Composite wood baseball bat
Compared to aluminum, wood, and other materials used to make bats, composite wood baseball bat materials (carbon, glass and Kevlar fibers embedded in a plastic resin) are lighter, stiffer and stronger.
Of most importance, unlike bats made of other materials, composites are anisotropic which means bats can be designed to have different stiffnesses and strengths in different directions.
The anisotropic property of composite materials allows bat designers the opportunity to increase stiffness along the handle (reducing vibrations and reducing sting) and to decrease stiffness along the barrel (increasing “trampoline” effect and thus improving bat performance), resulting in a composite bat with optimal performance and feel.
They are fairly new to the Baseball scene. They have been used in softball for many years. Early on, there seems to be some mixed reviews on the Composite bats. The reason could be that the baseball world is not fully educated about them.
To start off with, a composite bat has a much longer break-in period than aluminum bats, and hitting jugz balls will not do it.
If you plan on breaking in these bats in the cages, you need to use real baseballs. Another common complaint in some reviews is the poor durability of these bats.
One thing that players and coaches must realize is that they are not just swinging a hunk of metal anymore. A composite wood baseball bat should not be used in cold weather.
In temperatures less than 70 degrees F (22 degrees C), they can easily break, as many are finding out. Another common complaint is the cost.
Yes, they are expensive, but if broken in and used correctly, you will get so much more out of your bat than the aluminum or hybrids of past years.
There are several Pros and Cons (and misconceptions) about the composite wood baseball bat, but players and coaches need to have the right information before making a judgment.
At first, the ball will sound like it came off a wooden bat, which is a complaint in many reviews, but with proper effort and care you can break them in to the point where it sounds more like a rifle than wood.
Players, coaches and parents need to know what they are buying. Without proper knowledge, they are just buying a $300 or $400 bat, but with the correct understanding, they could be buying a $300 Lightning Rod.
Composite bats give a whole lot more forgiveness for the imperfect swing, and have the potential to make the average hitter a clean-up hitter.
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