Differentiating Wooden Baseball Bat With Aluminum Bat
A perfect and smooth baseball game would depend on a number of aspects such as the field where you’re playing, the ball and the bat you’re using. Mainly, there are two types of baseball bats, wooden and aluminum bat. So which bat is better here and what your game basically requires?
According to many records the baseball game firstly came to existence in the mid-18th century. Since that time, the sport has come across a long way for becoming among the world’s most renowned team sports. At this phase, the world also witnessed a number of changes in different aspects of the sports, most of which helped in making the sport much better.
One notable change in the history of baseball events was the replacement of traditional wooden bats with new aluminum bats. Although not everyone seemed to be happy with this change and that in turn triggered a debate as to which ones are better among the two-the aluminum baseball bat or its wooden predecessor?
Aluminum and Wooden Baseball Bats
The baseball bat is a club made through metal and wood, which is helpful for making strikes in the game for scoring more runs. According to the rules that were formed by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), the length of the baseball bat shouldn’t measure more than 42 inches and the diameter at its thickest point should measure around 2.75 inches. Similarly the baseball bat must not have a weight of up to 33 ounces.
The history of baseball bats dates back to the time when handmade crude wooden bats were used to score runs. The issue was that these bats were prone to breakage and later on manufacturers started making metal alloy baseball bats that were suitable for the game with more durability.
With the shift in time, more and more alterations for the baseball bat’s design were introduced. The manufacturers introduced aluminum bats in the market as bats with a wider sweet spot and more power, in turn, had a better performance as the outcome.
How Aluminum Bats Are Better Than Wood Bats
Aluminum bats swing faster
As the aluminum bat has a hollow barrel, the mass distribution along with the metal’s length would considerably be different from the solid wooden baseball bat. Especially the difference here would be mainly shown in the center of mass location – otherwise known as balance point. The closer CM is to the bat’s handle, it would become simpler to swing the bat.
Aluminum bats provide trampoline line hit
In case of a wooden bat when the ball hits the bat, it would nearly compress at around half of its original diameter, losing of more than 75% of the initial energy to internal friction forces at the time of compression. However, in a hollow bat, the barrel would compress somewhat similar to a spring from the impact of the ball.
This would mean that the ball isn’t as compressing as much and also loses less amount of energy to the forces through internal friction. Furthermore most of this energy temporarily gets stored in barrel and gets returned to ball, and the energy which gets lost in bat compression is a small fraction of what would have been lost in the ball if the impact was instead on a wood bat.
Aluminum bats don’t often break
Wooden bats, especially thin handed ash bats that were used by most of the baseball players nowadays, had a breaking tendency right upon the ball impact near the bat’s middle portion. Almost in every professional game we’ve seen bats getting broke by players on the pitch.
A memorable example of this happened in the 2000 World Series match between the New York Mets and New York Yankees. Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens delivered an inside pitch to Mets catcher Mike Piazza. The bat of Mike Piazza broke and the bat’s barrel part bounced out towards Clemens on mound. The broken bat was picked by Clemens and it was thrown towards Piazza as he ran towards first.
On the other hand Aluminum is a much stronger compared to ash wood, and the aluminum’s handle is a thin and cylindrical tube having reasonably thicker walls. With this structure the bat handle becomes much stronger and also won’t break. The barrel, where there are thinner walls, might crack or even dent if the walls there are too thick.