Welcome to the wood bat world! Before you purchase your first wood bat, there are a few things you need to know.
**You can stop reading right here if you’re experienced with wood**
ALL wood bats will break…eventually. But it is up to you to determine how long that will be. It could be 1 swing or 3,000. Hopefully this page will help you get closer to the 3,000 mark. In order to help with that, we’ve put together a little Do’s & Don’ts list for your reading pleasure.
- Hit with the label facing up or down, unless your bat has a Pro Ink Dot (Pro Series), in which case you will hit with the ink dot up or down.
- Store your bat in a dry, climate controlled location and vertically if possible.
- Hit standard issue leather baseballs only with your wood bat.
- Make contact within the “sweet spot” of the wood bat. This is located in the last 8-9 inches of the barrel EXCLUDING the last 2 inches.
- Be selective. This is not the aluminum you’re used to. It will break.
- Rake. (Verb: To crush the baseball repeatedly)
- Don’t leave your bat outside or in a hot car.
- Don’t hit cage, dimple or any other type of ball other than baseballs.
- Don’t hit your brother, sister or dog.
- Don’t hit the ball anywhere near the logo or off the last 2 inches.
- Don’t try to clean, sand or refinish your wood bat.
- Don’t share your bat. It’s like a toothbrush…or underwear. Don’t share.
Now we know hitting the “sweet spot” is easier said than done, however, doing so will guarantee a long life for your wood bat. Below are a few images of the “sweet spot” and ball mark locations that will almost ALWAYS break your wood bat.