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Composite Baseball Bats
What's the deal with composite bats?
Composite bats, such as Easton, Worth, and Demarini, are more or less quite new to the baseball scene. They have been used in Softball for many years now but have only recently have had an ever growing amount of popularity being used from rookie ball (8 years old) all the way up to the university level of play. Unfortunantly, many players (including myself when I got my first composite bat) do not fully understand how to actually use and take care of a composite bat.
To begin, a composite bat should not be used in cold weather as they can break, which is the last thing you want to happen after you easily spend $300.00 on the bat. If you plan on buying one of these bats, they need to be broken in and take much longer to do so then an aluminum bat takes, they also require real leather covered baseballs, not the yellow balls you see at all the batting cages. Composite bats give a lot more forgivness for an imperfect swing and can turn and average hitter into a clean-up hitter. Composite bats usually take 100-200 hits with real baseballs to break in. Always bring that bat inside if you live in an area that gets cold (below 65 degrees farenheight is the lowest temperature it should be stored in). Also, try to avoid letting this bat become a team bat and remember to keep the reciept as most of these bats come with a warrenty from the manufacturer.
Have fun, but remember that your not just swinging a hunk of metal anymore!