When you step up to the plate, you need your baseball gear to be on point. Your batting helmet needs to protect you without distracting you, your gloves need to provide the perfect grip and fit, and your cleats need to help you dig in to the batter's box. But, obviously, no piece of equipment can help you get those clutch hits more than your bat.
Choosing the right one has to be easy right? ? No? Not really. There have never been more options or types of baseball bats than there are right now. Sure, all these choices may be overwhelming, but it also means that there is sure to be one that fits your needs and game perfectly. So, to ensure that you find the right one, let's sum up the different designs and types of bats you will find.
How your bat is designed plays a big part in the feel and movement you get with each swing. The most common types are one piece and two piece bats. One piece bats is made of one long continuous material, while the handle and barrel on two piece bats are separate pieces that are bonded together. Power hitters prefer the one piece design because the stiff feel allows them to launch the ball further. The two piece design is a great choice for contact hitters, with its reduced vibration and spring-like effect when swinging.
Alright, so that's the bat design, but what materials are bats actually made of? You have wood, alloy, composite, and hybrid bats. Let's break them down.
Wood bats are most commonly made from Ash, Maple, Bamboo, and Birch wood. Maple is a favorite among power hitters because its hardness and stiffness, while Ash is softer for more flex and better bat control. Bamboo is even stronger than Maple and is ultra-durable, while Birch is a solid combination of the hardness of Maple and the flexibility of Ash.
Some of the best wood bats in our lineup include the Marucci CU26 Pro Maple Bat, Chase Utley's signature model and perfect option for those transitioning from metal to wood for the first time, and the Mizuno MZB-271 Bamboo Bat, which is built to last and feels great in your hands.
Next up to the plate are alloy bats. These one-piece designs are usually made out of aluminum and other metals for a thinner and stronger build. Bats like the Marucci Cat6 and DeMarini Voodoo are player favorites because of their large sweet spots and massive power.
Composite bats add materials like carbon fiber to the bat's construction for a better weight distribution and durability than you would get with wood or aluminum bats. The Easton Mako Comp XL Composite Maple Bat and DeMarini S243 Pro Maple Composite Bat combine tradition fell with modern technology for incredible performance. Make sure to check the rules of your league before using composite bats though, as many of these types may be restricted from use. Also check out the Easton Easton Mako Torq composite bat. Easton have been producing good quality baseball bats for a long time and the Mako Torq is a game changer with the rotating handle that frees your hands, allowing you to get to the inside pitches.
Hybrid bats utilize a two-piece design to lessen the vibration in the handle while also staying lighter and longer than a typical alloy bat. Some of our top sellers in this category include the Mizuno Mizuno Nighthawk Hybrid and Easton Z-Core Hybrid XL BB16XHL bats. The Nighthawk has a massive sweet spot and unrivaled feel, while the Z-Core eliminates almost all vibration and maximizes energy transfer due to its patented ConneXion tech.
So there you go. Whatever type of hitter you are or what to be, there is a bat out there for you and no one has a larger selection of baseball bats than Eastbay.