Most Common Wood Bat Types By Turn Models
- 271 Turn - Has a slightly larger knob to accommodate the 1 1/4" flared handle. The top of the handle is around 15/16" in thickness then slowly goes into a long taper that keeps getting larger in diameter all the way to end of the barrel where it reaches 2 1/2" at the sweet spot. The 271 is typically used by players looking to increase bat speed and for those who hit for average.
- 110 Turn - Has a standard sized knob that lies under the 1" thick handle, sometimes making the knob seem small in comparison. The top of the handle is around 15/16" in thickness throughout the neck, rising slowly onto a long 2 1/2" barrel; the thick handle brings more weight in towards your body. The full 1" diameter adds strength to the weakest part of any wood baseball bat. This is a great wood baseball bat for players transitioning to wood.
- 243 Turn - Has a standard knob with a thin handle except for the slight flare near the bottom hand. The neck rises sharply onto the large and long barrel creating a large hitting surface for a hitter. The 243 is considered a power hitter's bat as most of the weight is out on the end, making it quite end-loaded.
Wood Bat Types By Wood
- Ash - Ash bats are the most flexible and forgiving of all the various types of wood. A lot of players prefer ash wood bats because they like the ability to "feel" the ball while hitting. Ash bats are typically preferred more by the contact hitter due to the flex in the bat and the wood's lightweight characteristics.
- Bamboo - Bamboo bats are different because bamboo is technically not a wood; it's a grass. The process for making bamboo baseball bats involves pressing bamboo strips into long, rectangular billets, then turning these billets until they form the shape of a round baseball bat. Bamboo is very strong and durable, but is not approved for MLB use and requires a BBCOR certification mark for organized play.
- Birch - Birch bats are a good option for someone who wants the aspects of both maple and ash bats. That's because birch is harder than ash, but not as hard as maple. Birch is approved for professional play.
- Composite Wood - Composite wood bats are the most durable kind of wood bat. They are encased in a composite shell, are united to a composite handle, or are simply a blend of two or more wood types. Composite wood bats are a great option for wood bat leagues or other leagues that require bats to be BBCOR certified.
- Hickory - Hickory bats are the heaviest and hardest of all the types of wood. They have no flex and little feel. Hickory bats were the most popular wood baseball bats in the early days of Major League Baseball, but have since been passed in popularity by maple, ash, and birch wood bats.
- Maple - Maple bats are the most common type of wood bats used. Maple is an extremely dense wood that offers a harder hitting surface and stiffer flex in a bat compared to ash wood bats. Because it's heavier, maple wood bats minimize the player's ability to control the bat during the swing.
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