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Bat Resource Guide

Baseball and Softball Bat Care

The Baseball and Softball Bat Care section is to offer tips and guidelines for proper care towards your X Bat.

Manufacturers Warranty

There are no warranties on any wood bats anywhere. We do offer a 101 Warranty at a nominal cost at the time of purchase.

From time to time a bat has an inherent flaw in the wood and in these cases, it will break in the first half dozen swings. Even though there are no guarantees on wood bats by anyone anywhere, we believe we make the best bats in baseball and they should last a reasonable time for the money you pay. In these cases, we replace these bats for our customers ON THE CONDITION it has not been hit off the end, not been hit on the label or opposite side and not been hit more than a few swings (more than 10 is TOO many). We are the only wood bat company that will do this. We do require a RA Number so contacting us by e-mail before sending the bat back is a must.

The following is a list of Bat Care Tips that will help you keep your bat in the best condition possible for the longest time possible.

  • Limit the bat to individual use
  • Do not use in temperatures below 60°F (16°C)
  • Do not store the bat in extremely hot or cold temperature areas (like the trunk of your car)
  • Do not clean metal cleats with the bat
  • Use regulation, leather covered, baseball and softballs. NOT rubber cage balls
  • Do not hit waterlogged balls
  • Routinely check your bat for any damage
  • Always hit the ball on the side 90 degrees from the label

  1. Which wood should I order?
  2. How do I determine the right length bat for me?
  3. Few tips to keep in mind when making your selection
  4. So you’ve chosen your bat. Now what?
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Which wood should I order?

We offer our bats in 3 different wood types

  • Maple is the hardest, stiffest wood so it hits further and is most resistant to breakage but has very little flex
  • Birch is a bit less dense than maple and has some flex, it’s performance is between maple and ash
  • Ash is the least dense and most flexible- the grain on ash bats flakes after heavy use and it performs about 15-20% less than maple and is more prone to breakage. Players like ash because they grew up with it (prior to 1998, it was the only wood used to make bats after WWII) 

 

How do I determine the right length bat for me?

Below is a chart that will give you helpful information regarding a ballpark average for your child. Please remember that the chart only gives averages and does not take into account a players personal preferences. Some players may like a longer bat while others prefer a short bat, and some may like a heavier bat or some may prefer a lighter bat. But what this chart does give you is a starting position to begin your search for a new bat.


Height (in inches)
 

(Pounds)

36-40" 41-44" 45-48" 49-52" 53-56" 57-60" 61-64" 65-68" 69-72" 73"+
Under 60 26" 27" 28" 29" 29"



61-70 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"



71-80
28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"


81-90 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32"

91-100
28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"

101-110
29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"

111-120
29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"
121-130
29" 30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 32"
131-140
29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33"
141-150

30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"
151-160

30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 33"
161-170

30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171-180
30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
180+

31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
 

Few tips to keep in mind when making your selection

Weight:

As a general rule, bigger, stronger players usually prefer a heavier bat for maximum power. Smaller players usually benefit from a lighter bat that allows greater bat speed. To determine the weight that’s right for you, swing a variety of bats and see how much weight you’re comfortable with.

Length:

Length and weight combine for peak performance. A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to hit balls on the other side of the plate. But remember that a longer bat may be heavier, and the extra weight could slow you down. Like checking the weight, you need to swing bats of different lengths to decide what length best suits you.

League Requirements:

All Adult Baseball Bats are required to meet the BBCOR Certification, which makes the bat approved for high school and college level play. Senior League (Youth Big Barrel) Bats can best be described as: This bat is designed for players between 13 and 15 years of age as well as younger players whose leagues allow bat diameters larger than 2 1/4 inch. While Youth Baseball Bats can be described as: This bat is approved by ALL youth leagues that allow 2 1/4 inch barrel diameters. To avoid costly surprises, make sure you know all league requirements before you go bat shopping.

Feel:

This may be the most important factor. Make sure the bat feels right to you, like an extension of your arm and hand. After all, you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time together.

 

So you’ve chosen your bat. Now what?

You want to be comfortable and confident with your bat before you swing it in a win-or-lose situation, so take it to the practice field or batting cage and get in a few hits. Take a look at our Baseball and Softball Bat Care section to get tips on how to make your bat last as long as possible. Confidence can only come from one thing: batting practice. Whatever bat you choose, put in plenty of practice time, so you’ll be ready when the pressure’s on at the plate.