Youth Baseball Bat Review

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Due to the many factors which affect which bat is the right bat for my youngster, I decided to write a Youth Baseball Bat Review, with the intention of shedding some light on the subject.

Today's modern baseball bats are divided roughly into 3 basic categories which are Wood, Aluminum and Graphite/Titanium Lined. Let's examine the differences between the three which may affect your decision.

Baseball bats made of aluminum are light weight, which allows for increased bat speed and better bat control. The ability for a younger player to have increased bat control while learning basic hitting mechanics can be very helpful.

However, by the same token a baseball hit with an aluminum bat will travel 2% - 5% farther than with a traditional wood bat. This can create confusion as to whether the player has the mechanics and strength to hit the ball that far, or was it due to the type of bat he was using.

The different mixtures of zinc, magnesium, copper and aluminum also increases the size of the Sweet Spot on the barrel's hitting zone, which is forgiving of swings which do not make solid contact with the ball.

Graphite/titanium lined bats are actually modified aluminum bats. A basic aluminum bat will be made with a thinner wall then the graphite/titanium compound will be wrapped around the barrel of the bat, making a light bat even lighter.

This of course increases the bat speed and control of the hitter even more and by enhancing the durability of the bat it insures the integrity of the bat's Sweet Spot.

However, the success of this bat's composition may also be it's undoing. Many leagues and colleges are banning certain types of these bats because the ball comes off the bat with such speed and velocity, it is becoming a safety issue for the infielders, especially the third baseman and pitcher. Be sure your league allows the use of these bats before buying one.

Wooden bats are normally maple or ash but can be other woods and offer a greater variety of shape and taper for an individual players taste or preference. Wooden bats are the material bats are allowed to be made of in the major leagues.

A youth baseball bat review would not be complete without a "how to" care for the modern bat.

Unlike the traditional wooden bat, which required little maintenance except don't hit rocks with it and don't leave it out in the rain too many times, the modern day composites require additional care.

Composite bats are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. Do not leave a bat outside in temperatures of 65 degrees and below for any extended time period. Hitting in these temperatures increases the chance of the bat breaking.

Never use any type of wax or glazing compound on the bat in an attempt to maintain the glossy finish. It will negatively affect the bat's performance and could be viewed as illegal because technically you are tampering with the bat's original composition.

Hit only leather baseballs with composite bats. The bat was designed and intended for that sole purpose and similar to softball bats, hitting anything other than what it is designed for will damage the bat.

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