Most baseball players, except for the professional ones, do not have much experience with wooden baseball bats. Players who have any goals of moving into baseball beyond high school and college need to learn how to use a wooden bat. Before players can use a wooden bat, they need to learn how to choose a wooden bat.
New England Ash
Wooden bats are made from a variety of different types of wood, but the most commonly used wood is ash. These are usually from trees grown in New England, especially New York and Pennsylvania. The best wood goes into making bats for Major League players - which is totally understandable. The rest of the ash wood goes into making Minor League bats or bats that are marked as Pro-Stock. These are affordable and durable bats for anyone who wants to start hitting with wood. At M^Powered, our Flame Treated Ash Bat is priced to use.
Another popular choice for wooden bats is maple. These are more expensive, simply because the wood is better quality. Most maple bats come from sugar maple or rock maple trees. This hardwood lasts longer than ash, but it can splinter violently when hit in the right place. They usually cost more, but the bats last longer, so the price is all relative. When shopping for a maple bat, it is a good idea to ask where the wood is from, because some varieties of maple are soft and less durable. A top maple bat, like our M^Powered Pro Wood bats, will not flake. The balls jump off of our bats really well.
We also offer bats made of hickory. These are the hardest of the hardwood options, but they tend to be a bit heavy. These are growing in popularity and eventually Major League players will see the benefits of the tough bats. If you are looking for a solid bat that will not break, our hickory M^Powered options might cost a little more, but they will last significantly longer than the other woods.
The Pop of Bamboo
Our bamboo bats are becoming more popular than we ever anticipated. These are not the hardest of hardwoods, but they are durable and not quick to break. They sound fantastic and they do not need to be taped for comfort. They are the most affordable and are actually quite fun to swing and hit with.
Select a Weight
Once you have chosen a wood, you will need to choose a weight. Many young players are taught that lightweight bats are the best, but this is not necessarily the case with wooden bats. Bat speed does not dictate that a ball will travel farther. When a ball is hit with a heavy wooden bat, it will fly and you will not have to swing as hard because of the mass of the bat. Heavy bats are more dense, which will create more pop in the ball. Do not shy away from a heavier bat than you usually use - you might see an improvement in your hitting.
Youth Bat Length
The length of the bat is also important. The best way to choose a bat length is the height of the player. Youth players usually choose wooden bats that are slightly longer than the typical aluminum bat they normally use. Young players are still growing, so they should buy a new bat they can grow into. And, since young players can choke up on a youth bat, they can use it for a longer amount of time.
Bats for Prep or Collegiate Players
At the prep or collegiate level, most players will select wooden bats that are the equivalent length of their BBCOR bats. Most wooden bats are available in ½-inch increments, so it is easier to move up or down a size without noticing too much of a difference. The wooden bat will be heavier, so some players do choose to drop a ½-inch when they make the switch.
Bats for Adults
The most common size for adult wooden bats is 33”. This is the best size for adults who are six feet tall or less. Adult players over six feet in height can move up an inch in bat length. The longer bat cover more ground at the plate.
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