Wooden Bats and Aluminum Bats: The Great Debate

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If MLB players used aluminum bats, every great baseball stadium would need to be extended by at least 20 feet. Otherwise, the home run numbers for every team would skyrocket to numbers that have never been seen in baseball (even during the steroid era). Until the time comes that owners and municipalities want to pay for those renovations, the wooden bat is here to stay.


Choices are Here to Stay

The aluminum bat made its debut in the 1970s and it has been causing controversy ever since. The debate between the wooden bat and aluminum bat has even made its way into elementary school science fairs where students test the physics between the two types of bats. In every experiment from elementary schools to universities, the aluminum bat always outperforms the wooden bat.


So, why is the wooden bat still the mainstay of the MLB? Why are wooden-bat leagues making a resurgence? Why are more manufacturers, like M^Powered, making them?


The most common answer has to do with tradition. Baseball was originally played with wooden bats, and it is one tradition that has not been easy to change. The traditional sound of the crack of the bat cannot be replicated with a bat made of any other material. The ping of the aluminum bat just does not carry the same weight.


Pros Need the Challenge of the Wooden Bat

Hitting with a wooden bat is much more difficult than with a metal or composite bat. Wooden bats are harder to swing and they are not as forgiving. It seems only appropriate that the best baseball players in the world would use a bat that proves their abilities at the plate.


Metal Bats Require Safety Regulations at the Pro Level

There are also safety issues with metal bats. Because strong MLB players can hit better than anyone on the planet, the players on defense would be in danger. It is difficult enough to stop a ball traveling at 105 miles per hour, which is the average exit speed of a ball hit by Prince Fielder. Imagine that average speed increasing by another 10 miles per hour. This added speed would also endanger the fans who are not always paying attention to objects coming at them at ridiculously fast speeds. That means that not only the outfield would need to be changed, but the infield safety standards would, too.


Offerings from M^Powered

At M^Powered, we pride ourselves on making the best wooden bats on the market today. We offer them in a variety of different woods, styles, and sizes. Our Pro Wood bats are priced to sell and they come in weights and styles to fit every players’ need. It is easy to choose from different handle sizes, barrel sizes, and knob sizes, too. Our Professional Turn Series also comes in a variety of woods, finishes, and barrel lengths for a pro-like experience.


Our state of the art Color Change Bats let hitters see exactly where they made contact with the ball. These bats have changed the way that hitters perfect their swing, so they can put more balls in play and deliver wins. These, too, come in a variety of finishes, colors, and sizes, so you can have the same experience with the game bats like the our HD Pro Jecktors with high-density wood with your favorite barrel size and handle taper.


If you prefer the pop and sweet spot of the aluminum, the BBCOR alloy bat is the best choice for baseball players. We offer a collection of BBCOR approved bats for the leagues that allow them. These bats are designed for power hitters who know how to use a small-barrel to knock them out of the park.


If you have any questions, call us at 1-877-662-6757 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM PST or email us at info@mpoweredbaseball.com.