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A Review of Popular Baseball Gloves
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Traditional Wooden Baseball Bats

Wood baseball bats are available for all leagues and levels. Some believe wood baseball bats embody the art or the poetry of baseball. Precision crafted wood bats are replete with the spine-tingling crack of a home run or the splintered remains of wooden warrior that drilled its last base hit. Though aluminum or alloy bats outnumber wood bats in the non-professional leagues, many players feel a kinship with the natural wood and when using them, feel like they're walking in the footsteps of baseball greats like Babe Ruth or Derek Jeter.
When selecting a wood bat you should carefully hold the handle. Ensure the shape and form work for your grip and batting style. Also make sure the length/ weight ratio is appropriate for your size. Wood bats are carved from mostly maple or ash woods. Wood grains vary greatly in quality. Like furniture dealers, wood bat manufacturers can select from a plethora of wood qualities. The higher quality wood bats strive for hardness, strength, and density without being too heavy. Many claim that maple bats achieve this crucial balance.
Maple baseball bats are among the most

popular choices, with ash being its biggest competitor. Maple wood is endowed with a tight grain that offers many of the qualities suited for smacking a baseball. The finer the grade of maple, the more expensive the bat, so remember to ask about the wood grain.
Factors to consider when purchasing a maple bat, like other bats, are weight, length, and grip. Additionally, many players take advantage of the swing-empowering benefits of owning a maple baseball bat. Serious batters in the non-professional leagues, or who have major league aspirations, will often practice with a maple bat instead of an aluminum bat. The sweet spot is more precise and wood bats are solid so they weigh more. After practicing with a wood bat, come game time, your aluminum bat swing will be much more dangerous.
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