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Admittedly I didn’t play baseball growing up. I was into more ‘girly girl’ sports such as shin-splitting grass hockey. Needless to say all things wood is of interest now, and when NPR Weekend America played a program on the qualities of wood for baseball bats, it was duly noted.
Historically, the majority of baseball bats were made from hickory, a durable but heavy wood. Today’s professionals are using northern white ash and maple.
The lighter the bat in weight, the faster the ball can be batted; makes hitting that line drive or home run a little easier. Using a denser/heavier wood bat during practice and warm-up offers the batter better swing action. Warming up with a weighted bat means the bat in ‘game play feels lighter; slugger is ready.