Which would you guys recommend to a 13 year-old? I used a wooden bat at my last game, and I got a double to the left field wall, I don't think i've done that good with an aluminum bat all year. Should I continue using the wooden one? What do you guys think?
An aluminum bat may or may not hit a baseball further, depending on who swings the bat. Both bats have advantages. First, let us compare the qualities of the two designs. The only real difference is weight. The aluminum bat is much lighter than the wooden bat. Because the aluminum bat is lighter, the batter has more control. It is easier to make last-minute adjustments to his swing. Once a wooden bat is swinging, adjustments are difficult. Also, less time is needed to get the aluminum bat moving. The batter can wait just a little bit longer before deciding how to swing with an aluminum bat. Because the wooden bat is heavier, it has less recoil: A wooden bat moving at the same speed as an aluminum bat will hit harder. A batter who can get a wooden bat moving fast will hit the ball further, provided he makes contact at all. Also, a wooden bat doesn't vibrate as much. This is better for the batter's hands. Overall, the wooden bat has more potential power, but the aluminum bat is easier to use. A very experienced player that can tell how the ball is pitched just as it leaves the pitcher's hand will do better with a wooden bat. The player that likes a little extra time to decide how to hit, as well as a little opportunity for slight adjustment, will do better with an aluminum bat. In the end, it is a matter of personal preference.
Wooden bats are cooler anyways. Sure, anybody can use an Aluminum bat, but how many kids your age are using Wooden bats? Besides, Aluminum bats are more dangerous.
I would say aluminum bats would hit a baseball farther than a wooden one. Take this analogy for example, try throwing a baseball at the same speed against a tree, and then throw it the same speed against a car. Which one will travel farther? Also, I think they don't allow players in the major leagues to use aluminum bats because they could literally kill people at the velocity at which the ball is being struck at. Especially the people around the left and right foul line where the seats come close to the field.
Wood bats are better for the sport, but aluminum bats are better for the environment. To lighten bats they take too much off the handle, which makes wooden bats prone to breaking, which means a lot of trees getting cut down. Almost no one would willingly use a heavier bat, so unless leagues set handle thickness requirements that's unlikely to change. The argument against aluminum of course is that they give hitters an edge over pitchers. Pitchers don't like them because they let up more home runs, and because the ball comes back up the middle a lot faster. If leagues were really concerned about this they could create better rules governing what sorts of bats you can use. It's not hard to imagine that they could invent an aluminum bat that would perform more like a wooden bat. They've tried using different woods and that's let to all sorts of controversy. This bat hits to well; that bat splinters. As a kid I mostly played pick up games. You didn't tend to see a lot of hard throwing pitchers, so I actually preferred a heavier bat to keep me from jumping out to fast. Sometimes I'd even use a fungo bat, at least until my friends caught on.
aluminum because i mlb they use wooden bats so they dont hit as far if they had aluminum bats they would hit homeruns alot. aluminum is better but the mlb players have to use wooden