Apparently a player in the 2003 Women's College Softball World Series also broke an aluminum bat. Although the aluminum bat performed the best I think the wood bat feels the best. Nearly all hitting instructors and serious ball players understand that its better to hit with a wood bat, even if its just during practice. Over the years, the construction of baseball bats has undergone numerous changes. Technically we are talking about the moment-of-inertia of the bat. Aluminum bats are ready to use at all times and do not require a break in period. Figure 4 shows the Bat-Ball Coefficient-of-Restitution which measures the combined elastic properties of the bat-ball system as a function of hoop frequency.
Do you have a good eye for beauty, balance, and form? Home runs or not, you can still be a major player for your team by understanding your role as a contact hitter. Many agree and prefer hybrid bats over any other. This is because in the swing weight control method, there are 2 main factors that seem to offset each other. Considerations to make when using composite bats As much as composite bats are finely designed and durable, they need to be used appropriately and rightly for them to remain functional for a long time. Aluminum bats are hollow, except near the handle end, so they tend to be lighter and swing faster than a solid wood bat of the same length. The best combination of materials is strictly based on personal preference. But the study concluded that there was no significant increase in performance after a minimum of 500 hits with either the aluminum or the composite bats.
They found that the width of the sweet spot was nearly the same for all bats wood and metal bats tested. Width of the sweet spot for metal and wood bats is the same. Because of shortages of quality wood, and the higher cost of good quality bats, most college teams completely switched over to aluminum bats during the 1980's. Shaving the inside of a metal or composite bat, to create more trampoline effect for greater energy transfer to the ball, is hard to detect. The manufacturers introduced aluminum bats in the market as bats with a wider sweet spot and more power, which, in turn, resulted in better performance. This presents players using complex-fiber bats with an added advantage over those using aluminum bats. In theory, split wood tends to be stronger as wood splits along its strongest grains.
Kinsey holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California University of Pennsylvania. The first types of composite bats exhibit a unique performance that is quite similar to that of single-walled aluminum bats. Major League Baseball only plays with wood bats, but just about every other league from youth softball to college baseball uses a combination of aluminum and composite bats. Scientific evidence that batted ball speed is faster for aluminum baseball bats. The issue of bat performance is not just related to baseball, it also affects softball.
In this project, you'll take the scientific approach to answer this question. As a result, fewer and fewer younger professional pitchers throw inside pitches than used to be the norm in years past. Bats with lower hoop frequency more compliant barrels have increased performance. Both types of bats vibrate at the moment of impact, but wooden bats do so in one direction only -- along their length. A reason for using aluminum bats are for the weight distribution. What is more fascinating about complex-fiber bats is that they come with flexible handles as compared to those of aluminum bats. The problem with these bats is that they tend to break more easily, due to metal fatigue.
Aluminum bats have large barrels and big sweet spots. These feats allow engineers to 1 create greater plate coverage with optimal swing weights. Considerations Just as every hitter is different, every bat is different too. The only real difference is weight. In the end, it is a matter of personal preference.
Of course, hitting a long ball off of aluminum bat is pure joy, but hitting a long ball off of a wooden bat is even more significant. Wood bats are more of a financial burd … en on leagues and teams because they don't last as long. Two of the most in demand type of are composite and aluminium. What I want to do here is discuss experimental evidence that a trampoline effect really does seem to be partly responsible for improvement in performance of aluminum bats over wood. This is usually done making sure the label of the bat is up at contact. The controversial topic of safety and the metal versus aluminum debate is something I would like to stay away from, especially since I have nothing significant to add to the discussion. Observation The results show that the distance traveled by the ball was the same, regardless of whether an aluminum bat or wooden bat was used.
Keep your bat out of extremely hot temperatures, such as in the trunk of a car. Composite bats cost a lot more than standard aluminum bats. If you are breaking three or four bats a year equal to what you would have spent on a metal or composite bat , you have either purchased a low-quality bat. This causes scratches and hinders the performance of your bat. However, as the data in Figure 5 shows, for an impact outside of the sweet spot - especially towards the middle of the bat - the batted ball speeds for metal bats are significantly higher than for wood. You'll set up experiments at your local playing field to find out which type of bat is better, wood or aluminum.
Draw your own conclusions as to where these certification fees, paid by bat manufacturers, go. This means that pitchers do not have good results throwing inside. This is an layman's article I wrote about bat performance, what it means, how to measure it, and how to regulate it. This is because it is easier to control the mass around barrel end-handle in composite bats than in aluminum bats. Adair, The Physics of Baseball, 3rd Ed.
Chris Kinsey works as an editor for a medical publisher and has experience dealing with many topics, ranging from athlete's foot to cancer and brain injury. Likewise hitters often find it to be considerably difficult to make the change from aluminum to wood, especially when dealing with inside pitches. I am going to research my topic and compare that information to my results. Even if you're using metal bats for games, still train with wood to reap the benefits. By fine-tuning their alloy selection and manufacturing processes, companies like Rawlings and Louisville Slugger can produce metal bats that. Records suggest that baseball was first played sometime in the mid-18th century.