How to Take Care of a Composite Baseball Bat

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A composite baseball bat differs from aluminum and wood bats in that it is made from composite fibers bonded with resin. The result is a product that is similar to fiberglass. Composite bats must go through a "breaking in" process that causes the fibers to loosen up and increase the trampoline-like effect of the ball coming off the bat. Taking proper care of your composite bat is important for best performance and to prevent breakage.

  • Hit real baseballs 100 to 200 times in batting practice to break in your bat. Do not hit off a tee, and ensure the pitches are at least 40 mph. Rotate the bat 1/8 turn each time you make solid contact.

  • Take your bat into the house when you aren't using it to protect it against cooler weather. Do not use a composite bat in temperatures below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Hit baseballs as close to the sweet spot on the barrel as possible. Avoid hitting balls off the handle or the bat may break.

  • Use your bat for yourself and try to avoid it becoming a team bat. With only one user, you can ensure it is taken care of properly.

  • Clean your bat with a wet rag and avoid using wax or other substances that may be considered illegal in the league you play in.

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