WOOD BAT RECOMMENDER

1. SELECT WOOD TYPE

  • MapleMAPLE
  • CompositeCOMPOSITE
  • AshASH

2. SELECT TURNING MODEL

  • 110
    Recommended for contact hitters; players transitioning to wood.
  • 271
    Recommended for contact or power hitters.
  • 243
    Recommended for power hitters.

3. SELECT YOUR HEIGHT/WEIGHT

SELECT HEIGHT
SELECT WEIGHT
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WOOD BAT SELECTION GUIDE

COLLAPSE

There are multiple factors to consider when selecting the perfect bat. This guide will help breakdown these components, to help provide a foundation of understanding.

BAT LENGTHS AND WEIGHTS

Bats lengths are measured in inches, from knob to end cap, and weights are measured in ounces. It is crucial to select a bat that has your ideal bat length and weight. In many cases, stronger and more experienced players may prefer longer and heavier bats. Likewise, smaller and less experienced players may benefit from shorter and lighter bats. The bigger the barrel generally means the heavier a bat will feel, as the greater percentage of weight and mass is placed in the barrel.

PLAYER HEIGHT, WEIGHT AND ARM LENGTH

In addition to strength and experience, use your height and weight to determine the right bat length for you. The following chart is a good starting point.

PLAYER WEIGHT
(POUNDS)
PLAYER HEIGHT (FEET' INCHES")
3'0" - 3'4" 3'5" - 3'8" 3'9" - 4'0" 4'1" - 4'4" 4'5" - 4'8" 4'9" - 5'0" 5'1" - 5'4" 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'1" >
BAT LENGTH
< 60 26" 27" 28" 29" 29"
61 - 70 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"
71 - 80 28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"
81 - 90 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32"
91 - 100 28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"
101 - 110 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"
111 - 120 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"
121 - 130 29" 30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 33" 33"
131 - 140 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"
141 - 150 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"
151 - 160 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 33"
161 - 170 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171 - 180 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
181 > 33" 33" 34" 34"
< 60
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4" 26"
3'5" - 3'8" 27"
3.9" - 4'0" 28"
4'1" - 4'4" 29"
4'5" - 4'8" 29"
4'9" - 5'0"
5'1" - 5'4"
5'5" - 5'8"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
61 - 70
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4" 27"
3'5" - 3'8" 27"
3.9" - 4'0" 28"
4'1" - 4'4" 29"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 30"
5'1" - 5'4"
5'5" - 5'8"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
71 - 80
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 28"
3.9" - 4'0" 28"
4'1" - 4'4" 29"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 30"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
81 - 90
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 28"
3.9" - 4'0" 29"
4'1" - 4'4" 29"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 30"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
91 - 100
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 28"
3.9" - 4'0" 29"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8" 32"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
101 - 110
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 29"
3.9" - 4'0" 29"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8" 32"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
111 - 120
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 29"
3.9" - 4'0" 29"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 31"
5'5" - 5'8" 32"
5'9" - 6'0"
6'1" >
121 - 130
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 29"
3.9" - 4'0" 30"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 30"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" >
131 - 140
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8" 29"
3.9" - 4'0" 30"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 31"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" >
141 - 150
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0" 30"
4'1" - 4'4" 30"
4'5" - 4'8" 31"
4'9" - 5'0" 31"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" >
151 - 160
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0" 30"
4'1" - 4'4" 31"
4'5" - 4'8" 31"
4'9" - 5'0" 32"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" > 33"
161 - 170
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0"
4'1" - 4'4" 31"
4'5" - 4'8" 31"
4'9" - 5'0" 32"
5'1" - 5'4" 32"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 33"
6'1" > 34"
171 - 180
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0"
4'1" - 4'4"
4'5" - 4'8"
4'9" - 5'0" 32"
5'1" - 5'4" 33"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 34"
6'1" > 34"
181 >
PLAYER HEIGHT
(FEET' INCHES")
BAT LENGTH
3'0" - 3'4"
3'5" - 3'8"
3.9" - 4'0"
4'1" - 4'4"
4'5" - 4'8"
4'9" - 5'0"
5'1" - 5'4" 33"
5'5" - 5'8" 33"
5'9" - 6'0" 34"
6'1" > 34"

1. MEASURE FROM CHEST TO PALM

You can also help determine the right bat length by first extending one of your arms out to the side, and then holding the bat’s knob in the middle of your chest with the bat’s end cap pointing toward the hand of your extended arm. If the end cap ends at your palm or wrist, the bat is probably too short; if the end cap ends past your index finger, the bat is likely too long.

2. TEST IF BAT IS TOO HEAVY

Likewise, you can help determine the right bat weight by trying to hold the bat in your extended hand for 45 seconds. If you can’t reasonably hold the weight for 45 seconds in this manner, the bat is probably too heavy.

TURNING MODELS

There are several popular turning models for wood bats. Each model is easily identified by number, which corresponds to a set of features you will see or feel when comparing the models to one another.

FEATURE TURNING MODEL
110 271 243
Recommended for contact hitters; players transitioning to wood. Recommended for contact or power hitters. Recommended for power hitters.
Barrel Diameter Standard (2 1/2") Standard (2 1/2") Largest (2 5/8”)
Taper Longest Medium Shortest
Handle Thickness Thickest (1") Medium (15/16") Thinnest (29/32" or 15/16")
Feel / Swing Weight Most balanced Balanced End-loaded
Knob Traditional Flared Traditional

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTIONS

Bats are made from a variety of woods. Maple and ash bats are currently the most widely popular wood materials, which are also the primary wood materials used to make Easton’s wood bats.

  • MAPLE BATS

    are stronger, heavier and more dense (with a tighter grain structure) than ash bats. These bats also provide more pop than ash bats, and you should be able to feel the ball leave the bat on contact. Premium maple bat models may include an ink dot on the hardest side of the bat, which demonstrates the straightness of the grain; the straighter the grain, the more durable the bat.

  • COMPOSITE WOOD BATS

    encase wood in a composite shell, including providing a bat with a composite handle and maple or ash barrel. These bats provide results that are similar to standard wood bats, but are more durable and generally last longer. Adult composite bats (e.g., those bats not made from one piece of wood) must have BBCOR certification, and even these models may still not be allowed for use by some leagues.

  • ASH BATS

    are not as strong, lighter and not as dense (with a wider grain structure) than maple bats. These bats also provide more flex and forgiveness than maple bats, and you should experience greater bat speed. An ash bat should feel softer than a maple bat on contact.

  • OTHER WOODS

    include hickory, bamboo and birch. Hickory wood bats are very heavy and hard, and provide little flex and feel. Bamboo bats are very strong and durable, but are not approved for MLB use and require BBCOR certification. Birch wood bats are harder than ash, but not as hard as maple.

LABELS AND GRAINS AT CONTACT

Hitting a baseball on the side of a wood bat that is strongest will provide the greatest performance to the player and maximize the bat’s durability. Look for the brand’s label and observe the grains of the wood. Bat labels are placed on the weakest side of a bat, and the ideal area to hit a baseball is where the bat’s grains are straightest (like the side of a deck of cards). To be sure that you’re aligning your wood bat properly, take a swing and stop at the point where contact would be made with a ball. Now look at your bat in this position, ensuring that the bat label is either straight up or straight down with the side of the bat with the straightest grains facing the area where contact would be made.