I don't know where any test data from Ukraine Beech exists - but the best thing may be to turn some 1" diameter dowels and have them tested for strength and stiffness. This would be a good first start to get a feel for…"
"I just looked at "book values" and sweetgum has approx. the same strength as Cherry... which is only about 75% of the strength of Ash (on average).
BUT... it is listed as interlocked grain and somewhat good in shock…"
Just watched SportsCenter (09.20.2012)... Hanley Ramirez' broken bat yesterday - a piece hit Clayton Kershaw sitting in the dugout - had the definite OVAL-SHAPE break in the handle.
Here is another one from…"
I like to show the following 2 graphics to "train the eye" on 3-degrees. The MLB rule for slope-of-grain is actually "1-in-20", which is how slope-of-grain is commonly measured in the structural lumber…"
I'm no pitcher, nor do I claim to be any kind of pitching coach - but I have spent some time at major league spring training camps.
Once, I was intrigued to watch a couple of pitchers who were doing some warm-up…"
c. Cupped bats are permitted to include an indentation in the end of the bat
up to 1.25 inches in depth, two inches in width and no less than one inch in diameter. The indentation must be free from right angles and not…"
Yes, that can happen.
- for example, a bat with a 2-1/2" barrel and a 1" handle - the growth ring on the SURFACE of the barrel is about 3/4" away from the growth ring that appears on the SURFACE of the…"
Roland, just watched your video. Very cool. Does MLB approve laminated bats with lighter wood in the barrel? By the way, your video stirred up some fond memories from my childhood (except memories of the wrong uniform) -- see the right uniform below
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