As many baseball hitting coaches would agree, it’s never too early to start swinging a wood bat. If you, or your kid is looking to make that transition to wood, you probably have asked yourself a few of these questions:
- Should I get the same size barrel as my aluminum bat?
- What weight is appropriate for my swing?
- What is the difference in wood types?
- What model do I choose?
- Do I need the XP finish?
For youth making the transition to wood bats the YG “Young Gun” model is a great bat specifically for that kid who was born to play baseball. The YG model classifies as a "Balanced Bat." Each size YG will be engineered to accommodate a very well balanced yet powerful swing. An excellent choice for players between the ages of 5-12. The Chandler Youth YG adheres to the 2 1/4" diameter barrel rules. These bats are specifically designed for proper swing mechanics and in most cases, outperform their metal counterparts.
Adults looking to pick up a wood bat, think about what kind of hitter you are. That is going to help determine the best size bat for you. If you tend to be more of a power hitter, a larger barrel may work best. Consider Chandler Bat Model CB271. This model is by far the most popular pro model and is a great choice for players that are looking for excellent balance. It has a slightly larger barrel with flared knob.
For contact hitters, a smaller barrel means a lighter weight and the ability for a faster, more controlled swing. Although the smaller barrel produces a less powerful hit the bats are generally denser. Consider looking into the Chandler BD13 model if looking to switch to a wooden bat. This model is typically used by players entering the Minor Leagues as it has a thicker, near 1” handle (slightly more than CB271). Players making the switch find the thicker handle more durable as it mirrors the feel of the metal bats they’re used to using. It is extremely high quality and a great pick for that first-time wooden bat user.
When looking at barrel size, one thing to keep in mind is that if you get the same size barrel as the aluminum bat you’ve been swinging, it could end up being too heavy. Although the barrels may be the same, the aluminum bat barrels are hollow and with wood, the barrels are solid. This makes quite the difference in weight for someone who is not used to it. The longer a player uses a wood bat, it’s common for the bat weight preference to get heavier.
When selecting your new wood bat, weight is a major factor to consider during the selection process. The weight, also known as its “drop” is a negative number showing the bat's length to weight differential. For example, if a bat is 33 inches and has a drop weight of (-3) the bat will weigh 30 ounces. The larger the drop weight, the lighter the bat will be. Adult wood bats are typically made with a -3 drop, while youth bats are typically a -6 drop.
Today, players have a vast array of wood options to choose from when customizing their wooden baseball bat. The type of wood has a huge impact on the bats overall performance and lifespan. At Chandler Bats, our wood is locally sourced in Pennsylvania, we have a pick of the best wood in the business.
Chandler Bats currently offers bats in both Ash and Maple, the most common wood types for baseball bats. Ash wood is a medium hardwood with a wider grain which gives an Ash bat more flexibility and softer feel. Because of that, the wood compresses as it makes contact with the baseball, creating what is called the “trampoline effect.” This makes the ball pop off the bat easier. Its been said that because of the constant compression, Ash bats have a shorter lifespan than that of a Maple bat.
Maple wood baseball bats are favored by more players and makes up about 70% of the bats used by professional baseball players. Maple is a tight grained hardwood which makes the surface hardness about 15-20% more dense than that of an Ash bat. Because of that fact, Maple wood bats absorb less energy from the contact of the hit and uses that energy instead to propel the ball further than that of Ash bats and give you that extra power you’re looking for. It’s tighter grain also makes it more durable and less prone to splintering and breakage.
Chandler Bats now offers an Xtra Process (XP) finish where the bat gets cured for an extra 3-days. This process adds additional time, but the results are worth the wait. The finish adds a smooth glossy shine and makes the bat twice as hard. This allows for a reduction in the loss of power through the hit as well as making it more resilient to dents and scratches. More time, more processing, twice the hardness. The Chandler Bat XP finish is in our opinion a must have for anyone looking to prolong the life of their bat and add that extra power to their swing.
At Chandler, we made it our mission to offer the same high-end product to players at every level of the game. Rest assured knowing that all our wood comes from the same pile. Whether you’re new to swinging a wooden bat, or a professional baseball player who’s been using them for years, Chandler Bats is about accuracy and quality that can be seen in the details on every bat. If you need any additional help choosing a Chandler Bat, please contact our batting specialists at email@example.com.