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Wood Bats and their different grades of quality

Started by Chris Corso Apr 1, 2011. 0 Replies

Hi all, Wood bats are once again becoming popular.  There is a major difference between good quality wood bats and poor quality.  One of the things we'd like to try to pass on to the consumer is the…Continue

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Comment by Chris Corso on April 22, 2011 at 1:04am
Sorry about the poor spelling, yet another sign of aging!  LOL!
Comment by Chris Corso on April 22, 2011 at 1:02am

There you go!  Yes I can honestly say I remember the days wheni though I would never worry about injuries.  I felt invincible in my younger days.  The first injury was a scary experience to say the lesat.  As I aged it just became something I learned to play around and adapt to by playing with knowledge more than skill.  I wish I learned what I know now when I was healthy and young.  But, no looking back I made it much furhter than most and I couldn't be happier even though its over for me.  Now I take pleasure in passing on knowledge and providing the tools for others succeed.

Keep swinging for the fences cause falling short can still get you home or third or second or first!  As we get older its usually... hold up at two!  LOL!

Comment by Joseph on April 22, 2011 at 12:36am
Ah, the downside of getting "older", eh Chris? ;-) I am suffering the same learning curve as i play with a more mature body! I'll just rely on your stiks to help me drive the ball in the gap and coast into second!
Comment by Chris Corso on April 21, 2011 at 12:54pm

Hi Joseph,

Sounds like you took a much needed vacation!


I can sympathize with your agony of having biceps tendonitis and the quad pull.  In 2008 I made an unexpected comeback to professional baseball, and although I had been staying in pretty good shape I was not prepared for what was ahead of me.  I hit a single in my first AB but the second was a chopper oveer the mound which I had to "TRY" to beat out.  By the tinme I hit first base Both calves locked up and I hit the deck.  Dusted myself off and did my best John Wayne walk back to the 3rd base dugout.  Top if all off I had reconstructive shoulder surgery in 1995 and it has never been right since so I have dealt with that for 16 years now.  Ah but those days are done for me now. 

Sounds like you had a great experience.  As for the bats, Its really weird even though I had been manufacturing Maple bats since 1996 I used Ash my entire career as a player except for in 2008.  I loved the pop I got off the Maple too, but I tend to believe a really good ash bat has better pop.  The ball also grabs the wood grain better and tends to have more backspin off ash resulting in better carry.  The frustrating part is Ash is far less forgiving.  It will eventually delaminate and one wrong turn of the hands could spell disaster.  Maple does not delaminate and is far more forgiving when the bat is hit against the grain or with the grain.  The biggest thing with Maple is MAKE CERTAIN you purchase Maple bats with a good ink dot test result.  If the fiber direction is anything but parallel to the center of the bat you will have a problem with them coming in half.  3% fiber slope or less is the MLB spec. 


Our Maple is processed in such a manner that you will always have that spec met, so no worries there.  Thanks for sharing your experience with us Joseph, we look forward to hearing back from you this season. 

Best of Luck,


Comment by Joseph on April 21, 2011 at 12:32am

Hey Chris~ Sorry it's taken awhile to respond to this. Right after posting this I was busy with my ball club and then took a two week trip to Disney and didn't log on at all!

Winter league was great, unfortunately for me I played through it with bicep tendinitis and a pulled quad, so some days I felt great while others I was sure I was running with square wheels! Despite the injuries, I loved my time down there and now that I'm healthy again I am looking forward to a great summer!

After using both the maple and the ash, I think I would say I preferred the maple. I really felt like the ball jumped off the bat more than with the ash. I didn't get to use the maple as much as the ash, so I might have to get another one to do a more thorough comparison (a buddy of mine grabbed my bat, got busted in on the hands and thus ended it's life!).

Hope you guys are staying busy! I hope to be sending some more orders your way this season!

Comment by Chris Corso on April 2, 2011 at 7:49pm
Thanks Joseph,

We really appreciate the compliment. Was the winter league a good experience for you? Did you end up preferring Ash or Maple? I'm pretty sure you ordered Maple first then ash right? Do you notice a difference other than longevity?

Thanks again,

Comment by Joseph on April 2, 2011 at 6:25pm
I just wanted to let everyone know that these are the best bats I have ever used! I was playing with them this past winter down in Cali and they drew a lot of attention from the other players! Wonderful bats, and a great company. They went out of their way to help me out in a pinch, having found myself far from home without any lumber. Great guys, great product!!
Comment by Chris Corso on April 1, 2011 at 3:16pm

Welcome to our new Sandlot Stiks Group.  We have started this group for all topics of dicussion regarding baseball bats, specifically Wood Bats and of course Sandlot Stiks Wood bats.  If you have questions feel free to ask.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Best Regards,

Chris Corso

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