Welcome to the JustBats.com Wood Baseball Bat Buyers Guide! Not quite sure what type of wood baseball bat fits you best? We're here to help! Below, you'll find some helpful videos and information that breaks down the differences between the most common wood baseball bat turn models and wood species.
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Wood Baseball Bats: Turn Models
The turn model of a wood bat can be considered a “blueprint” for various characteristics that affect its swing weight and feel. If you’re having trouble selecting the turn model that best fits your hitting style, we’ve listed characteristics of popular wood bat turn models below:
Barrel Diameter: 2 ½” Taper: Long Handle Thickness: 1.00”
The 110 turn has the most balanced swing weight of the standard turn models. This is a great option for a player who is new to wood bats and helps ease the transition from a BBCOR model. The thick handle also adds to the bat’s durability. The 110 turn is a very popular choice among contact hitters who are looking for more bat speed through the hitting zone.
Barrel Diameter: 2 ½” Taper: Long Handle Thickness: 15/16”
The 271 turn feels very similar to the 110 turn, but it has a quicker taper between the barrel and handle. This turn model can comfortably be used by contact or power hitters; with the slightly end loaded swing weight.
Barrel Diameter: 2 ½” Taper: Medium Handle Thickness: 15/16”
The I-13 features very similar dimensions to the 271. The big difference is that the taper of the bat is more extreme, so it will have more of an end loaded swing feel than the 271 turn. The I-13 is a popular choice among power hitters who are looking for more mass in the barrel.
Barrel Diameter: 2 ⅝” Taper: Medium Handle Thickness: 29/32” or 15/16"
The 243 turn model features the largest barrel diameter and thinnest handle of the common turn models. It’s a great model for a power hitter who’s looking for that end loaded swing feel. This turn model may also be a little harder to control for someone new to wood bats, or a contact hitter.
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The Benefits of Swinging Ash Wood Bats
Ash is the lightest of the common wood types used in bats. With its lightweight feel, contact hitters often choose Ash bats for increased bat speed. Because of its grain structure, Ash is pound for pound the strongest type of wood you can choose. Ash has a wider grain structure than other woods, so it will have a “softer” feel and flexes during the swing. This flex is more forgiving and creates additional bat whip through the hitting zone.
When swinging an Ash model, you need to ensure that contact is made of the side of the bat with the straight grains. A simple tip that helps you achieve this is to always make contact with the label facing straight up or straight down. By hitting on the strongest side of the bat, you will extend the life of your new Ash wood bat.
If you have any questions, or would like some recommendations of good Ash wood bats, our bat experts are happy to connect with you by phone, email, or live chat.
The Benefits of Swinging Bamboo Bats
Why should you swing a Bamboo wood bat?
Bamboo bats are made by taking Bamboo strips and pressing them together to form one billet. The bat is then turned from this billet into a particular turning model. Believe it or not, Bamboo has a stronger tensile strength than steel, and this manufacturing process enhances that strength. Depending on the turn model, Bamboo bats have a light swing weight.
These bats offer better durability than traditional wood bats, and most Bamboo models will carry warranties backed by their manufacturers. Although it has often been a popular option for a batting cage bat, these models are great options for wood bat league play. To be used in High School or Collegiate play, adult bats made of Bamboo must be adorned with the BBCOR .50 certification mark.
Still not sure a Bamboo wood bat is the best option for you? Feel free to contact one of our bat experts via phone, email, or live chat. They would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have and help you find the right wood bat for your hitting style.
The Benefits of Swinging Composite Wood Bats
What does a Composite wood bat offer that a normal wood bat does not?
There are a few types of bats that qualify as composite wood models. They include: Bamboo bats wrapped in a Composite sheath, a Bamboo core wrapped with Maple laminate, and a Composite handle with a Maple or Ash barrel. First and foremost, Composite wood bats feature great durability; and most of these models are backed by a manufacturer’s warranty.
For league play, Adult Composite wood bats must meet the BBCOR certification and carry that stamp. Even with these stamps, some leagues do not allow the use of Composite Wood bats, so it’s always best to check with a coach or league official prior to purchasing one. Composite wood bats will give you similar results to a standard wood bat, but have the added benefit of a longer useful life. These models are great for players who are new to using wood bats and are popular options for a cage bat.
We have a great selection of these Composite wood bats, and our bat experts would be more than happy to find the model that best fits your hitting style. They’re just a call or click away.
The Benefits of Swinging Maple Wood Bats
Maple is a very dense wood, so a bat crafted from it will have a very responsive barrel. By this we mean that you are able to feel the ball leave the bat on contact. Maple has a much tighter grain structure than Ash, so it is also more durable. Also, because of its density, Maple wood bats often have a heavier feel to them.
Even with its tight grain structure, you need to ensure you’re making contact on the appropriate side of the bat. Like other wood bat models, to get the longest useful life out of your new bat, you need to make contact with the label facing straight up or straight down.
Many high-end Maple models will have what’s called an “Ink Dot Test” applied to them. This Ink Dot demonstrates the straightness of the grain. The straighter the grain is, the better durability the bat should exhibit. Also, whichever side the test is applied, will be the hardest side of the bat.
If you are looking for your next wood bat, and think Maple might be the way to go, our bat experts would love to help you find a model that fits your style. You can reach us by phone, email, or live chat.