Types of Baseball Bats and Maintenance
April 8, 2022

Compared to other sports, baseball appears to be an easy game with a simple set of equipment. It’s important to consider the league you compete in, the kind of hitter you intend to be, and your budget when selecting a bat. There are four main varieties of baseball bats, but each of these can be made from a variety of materials and configured in a variety of ways to fit any hitting style.

Wood Bats

Wooden baseball bats are used in minor, batting cage sessions and big league games around the world. Wooden bats have been used in professional leagues since the sport’s inception, and this is a long-standing tradition. These bats are constructed with Ash, Birch, Bamboo, maple, or a combination of other composite materials. Ash is a lighter bat and has a flexible feel that delivers an outstanding blend of strength. The maple bat is a solid wood that provides a heavier feel.

Although bamboo and hickory have grown in popularity, they are not allowed to be used by numerous professional leagues because of safety concerns. Professional leagues have since adopted Maple wood bats for their durability.

Aluminum Bats

Aluminum bats enable the ball to “pop” off faster for younger participants. Aluminum is both lighter and more long-lasting than wood, making it a better choice for younger players who are still learning the appropriate mechanics of swinging. Aluminum bats are also more convenient to swing compared to wood bats of the same size.

Composite Bats

This kind of bat is composed of plastic graphite and sometimes titanium. These are a lighter alternative to traditional aluminum bats for youthful players. It is not as long-lasting as aluminum, especially in the area between barrel and handle where composite material is used.

Hybrid Bats

A hybrid bat has an aluminum spine and handle and a composite pressure-molded barrel made of various materials such as the aforementioned plastic, graphite, and titanium. As a result of its endurance, the bat is able to withstand the wear and tear that comes with regular use. Hybrids aren’t suitable for everyone aside from being banned in certain leagues and their cost.

Noteworthy Points 

  1. Composite or alloy bats are prone to damage when exposed to temperatures below 60°. In colder climates, balls become dense in cold climates and waterlogged in wet climates.
  2. These balls have the potential to dent, split, or break metal or composite bats. Understandably, playing in cold weather is sometimes unavoidable. However, if you can, avoid using the bat in such situations as much as possible.
  3. You will significantly reduce the bat’s lifespan if it is used in a team setting. To be on the safe side, avoid sharing your bat.
  4. Do not let nicks or burrs remain on the bat barrel. Smoothen down the barrel often with something that will not further cause damage on the bat surface.
  5. Throwing your bat into dirt or hitting it on the ground is inappropriate. It shows poor sportsmanship behavior, and it could make booger up or nick the bat’s barrel.