Baseball Training: We invited Dustin Lind to be a guest blogger here on our site. Dustin is a student of Exercise Science at Idaho State University, a former baseball player, an avid fan, and new owner of Cutthroat Bats (@Cutthroatbats), a custom wood bat company. Dustin will share with you the benefits of training with a wood and how to choose a model that is suited for you. Enjoy!
Benefits of using wood bats
From a biomechanical standpoint, using a wood bat to train is beneficial to all ages of players for two main reasons:
- It refines hitting mechanics.
- It encourages consistent hard contact.
In this case, the first point leads to the second, which is the goal of every hitter!
In a study I performed last year, I tested aluminum bats vs. wood bats in regard to the size of the “sweet spot.” We used multiple brands of BESR, BBCOR, and MLB certified wood bats of 33″ length and found that the sweet spots on BESR and BBCOR bats were significantly larger than those of top wood bat brands. From these findings we can conclude that metal bats provide a greater margin for error during hitting, as metal bats are more forgiving on pitches that are not hit squarely (such as off the end or handle of the bat). Therefore, when hitters move to high levels of play where hitting difficulty is increased, metal bat players tend to see decreases in offensive production. This is also true of players using wood bats (good pitchers will always get hitters out) but the decline in production is much less dramatic.
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