Maple is one of the hardest woods in the world, stronger and harder than ash. That is why barrels on the Sam Bat seldom dent, crack or fray. If you can dent a maple bat you have an excellent start to a future in the game.
Handle and Barrel
The handle is the heart of your bat, the barrel the muscle. We know maple wood gives you a longer sweet spot so our barrels are designed to enhance this advantage. We carve 7/8” handles. We recommend 15/16” and larger.
Weight and Length
Kids quickly establish the correct bat length. The lost lesson is that wood bats require more weight to work properly. The length of the wood bat will be the same as metal. Increase weight in almost all cases by two to four ounces if switching from metal to wood bats. Aggressive wood bat hitting will improve your offensive game. We believe young hitters who use wood properly but still break many wood bats are swinging wood bats that are too light. Wood bats gain strength when mass is added to any given model. Strength is added to any wood bat when the diameter of the handle is increased. Bat weight and length will help the ball jump off the bat. Big hitters usually use big wood bats, often 34 or 35 inches long. Real power hitters will let the bat do the work for them and -2 (ounces less than the length of the bat) is a common weight. We encourage that weight increases first then length. Over years the young hitter will increase both, possibly leading to a pro career.
Position of the Label
At the plate look your Sam Bat in the eyes. Sam Bat follows Major League label placement. Maple is a non-porous species. Recent research suggests that maple is marginally stronger (about 4%) when hit against the grain. We put the Bat label on top of the grain to ensure the horizontal grain will meet the ball.