Pro Bats FAQ’s
Why bats break.
I’m frequently asked about label placement on wood bats, which invariably leads to a discussion of grain. I found a very informative article on the woodbats.org site. It not only clearly illustrates the different types of grain and how they impact the integrity of a bat, but also discusses the many reasons bats break.
Once you read the article, a couple of questions will come to mind. Why did we choose to keep the label in the traditional spot, and why don’t we ink dot our bats. The answer to the first question is contained in the article. Our wood is split not sawn. As such, the difference between making contact on the edge grain or tangential grain is, in our opinion, negligible. Being a traditionalist, and looking at the data I decided to keep the label in the traditional place. Unlike ash bats however, the label need not be facing skyward at contact. Pop and durability will not be significantly impacted either way.
The answer to the ink dot question is fairly simple. Our wood billets are the best money can buy. Again, they are split not sawn. We feel, after careful inspection of each wood billet, there is no need for an ink dot. The feedback on the durability of our bats from our customers reinforces our decision. Of course we could of course ink dot them, but it would needlessly increase the cost of our bats due to the extra labor involved in the process.
To read the entire article click this link: Why Bats Break.
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