One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats

What type of bat is right for my hitting style?

In a baseball and softball bat market of ever increasing technology the recurring questions always come back to one-piece bats vs. two-piece bats. Which is better for a power hitter? Which is better for a contact hitter? What are the benefits to one over the other? Unfortunately there are no black and white answers to these questions because every hitter has their own preferences, but there is a clear difference in constructions and technology between one-piece bats and two-piece bats. We at JustBats.com are here to provide you with the facts to allow you to make the most informed decision possible. Here are the facts.

First we should lay the groundwork starting with the basic difference in construction of the two bats. A one-piece bat is developed as one continuous piece of metal. A two-piece bat is created in two sections, the barrel and the handle, which are bonded together. Now that we know how they are constructed we can move onto the science behind the two construction methods.

One-piece bats provide little or no give and have a stiff feel when contact is made with the ball. Due to the fact that one-piece bats have a very minimal amount of flex at contact, little or no energy is lost which results in more power. For this reason, one-piece bats are preferred by stronger players with above average bat speed such as a power hitter.

Two-piece bats provide more flex at contact with the ball. The two-piece construction creates a “whip” effect that results in an increase in bat speed. An increase in bat speed results in an increase in power. For this reason players with average or below average bat speed such as a contact hitter, prefer two-piece bats .

We would encourage everyone to check out our JustBats.com Buyers Guide and JustBats.com Bat Resource Guide for additional information on the differences between one-piece and two-piece bats and other fantastic information such as sizing charts to figure out the appropriate bat size.

Here are links to some of our most popular one-piece and two-piece bats for Adult, Senior League (Youth Big Barrel), Youth, and Fastpitch Softball models.

Adult One-Piece: Rawlings 5150 VELO , RIP-IT Prototype AIR

Adult Two-Piece: DeMarini Voodoo , Easton S1

Senior League (Youth Big Barrel) One-Piece: Easton S3 , Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha

Senior League (Youth Big Barrel) Two-Piece: DeMarini Vexxum , Marucci Black 2

Youth One-Piece: COMbat B2 Reloaded , Rawlings Plasma

Youth Two-Piece: DeMarini CF5 , Easton XL1

Fastpitch Softball One-Piece: RIP-IT Prototype AIR , Mizuno Whiteout

Fastpitch Softball Two-Piece: Louisville Slugger TPS Xeno , DeMarini CF5

  • Love2ball

    Good info, thanks for laying out the facts. I’ve always been curious as to the advantages of a one-piece versus a two-piece and how it might improve my game. 

    • JustBats

      You’re very welcome. We’re thrilled that we could help to clear up this sometimes complicated technology. 

  • Van Cathcart

    Should I be able to twist the handle inside the barrel of my two piece bat?

    • JustBats

      No, that would not be something that normally happens with two-piece bats. You should double check with the manufacturer to be sure that is not common with the model of bat that you have.

  • Bnelson34

    Hey if I’m looking to hit more home runs but I’m not getting enough out would a 2 piece bat give me the extra bat speed to hit with more power

    • JustBats

      Hey Bnelson34. Two-piece bats do help generate a little more pop than a one-piece and can help a contact hitter get a little more distance. I can’t guarantee that you’ll hit more home runs though.

  • Shamone Young

    I’m a powerful hitter and I cn hit really far and im needing a bbcor -3 baseball bat which bat should I get

    • JustBats

      Shamone,

      There are several options that can help you generate the most power with your bat. When it comes to power hitters, typically a one-piece or end loaded bat is preferred. The Easton XL1, XL2, and XL3 are going to be a great bats for a power hitter. They will all have extended sweet spots and end loaded swing weights.

      The 2014 DeMarini Voodoo is another great bat for a power hitter, because of the end loaded swing weight. The 2014 RIP-IT Prototype is a great power hitting bat as well. It is a one-piece, end loaded design which will offer a much stiffer feel than a two-piece bat will. The 2014 Carrera Prime is a very stiff one-piece design just like the RIP-It, but it will not be end loaded, so it will work better for a power hitter who occasionally hits for contact.

      I hope these suggestions help you and if there are any other questions you may have please let us know.

      • Shamone Young

        Thank you that help alot

  • Shamone Young

    I’m a powerful hitter and hit alot of home runs but I need a bbcor -3 baseball bat which bats should I get easton xl1 or easton xl3 or demarini voodoo paradox 2014 of demarini cf5

  • AlbySilva

    Question: I have a line drive level swing and pretty quick bat speed. I also like to go opposite field alot. I don’t try to go for homeruns but sometimes I will get a good piece and drive it out so I can be a power and a contact hitter. Which type of bat would suit my needs? a one piece or a 2-piece and also a balanced vs. a end loaded bat?
    Thank you!

    • AlbySilva

      This is for slowpitch softball.

      • JustBats

        Hello AblySilva. It truly will come down to personal preference. Generally the players that hit more gap to gap with some power prefer a balanced two-piece design. I have always felt the two-piece design balanced design gave me a little more control of the bat. Two-piece bats will have more flex giving you more “whip” action through the zone. I was a contact hitter that could hit gap to gap and I always felt the most comfortable with a balanced two-piece design and I think that would be the best option for you.

  • Anonymous

    Hello, my son is 4’10″ 80 pounds and is trying to find what kind of bat to use. He has hit 7 home runs in the current season and is using a 30″ bat. Should he use a one piece or two piece bat?

    • JustBats

      Hello. For your son’s height and weight, I would have recommended he swing a 30″ bat, so he’s right on with what he’s currently swinging. As for whether he swings a one-piece versus a two-piece, it really depends on the type of hitter he is. It sounds like he hits for power, and power hitters tend to prefer a one-piece design because it’s stiffer and provides more bat head control.

  • David

    Hi, I’m a power hitter and I use a 1 piece bat. but would I get any more power if I used a 2 piece?

    • JustBats

      Hello David. Power hitters generally use a one-piece bat because it provides better bat head control and is more rigid, so they don’t lose power upon contact. Two-piece bats have a whip-like action upon contact which helps provide contact hitters with a little more drive on their ball. If you are a power hitter and already using a one-piece, I recommend you stick with it.

  • jose

    Hello I am a power hitter on my team and I bought a 2 piece bat -3 should I buy a new bat or will it make a huge difference

    • JustBats

      Thanks for the question, Jose. Many power hitters can benefit more by using the one-piece design because of that stiff flex, but it’s not a set rule. Ultimately, it comes down to the design you feel most comfortable using. Two-piece bats, like the XL1 and Voodoo, are definitely still great options for power hitters. I hope that helps, but please let us know if you have any other questions.