You’ll hear several words thrown around in the argument over wood bats versus metal bats. Performance, safety and affordability are just a few that I think are all relevant. All of these words, when analyzed as part of this ongoing argument that continues to loom around the baseball and softball worlds, can be used as their own piece of the quarrel or utilized as separate bits of evidence that prove one way or the other, which is better for a novice or experienced ball player. I have a case that uses each one of these words to support wood bats as the only choice for any baseball or softball slugger.
It is hard to argue that wood bats have a larger sweet spot or more potential bat head speed than anything that has been engineered out of some of the lightest substances in this world. Titanium and aluminum do have more spring and weigh less than any piece of wood on the market. However, since 1998 governing bodies all over the worlds of softball and baseball have been starting to put limits on the performance levels of metal bats. Every year metal bat manufacturers come out with a new technology, increasing bat head speed and spring that in turn causes a line drive to fly toward pitchers and infielders at a more dangerous velocity and more often. Wood bats continue to change with manufacturers increasing performance levels but no one is trying to create legislation that keeps these bats out of the hands of our young ball players. This brings me to my next word.
The safety of young baseball and softball players has been in jeopardy ever since the technology of metal bats has taken off. More injuries pop up each year and coincide with more and more calls for a ban on metal bats in youth, high school and college leagues. The safety of wood bats has been called into question because of broken bats flying into the field of play and the stands. Several studies have shown that wood bats break most often because of where the ball hits the barrel and pitch speed. This has only been brought up as an issue in the major leagues where professionals are taking 100 live swings a week and the pitchers are all throwing at speeds above 90 miles-per-hour. Metal bats have become dangerous for every player on the field, at every skill level, with every new model that a manufacturer puts on the market. Although there is one issue with bat breakage that metal bat backers keep bringing up that I believe still plays into the hands of a wood bat revolution.
The bottom line is that you could buy and break three wood bats before spending as much as you would for a nice metal bat. A good metal bat will put you back about $300. The best and most expensive pro-series, wood bat that Phoenix Bats sells is only $85. The best and most expensive youth, wood bat that Phoenix Bats sells is only $50. And even if you are not satisfied with the piece of lumber that Phoenix Bats sent your way the Phoenix Challenge will let you return it within 10 days for a full refund. Plus a little known fact that people forget about with these light and thin walled metal bats that are out on the market is that they can dent, try replacing that for a minimal cost.
The main word that needs to come up in any wood bat versus metal bat conversation is future. The future of baseball and softball lies back at its origination with wood bats. With every year there is another call for a ban on metal bats because the technology is out running the safety of young athletes and the pocket books of American parents. These are calls to action that want purity and safety returned to theses games by making players swing wood bats. And if you want to have a professional future in baseball you better start swinging lumber because the MLB is never going to approve the use of metal.