Wood Bat FAQ's
We hope this section will help answer any questions you may have about wood bats. If you need further assistance, just give us a call at (877) 300-0087 x1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Swing with Wood?
Even if you don't play in a wood bat league, it's a good idea to start practicing with wood.
Every ballplayer, even youth hitters, should train with a wood bat. The smaller sweet spot forces a hitter to have a short, compact swing with better extension in order to hit the ball hard. In other words, there are no "cheap hits" with wood bats. Aluminum bats can create bad habits such as a long swing, and they are the #1 reason why many talented players fail to excel at the next level. At Hitting World, our philosophy is "practice with wood, play with aluminum". For more info, read this article by Major League Hitting coach Dave Hudgens on aluminum bats.
Wood types: Maple, Ash, Birch, Bamboo & Composites
What are the differences, and which is the right wood for me? See our article on the differences between various wood types.
Weight Drops explained
If a bat has a weight drop of -3, that simply means that if it is a 33 inch bat, the weight will be 30 oz. If it is 32 inches, the weight would be 29 oz, and so on.
Most of our bats will either come with the end cupped, or you'll have the option of having the end cupped. This simply means that a small amount of wood is taken off the end of the bat, creating a concave design. This is often done to take a little bit of weight off the bat, or make it feel more balanced. It is really a matter of personal preference, and some people just like the way it looks. Some bat companies don't recommend cupping for their youth bats, which are already lighter than their normal wood bats.
Shipping times will vary based on the bat(s) you ordered. Please refer to the specific product page for accurate info on shipping timeframes. Some bats will ship out within 1-3 days, and others are custom bats that can take 3-5 weeks.
For a list of all of our bats that ship fairly quickly, see our Bats that Ship Fast section. If you need a custom bat in a hurry, some companies offer rush production for an extra fee. Call us at (877) 300-0087 for details.
Most wood bats are shipped directly from the bat manufacturers. If you order two or more bats from different manufacturers, you will receive separate shipments for each item.
All bat companies have different production times. Below is an outline of the typical time it takes for bats to ship once you place your order. Depending on the time of year, bats may ship much sooner than the allocated time.
Akadema - Bats usually ship in 1 week or less
Brett Bros - Bats ship in 1-2 days
BWP - Bats ship in 3-10 days
D-Bat - Bats ship in 3-5 days.
Mattingly - Bats ship in 1-3 days
Max Bats - please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery
Old Hickory - please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery
Superior Bat - please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery
Viper Bat - some bats ship in 1-3 days. Allow 3 weeks for custom bats.
Birch Bat - please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery
RockBat - Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery
Diablo Bat - Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery
Marucci Bats - Bats ship in 1-2 days
Phoenix Bat - Please allow 3 weeks for delivery
SamBat - Bats ship in 1-2 days
Louisville Slugger - Bats ship in 1-2 days
Warranties / Refund Policy
All wood bats can break. Especially when contact is made close to the handle. For that reason there are very few wood bats that come with any sort of warranty. We do offer some Composite bats that are very durable, and come with various warranties - some up to 120 days. See our Composite section for a list of those bats. There are also a few bats from Viper Bat that include a 30 day warranty when ordered with an optional fiberglass handle for reinforcement.
If you have a bat break on you after little use, feel free to contact us and we'll see what we can do. Many bat companies will be happy to look at the bat and determine whether the bat broke due to poor craftsmanship, or if it simply broke because of where contact was made. If the bat broke due to poor wood quality, most companies will replace your bat.
Refunds are only permitted if bats are returned to us in the original wrapper and have not been used.