Comparison of woods used to make baseball bats

Maple vs Ash vs Birch vs Bamboo: Which wood is best? That is the great debate!

Maple Baseball Bats

Maple bats burst onto the scene shortly after Barry Bonds 2001 season where he hit 73 homeruns using a maple model 73. Originally maple had too high of a moisture content which resulted in wood that was too heavy to be turned into a viable baseball bat. Thanks to recent technology in the wood drying process we are able to lower the moisture content enough into useable wood baseball bats.

Maple itself is a very hard, dense wood and a majority of maple bats are made from rock or sugar maple. The surface hardness is about 20% greater than ash. The harder the surface the faster the ball will jump off the bat. This is one of the main reason maple has became so popular along with the success of Barry Bonds. Maple is a tight grained hard wood, where ash is not. The tightness of the grain in maple makes it not as easy to see and will not have grains that are clearly visible like you do in ash. These characteristics make it so a maple bat will not flake, separate, or splinter resulting in a longer lasting, more durable wood bat.

Ash Baseball Bats

On the other hand does flex with contact. When a ball is hit with an ash bat there is a trampoline affect. The ball doesn't just jump off; it first compresses the wood, then like a spring board it leaves with much more force than maple. This spring board affect is one of ash's greatest strengths and weaknesses. The spring board and compression traits of an ash bat will in time cause the grains to separate over time. The flex of an ash bat will appear to have a larger sweet spot. Ash bats do not snap the way a maple bat does. Ash bats will break just as easy, but usually they just wear out. The grain of an ash bat will delaminate over many uses.

Birch Baseball Bats

These bats are tougher than ash, and more flexible than maple. This hard hitting imported wood does not flake like ash and out performs maple. A lighter wood, birch allows athletes to swing larger barrel bats through the hitting zone.  After two seasons of extensive game play testing in the Cape Cod Baseball Summer League and the Alaskan League, a player is quoted as saying, "Maple is a thing of the past." Birch bats have become a viable choice. However, many of our customers own bats of all three types of wood so they can select the right bat for the each play.

Bamboo Baseball Bats

Our bamboo models are custom made for us in China with the finest bamboo. We searched the world to find only the best bamboo and the best factory to make our bamboo bats. We had this one specially designed to our specs with the hitter in mind. These model use S.W.A.T. solid core technology. S.W.A.T. Technology stands for synergist wood alignment technology. This model is not hollow and has extra pop and durability. Our bamboo models are BBCOR certified.