About the DR271:
The DR series of wood baseball bats are perfect for the transition of a young player moving from a youth bat to a bat with a full size barrel.
Normally, at age 12-13, a hitter outgrows his/her K455, K240, or K271 wood youth bat. This is a result of physical size, league requirements and/or the speed of pitching now faced. Stick with a youth bat and the chance of breaking the wood bat increases greatly. Go to a high-school weight bat too soon and your young hitter starts picking up bad habits (like dropping the shoulder and dragging the bat through the strike zone).
Enter the DR271 to give the big 12-13 year old a power hitter's wood bat. The full-size barrel that gets the hitter used to swinging a bigger barrel wood bat, like they will have to swing no later than high school age. Because it is designed specifically as a transition bat, it comes in at only 2-3 ounces heavier than our youth bats. This makes for a very smooth transition, as it leaves the DR271 at least 2 ounces lighter than a wood bat that a high schooler will have to swing.
DR271 Wood Bat Specs:
Barrel: 2-1/2", long, more end-weighted (same diameter as a high school age requirement)
Handle: 15/16" with a knob that flares out more at handle end
Knob: Just enough knob to catch your bottom hand
Weight: -5 drop (length - 5 = weight in ounces)
Bigger, more muscular 12-13 year old getting ready for high school baseball
Seeks more hitting area and has the size to handle the barrel weight that comes with it.
Tapes up his knob into a more cone like shape for more flare than a traditional wood bat
Will your youth be able to handle a wood bat that has a -5 drop weight (length minus drop weight = bat weight in ounces)?
Definitely! Remember, metal bats have become so light that they do not accurately represent what weight is appropriate to learn how to hit effectively. Too light: a golf-like low to high, improper swing appears. Too heavy: shoulders drop, wrists turn and the barrel head gets dragged through the zone. A properly weighted youth transition bat levels the hitter's swing, enabling the youth to drive the ball. Goodbye golf-like low-to-high metal bat pop-fly swing, hello baseballs headed to the wall and beyond.
Which wood type is right for your player?
Phoenix offers the DR271 Youth Transition Wood Bat in the choice of birch or a ash. These two woods support proper weight, which is absolutely critical to developing the right swing. For greater durability, when not yet disciplined to consistently hit on the proper side of the bat, birch is recommended over ash. For undisciplined hitters, birch is more forgiving, especially when not having the logo facing the sky when striking the ball or when miss-hitting further up or down the barrel.
Little League & USA Youth Bat (USABat) Compliance:
Per Little League Rule 1.10, Junior League wood bats shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. All Phoenix Bats youth wood bats meet or exceed Little League standards.
In regard to the new USA Baseball bat standard: solid, one-piece wood bats that adhere to Little League’s regulations will be allowed for play with or without the USA Baseball mark (see Rule 27). So, if you have a Phoenix wood youth bat and play in Little League, AABC, Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken, Dixie or PONY league, you are all set!
All Phoenix Bats youth wood bats meet or exceed USABat and Little League standards.
Get the chance to keep improving your game with the right bat at the right age. Try the DR271...risk free!
If you are not satisfied with your selection, your wood bat can be returned for a refund or exchanged within 10 days of purchase. The Phoenix Bats Risk-Free Guarantee is just one more reason that it’s time for every ballplayer to switch to the safety and affordability of a Phoenix youth wood bat. More details here