SELECTING A WOOD BAT
 

What is the Best Type of Wood Bat?

All bats are not created equal because not all hitters are created equal. At Phoenix Bats, we produce high quality wood bats forged from Maple, Yellow Birch and Northern White Ash to create the most durable wood bats on the market for every hitter out there.

QUICK HITS AT A GLANCE
WOOD PROS SOLIDNESS GRAINS

MAPLE
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• Most pop for biggest hits
• Best inside pitch protection
• Used by more pros

• Strongest all around
• Most dense
• Not much "give"

• Less visible
• Engraves the best

BIRCH
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• Best if miss-hit all over bat
• Closer to maple’s pop
• Good choice if new to wood

• Closer to maple
• Provides some of the flex of “ash”

• Less visible (similar to maple)

ASH
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• Longest sweet spot
• More forgiving on miss-hits off end
• Only wood that can get the “flame” finish

•Less dense/strong
• Allows wood to “flex” more

• Very visible

COMPARING WOOD BAT TYPES

How do you determine which type of wood versus another? Each hitter has different bat weight and/or dimension requirements, different swing mechanics, and different needs out of their bat. We’re here to help you know the general differences between the woods. Learn more about each type of wood bat species below!

WHY CHOOSE MAPLE WOOD BATS

How do you determine which type of wood versus another? Each hitter has different bat weight and/or dimension requirements, different swing mechanics, and different needs out of their bat. We’re here to help you know the general differences between the woods. Learn more about each type of wood bat species below!

RECOMMENDED FOR: Sluggers and far-down the barrel miss-hitters

PROS

Hardest wood, tightest grain
Less give; more energy is transferred to propel the ball

Extra Power
Less give; more energy is transferred to propel the ball

Best feeling of “crushing” the ball
Crisp loud “pop” when ball is hit

Engraving and colors really stands out
"The" wood for the sharpest look

TAKEAWAY: Look great at the plate, and look better on your home trot after a new maple bat gives you the extra power you’ve been looking for.

CONS

Not good for novice hitter
Shortest sweet spot (width of area on barrel where you should hit

Not a good choice for hitters who miss-hit off end of the bat
Strong but rigid - it offer the least “give” or “flex” that helps with end shots

Hard to make a model lighter than original design
Tends to come in at very specific weight by model type

TAKEAWAY: The hitter that doesn't like to crowd the plate or who drives more balls off the end of the barrel might want to explore other options that we provide at Phoenix Bats.

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT MAPLE

One common misconception is that maple bats are dangerous. Because of how dense and hard maple is, when it breaks a piece that comes loose may fly further. This is a controversial topic in the major leagues although it is still not widely believed that bats made from maple are the problem. There is much more proof linking bat dimensions and wood quality to breakage.

Neither is a concern with maple bats made here at Phoenix as we use straight grained, pro-graded Rock Maple in designs for all types of ball players. Even if you decide that a maple bat does not fit your hitting style, the Phoenix Risk Free Guarantee gives you the opportunity to return it within 10 days of your purchase.

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