Wood Baseball Bats - Characteristics
Ash Wood Bats
: The most common type used in the pros.
Ash has a flexibility that isn't found in other timbers such as Maple. It tends
to flex rather than break. This gives the baseball bat a larger, more forgiving
sweet spot in terms of breakage.
Maple Wood Bats
: Maple is a very
dense timber with a greater surface hardness than ash. It is a closed-grained
timber with a structure similar to layers in a laminated product. This makes
the bat less prone to flake than an ash bat and allows for a maple bat to be
more durable. When a maple wood baseball bat breaks, it tends to snap in half
rather than just splinter. The heavier weight of maple makes it difficult to
make lightweight, large barrel bat models. Most players who use maple, use a
model with a small barrel to get the optimal bat weight they
: Because bamboo grows hollow in the center, it must be
cut into strips, then bonded together. Hence, it is typically regarded as a
"composite wood bat" because it is not milled from a solid piece of wood like ash
and maple. As a result, it is not permitted for use in Major League
Baseball®, and must bear a BBCOR logo for high school and college play.
Like most other types of composite wood bats, they are much more
durable than solid wood bats and typically carry a limited warranty.
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