The 161HD offers the same thicker handle (almost 1") and same well-defined knob as the big diameter, long barreled P161 power hitter's bat. But, the 161HD's barrel design is more suited to the extra base hitter versus the pure power guy. He trades barrel diameter and some barrel length for more bat speed.
The barrel diameter is brought down to 2.5" at its max with a faster taper from barrel to handle than the original P161. The result: a really nice, thicker handled, balanced wooden bat with a wide knob to rest your hand on. And with the 161 HD being part of the new HD line, expect some additional durability versus most non-HD bats.
Our HD line of bats are made from the same high quality maple and birch wood as our other standard and pro models. To make them, we pull the billets (tubes of wood from which we craft our bats) that, due to weight, make great wood bats, but only in a limited number of models that have slightly
smaller diameter barrels. The tweaked barrel is offset by the wood being denser. Denser wood = a stronger bat and more energy transferred to the ball. Try the 161HD and see why it provides a great combination of pop, durability and value.
161HD Wood Bat Stats:
Barrel: 2-1/2" average diameter, slightly weighted, cupped, tapers quicker to handle
Handle: 31/32" thicker, fairly straight handle
Knob: defined to rest your hand on
Weight: -2.5 drop (length - 2.5 = weight in ounces)
Finish: natural barrel and handle
3,6,7-hole hitter in the line-up
Extra bases hitter with big hands (or who tapes up his handle a lot)
Likes a knob to rest his bottom hand on for comfort and extra control
Wants the big bat feel in more manageable weight and durability
Comparable Phoenix models: F110
, smaller P161
Comparable competitor models: 110, smaller 161
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