Look at any ballfield across the country, and you’re bound to see more kids swinging metal bats vs. wood bats. The simple reason is that metal bats are more prevalent in sporting goods stores than wood bats, with the major reason being that there are fewer wood bat leagues for youth baseball players.
So, when and why should you have your young ballplayer swing a wood bat? The answer is AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Swinging with a wood bat at an early age has a tremendous amount of benefits.
- The Ballplayer will become stronger – Metal bats are lighter than wood bats, because the barrel of a metal bat is hollow, whereas the barrel of a wood bat is solid. Swinging a wood bat over and over again is going to develop muscles in the hands, wrists, and forearms that can’t be duplicated by swinging a metal bat.
- The Ballplayer will ultimately develop better mechanics – Because metal bats are lighter than wood bats, younger players can swing them with more ease. In order to send the baseball flying using a wood bat, a batter needs to get the legs and hips involved with the swing (or swinging with proper mechanics).
- The Ballplayer should develop a better eye – Because the sweet spot of a wood bat is smaller than a metal bat, a batter needs to hone in on the wood bat barrel’s sweet spot when hitting. By practicing off of a batting tee, a player using a wood bat will be able to train their muscles AND their eyes before stepping foot into a batter’s box to face live pitching.
Those are just a few of the benefits of swinging a wood bat at an early age. The list goes on and on.
The common perception is that kids can hit a baseball farther with a metal baseball bat than a wood baseball bat. Makes sense…..the wood baseball bat is a little heavier than a metal bat, thus the swing speed will be a little slower. However, if a wood baseball bat is swung with the proper mechanics, a baseball will be sent just as far with a wood bat, as with a metal bat. Why? Because the barrel of a wood bat has more solid mass. It is this solid mass that will propel the baseball away from the bat after contact. Striking a baseball with a solid wood bat can most definitely result in ball speed and distance that equals that of a metal bat.
Wood bat popularity is at an all-time high around the globe. There are wood bat tournaments being held in youth leagues in almost every state. The fact is, that kids love playing with wood bats. It’s baseball at it’s purest form. And there is nothing better in sports than hitting a baseball off the sweet spot of a wood baseball bat. Ask anyone who has played, and they’ll have a hard time describing it to someone who has never hit with wood bats.
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