The Differences Between Aluminum Bats And Wood Bats
I hear the question all the time, "Which is better for kids, the aluminum baseball bat, or the wood baseball bat?" Let's take a quick look at there differences and then you can decide for yourself.
In Little League Baseball everyone thinks that the aluminum baseball bat is the best thing since sliced bread. I've heard many coaches, players and parents as well talk about these bats giving their kids the ability to hit the ball farther than ever. You'd think they were ready to go to the big leagues. I think they are a little mistaken though. Yes, an aluminum bat will give you more power, but a 0 bat isn't going to get an offer from the NY Yankees anytime soon.
One thing is for sure, an aluminum bat will go farther than wood. In fact, it is approximately a 10% increase. The ball also comes of the bat much faster and with more power. Well, that sounds great, but it can come with a cost. Using only aluminum bats can create many bad habits over several years of use.
The truth of the matter is, it's all about the sweet spot on a bat. This is the area on the barrel of the bat that will really makes a ball fly with maximum force and velocity.
Every baseball bat, regardless of whether it is aluminum or wood all have a sweet spot. The difference is that the sweet spot on an aluminum bat is bigger. It's also more forgiving than a wood bat. This is something that is important. It gives kids of all abilities a better chance to hit the ball. Even with poor hitting habits you can be a more productive hitter than you can with a wood baseball bat.
The downside is that you can get used to hitting with an aluminum bat and later fail miserably at the pro level. There have been many cases of good college hitters that used aluminum bats, then fail at the pro level because they couldn't hit with a wood model.
The best method is to use a combination of both wood and aluminum. Use a wood bat for practice. Then, at game time, use the aluminum bat. I think you'll really like the results.
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