A Quick Intro to Our Baseball Bats for Sale
In this article, we’re going to take a quick look at what goes into the making of some of our baseball bats for sale and how it affects their performance. Overall, probably the two most important features of a baseball bat are the materials from which it is made and the weight drop of a bat, whether it is balanced or end-loaded.
Material is one of the most significant factors in so much as it affects the performance and durability of a bat, as well as the feedback that it can provide the batter. Generally speaking, you will come across bats made of three materials, being wood, metal alloys, and composites, usually some type of carbon fiber.
Wood - Wooden bats are classic, and many will tell you that with the right training a wooden bat can offer you performance unlike any other, but they can be less forgiving than other materials. A large portion of bats produced from wood are made from either ash, maple, birch, or hickory, although hickory bats have become less common as the years go by due to their weight.
Wooden bats are very strong, very durable, fairly hard, provide good feedback to the hitter, and have a killer sweet spot. The sweet spot, however, can be on the smaller side and also unforgiving, and bats sometimes break due to mishits.
Metal Alloys - Many bats made from metal alloys are made from aluminum. While some will tell you that aluminum bats don’t offer the same feedback as the best wooden bats, they do offer some key advantages to players. Aluminum bats can be made much lighter and much stronger than even the strongest and toughest wooden bats, making them nearly indestructible.
Modern aluminum bats can also be made with special technology that provides for the so-called “trampoline effect,” a result of compression of the aluminum that stores energy, condenses it and then feeds it back into the pitch. The combination of features that give aluminum bats their lightness, strength, and stellar performance has made them very popular.
Composite Materials - Advances in technology have made it possible to produce bats from composite materials, which are commonly made from carbon fiber. Composite bats can be made very light, even lighter than aluminum and they are comparable in durability. They are more expensive to manufacture than aluminum bats, but they are also able to offer better performance than aluminum models. This is because many composite materials have a double-wall construction that allows for even more compression and “trampoline effect” than aluminum bats.
The weight drop of a bat is actually very simple when explained properly; it is the difference between the length and weight of a bat. A higher drop equals a bat that feels lighter and a lower drop equals a bat that feels heavier. Besides the material and construction of a bat, weight drop is probably the most significant impactor of performance.
Balanced - A well-balanced bat is not going to feel heavy, or more specifically, heavier towards the end of the bat. It can be harder for some hitters to put a lot of power into their swing with balanced bats, but for performance and precision hitters, sometimes a balanced bat is key. Since they feel lighter, they are more responsive and agile in the hand, and much easier to control.
End-Loaded - Unlike balanced bats, which seem lighter in the hand, end-loaded bats feel heavier, specifically feeling weight down toward the end of the bat. To keep things as simple as possible, think of this as how a club would feel.
A bat’s end-load makes it easier for a batter to load the bat with energy and direct that energy through a swing. Oftentimes players can make more savage hits with end-loaded bats than they can with balanced bats because the end-load enables them to deliver more power. On the flip side, it is often harder to control an end-loaded bat with a high degree of precision than it is to control a balanced bat. Therefore, the best type of bat to choose in terms of material and balance is really going to be up to the preferences of the player.
More could be written on the topic of baseball bats for sale, and this guide is really only to serve as a very cursory overview of what we offer in terms of baseball bats, as well as what the different types of bats can offer in performance. If you want to learn more about what goes into the making of a baseball bat along with the fine points of construction that affect performance, please give our customer service team a call at 888-540-BATS. We’d be glad to fill you in on some of these fine points, but we’d also love to help you pick out next season’s bat and the perfect one for you at that. We also offer plenty of wood baseball bats for sale, as well as adult baseball and youth baseball bats, USA baseball bats, USSSA baseball bats, and more, including a great selection of bats from Easton, Louisville Slugger, Marucci, and many other brands.
- Christopher Bastien