Tips for Buying an Axe Bat
The axe bat is more than just a Frankenstein-style amalgamation of a baseball bat handle and an axe blade. The secret lies in the final few inches of the bat near the end where the handle turns to an oblong oval. This creates a curve that directly affects a player's delivery. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it is a major factor in baseball hitting mechanics. Here's why.
Curve: The curve on the barrel of a baseball bat begins near the buttock and curves downward toward the hitter before taperning away. This is referred to as the "axis of rotation" for a baseball bat. It is similar to the axis of rotation of an aircraft. In other words, the barrel of the baseball bat is the same plane throughout its swing, just as an airplane is also flying in a circular pattern with the same axis of rotation.
Touch-up: Unlike a traditional baseball bat with a flat, wide face, an axe-handled bat has a much shorter face and a slanting "V" or "U" shaped part toward the fingertips. The reason for this is to help create a sweet spot on the swing plane. The sweet spot (forehead) will help generate additional swing speed. Many athletes wear spikes on their bats because they believe this helps add swing action. I don't.
Tip: Most players make contact with the ball on the inside of their bat. This is called a soft hit. Players hit the outside of the barrel on a hard swing. As a result, the ball moves on a downward plane toward the ground. In an axe bat, the ball moves in a straight line between the sweet spot and the ground on the swing. So, the hitter can generate more power.
Extra mph: A powerful hitter that wants to go the distance will benefit from using an axe bat. On average, these hitters carry balls 50 percent farther than those with a traditional bat. That means more runs scored! It also means that outs turn into outs more easily.
Who uses these baseballs: Power hitters such as Cuban, Alex Rodriguez and Evan Longoria are at the heart of the revolution in baseball using power baseballs. Other hitters who benefit include pitchers such as Max fastball and CC Sabathia. These all use axe bats to further their arm speed and allow them to hit the baseball harder. Age is no longer a factor when it comes to these bats. Younger players make up a large portion of the sales of these bats. So, there is a great investment in your future.
What is the shaft of this baseball? The shaft of an axe bat is generally made from steel or graphite. Many players choose a shorter shaft to maximize bat speed and distance. The heavier the player is, the more resistance should be applied when swinging. However, not all players have the same strength and weight requirements. With so many players choosing to buy these bats, some have even opted to custom build their own first bat handle.
barrels: For many players, they prefer to have their own unique handle for their bats. Players can choose from different sizes and shapes. There are many different types of barrel shapes including round, square, triangle, oval and diamond. With a new barrel shape, you can enhance the feel of the swing.
Knob: The knob of an axel bat is essential to its operation. The knob is used primarily for balance purposes. The larger the knob the more control the hitter will have when swinging. The bigger the diameter of the knob, the more spin it has. An increase bat speed and distance can be achieved with an optimized knob.
Springer: The term "springer" refers to the tube that is installed along the barrel's end. This tube aids in the balanced movement of the baseball during the swing. The larger the tube, the more control the player will have during his at-bat. Many professional baseball players prefer to use betsaxes with open face designs because the small tube helps keep the ball's spin under control.
Grip: Players with less-than-optimal hand placement have difficulty with their swings. This is why most major league baseball teams have fine-tuned factory fitted glove sets which fit each player's hand well and help create a strong, comfortable grip. Good fit, feel and balance are important when choosing a club's grip. The knuckles of most baseball bats should lie closer to the barrel of the bat, whereas the hands on cheaper bats tend to rest too far forward on the handle. Players with underdeveloped hands should consider using open finger grips to improve their bat speed and distance.