There are many types of baseball bats that a player could try and play with, but a good player is not only depended on the bat but on the skill holding the bat. A good bat is only designed to enhance the skills of the player as well as hopefully make the game more fun.
The materials that make up a baseball bat have come a long way since the days of only having wood as an opinion. Players (who want to use something else besides wooden bats) can now have a choice between either having a composite bat or having an Aluminum bat. We are here to make a ‘Composite Vs Aluminum Bats’ comparison list which could help a player decide which type to choose in the hope of having a better game.
A composite bat could be made out of augmented carbon fiber polymer as well as glass fiber and graphite.
These types of baseball bat could offer larger sweet spots because the barrel could be larger, which could be great for young players in the Little Leagues or Senior Leagues since they could be able to hit the baseball to go further distances. Plus, the player could choose between using a single composite baseball bat or a two-piece composite bat.
Pros and Cons of Composite Bats
The Pros of using a composite baseball bat (besides the larger sweet spot) is that the materials used in these types of bats make the bat lighter (in terms of the weight of the bat) to swing and the weight could be accurately distributed. Some bat manufacturers could also add metal rods to the handles of the bat to add some more weight to it so that the player could have more control with their swing.
Composite bats could also create a trampoline effect which could make the ball pop off the barrel of the bat which could give the ball more speed and force, which could be seen as a pro.
Another benefit of using a composite bat could be that the bat can be designed in such a way that the sting that a hitter often feels when a bat meets the ball is lessened and this is because the composite bat could be able to absorb this type of energy so that the players may not feel as much of a shock.
However, the cons of using a composite bat to the best of its performance ability is that it may take time for the player to break in the bat which could be done by the player swinging the bat softly with a medium speed at about 150 to 200 genuine baseballs. Cold weather could also have a negative effect on the composite bat since vertical cracks on the barrel could appear but there could be no denting, unlike Aluminum bats.
Composite bats can also be quite pricey so it may be a good idea for a player to get into the swing of things before the player hands over a lot of money for a composite bat since it is not the bat that makes the game but the player behind it, the composite bat could merely help.
Aluminum bats which are also known as Alloy bats came on to the baseball scene about 40 years ago, and they could be taking the place of the classical wooden bats because alloy bats could be able to offer higher bat speeds with lower swing weights. Alloy bats can come in two designs which can be detected by how many metal layers encapsulate the bat.
The one design is known as the double wall design which could add a larger sweet spot to the barrel of the bat as well as the design could increase durability. The single wall design is the other type of Aluminum bat which has less material and this can help decrease the weight of the bat which could allow the player to swing faster for those fastballs.
Pros and Cons of Aluminum Bats
The pros of using an Aluminum bat when compared to a composite bat are that the alloy bat could be lighter in terms of weight as well as cheaper in terms of price and the player does not need to take time to break in an alloy bat.
Another up-vote for alloy bats is that the players can hear straight away if they made a good hit or not because the bat makes a ‘ping’ sound, plus the louder the sound the better the hit. Aluminum bats could also have a longer life span because of the high level of durability as well as strength that the bat could offer.
The possible downsides of using an alloy bat is that it could be more likely to dent which could be caused by accidentally getting a ‘lemon’ (an alloy bat that was poorly made) or the bat hit the ball at a strange angle which could result in bends and dings.
Alloy bats (like composite bats) may not do well in cold weathers since they are more likely to get cracks and dents, as well as the player, could feel an increase in the sting in their hands when they hit a ball. This could be caused by the material of the alloy bat becoming denser which can make the bat heavier and harder which may result in the ball causing intense damage to the design of the bat.
The debate of Composite Bats Vs Aluminum Bats seems to come down to the weather as well as the price tag. However, I would suggest that starting with an alloy bat could be a good idea since the player can have a chance to develop their skills as well as their strength.
Once the player feels as if they have enough experience as well as confidence in baseball they can go onto composite bats in order to use that larger sweet spot.