Benefits of Learning with Wood Baseball Bats

Reads: 131  | Likes: 1  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 1

More Details
Status: Finished  |  Genre: Sports  |  House: Booksie Classic
Learning to hit with a wood bat will help you latter In your career because the major leagues only use wood bats.

Submitted: January 25, 2019

A A A | A A A

Submitted: January 25, 2019

A A A

A A A


Benefits of Learning with Wood Baseball Bats

The type of bat used while learning to hit a baseball sets the foundation for good habits (or bad) that can help (or hurt) a young players developmental trajectory. The big question is, wood or aluminum bats? The easy thing to do is to follow modern society and default to aluminum. But is that the best thing for developing a young hitter?

It’s certainly a debate, and it does have its downside. Aluminum bats are known for having a larger sweet spot, making it easier to hit the ball well when not swinging the bat well, or not making contact with the sweet spot of the bat. This may appear to be a good thing, but upon a closer look, it has a negative effect on a player’s development. Hitting the ball well when swinging at a bad pitch hurts a plyers ability to learn to select better pitches. It hurts their ability to develop good mechanics and approach at the plate. It may lead to bad habits that are harder to correct at an older age.

Proponents of wood bats point to its superior performance and how they drive a player to improve their batter box fundamentals. Wood bats are more responsive, leading to building better mechanics, better hitting habits. Swinging at bad pitches and not making contact with the bats sweet spot cause a sting, helping a player to have a better grasp of the strike zone. Wood bats have better weight distribution, yielding better swing balance, helping to drive the ball. Artificial light metal bats tend to feature weight distribution to reside mostly in the barrel, causing a different swing form, and can lead to bad habits. Looking for max power, maple bats are the way to go.

There’s a reason that new standards for aluminum bats were recently implemented, forcing manufacturers to make them perform more like wood bats. Safety! Wood bats are safer, allowing more reaction time for fielders. And they’re cheaper! A quality wood bat is one-quarter the price of its metal counterpart.

For these reasons it makes sense to learn with wood. For even the ones that don’t want to give up their metal bats, using wood bats in practice can help maintain and ensure good fundamentals.


© Copyright 2019 Viper Bats. All rights reserved.

Add Your Comments:

Comments