Night Owl

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My name is Hunter Powell and my Science Fair Project is to determine which type of baseball bat is best. Aluminum or wood? In my personal opinion aluminum is best because they are lighter and easier to swing. Aluminum bats are lighter therefore you can swing it faster than a wood bat. It also has a wider sweet spot so the ball come off the bat faster. An aluminum bat may or may not hit further – depending on the batter, but the batter will have more control of the bat because it is lighter. Wooden bats are heavier so they have less recoil. A wooden bat moving at the same speed of an aluminum bat will hit harder. If the batter can get the bat moving fast the ball will go further, that’s if he makes contact. Wooden bats also do not vibrate as much which is better for the batters hands. When the NCAA approved the use of aluminum bats in 1974 they started to compare statistics. They found that the team batting averages went up about twenty points, and home runs doubled. The main reason wooden bats are required in the pros is because of this performance difference.
“Pro leagues want to protect their historical records, and they want the performance of the game to be the result of human ability, rather than the technology of the bats,” says George Manning. The bottom line is that non-wood bats do lead to higher batted ball speeds and this means harder line drives and deeper fly balls. They are much easier to swing and because it is lighter you have better control of the bat. It is easier to make “last minute adjustments” to the batters swing. Also less time is needed to get the bat moving, the batter has a little more time to decide how to swing the bat. With all that being said I think it is safe to say that aluminum bats are better than wooden bats! Now I’m not saying wood bats are not good but the statistics prove it…...

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