The DR5S is another wood baseball bat that is the perfect transition bat for the young player moving from a youth bat to a bat with a full size barrel. It's the sister to the DR100, having the same barrel but a handle and knob much more like a metal bat.
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 the hitter now faces. Stick with a youth bat and the chance of breaking the bat increases greatly. Go to a full-size barrel too soon and your young hitter starts picking up bad habits (like dropping his/her shoulder and dragging the bat through the strike zone).
Enter the DR5S to save the day! It features a full-size barrel, of same diameter as our pro series BB71 and JK5 wood bats. This gets the hitter used to swinging a bigger barrel wood bat like they will have to swing no later than high school age. It's designed specifically as a transition bat, but still from the same quality wood we use for all our pro series bats. The DR5S wood bat comes in at only 2-3 ounces heavier than our youth bats, but still at least 2 ounces lighter than a pro series bat.
DR5S Wood Bat Specs:
Barrel: 2-1/2" to enable to get used to high school age barrel diameter
Handle: 15/16" straight in to very defined knob, replicating the feel of a metal bat
Weight: -5 drop (length - 5 = weight in ounces)
12-13 year old who likes a metal bat feel as he sets his site on high school baseball
Player moving from youth ball but who isn't ready for the full weight of a high school age bat
Will you 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 DR5S Youth Transition Wood Bat in the choice of maple, birch or ash. Each of these 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 or when hitting all up and down the barrel, birch is recommended over ash and maple.Maple is best for the player who hits further down the barrel but is discipline to avoid barrel end shots. While ash best handles the barrel end shots, it requires the most discipline to hit on the proper side of the bat, which tends to be a challenge for many youth who have been used to hitting only with a metal bat.
Little League Wood Bat 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. 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. So, if you have a Phoenix wood youth bat, you are all set! All Phoenix Bats youth wood bats meet or exceed Little League standards.
Get the chance to keep improving your game with the right bat at the right age. Try the DR5S...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.
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