Axe Bats, Are They a Potential Game Changer?
Who are Axe Bats? Let’s introduce the Axe handle:
Axe Bats is a large manufacturer for baseball and softball around the world. If you’re not familiar with Axe, they have redesigned the traditional rounded handle style to resemble more of an Axe like handle. Through rigorous studies and testing, they found that not only does the handle feel better for those that have a baseball styled swing, but it also greatly aids in the overall health of your hands and forearms. The Axe handle design has in fact been scientifically proven to enhance your bat speed, barrel control, supports your most natural and efficient body movement of a swing as well as supporting the health of your hands and forearms. When compared to the traditional styled round knob in a thoroughly comprehensive study performed by UCLA’s Vijay Gupta, Ph.D., using elite college baseball players, the axe handle was superior in every category. It seems the handle design has a plethora of benefits over the traditional rounded knob, so much so that professional players such as Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and Astros outfielder George Springer who are paid endorsers by the company, and Jake Lamb, Dustin Pedroia, Carlos Correa, even Kris Bryant, have all used the bat handle at one time or another.
The History of Axe Bats:
Starting in 2009, a woodworker from New York named Bruce Leinart designed a Baseball bat with an Axe-like handle reached out to sporting goods stores until Baden Sports gave him a chance. Baden Sports is what brought Axe to where they are today and what officially started the Axe company.
The Axe Bat Lab, located at the Baden Sports warehouse about 15 miles from the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field, has developed and refined their designs since producing their first bat in 2012 after 75 redesigns and tests. Brent Weidenbach, director of product management stated: “Basically, the iteration process started with taking the general axe handle concept which was maybe a little more oval in your hand and really opened up your hand quite wide, and we kind of refined it to work more along with a baseball swing.” Axe Bats now licenses its handle design to four MLB-approved bat makers: Victus Sports, Tucci Lumber, Chandler Bats, and Dove Tail Bats. Today, Axe bats have really started to make a name for themselves by dominating the Baseball market as well as the Slowpitch and Fastpitch markets producing some of the hottest bats we’ve seen as well as some of the most durable bats on the market.
As the image above shows, the barrel is designed to be hit on one side in accordance with how the handle is structured. The blue is the inner and outer walls of the barrel and the red is the gapping in between. With large gapping between the inner and outer walls on the hitting face and no gapping at all (inner and outer walls are meeting together) on the backside, this barrel design produces a large trampoline effect while maintaining the durability and longevity of the composite material. Insane pop while having unrivaled durability, that's the Axe Bats for you.
What about Shock Absorption?
Axe Bats have produced a patent pending Shock Suspension Connection. This connection piece is one of the few shock absorbing connection pieces in the game that completely separates the barrel from the handle of two-piece bats. The Shock Suspension Connection can be found on nearly every 2022 & 2023 Axe Bat Baseball, Slowpitch or Fastpitch Softball model, including the 2023 Avenge Pro.
Axe Bats have done extensive testing on their Shock Suspension technology and have found to reduce unwanted bat vibrations by an average of 30% on a player preference scale. To add, as stated above, this shock suspension connection peice isolates the barrel of the bat from the handle better than any similar bat technology on the market today. If you are suffering from a lack of confidence due to bat vibration go find yourself an Axe Bat with this connection piece, it may be the best decision you can make to improve your performance and confidence at the plate.
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