SELECT YOUR WOOD SPECIES
WHY CHOOSE MAPLE?
Preferred by more than 70 percent of Major League players, Maple bats are known for their surface hardness, unmatched sound and solid feel upon contact. The closed grain structure of the Maple wood lends itself to a more durable surface strength and stiffer feel.
Louisville Pros that swing Maple:
Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Didi Gregorius, Curtis Granderson, Ian Happ, Ryan Zimmerman, Hunter Renfroe, D.J. LeMahieu, Ender Inciarte, Brian Dozier, Zack Cozart, Brandon Belt
WHY CHOOSE ASH?
Ash is the original Major League wood species, appearing in millions of at-bats throughout history. A majority of Hall of Famer players also chose Ash. Generally lighter than Maple and Birch, the wider grain structure gives both a lighter weight feel and more flexibility upon contact.
Louisville Pros that swing Ash:
Adam Jones, Evan Longoria, Joey Votto, Greg Bird, David Wright, Jay Bruce
WHY CHOOSE BIRCH?
Birch is considered a relatively new species in the game, but is one of the fastest-growing among professional players. It features a surface hardness close to that of Maple bats, but an increased flexibility similar to that of an Ash bat.
Louisville Pros that swing Birch:
Josh Harrison, Daniel Murphy, Adam Duvall, Trey Mancini, Scott Schebler
The M110 is one of our top five most popular turning models at the Major League level and, developed in 1944, it is one of our oldest turning models still being used today and the features the lightest swing weight of Louisville Slugger's PRIME models. This model uses a denser starting billet to create a more consistently hard bat and a slightly thicker handle for a balanced feel, giving you maximum control when you bring the bat through the zone.
Pro Players: Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Jurickson Profar, Didi Gregorious, Curtis Granderson, Ben Revere
The C271 is our most popular turning model at the Major League level and is the base model used to create all medium barrel turning models. Like the M110, the C271 uses our densest starting billet, giving this model consistent hardness. A standard handle, medium barrel and max knob taper create a versatile bat conducive to power hitters and contact hitters alike.
Pro Players: Nolan Arenado, Brandon Phillips, Andre Ethier, D.J. LeMahieu
The AJ10, created for Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, is one of our 5,000-plus turning models tailored specifically to a player's preference. This model features a large, long barrel, giving it a slight end load. It also has a gradual transition to a standard handle and a knob taper that rolls uninterrupted into the handle.
Pro Players: Adam Jones
The C243 is the original large barrel bat. As aluminum bats became a part of the game, the demand for large-barreled, thin-handled bats led to the popularity of the C243. Every large barrel turning model since has been a slight modification from this model.
Pro Players: Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice, Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Murphy, Evan Gattis, Justin Turner