August 22, 2017
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Wood Bats 101 - Part 2 - Bat Design  Minimize

     The actual design of the bat makes a difference on how long the bat will last.  This section will be dealing primarily on how design affects the strength of a bat.  For more on how the design affects how the bat swings, check out our Choosing A Bat section.  The design of a bat contributes to everything from how the bat looks to how susceptible it will be to breaking.  One of the biggest misconceptions is that the bigger the barrel, the stronger the bat will be.  The opposite is usually the case, but not always….I’ll try to explain.  The strength of a bat is first determined by the species of wood used to make the bat, than by the weight of the bat, than by the physical design of the bat.  We have already gone over some of the basics on the quality and strength of the wood above, and will go over the weight issue in detail below.  As a general rule, the thinner the handle, and the bigger the barrel is on a bat, the more susceptible the bat will be to breaking.  The taper from the barrel to the handle also plays a part in the strength of the bat.  The more barrel there is (not just the diameter, but also how long the barrel stays big), and the quicker the taper, the more susceptible the bat will be to breaking.  As far as you as a customer are concerned, how bat design affects strength is not a real big concern.  If a bat manufacturer has a model that is continually having breakage problems, they will either drop the model, or redesign it.  We have done it ourselves.  There have been models that we made in the past that we kept having breakage problems with, some of them we just quit offering, some of them we redesigned.  We consider premature breakage a serious issue, so we will not make a bat that we know won’t hold up.

   
   
   
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Wood Bats 101 - Part 3 - Weight
   

     The actual design of the bat makes a difference on how long the bat will last.  This section will be dealing primarily on how design affects the strength of a bat.  For more on how the design affects how the bat swings, check out our Choosing A Bat section.  The design of a bat contributes to everything from how the bat looks to how susceptible it will be to breaking.  One of the biggest misconceptions is that the bigger the barrel, the stronger the bat will be.  The opposite is usually the case, but not always….I’ll try to explain.  The strength of a bat is first determined by the species of wood used to make the bat, than by the weight of the bat, than by the physical design of the bat.  We have already gone over some of the basics on the quality and strength of the wood above, and will go over the weight issue in detail below.  As a general rule, the thinner the handle, and the bigger the barrel is on a bat, the more susceptible the bat will be to breaking.  The taper from the barrel to the handle also plays a part in the strength of the bat.  The more barrel there is (not just the diameter, but also how long the barrel stays big), and the quicker the taper, the more susceptible the bat will be to breaking.  As far as you as a customer are concerned, how bat design affects strength is not a real big concern.  If a bat manufacturer has a model that is continually having breakage problems, they will either drop the model, or redesign it.  We have done it ourselves.  There have been models that we made in the past that we kept having breakage problems with, some of them we just quit offering, some of them we redesigned.  We consider premature breakage a serious issue, so we will not make a bat that we know won’t hold up.

   
   
   
Next Section
Wood Bats 101 - Part 3 - Weight
   
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