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…"
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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