The K271 is a youth wood bat that is great for the young power hitter. While still meeting Little League 1.10 rules, it features a longer barrel and a medium flared knob for the bigger kid.
Versus the K455 youth wood bat, the K271 features a noticeably longer barrel to give more space to hit, providing some additional durability for the player who tends to mash...but maybe not always on the sweet spot . But, with a longer barrel comes more weight out towards the barrel end of the bat, so it really is appropriate primarily for the bigger kid in the age group who can handle a little extra barrel weight. The knob and handle, featuring a moderate flare, was borrowed from our BB71 pro series baseball bat.
K271 wood bats stats:
Barrel: 2-1/4" end- loaded
Handle: 15/16" with moderate flare from the handle to knob
Weight: -8 drop (length - 8 = weight in ounces)
Wood: birch to properly balance durability and swingability, insuring great swing form
Youth who is big for his age and is the big hitter on the team.
Usually for the power hitting 10-11 year old
Will your child be able to handle a wood bat that has a -8 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 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 gaps and beyond. Just keep in mind that this bat is barrel weighted, so the hitter better have the physical size to handle such.
Which wood type is right for your player?
Phoenix offers the K455 Youth Wood Bat in birch species. Birch supports the highest balance between proper weight (absolutely critical to developing the right swing) and durability (especially when not hitting on the proper side of the bat, which is why we do not offer youth bats in 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, bats for Little League (majors) and below, shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. It shall not be more than 33 inches in length, not be more than two and one-quarter inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part.
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.
Not sure which youth bat to go with or concerned your youth can handle the K271 even with us being confident he or she can?
Don't worry we understand! So with the Phoenix Bats Risk-Free Guarantee, you can Try a bat for 10 days and if you don’t like it send it back for exchange or a refund, even if it's personalized. More details here