Wood Bat Series Part 2: Turn Models

Have you ever wondered what “turn” means in reference to wood bats? Have you thought about swinging a wood bat but wasn’t sure which turn model was right for you? These are questions frequently asked by players when they are first introduced to wood baseball bats. Knowing the differences between turn models is critical when selecting the correct wood bat. But have no fear, we’re here to help. Wood bat turn models vary based on a number of factors such as handle diameter, barrel diameter, barrel length and balance. The most popular wood bat turn models are 110s, 271s, and 243s. Lets take a look at the characteristics of each turn model and go over which type of hitters prefer them.

110 Turn
Wood bats with a 110 turn are ideal for players transitioning from metal bats to wood. This is because they have a similar balance and feel to metal bats. The 110 model has a similar barrel diameter to most wood bats, but a thicker handle and longer barrel. This gives the 110 model a balanced feel which is preferred by contact hitters.

Handle Diameter: 1.00”
Barrel Diameter: 2 ½”
Taper (Barrel Length): Long

271 Turn
Wood bats with a 271 turn are similar to the 110s. The main difference is that they have a thinner handle and are slightly more end loaded. Although they are more end loaded than a 110, the 271 maintains an overall balanced feel. The 271 is a great fit for any hitting style, but because it is balanced, it is typically preferred by contact hitters.

Handle Diameter: 15/16” (.938”)
Barrel Diameter: 2 ½”
Taper (Barrel Length): Long

243 Turn
Wood bats with a 243 turn have a thinner handle and larger barrel diameter than most wood bats. This gives the 243s an end loaded feel and a lot of pop. Wood bats with a 243 turn are not suggested for first timers because they are top heavy and not as easy to swing. They are arguably the most popular model among experienced, power hitters because of the larger barrel and end loaded swing weight.

Handle Diameter: Approximately 29/32” (.906”)
Barrel Diameter: Approximately 2 ⅝”
Taper (Barrel Length): Medium

We’ve now covered the different types of wood used to make bats and the different turn models. Check back with us next week for the 3rd installment of our wood bat series, “Composite Wood Bats.” Until then, tell us all about your favorite wood bat turn models at blog@justbats.com and keep posting your photos and videos for a chance to win $25 or $300 in our weekly JustBats.com Gift Card Give Away!

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