Baseball Bat Debate: Whats Better wood or aluninum?
aluminum bats have proven to be too dangerous, yet the colleges keep using them. I dont understand why. I pitched softball and I'll tell ya the ball comes off aluminum WAY faster and harder than wood. there were a couple of real promising college pitchers who had their careers ended by line drives off of aluminum bats, and until they stop using them I fear there will be more. plus there is nothing like the sound of a ball off of a wooden bat, the sound of summer to me! and if you're a good hitter, you can soften your hands better with wood if you get fooled by a pitch and want to try and drop one in somewhere...
Aluminum bats make for more exciting games because batters can hit the ball farther and get more bases.
As irrismith says, metal bats transfer so much power that it is impossible for pitchers to react fast enough to get out of the way of a hard line drive.
It would be very easy to make metal bats less powerful. Coating them with a low rebound plastic would absorb some energy. That may be the best of both worlds, durable consistant bats and a safer game.
better is a relative term to what question you really want to have answered. which hits a ball harder? aluminum does. which is safer for the players? wooden due to what irrismith and fillet says about the transfer of energy to the ball from the bat. there are many more injuries from balls off metal bats than wooden shards flying into people's faces. which one is better for the game? it depends on what level of ball you are playing.
aluminum. they are les likely to break (speaking from experience) my friend used a wooden one, hit the ball with so much force, the bat broke. the piece went flying in my direction and hit me in the head. people, stick to aluminum; less likely to get hurt.