How to hit with maple bats.
Research has found Sugar Maple to be 10% harder, stiffer, and stronger than White Ash. Recent changes increased its safety factor in reference to maple bat breakage. Those changes include enhancing the initial selection process, and rotating the hitting surface of the wooden maple bats (the grain of the wood) by 90 degrees. In doing so, the contact point for a maple bat is the face grain instead of the edge grain. It has been suggested that the new orientation is a much stronger position, proper for this sugar maple species. Players are still instructed to swing a wooden baseball bat with the label up. We now put our logo on the edge gain of our new manufactured maple bats. Please remember to always make contact with your maple bat on the face grain (label up), it will make your bat less likely to break. Hitting on the face grain is the more natural, and less detrimental/stress way of making contact with maple bats. Since this change has been implemented in the MLB, maple bats breaking have gone down considerably. If you want to find out more, read our Maple bats vs. Ash bats page on our online store at www.annexbaseball.com.