Traditional Wooden Baseball Bats

By: Jason Gluckman

Wood baseball bats are available for all leagues and levels.Some believe wood baseball bats embody the art or the poetry ofbaseball. Precision crafted wood bats are replete with thespine-tingling crack of a home run or the splintered remains ofwooden warrior that drilled its last base hit. Though aluminumor alloy bats outnumber wood bats in the non-professionalleagues, many players feel a kinship with the natural wood andwhen using them, feel like they're walking in the footsteps ofbaseball greats like Babe Ruth or Derek Jeter.

When selecting a wood bat you should carefully hold the handle.Ensure the shape and form work for your grip and batting style.Also make sure the length/ weight ratio is appropriate for yoursize. Wood bats are carved from mostly maple or ash woods. Woodgrains vary greatly in quality. Like furniture dealers, wood batmanufacturers can select from a plethora of wood qualities. Thehigher quality wood bats strive for hardness, strength, anddensity without being too heavy. Many claim that maple batsachieve this crucial balance.

Maple baseball bats are among the most popular choices, with ashbeing its biggest competitor. Maple wood is endowed with a tightgrain that offers many of the qualities suited for smacking abaseball. The finer the grade of maple, the more expensive thebat, so remember to ask about the wood grain.

Factors to consider when purchasing a maple bat, like otherbats, are weight, length, and grip. Additionally, many playerstake advantage of the swing-empowering benefits of owning amaple baseball bat. Serious batters in the non-professionalleagues, or who have major league aspirations, will oftenpractice with a maple bat instead of an aluminum bat. The sweetspot is more precise and wood bats are solid so they weigh more.After practicing with a wood bat, come game time, your aluminumbat swing will be much more dangerous

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