␣ Wood bats offer a classic feel and sound ␣ Look for a grain that is long and wide, which indicates a tree's age and density ␣ Wood bats offer more choices in shape and taperthat can be customized to a player's swing ␣ Wood has three big disadvantages:
• Bats crack and break • Reduced sweet spots on the barrel • Far less hitting power than metal bats*Understanding Bat *Technology
Bat technology may seem a little confusing but it's not rocket-science. There are three essential elements to a bat: _barrel size_, _bat taper _and grip.*Barrel *size
␣ This includes both the length of the barrel--top part of the bat--and its diameter ␣ The longer the barrel, generally, the larger the sweet spot for hitting the ball ␣As for diameter, the standard is 2 1/2, inches but many players prefer a smaller barrel that lightens weight and
provides more swing speed
␣ This is the diameter of thebat's handle ␣ Standard bats are tapered 31/32 of an inch but can be slightly larger or smaller depending on whether you want a
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lighter or heavier bat␣ You may prefer the feel of a bigger bat taper, which can also reduce the sting when a ball isn't struck on the sweet spot
␣ Some players like anarrower taper for the lighter weight and to rotate their wrists faster when hitting. Grip
␣ The grip is simply the covering that bat manufacturers use on the handle of aluminum bats ␣Rubber grips absorb more of the shock ␣ Leather or synthetic leather gives a tackier feel for a surer grip ␣ Some bats come with a cushioned grip to decrease the shock even more
Bat -A bat is a solid piece of wood, usually ash, that is 2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter at the thickest part, which is called the barrel, and not more than 42 inches (107 cm) in length.