FAQ

Am I too young to swing a wood bat?

Baseball players should start using wood bats as early as possible.  If you can swing a metal bat, you can swing a wood bat. The sweet spot is slightly smaller,and practicing with wood will quickly increase your ability to consistently barrel up the ball.

 

Can I buy bats in bulk for my team?

Yes, please contact us at info@bpbats.com for special team pricing.

 

I just placed an order, when will it ship?

Please expect 2-3 weeks (plus shipping time) for all custom bat orders.

 

Why are wood bats cupped at the end?

Wood bats are cupped to precisely adjust the weight of each bat.

 

Why do pro maple bats have an ink dot on the handle?

In 2009, the MLB mandated that all bats used in the majors must have an ink dot on the face (tangential) grain to better control quality and reduce the number of broken bats. With an eye-dropper, a single dot of ink is dropped onto the bat around 11-12 inches up from the handle. The ink then spreads to give a good visualization of the grains allowing the "Slope of Grain" to be measured using a protractor.  The "Slope of Grain" must be less than 3 degrees to meet MLB standards. Ink dots are mostly seen on Maple wood bats as the grains are less visible.  Ash bats generally do not have an Ink Dot because ash is a very grainy wood and the straightness is highly visible.

 

Why should I hit the ball with the "label" up?

Hitting “label up” allows contact to be made 90 degrees from the placement of the label or bat logo. Historically bat manufacturers have only placed their logo on the face-grain side of the bat, allowing hitters to make contact with the edge-grain side of the bat to prolong the longevity of a bat’s lifespan.  This is because continuous contact on the face-grain of an Ash bat will result in “flaking” of the grains due to it’s high concentration of pores within the “early-wood” section of the wood.  This heavy concentration of pores makes the wood less dense and more susceptible to grain separation under repeated stress. For the past 100 years, Ash bats were predominantly used in the MLB so there was very little focus on trying to determine the optimal contact zone for the various other wood types.  As Maple bats became more popular, extensive research proved that that the optimal contact area on maple bats is actually the face grain side!  Since maple is a diffuse-porous species, the wood pores are more evenly dispersed throughput the early-wood and late-wood sections making it unlikely that grain separation would occur.  Therefore, there is no need to orient a hard maple bat to make contact on the edge grain face.  Instead, contact should be made on the face grain side, which provides the greatest impact strength. So, while there have been some recent changes to how maple and even birch bats are labeled, this statement still remains true.  Always hit label up!

What is the downside to buying a lighter wood bat?

While a light weight wood bat may help increase bat speed, lighter bats are generally less dense and more susceptible to breaking.  A -2 weight drop is recommended for wood bats.