Curious about the differences between composite versus alloy bats? Want to know what the best bat is on the market? Keep reading!
Over four decades ago, aluminum bats were introduced to youth baseball. Players immediately experienced increased swing speed and more pop off the bat than traditional wooden bats. The modern alloy bat is made of a wide variety of metals that vary in durability and density. Generally, the more expensive alloy bats use higher quality metal. The lower quality metal bats have more vibration on contact and are less durable.
The modern alloy bat will have a single or double-wall design. Those with the double-wall design provide a larger sweet spot, higher mass, and increased durability over the single-wall-constructed bats. The single-wall-constructed bats have the benefit of being lighter in weight, which is great for hitters with a slower swing speed trying to catch up to fastballs. A composite bat is constructed out of unique carbon fiber material. Similar to how alloy bats slowly made wooden bats obsolete at the youth level, the composite bats could do the same to the alloy bat.
Benefits of Alloy Bats
One benefit is the cost. In the sporting goods market for bats, almost all composite bats will be more expensive than alloy bats. A very skilled player can produce nearly the same with the cheaper alloy bats than with the more expensive composite alternative.
There is no break-in time needed for an aluminum bat, whereas a composite bat could need up to 200 swings before players reach full production levels.
There is nothing better for youths to hear that “ping” when the ball strikes the sweet spot of an alloy bat.
One of the most valuable benefits of using aluminum bats is that they are very durable. They can maintain optimum performance for a few years whereas a composite bat shows wear and tear more quickly.
Disadvantages of Alloy Bats
They are more prone to denting than a composite bat. Sometimes a ball strikes the bat at an awkward angle, or simply quality control didn’t catch a flaw in the bat after it was produced.
Cold temperatures have a negative effect on alloy bats. This is because the metal stiffens as the temperature drops. The result is more intense vibrations in the hands-on contact and increased likelihoods of cracks and dents.
Benefits of Composite Bats
The biggest benefit is the vast increase in the amount of pop youth players experience. The blend of carbon fiber springs the ball off the barrel and increased speed and force compared to an alloy bat.
In addition, a composite bat is able to significantly reduce the stinging vibrations in the hands from balls, not off the barrel. Composite handles help reduce shock and in fact, some bats are a combination of composite handles and alloy barrels.
In general, the composite bat is lighter in weight than the alloy bat, which allows for fast swing speed and a greater chance to catch up to high-velocity pitches.
Disadvantages of Composite Bats
The mandatory break-in process means that you need to put in the time to hit 150 to 200 baseballs.
Similar to alloy bats, composite bats are also more likely to be damaged in colder climates. Such damages are cracks along the barrel much like those on a wooden bat.
For those on a budget, the price is the biggest disadvantage of a composite bat. Some can run several hundred dollars or more. Many youth players can achieve nearly the same goals with an alloy bat, which will last longer, saving money every year.
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