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Wood Bat Barrels vs Aluminum Bat Barrels

WOOD BAT BARRELS VS. ALUMINUM BAT BARRELS

We want to shed some light on a common debate…”Wood bat barrels vs. aluminum bat barrels.” Please keep in mind that wood bat barrels and aluminum bat barrels are completely different animals. Because aluminum bats have a hollow barrel, those barrels can be designed larger.  Aluminum bats have hollow barrels. So that typically makes them swing lighter than a wood bat barrel.  And because the aluminum barrel compresses when making contact with the baseball, a trampoline effect helps propel the baseball. Wood bat barrels on the other hand have a solid barrel, and the baseball will compress (instead of the barrel) when making solid barrel contact. Because there is no trampoline effect from wood bats, we need to think of ways to help give the player more lift and carry when hitting a baseball. The way to do that is to put more backspin on the ball, and you don’t need to be a seasoned professional in order to do this.

Big Barrel vs. Small Barrel

This brings us back to the “big barrel vs. small barrel” argument and the “wood bat barrels vs. aluminum bat barrels”. Which is better? Well, because the diameter of the smaller barrel has greater curvatures than the bigger barrel, you’re able to put more backspin on a baseball with your natural swing. This gives the ball more lift and carry, which translates to more distance.  The smaller wood bat barrel also forces the player to be a more disciplined hitter.  If you swing at bad pitches you will sting your hands or break your bat when swinging wood.  By nature you will have better plate discipline and and strike zone awareness.  Whereas hitting a ball squarely with a large barreled bat can often result in the baseball “knuckling” off the barrel, limiting its’ distance.  Every level of professional baseball is played with a wood bat.  So if you’re serious about baseball, swing wood!  Check out MaxBat pro series wood bats:  https://www.maxbats.com/shop/bats/baseball/?pro-series

 

Ball compression on a wood bat barrel

Ball compression on a wood bat barrel

Categories: Baseball Bats, Maple Bats, Metal bats, Wood Baseball Bats, Wood Bat

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Not Just a Wood Bat Company

The MaxBat name has claimed it’s fame by producing the finest wood baseball bats to ever grace the field.  We do offer all kinds of accessories though, so any item that wields our name is made to very high quality standards.   Whether its a bat or bag, or gloves you can rest assured knowing it’s a quality item.  This post will focus on the three different bat bags we produce.

Ultimate Gear Bag

Ultimately this could be the best bat bag you will ever own.  Constructed of high strength 600 Denier Nylon, this bag is as tough as it is functional.  Featuring massive gear storage with room enough for all your gameday bats and gear.  The ultimate gear bag is big enough to fit a full set of catchers gear.  The durable in-line wheels with a wide base, plus removable shoulder strap and sturdy fence clips provide easy mobility and access on gameday.  There is plenty of room for wood bats, metal bats, gloves, catchers gear, cleats and every other baseball necessity.  This bag has a total of 15 pockets, so we’ve got you covered at any level of play.   Dimensions: 39″ L X 15″ W (21″ with cleat cage pockets filled) X 13″ H.

https://www.maxbats.com/shop/accessory/ultimate-gear-bag/89

Preview Ultimate Gear Bag

 

Team Bat Bag

Constructed of 600 Denier polyester, the MaxBat team bat bag provides excellent wood bat storage and protection.  Fully padded throughout, this bag holds up to 15 wood bats utilizing an easy access top panel with circular opening.  Also offering a large zippered side accessory pocket and ID holder, this is a great bat bag for a team or individual player.  This is the best team bat bag on the market!  https://www.maxbats.com/shop/accessory/team-bat-bag/123

Preview Team Bat Bag

BackPack

MaxBat quality and attention to detail shines through again with our backpack. Compact, and yet spacious enough to hold all of your equipment in an easy to carry backpack-style bag. Stylish and durable with plenty of pockets, sturdy all-metal fence hooks, and all-access zippers. This bag is built with heavy-duty 600 denier and tactical honeycomb Dolby nylon.  This bat bag has the same durable material as our Ultimate Gear Bag. Featuring a large expandable bottom with mesh ventilation for cleat storage to keep all your gear separate and clean. https://www.maxbats.com/shop/accessory/backpack/119

Preview Backpack

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Engineered Innovation

Engineered Innovation

At MaxBat we produce each and every wood bat in-house at our state of the art facility in Central Minnesota.  We take great price in all steps of our manufacturing process.  Below we’ll highlight some of the things that make our wood bat so popular.

*Power Game

The barrel is the business end of the wood bat.  When building your custom model, you can choose from 3 different barrel sizes.  Ranging from medium barrels (utilizes harder / strong wood which leads to a more balanced bat), to XL barrels (lower density piece of wood to achieve your desired target weight).  The barrel size is completely up to you, but know that you get the highest quality piece of wood when choosing a bat model with a medium barrel.

All MaxBat wood bat barrels are bone hardened.  We use a patented bone hardening process as one of our finishing touches!  Our custom engineered barrel compression machine increases and maximizes the hardness of the wood.  Harder wood = greater results.

*Get a Grip

The MaxBat handles vary in diameter, from thin, medium, or thick bat handles.  Thin bat handles will shift weight to the barrel end and also help the player generate a bit more “whip”.  The most common handle diameter is a medium handle with a diameter of 15/16 of an inch.  The thick handles, 1 inch or more, give the bat more of an “old school” as this was the norm back in the day.

The style of the knob varies slightly; this will impact the bat’s balance.  It will also change how the wood bat feels in the players bottom hand.  We also offer non traditional knobs that each have there own advantages. The flared design of the X-Knob helps protect the hamate bone from bruising, and greatly increases the bat’s balance. Because of the shape, and where it comes in contact with your lower hand, the X-Knob can ultimately increase overall bat speed too.  Pair any wood bat model with ProXR grip technology to deliver an exclusive level of hitting performance! True innovation creates a knob that works with a batter’s hands to create a smoother swing, resulting in increased bat speed and exit velocity. This unique design causes less pressure in the batter’s wrist and hand, thus being a benefit to the health and comfort of the player. This knob ads the elusive edge every hitter looks for in their bat. U.S.  MaxBat ProXR is the definition of Engineered Innovation!  Pat. 7,744,497

*Precision Crafted

We use years of experience and expertise to pinpoint the desired weight for your custom wood bat.  When choosing your weight, we recommend a -2 weight drop with a cupped barrel end.  We can certainly make your wood bat a -2.5 or -3 but keep in mind the lighter the weight the less dense the piece of wood.  A -2 weight will give your wood bat a bit more pop and durability, but a -3 weight will give your bat a bit more balance and quicker swing speed.

MaxBat offers more length options that anyone in the wood bat market.  All adult bats are made in 1/4 inch length increments starting at 32″ and going up to 35.5″.  Several of our medium barrel adult bats are made as short as 30″.

MLB mandates all Maple and Birch bats, destined for a pro player, need to pass an ink-spot test.  We put this ink-test on all of our wood bats regardless of level of play.  When the ink-test in placed on the bat handle it bleeds into the non-visible tangential grains.  The straighter the grain, the stronger the wood!  Every bat MaxBat produces features our Engineered Innovation.

Engineered Innovation in MaxBat Manufacturing

MaxBat Manufacturing at it’s finest.

Categories: Baseball Bats, Custom baseball bat, Maple Bats, ProXR, Wood Baseball Bats, Wood Bat, Wood bat manufacturer

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MaxBat ProXR vs. other Non Traditional Knobs

MaxBat ProXR vs. axe Style Handles.

Why is the ProXR angled knob the best in baseball, let us explain. The swing of an actual axe (chopping wood), which the competitors’ product is based on, has a linear swing path. Meaning it drives the hands to the point of contact.  This is probably the most important point…the swing of an axe always ends at contact. This is critical. The oval shape and general configuration of an axe handle evolved over thousands of years specifically to drive the axe head to the point of contact. This also applies to swords, hammers and other linear-path swing implements. The oval shape locks the hands into alignment with the swing path. This PREVENTS the hands from deviating from that swing path.

Round Knob is Key

In sharp contrast, the MaxBat ProXR knob is round and you know a baseball swing is rotational.  Meaning the bat must rotate around the batters’ body and the hands MUST roll over the central axis of the bat to compete the swing. This gives hitters the ability to both, make adjustments during the swing and complete the rotational swing path. Putting an oval axe handle on a baseball bat is in direct conflict with the requirements of a rotational baseball swing. Imagine trying to adjust your swing on a breaking ball or change-up when the shape of the handle is resisting those adjustments.

ProXR was designed from the ground-up specifically for a rotational baseball bat swing. It reduces compression in the hands and gives batters improved performance. Additionally, we tested our designs before we went to market and continue to do ongoing research and testing. As a side note, ProXR is the only angled knob technology that uses a round knob shape to help create a smoother swing.

In terms of game performance,  ProXR performs very well.  Every professional player who swung ProXR in 2018-19 had career hardest hits as measured by StatCast. We have not yet assessed the 2020 data.

You can add the ProXR knob to any custom MaxBat wood bat.  Check it out under the “knob” section of the custom bat builder… https://www.maxbats.com/shop/bats/custom/141/5 

The ProXR round knob versus axe style handles oval knob.

The round ProXR knob allows the bat to follow the natural swing path of a baseball bat. The oval knob shape fights the natural swing path.

Categories: Baseball Bats, Bat Swing Speed, Custom baseball bat, Maple Bats, ProXR, Wood Baseball Bats, Wood Bat, Wood Bats

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Taping your wood bat barrel is not really necessary, depending on the wood.

Have you ever seen someone put athletic tape on the barrel of their wood bat? I bet you’ve either wondered why they do that, or you’ve followed suit and wrapped your wood bat barrel in white athletic tape. Yes?

So, why is that a thing?  Here’s the answer.  MLB players would wrap their ASH wood bat barrels for batting practice to help prevent the grains from flaking/separating.  Because of the grain structure of ASH, it was seen as a preventative measure to help the longevity of the wood bat.  This was done for many years before Maple bats and Birch bats hit the scene.

Here’s the important point however.  Maple bats and Birch bats are much different than Ash bats.  Maple bats and Birch bats are a closed grain wood, and will NOT flake like Ash (an open pore wood).  Therefore, the more you hit with a Maple bat or a Birch bat, the grains compress more and more, whereas the more contact with an Ash bat will result in “wearing out the wood”.

So do you need to wrap your wood bat barrel in athletic tape? What about a coaches fungo? The answer is no. It’s not necessary.  But if you’re contemplating this, it’s really only going to benefit an Ash wood bat, and help prevent premature grain flaking and separation.  Again, Maple bats and Birch bats aren’t going to flake like an Ash bat.  It’s not going to hurt anything if you tape up the barrels of your Maple bat or Birch bat, but it’s not going to accomplish anything either.  Some guys just like the look, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  You gotta look the part, right?

Check out the pro MaxBat coaches fungos here.  Guaranteed to enable you to hit moon shots to your outfielders, over and over again.

Categories: Maple Bats, Wood Bat, Wood Bats

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