How to Hit With a Wooden Bat

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Hitting with a wooden bat is the same as hitting with an aluminum baseball bat, with the only exception being that a wooden bat should be held with the trademark facing the batter. Discover how a wooden bat has a smaller sweet spot than a metal bat with help from a professional baseball instructor in this free video on wooden baseball bats.

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Basically you hit with a wooden bat just exactly the same as you do with a metal bat with one or two small exceptions. The first exception is the wooden bat has a trademark on it and that trademark should face you all the time because that keeps the bat from breaking or splintering more easily because you're hitting with the grain instead of against the grain. So make sure that when you're holding the bat that you're holding it where, that you're looking at the trademark or the writing on the bat. You can turn it exactly opposite and it works the same way if you want to beat this side of the bat up some too but make sure that we're not hitting with the trademark on the sides of the bat and then basically make the same swing that you make with a metal bat, giving more care to try to strike it on the barrel. The difference between a metal bat and a wooden bat is the wooden bat has a smaller sweet spot. It's only about one inch by about six inches where a metal bat you can get a hit almost anywhere on the bat that's not on the handle. So you're going to take more care. Also if you hit with a wooden bat you hit it on the end or you hit it on the handle, you are very susceptible to breakage so try to hit the ball on the barrel as much as you can, make sure you're looking at the trademark when you get your stance and basically make the same swing that you would with a metal bat and that's how to hit with a wooden bat.

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