Wooden Baseball Bat Information

Turn Models:

The turn models in a baseball bat can serve as a sort of blueprint of what the bat is intended for. Each turn model differing in weight, feel, and size, catering for the different types of hitters.

 

  • 110 Turn Model
    • Barrel Diameter: 2 1/2"
    • Taper: Long
    • Handle Thickness: 1"
      • The 110 turn features the most balanced swing weight of the standard turn models. This is a fantastic option for players who are new to wood bats and helps with the transition from a BBCOR bat. The thick handle provides extra bat durability.
    • Popular with: Contact Hitters looking for more bat speed through the zone.

 

  • 271 Turn Model
    • Barrel Diameter: 2 1/2"
    • Taper: Long
    • Handle Thickness 15/16" 
      • The 271 shares a similar feel with the 110 turn, however it has a quicker taper between the barrel and handle. This is one of the most popular turn models and has a slightly more end loaded swing weight.
    • Popular with: Contact or Power Hitters

 

  • I13 Turn Model
    • Barrel Diameter: 2 1/2"
    • Taper: Medium
    • Handle Thickness: 15/16"
      • The I13 and 271 share very similar dimensions. The main difference being that the I13 taper is more extreme, meaning it will have even more of an end loaded feel than the 271 turn. 
    • Popular with: Power hitters looking for more meat in the barrel

 

  • 243 Turn Model
    • Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8"
    • Taper: Medium
    • Handle Thickness: 29/32" or 15/16"
      • The 243 turn features the largest barrel diameter along with the thinnest handle of the common turn models. This turn model may be a bit harder to control for someone new to wood bats, or a contact hitter. The thinner handle and thicker barrel is only recommended for more experienced players.
    • Popular with: Power Hitters

 

Wood Types:

  • Ash Wood
    • Increased bat speed because of the grain structure of Ash.
    • Pound-for-pound the strongest type of wood.
    • Sports a wider grain structure than other woods, giving it a softer feel.
    • Flexes during swing, with a more forgiving flex creating added bat whip through the zone.
      • When using an Ash model, make sure that contact is made on the side of the bat with the straight grains. This is achieved by always making contact with the label either facing straight up, or down. Hitting with the strongest side of your bat will increase the life of your Ash bat.

 

  • Bamboo "Wood"
    • Bamboo bats are made by pressing Bamboo strips and pressing them together to create one billet.
    • Bamboo sports a stronger tensile strength than steel, which is only strengthened during the manufacturing process.
    • Depending on the turn model, Bamboo bats generally have a light swing weight.
    • Bamboo bats offer much better durability than traditional wood bats, with most models carrying warranties backed by their manufacturers.
      • Bamboo is technically not a wood, but rather a grass. Bamboo bats are very popular batting cage bats due to their great durability, but are equally popular in wood bat league play. 

 

  • Composite Wood
    • Composite wood bats feature outstanding durability.
    • Always check if your league allows for composite wood bats, as some leagues can be rather picky regarding this.
    • Composite wood bats provide similar results as standard bats, but have an added benefit of a longer useful life.
    • Great for players just switching over to wood bats
    • Very popular bats for batting cages.

 

  • Maple Wood
    • Maple is a very dense wood with an extremely responsive barrel.
    • Maple is more durable than Ash due to its tighter grain structure.
    • Often have a heavier feel due to to its density.
    • Often features "Ink Dot Test" indicating which side of the bat is the hardest.

 

  • Birch Wood
    • Has a flex similar to Ash
    • Similar to Maple with its hardness.
    • The combination of hardness and flexibility makes for a more durable bat than any other type of wood, while still keeping a wonderful pop.
    • Requires a short break in period of around 30-50 contacts to reach it's maximum hardness.