powered, we are proud to design and manufacture maple baseball bats for players of all levels and abilities. One of our best selling styles of bats is the maple bat.
For almost two decades, maple bats have been the bat of choice in the major and minor leagues. Prior to the popularity of maple bats, ash and other woods were commonly used. Now, the maple bat has taken over and not without controversy.
Introduction of Maple Bats
The maple bat was first introduced to the Major League level in 1998. Since maple is one of the hardest woods, so it was only time before it was used in professional baseball. The idea behind using maple is the fact that its limited flexibility sends more energy to the ball, so it goes farther faster than balls hit by other woods. Physics is hard to argue with.
While the distance and speed of balls hit off of maple bats is not controversial, what happens when maple bats break is. Bats have been breaking for as long as baseball has been played, so it is nothing new. But, when a maple bat breaks, it shatters into large, dangerous pieces and those pieces travel long distances. The physics of the broken maple bat is also hard to argue with and soon, someone will be injured by one of those long, jagged pieces.
Due to the breakages issues with maple bats, they have been banned by some leagues that use wooden bats. So far, the Major League players have not called for a banning, but the time could come.
Despite the fact that a ball travels farther when it is hit off of a maple bat, there is an issue with the weight of the maple bat. They are heavier than other types of wooden bats, even at the same size. Maple bats deliver power, but they do not offer the same speed that other bats do.
Maple bats are not necessarily the best choice for young hitters, who are under the age of 12. Swinging a maple bat with power does require strength. Since any wooden bat (and composite bat) can break, not choosing a maple bat because it will break is not a good reason to avoid purchasing one.
Pros & Cons of Maple Bats
There are several pros and cons to using a maple bat for adults, teens, and children who are considering these powerful bats.
- They are made of one of the hardest woods, so the ball will go farther.
- They break less often than ash bats at the handle, so they actually last longer than other wooden bats.
- They do not flake like other wooden bats.
- They do not require maintenance like other wooden bats.
- They are durable.
- They have a beautiful wood grain.
- They are affordable.
- Maple bats have the most pop of all wooden bats.
- They are great bats for hitters who like the inside pitch.
- Pros use them more than any other wooden bats.
- The sweet spot is smaller on the barrel than other wooden bats.
- They break in large pieces, which can create a safety hazard for players and spectators.
- They are heavy, so they are not the best choices for young players.
- They are priced higher than other wooden bats.
- They are heavier than other wooden bats of the same size.
- Not a good option for young players who are trying out wooden bats.
- If the ball is mis-hit, batters often complain about an uncomfortable sting.
- Maple bats do not “give” like other wooden bats do.
- Not a good option for players who hit off the end of the barrel
- They might not be allowed in more leagues as time goes on.
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