One of the most common questions we field is "How light can you make my bat?" or "I want the biggest barrel possible but it has to be -3!". Something has to give and the majority of players hink that swinging a lighter baseball bat is the best thing they can do for their performance at the plate.
Baseball players need to stop thinking like this. Why?
1) The lighter a wood bat, the less dense the wood. In order to produce a wood bat that is a -3, we need to start with a lighter wood billet. The billet is lighter because the wood is lower in density. The lower the density, the weaker the wood. If you start with a lower density wood billet, you’re more likely to make a wood bat that is weaker than a wood bat made from a heavier or high density billet.
2). A weight difference of 1 ounce (-2 compared to -3) is virtually undetectable.. A stack of ten pennies is about an ounce. That extra ounce is distributed throughout the bat’s length and not focused on the barrel’s end. Picture a bat with ten pennies placed on it that are spaced from knob to barrel end.
3) Swinging a -2 wood bat, compared to a -3, will NOT reduce your bat speed. Remember that some of that weight is located in the handle and distributed thoughout the bat evenly.
4) A bat that is one ounce heavier has more mass, and is made from harder/stronger wood. Science and physics tells us, and proves that the more mass you apply to something (in this case, a bat on ball), the more force you will apply to it. This is Isacc Newton's Second Law of Motion F = ma.
So, there it is - all backed by SCIENCE! When you are on our custom side of the site, you'll see in the weight drop down "-2 Recommended"; and what you've read above is why. The stock side of the site we get the bats in between a -2 and -3. If you’re shopping our Teen and Youth Series, you'll notice the maximum length to weight differential is -5. Anything greater will essentially be a piece of extremely low density balsa wood.