Maple bats are known for their strength, durability and pop. X Bat has made and sold more maple bats than anyone in the business, period. We may not have all the answers but by now we understand the questions. We are the most expensive bat because we are the only company that uses Major League quality wood for every bat we make for every player. We don't have 11 grades of wood like the giant company. We don't make one quality for the pros and another for the rest of the customers. Maple bat makers find they can make and sell maple bats rather easily. Unfortunately, they soon find that only 55-60% of the maple billets they have will make a usable bat. The more bats they sell, the larger the pile of unusable (heavy) wood becomes. How do they deal with this and stay in business? They dry the wood to 5% or less moisture content to increase their yield of usable wood and/or they make the barrels smaller for their non-pro players to use up the heavy wood. Since maple is a stiffer wood than ash, it becomes brittle and explodes on contact when over dried. Few adult players want Little League sized barrels. If a maple bat manufacturer is selling maple bats at a cheaper price than the market, this is why. X Bat has found that maple is strongest for use as baseball bats at 10-12% moisture content. At 12%, the yield would be less than 30% and impractical for making many bats. At 8-10% moisture, the maple is strong and has pop. The problem is still 40% waste. This is why X Bats cost more than other maple bats. You're not buying the waste that other companies must sell to stay in business. We are number one for a reason and 85% of the bats we sell are maple. Choose a maple bat if you want durability and performance. Maple out performs ash by 15-20% and outlasts it 3 to 1.