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Is there a "bad" spot on the bat where the ball should never be hit from?

by Jim
(Phoenix, AZ)

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Jim asked: During the few years (1969-1975) that I played grade school & high school baseball, we were told never to hit the ball with the logo-ed side of a wood bat.


The reason given was that the bat was more likely to break if you hit the ball off that side of the bat.

Was that true or a superstition?

Is it still the case today? (I.e., avoiding hitting the ball with the logo-ed/design-stamped side of the bat.)


Rick answered: Jim, thank you for your question.


We were all taught to keep the logo up on the bat because the logo side was a weak spot with the wood grain.

As you look at the images above, hitters still look to keep the logo up. It is not an exact science and they sometimes get ahead, or behind that goal.

Due to physical differences with individuals, and swings, where a hitter positions the logo at their initial position varies somewhat player to player as they work to keep the logo up at contact.

Yours in baseball,

Rick



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