Not sure whether to buy a one piece or a two piece bat? No, problem, I’m here to help you understand the differences between the two, so let’s get right to it and begin with the one-piece bat. If you’re one of those strong, power hitters, I’d listen up...yea you - this design could maximize your hitting potential and here’s how...
One-piece bats are made from either a solid block of wood, composite, or aluminum alloy material, making this bat not only stiff, but very strong, so when you make contact with a one-piece bat, little to no energy is lost and your power is transferred to ball, allowing you to just crush it. Keep in mind that you’ll have to swing the bat with some authority if you really want to get the most out of a one-piece bat.
One-piece bats aren’t for everyone, though. Some hitters, especially contact hitters, prefer a bat that’ll give them an extra boost in swing speed, which brings me to the two-piece bat design. This type of bat is obviously different from your one-piece bat - the handle and barrel are two separate pieces that are bonded together. Now, the cool thing about this design is that it allows the bat to flex, which causes the head of the bat to whip through the zone quicker, basically giving your swing an extra boost in speed and power.
So which bat design is best for you? To be honest, there really isn’t a right or wrong answer. I’d recommend swinging the one that best fits your hitting style or you can try them both. You might be surprised which one brings you the most success.
Hopefully that helps you out a bit, but if you need further assistance, feel free to contact our friendly customer service reps. Their expertise will lead you in the right direction. Or if you’d like to begin browsing for your next bat, check out JustBats.com for the largest selection of baseball and softball bats, so remember, from click to hit at JustBats.com.
Composite vs. Aluminum Bats
One question that’s asked frequently by our customers is, "which bat construction is better? Composite or aluminum?" The answer isn’t quite that simple because there are advantages to both. JustBats.com wants to help you understand what those benefits are so you can decide which one is best for you.
When comparing aluminum and composite bats, you’ll notice a difference in the break-in period, durability, balance, and construction.
Let’s focus on the break-in period first. Aluminum bats have an advantage over composite bats because they don’t require a break-in period. They’ll perform the best they possibly can out of the wrapper. Unlike aluminum, composite material requires a break-in period because of its carbon fiber construction. Expect to take an average of 150 to 200 swings to fully break-in a composite bat. The important thing to remember is that both aluminum and composite bats have to meet the same criteria, so neither bat will exceed the specific standards once they’re broken-in.
Now, let’s delve into the durability of composite and aluminum bats. The durability of a bat has a lot to do with who is using it, how many people are using it, and what type of bat you get. For example, a heavier, aluminum bat is less likely to have durability problems compared to a big barrel, composite bat that’s made of less material. Aluminum bats do have a couple advantages over composites when considering durability, though. One being they typically dent, instead of crack like composite bats. By and large, dents won’t affect the performance of the bat, whereas, composites crack leaving the bat useless. Another advantage is aluminum bats can be used in cold weather conditions. It’s not recommended to use composite bats in the same cold conditions because they can break. Generally speaking, though, composite and aluminum bats are similar in durability if they are taken care of properly.
Now that we’ve covered the break-in period and the durability, let’s direct our attention to the weight distribution and construction of composite and aluminum BBCOR bats. A full composite BBCOR bat may have a slightly more balanced feel opposed to an aluminum BBCOR bat or one that features a composite handle and an alloy barrel. Composite BBCOR bats have an advantage because they’re more balanced with a lower moment of inertia, making them easier to swing. The upside to aluminum BBCOR bats is their construction. Manufacturer’s are able to manipulate the thickness of the barrel wall near the sweet spot by shaving off material to eliminate weight. This results in thinner walls, which enables the area around the sweet spot to perform at a higher level than BBCOR standards. Even though this area performs at a higher level, the sweet spot is not affected. It still meets the BBCOR requirements. Composite BBCOR bats are not able to use the same technology because they’re made up of carbon fiber, which is a weave of material incased in resin. It’s much harder for manufacturers to manipulate the thickness without greatly compromising the construction. Due to the variable wall thickness, aluminum BBCOR bats will outperform composite BBCOR bats initially.
When looking at Senior League and Youth Bats, it’s important to know that all bats are on an equal playing field. With all the new rule changes, there isn’t much of a performance advantage or disadvantage either way. One added difference we didn’t mention before is the sound composite and aluminum bats make. Composites have a muffled sound, while alloy bats have a high pitched-ping sound.
Hopefully we’ve answered your question, so now you can decide which bat is best for you. For additional assistance in your bat search, check out our JustBats.com Bat Coach or give us a call. Our representatives are available to talk 24/7.