montanahardball: Hitting with Wood

Wednesday, May 21
Hitting With Wood

Hitting With Wood Wood bats are less forgiving than composite or aluminum bats. The sweet spot is much smaller. This sweet spot is the area of the bat where upon contact; the speed of the ball off the bat is the greatest. The result to a smaller sweet spot is the hitter has to have his hands come through the hitting zone correctly executing sound hitting mechanics.

Many professionals will describe amateur players as having an aluminum bat swing. This means the player is hitting the ball closer to the handle or the end of the bat, rather than on the fat part of the barrel. With a composite or aluminum bat, many of these balls are put into play and could fall in for hits. With wood they might be weakly hit for an out or possibly a broken bat.

Hitting with wood helps the player teach himself to better judge pitches thrown in the strike zone. Players can give scouts a clearer perception swinging a wood bat rather than aluminum bat. Some professionals believe the hardest adjustment going into professional baseball is the switch from composite/aluminum bats to wood bats. To make the transition easier, many college players participate in summer wood bat leagues. Many travel teams in youth organizations now have some wood bat tournaments. Some adult leagues have made the switch back to wood. Even little leaguers are practicing with wood. Wood is good.

When using a wood bat, the first thing the hitter must do is hold the bat in the hands with the trademark facing the sky or facing the ground. This positions the strongest part of the bat towards the pitcher. Not doing so increases the likelihood of the bat breaking.

You can take proper care of your wood bat by wiping away any dirt and moisture after your practice or game. Store your bat in your equipment bag away from helmets and cleats or anything hard or sharp that could scratch the finish.