What's The difference Between Ash and Maple?
Ash is a porous grain wood that is known for its flex. When a ball first makes contact with an ash bat it experiences a trampoline effect where the bat condenses and the ball leaves the bat like a spring board. Ash does not split the same as maple, but is just as likely to break with improper use. Ash bats will experience something called "Flaking", where the grains delaminate overtime.
Maple is a far more dense and harder wood than ash. This allows for great pop off the bat and is a large reason why it represents around 75% of the bats in the MLB today. Unlike Ash, Maple can split into dangerous shards and become a hazard to players on the field and fans in the stands. To counter act the dangerous breaks of Maple bats the MLB institute the Ink dot test to show the "Slope of Grain".
What is the Ink Dot Test?
In 2009, The MLB mandated that all bat companies must place an ink dot on the tangential (face) grain side of the maple or yellow birch bat to indicate slope of grain. The ink dot highlights the less obvious grain structure inside the wood bat by following the grain pattern and allows manufacturers, leagues, and players to see that the grain doesn't deviate more than 3 degrees in either direction. 3 degrees is the maximum deviation allowed before the bat is deemed unusable by pro standards. A slope of grain that is greater than 3 degrees is more prone to breaking into multiple pieces as opposed to a rupture break (where the bat remains in one piece, but is no longer useable).
What happens if my bat breaks? Do I get a refund?
There is no judging the longevity of a natural product like a wood bat. Although we try our best to make a product that will last the duration of your playing career, there are too many variables for us to guarantee your wood baseball bats. In other words, Odo Bat Company does not issue refunds for broken bats.
What is the difference between a cupped end and no cup?
A cup is an indentation no more than 2" diameter and 1" deep in the barrel end of a wood baseball bat. It is used to control the balance of a bat or to remove some weight in an otherwise heavy bat. It's often player preference, but most bats have a cupped end. Some players prefer a more end loaded bat and will choose no cup.
Why should I buy a "Hardened" bat?
The Odo "Hardened" Bat is our highest class of baseball bat. Much like the Pro Standards it is cut out of grade A wood billets, but it undergoes a hardening process which includes injecting a the surface of the wood with a specially formulated liquid. The substance not only hardens the hitting surface of the bat, but makes the bat more durable. The process is usually reserved for professional players, but we've decided to make it available to our customers.
What is Flame Tempering?
Flame tempering is the process of burning the surface of a baseball bat. It was long thought to toughen the bat, but is more commonly used for its aesthetic. Both maple and ash can be flame tempered.