The safety of baseball players has been taken into consideration, and so the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution has been implemented. Baseball manufacturers and big players have engineered and modernized baseball bats in the last few years to further supply the demand of baseball bats.
Two of the most in demand type of BBCOR bats are composite and aluminium. Though both types of BBCOR bat have its regular followers, there are new players that are still in the process of deciding which of the two will work best for them.
In order to know the difference between the two types of bats, here is a comparison between Aluminum and Composite BBCOR bats.
Aluminum BBCOR bats are also commonly called as Aluminum Alloy bats. From its name, the bat is made of aluminum. The blend of the aluminum is sometimes mixed with other elements to produce an aluminum alloy.
Alloys are at variance. Though more cost efficient compared to other baseball bats, the quality of the aluminum used increases its value, making it cost higher than the regular aluminum bats.
Manufacturers mixes other elements to the blend of the aluminum to produce an aluminum alloy. Alloy bats that costs more contains greater quality alloys. No two-piece full alloy bat has been manufactured yet.
Composite bats on the other hand, are constructed with combined augmented carbon fiber polymer. Earlier composite bats had the wood bat’s performance, and aluminum bat’s toughness.
Compared to Aluminum, composite bat weights lighter because of the materials used such as glass fiber and graphite allowing the weight to be accurately distributed.
As a matter of fact, in order to add a little weight to composite bats, metal rods had to be inserted at its handles. You have the option to choose a single or two-piece composite bat.
Most of the time, an aluminum BBCOR bat is way more affordable compared to most bats in the market while on the other hand, composite BBCOR bats are in the higher price range.
The amount that you spend on your equipment can never compensate for the improved performance it allows you to have. When it comes to cost efficiency, what consumers like yourself should look for are quality equipments that can stand the test of time.
Imagine if you buy a baseball bat that will only cost $20 a piece, but with the frequency of your usage you might end up buying 6 to 7 pieces a year because of its poor quality. That will cost you $140 in total.
Why not invest in a baseball bat that may cost you higher, but will last a good 4 or 5 years? Cheaper price does not equal value
Compared to Wood
Aluminum BBCOR bats tend to feel stiffer in contact just like wood bats, but in terms of weight, aluminum bat is heavier. Composite bats are sturdier and have lighter swing weight compared to wood.
Both Aluminum and Composite bats are lighter to swing compared to wood and are also regulated to reduce the “trampoline effect” to mimic the wood baseball bats performance.
A player’s performance is not solely dependent on the player’s playing skills, the kind of equipment they use plays a vital role on his overall performance.
Due to high demands of great performing bats, baseball bat manufacturing evolved as manufacturers modernized and skillfully engineered their bat designs and its features.
Aluminum BBCOR bats are lighter than composite bats in terms of weight and are made of durable materials that help players achieve higher speeds and power when swinged.
The lightness of aluminum bats plus the durable materials used to create it creates the “trampoline effect” allowing faster baseball speed.
Composite BBCOR bats are way lighter compared to aluminum or alloy BBCOR bats, allowing players to experience a boost in distance whenever they hit the ball.
Composite bats are also assembled to let players feel the minimized sting after they missed their hit. Compared to alloy bats, the sweet spot of composite bats is wider and creates more “pop”. Warming up a composite bat is essential in optimizing its performance.
Composite bats have had a quite a handful of bad reviews due to its poor performance. After a few hundred hits, a composite bat needs a break in period while aluminum bats do not.
Composite bats have cold weather restrictions and unusable if the temperature hits 55-65 degrees. Composite tend to crack more and easier compared to durable aluminum bats though it may dent after it has been used for a while.
Aluminum Alloy bat’s barrel is smaller compared to composite bats. Composite bats have flexible handle compared to aluminum baseball bats.
In conclusion, baseball bats like Aluminum Alloy and Composite bats have their strengths and weaknesses, their pros and cons. The bottom line is, the equipments that players use are as diverse as the players using them.
Each equipment has its own unique feature that may or may not be the same as what is currently being offered in the market. There has been studies that confirm the advantage of using aluminum alloy bats compared to composite bats, other studies may confirm otherwise.
In buying an essential sports equipment such as a baseball bat, there in no better way than to consult your coach before going to your favorite sports house and starting your shopping spree.
You have to consider the age, the preference of the player, what possible outcome the player wants to achieve, the league they are playing at, the restrictions of the league that they belong to and most importantly, the equipment that is a best fit for the player.
Also, Though the price of the baseball bat is one of the deciding factors in purchasing the equipment fir for your needs, do not compensate quality and safety for a few dollars that you will save.
Remember, there are different strokes for different folks. What might work for your baseball buddy might not work for you.