Choose from a Variety of
Wood Baseball Bats
Wood baseball bats were the only bats used until the mid 1970's. Today, professional baseball leagues still require them. Most high schools and colleges use aluminum bats. Some high school leagues have recently returned to use wood bats for safety reasons.
Most wood bats are made of northern white ash. Maple has become popular, mostly due to the success Barry Bonds had with the bats in 2001.
Maple baseball bats are one of the preferred bats in the Major Leagues. Since only wood bats are allowed in the majors, it is important to find good quality models. The bats cannot be drilled and filled with a lighter substance like cork.
The most popular wood is northern white ash. Rock Maple has become more popular, because it is very durable.
Quality maple bats are made from wood trunks that have straight grains. Manufacturers that use selected maple wood, will state that feature in the product description. The price will be a little higher, but the bat should be more durable and might provide more pop. The price for a good maple model is about $110-120.
Maple is a dense timber with a harder surface than ash. Maple is heavier than ash, which makes it difficult to make lightweight large barrel bats. Northern white ash is a strong and light wood.
The Phoenix company is a major producer of wood bats. The company is located in Columbus, Ohio. It makes a variety of models from white ash and maple. Most are approved by Major
League Baseball. The company also produces antique bat replicas from all eras.
The price for a white ash bat is about $80-85. The more popular maple bats cost about $110. Customized models are also available.
The Old Hickory Bat Company specializes in big league quality maple bats. The company purchases only #1 grade maple and uses an extensive sanding process. Price is about $80-85. The composite maple bat costs about $150. It is a one piece, solid maple bat with a composite overlay on the handle.
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