Guide Baseball Bat barnett ENG – 2014 8
No, each bat is specifically made for each sport or level of play. For
instance, a Little League Bat cannot be used for Softball. Each bat is
labeled on the barrel indicating the sport/level with the weight and length
What is End Loading?
End Loading is usually found in softball bats. It means there has been
some material added to the end of the bat barrel to add weight and create
more of an end-balanced bat. The "End Load" is usually a polyurethane
material that fills approximately 1" - 4" of the barrel
There are varying views on performance enhancement - in general, slow-
pitch players like the weight on the end of the bats to help move the sweet
spot further out and create more momentum
What is Wall Thickness? Why do some bats say "Ultra-Thin Walls" on the
Performance in bats depends on three things, (besides the person
swinging the bat)
Type of alloy
Barrel Dynamics (a combination of Barrel Compression/Trampoline
Effect, Handle Flex, and End Loading)
Thickness of the bat barrel walls
Thinner walls mean more "POP" or "Trampoline Effect" off of the bat and
thus, better performance. Better quality Aluminum is stronger and lighter,
so the manufacturer can make the bat walls thinner
Are bats sensitive to changes in temperature?
Aluminum bats, especially higher performance models with thinner walls,
should not be used in temperatures below 50°F / 10°C.
Cold temperatures make the composition of the ball more dense,
especially the new "Compacted Core" balls. This puts unusual stress on the
bat walls which will result in denting
Bats may also be sensitive to very hot temperatures and should not be
stored in areas that are exposed to high heat, such as car trunks.
Bat failure due to mis-use in extreme temperatures is not covered by the
Can I try out my new bat at the batting cage?
You should not use your new bat in the batting cage. Batting cage balls
are made of a more dense material than is used in regulation baseball or
softball games and will cause denting
Bat sleeves, such as "Tuff-Sleeve," may be of some help but will not
guarantee complete protection
Bat failure due to use in a batting cage is very obvious and is not covered
by the warranty