Wood Baseball Bat Buying Guide
If you find yourself a bit overwhelmed or unsure of what bat you’d like to purchase, you came to the right place! Here’s some information that will be helpful to you as you make your decisions:
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Ballplayer Series vs Custom Pro Series – Our ballplayer series and custom pro series bats are made using the exact same wood, which is the highest grade split stock lumber that we can source. The differences are purely aesthetic.
- Ballplayer Series – For the hitter who’s all about performance – you won’t find a higher quality product on the market that’s more affordable than our ballplayer bats.
- Custom Pro Series – For the hitter who wants to add some flare and personal touches to their bat.
We make our bats with maple, birch, and ash wood. Here are the defining properties of each:
- Maple – By far the most popular wood in professional baseball. It’s the hardest and stiffest wood, which makes for a great option for the most powerful and experienced hitters.
- Ash – The most flexible of the three wood choices that we offer. This is a great option for hitters who don’t have a lot of experiencing swinging wood bats. Additionally, for hitters who have more of a contact based approach and/or haven’t fully developed their strength, this is their best bet.
- Birch – This is an “in between” option when compared to maple and ash. Provides some hardness like a maple, but also with a bit of flex. If you find yourself in between the descriptions of maple and ash, go with this highly durable wood that’s great for all types of players.
The bat model simply refers to the shape of the bat. If you don’t have a specific model that you’re loyal to, here are some suggestions of our own handcrafted models that are the most popular:
- T20 – Classic shape and feel, and a great bat for the all around hitter.
- TCG1 – Similar to the T20, but with slightly more flare in the knob. You can’t go wrong with this model or the T20.
- DGE17 – Slightly larger barrel makes for a good power hitters bat, but without sacrificing balance. This is for the hitter who drives the baseball to all fields.
- G2 – A true contact hitters bat. This model has a thicker handle and a smaller barrel. For youth players interested in this model, go with the G2Y which has a slightly thinner handle to maintain a comfortable grip on the bat.
- TB28 – Thinner handle and large barrel make this a true end-loaded model for the hitters who prefer their trips around the bases to be a slow trot.
We offer a number of different finishes ranging from clear protective coats to various paints or stains. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our Instagram page to view bats we’ve made.
Ink Dot Test
If you buy any maple or birch bat from us, you’ll notice a bare wood spot on the handle with a black dot inside. This dot is there to test the straightness of the tangential grains of the wood, an indicator of the strength and durability of the lumber. And in case you didn’t notice, the bare wood spot is in the shape of Wisconsin – the state that we’re proud to call home.
*Ash bats are not ink dot tested.
*Every bat that we sell is made to order, so please allow 2-3 weeks for your bat to be delivered. If you need it done more quickly, please reach out to us directly and we will work with you to accommodate the shorter lead-time.