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Composite Versus Alloy Baseball Bats

Composite Versus Alloy Baseball Bats
There is a common belief that composite barrel baseball bats perform better than alloy barrel baseball bats. But, that's not the case. Composite bats definitely have their benefits over alloy barrel bats, but when it comes to overall performance the two materials are equally good.

Composite Bats

The biggest benefit that composite provides over an alloy barrel bat is the barrel length. Because composite is a lighter material the barrel can be stretched longer than an alloy barrel bat without making the swing weight heavier. The result of this longer barrel provides composite bats with a bigger sweet spot. The likelihood of squaring up a pitch is going to be greater because of the bigger sweet spot. Composite bats also tend to be better at breaking up sting or vibration because the majority of composite bats have two-piece designs. The Easton MAKO and the DeMarini CF8 tend to be some of the best bats at preventing vibration and they have some of the biggest sweet spots out of any bats on the market.

Composite bats tend to be great options for those players in Little League and Senior League levels of play, as younger players can use the bigger sweet spot to increase their chances of squaring up the ball and obtaining more consistent solid contact. Players at the lower levels are still developing their hand-eye coordination and a composite bat can greatly benefit some of these players. The bigger sweet spot and the ability to reduce sting are great features that can help improve a player's confidence at the plate.



Alloy Bats

The proof that alloy barrel bats are just as good performance wise is displayed in the college levels of baseball. If you watch a college game, the majority of players prefer to use alloy barrel bats. Players in the college ranks have developed their hand-eye coordination and they no longer need the bigger sweet spots that composite bats provide. One of the most popular bats used in college play is the Marucci CAT 6. The CAT 6 features one of the most balanced swing weights out of any bat on the market and it provides college players with some of the quickest bat speeds, which is a great benefit for increasing player's production and allows them to catch up to the faster pitch speeds.

Remember the next time you are selecting a new baseball bat, do not take the price of the bat as an indicator that the bat is automatically going to make the bat a better performer. When the ball is squared up on an alloy bat and composite bat, the ball can jump off the bat and provide just as much pop regardless of material.

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