Article by Alfred Notley
The newest thing is baseball that you need to become familiar with are composite bats. They will be here for a long time to come, so any serious ball player should know a few things about them.
What makes composite bats more desirable than their wooden counterparts is that they are lightweight and more durable. This way, batters can swing the bat faster and hit more balls. They contain an aluminum center surrounded by graphite and fiber.
What really makes the composite bat a winner is its light weight. Because it is light weight, manufacturers can enlarge the barrel. Therefore, hitters have more of a chance of connecting with the baseball when they take a swing.
Even hitters usually eighth or ninth in the lineup have a much better chance of hitting the ball if they use composite baseball bats! These usually poor hitters might even find themselves hitting in the fourth spot after a while.
Even though they are relatively new to baseball, softball players have been using and enjoying composite bats for years. When first marketed to baseball, baseball officials rejected them.
The first reason was that the first composite bats weren’t strong enough to withstand constant use. The second reason was that the bats just didn’t sound right.
Oddly enough, baseball officials believed that the bats didn’t work because they didn’t give off the same sound as more traditional bats when hitters hit a ball. Because of these rather dubious reasons, baseball shunned the composite bats when they first hit the market.
However, many things have changed in the baseball world since then. After much debate, the baseball officials have finally accepted the use of composite bats.
They are even extremely popular amongst players nowadays. One day, they might replace other bat types altogether. To really appreciate composite bats, you need to know what makes them unique from other bat types. First, they take longer for a player to break them in.
It takes at least 100 hits to actually get a composite bat to game condition. In other words, the bat will sound “dead” or hollow at first, but after hitting at least 100 balls, it’ll have the more traditional ping sound.
Next, you need to take care of the composite bat in a much different manner than regular aluminum bats. While you don’t really need to do much to care for an aluminum bat, it’s recommended that you don’t tear up the composite bats by recklessly hitting anything in sight.
Even though they are quite pricey, composite bats truly are the best bats on the market. This is why you’ll want to purchase a composite bat that gives you “returns” on the playing field. Luckily for those of us with a budget, some companies now sell cheaper versions of the composite bats.
In conclusion, composite bats are the ideal choice for ball players, no matter what level of play you are at. They are not just a fad. They are the next big thing in baseball.