The answer to
that question is "both," though past players tend to have used
heavier bats than do today's players. Baseball's "king of swat" Babe
Ruth reportedly began his hitting career using a 54 ounce (1.5 kg) hickory
bat, and is known to have used a 40oz bat in 1927 when he hit his 60 home
runs. Ty Cobb and Joe Di Maggio both played with 42oz bats
and Rogers Hornsby used a 50oz piece of lumber. George Sisler, playing for
the St. Louis Browns in the 1920's, made his bat heavier by hammering
Victrola needles into the barrel of his bat. In the 1950's
Cincinnati Reds' Ted Kluszeski hammered tenpenny nails into his bat to make
Other great hitters including
Ted Williams, Rod Carew and Stan Musial used much lighter bats: 31-33oz. Roger
Maris used a 33oz bat to hit his 61 home runs in 1961. Many players have
tried to make their bats lighter by drilling a hole in the barrel and filling
it with cork. Detroit Tigers' Norm Cash admitted to using a corked bat in
1961 when he won the batting title with a .361 average (though he slumped to
.243 the next year with the same corked bat).
Our softball bats come in 10 different models. Per ASA
rules, all softball bats are identical from the transition through the 2
1/4" barrel. The differences are in the handle thicknesses and knob
Our Model ASA 59 and Softball 59 both have thin 7/8"
handles and would be good ones to consider. The ASA Spec model has a
straight handle all the way to the knob. The Softball 59 handle tapers to the
With the new BBCOR aluminum and composite bats mandated for high school
and professional play, players are finding that high quality professional grade
wood bats are now outperforming the BBCOR bats.
BBCOR stands for "Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution" and it
focuses on how much of a trampoline effect the barrel of a bat has on a ball.
Bat manufacturers now have to, in effect, "deaden" the trampoline
bounce that pitched balls experience when a batter makes contact. Basically,
aluminum bats will theoretically be the same as wooden bats.
Beginning in 2012, all High School baseball bats will follow in the same
way, that is, they will all need at BBCOR stamp on each
What a player now gets for his $400. is one choice of bat shape from EVERY
different manufacturer, one handle style from EVERY different manufacturer, one
handle thickness from EVERY different manufacturer, only three length choices
and one weight choice. WOW! The monopoly is dead! Players now have a say in the
equipment that suits their size, strength and game.
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has been making the finest professional quality wood baseball and softball bats
for discerning players of all ages since 1999. As a leader in wood bat
technology, we have made more maple bats than any other bat manufacturer in the
21st century. We have learned a lot about what performs and what
doesn’t, what holds up to use and what doesn’t, what wood and model is best for
each players’ age, size, style and level of play. We have players in the pros
that began playing with X Bats’ wood bats as youth players. We have outfitted
major collegiate softball programs with the training tools to help them be successful.
We have thousands of softball players at all ages and levels who enjoy success
from the custom fit the choices in models, sizes and weights give them. We make
bats that fit every player to enhance their performance on the field and
provide value for the investment they are making in their equipment. Remember,
the bat is the single piece of equipment in all of sports that has the greatest
impact on a player’ performance.
has just launched a new website with a revolutionary bat configurator to assist
players in customizing their X Bats. Check it out at http://www.xbats.com/xbat-configurator/
is using the off season to test new woods and new sourcing of existing woods to
increase performance and durability.
is the leading producer or youth bats with nine different models so each player
can find the fit that helps his game advance to the next level. We have just
introduced a line of Super Light Youth Maple baseball bats with weights as
light as -8. Now every player can find a wood bat that accommodates their size
and strength and level of play.
has fielded so many questions ranging from parents of young players to pros on
what bat is right for them. We will use our blog to answer questions on a wide
range of topics related to wood species, logging and log harvesting, bat billet
production, the bat production process, bat swing weights and why players
choose the bats they feel help them play their best.
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