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6910 CO. RD. 249
VICKERY, OH  43464
419-684-5275

Wood Baseball Bats and Billets

Red Oak - Hickory - Maple - Ash

Info@HomesteadDoors.com

 

Come to our facility and try out any bat on our state of the art pitching machine before buying it
        Our state of the art pitching machine has been in place since 2005. There is a video of a real pitcher winding up and throwing as the ball simaltaneously appears through a hole in the screen just at the proper time. This is as realistic as it gets. We use rubber balls and bat sleeves so the bats don't break or get damaged while you are trying them out.
        If the weather is nice you can even hit on our full size field which has the same dimensions as Old Tiger Stadium. Follow this link for directions to our facility.   http://www.homesteadhardwoods.com/map.html
Scroll down for photo of the field.

 

About our Bats

  Our pro stock wood baseball bats and billets are made from the finest hand split and vacuum dried hardwoods available.

  We offer many different models and can custom make bats per your specifications. If you have a favorite bat that you just broke, there is a good chance that if you can give us the model number and length, we can re-produce it. Or you can always just send in or bring your broken bat to us for an exact match. Once we have your favorite bat style on CAD, you can re-order your exact bat anytime.


  We are currently offering bats and billets in red oak, hard maple, northern ash and hickory.
All bats are weighed, so you can request the bat weight that you prefer.
For those of you who prefer to turn your own bats, our billets are 37" long x 2-3/4" diameter.
Billets are all weighed and marked so you can get a good approximation of what the final bat weight will be after turning.

   In addition to our premium pro stock bats and billets, we also offer a select grade, a blemish grade, and an economy grade at reduced pricing. Youth bats are available in all grades. Blemish and economy grades
are great for trophy bats and craft projects.

Here are a few of our Premium Pro Stock Bat Models
All models are available in Ash, Hickory, Hard Maple or Red Oak with your choice of finish.

Baseball Bats Ash A-100 Flamed
Model 100 - Shown in Ash with flamed and laquered barrel - raw handle

This end loaded bat has the largest legal diameter barrel available at (2.61”) at its widest point. It has a roughly 5 ” hitting surface before quickly transitioning down to a thin (15/16”) handle at its narrowest point. This bat is very top heavy, yet balanced, and is best suited for the experienced power hitter who likes to wrap their bottom finger around the knob which is only (1.8") diameter.

 

Model 101 - Shown in Hard Maple with stained and laquered barrel - RM stain - raw handle

Our model 101 bat has the exact same barrell as the model 100, but transitions down to a (1.037") handle at its narrowest point which makes it a little stronger and less likely to break if you get jammed. The handle tapers only slightly to the (1-15/16") diameter knob which gives it more of an aluminum bat handle feel. This bat is very top heavy, yet balanced, just like the model 100.

 

Baseball Bats Maple Raw M-A71
Model A71 - Shown in Hard Maple with raw handle and raw barrel

This very popular model is similar to the traditional Model 271.  It features a balanced feel with a medium thickness handle (15/16”) and average sized barrel (2 ½”).  The handle has a quick taper into a 2” knob that gives a good positive grip while also protecting the vulnerable hamate bone.  Ideal for all types of hitters especially contact hitters.  The gradual taper transition helps maintain strength in high stress areas to make this a great transition bat from metal to wood.

 

Baseball Bats Ash A-A10 with DW stain
Model A10 - Shown in Ash with stained and laquered barrel - DW stain - raw handle

Our model A10 is designed off of the popular model 110. This is one of the best transition bats from metal to wood. It is also a great bat for the seasoned hitter who is looking for balance and durability.  The slightly thicker 1” handle has a less gradual taper into the knob than the A71 as well as a ball round 2" knob that feels great.  The barrel is a medium length and (2 ½”) diameter with a good hitting surface area.

 

Other Finishes Choices as follows:

 

Maple with gloss black barrel - raw handle - gold label

 

Come to our facility and try out any bat on our state of the art pitching machine before buying it
       Our state of the art pitching machine has been in place since 2005. There is a video of a real pitcher winding up and throwing as the ball simaltaneously appears through a hole in the screen just at the proper time. This is a realistic as it gets. We use rubber balls and bat sleeves so the bats don't break or get damaged while you are trying them out.
       If the weather is nice you can even hit on our full size field which has the same dimensions as Old Tiger Stadium. Follow this link for directions to our facility.   http://www.homesteadhardwoods.com/map.html


Interesting baseball video clips

Slow motion video of a major league baseball hitting a wood bat at 180mph

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFlEIybC7rU

Wiffle ball pitcher striking out a Major League Baseball Player:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arlWwQ_smnM

 

Heavy Bats

Here is a list of players from the past that used heavy bats during their careers:

Babe Ruth :  36" x 42 oz                                    Joe Jackson: 34.5" x 40 oz         
Mo Vaughn: 36" x 36 oz                                    Ty Cobb: 34.5" x 38 oz
Lou Gehrig: 36" x 41oz                                      Ruben Sierra: 34.5" x 36 oz
Honus Wagner: 33" x 38 oz                               Roberto Clemente: 35" x 36 oz
Alfonso Soriano: 35" x 36 oz                             Frank Howard: 37" x 35 oz
Julio Franco: 35" x 36 oz                                   Bobby Bonds: 35" x 37 oz
Dick Allen: 36" x 40 oz                                     Joe DiMaggio: 35" x 42 oz

These players figured out on their own that a heavy bat would give them extra distance and power.
This was confirmed scientifically in 1991 by engineers Terry Bahill and William Karnavas who developed
the "Bat Chooser". Laser beams were used to measure bat speed and players were given 8 succeedingly heavier bats to swing. The idea was to find the players optimum bat weight where his bat speed did not drop enough to effect the extra power obtained by using a heavier bat. They found that on average, 40 oz was the optimum bat weight for a Major League player.

Bat weight vs Bat speed vs Bat control

The average bat used in the Majors today is 34" long and weighs 32 oz.
So why don't todays players use heavier bats?

The main reason todays players prefer lightweight bats is probably because they grew up using lightweight aluminum bats. That is what they are used to. More bat control and ease of checking your swing is an advantage of using a lighter bat, but I believe that Major League power hitters are not be reaching their full potential because they are afraid to use a heavier bat.

Bat weight vs Swing weight and Long Bats

A 32 oz end loaded bat will swing "heavier" than a 32 oz small barrelled bat because the center of gravity is farther away from the handle on the end loaded bat. With all things being equal, you will be able to hit the ball harder "farther" with an end loaded bat. In other words, if you can swing the end loaded bat at the same bat speed as the small barrelled bat, the ball will come off the end loaded bat at a higher mph which directly correlates to more distance if hit at the proper trajectory.


Did you know that the bat speed of a 36" bat is about 4 mph faster than the bat speed of a 32" bat when swung at the same speed (as measured at the sweet spot). So, don't  be afraid to experiment. On days when you are feeling exceptionally strong, go ahead and try a longer bat and see what happens.

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