When considering buying a wood bat, you want to consider the type of wood the bat is made of. There are three major types to choose from: maple wood bats, ash wood bats and bamboo bats. All three have their pros and cons and it will really come down to your personal preference and hitting style.
Maple wood baseball bats are made from either a Rock Maple or Sugar Maple. Maple bats have gained popularity and seen a surge in the professional baseball world over the last few years, mainly due to their composition. Maple is an extremely dense and hard type of wood, which makes the bat stiffer and contact more solid. There is little flex with maple wood bats, so they tend to flake less than their ash wood bat counterparts. Typically, maple is preferred by strong, power hitters.
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Ash wood baseball bats are made from Northern White Ash. Ash bats were the top preference for many years, but have seen a drop as maple has gained momentum in the baseball world. However, ash is still a great option and is a reliable material. Ash bats have more flex since the grains are less dense, which provides more of a “trampoline effect” as the barrel gives with the ball and springs it off the bat. Some players will prefer ash baseball bats for the larger sweet spot and flex. Typically, ash is preferred by contact hitters.
Bamboo bats have gained some momentum and are coming up in the baseball world because of their durability. Bamboo baseball bats are extremely hard and strong, so they do not tend to flake or break as easily as ash or maple. However, because they are so dense, the ball doesn’t come off the barrel quite as quick or hard as it would with maple or ash. But that fact doesn’t seem to bother most, as bamboo bats are gaining popularity, not just in batting practice, but in games as well. Typically, bamboo is preferred for batting practice and by power hitters.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the differences between the different types of wood bats, you can take a look at our selection from the best brands, such as: Louisville Slugger, Marucci, Old Hickory, Rawlings, BamBoo Bat, Mizuno and Easton.
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