Differences between Maple, Birch, and Ash Bats

Differences between Maple, Birch, and Ash Bats

All bats are not created equal

All bats are not created equal because not all hitters are created equal. Here at Tater Bats, we produce high quality wood bats from Maple, Birch and Ash. Players from varying age groups and experience levels will benefit most by making an educated decision when choosing their bat.


Maple has been dominating the batters box for the last 20+ years. Maple is the most used wood species in the pros. It is the most dense of the three wood bats and strongest all around.

However, since maple doesn't have much give or flex - more energy is transferred upon impact at the plate.

The downside to using maple is that the "sweet spot" is smaller than other woods and it is not as forgiving as other wood species on a miss hit. Since there is little to no flex hitters who drive ball off end of the bat or hitters who don't like to crowd the plate may want to look towards Birch or Ash as a better option.


Birch is known to be the best of both worlds when compared to maple and ash. It has been becoming increasingly popular among players of all age groups.

It has similar density properties as maple yet has more flex and is more forgiving on miss hits.

This is especially a great option for new players to wood who do not want to pass up durability for performance and also suitable for players who are playing up a division or age group.


Ash has been a staple bat choice for baseball players since the early years of the game. Ash is the lightest of the three wood species and is very forgiving utilizing it's flex properties derived from is naturally porous properties.

There is however a bigger problem facing ash bats. The trees are starting to disappear because of an insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer. The beetle is native to eastern Asia and has found its way to North America. Local governments are attempting to control it by monitoring its spread, diversifying tree species, insecticides, and biological control.

To order an ash bat feel free to email us at contactus@taterbats.com


Wood Comparison Chart

Wood Comparison Chart

The chart above illustrates the distinct differences between the wood species. There is no wood that is "better" or the "best." However, it truly comes down to personal preference.

If you have not tried a birch bat and have consistently used maple, I would suggest you give it a shot - even if it is just once. 

There is practically no performance difference between maple and birch. The biggest difference is the feel on impact. The maple has a stiff solid feel while birch has more of a springy feel on impact.

While I recommend that players new to wood try birch first since it is more forgiving to miss hits does not necessarily mean advanced hitters and professionals should steer clear.

Personal preference and comfort key to finding success at the plate. 

Don't fix it if its working. If your comfortable with the wood species your using now -- stick to it. Try something new in the off season or during fall ball. It is the perfect time to experiment with different wood species and models.

Just stay true to your hitting style - if you swing a balanced bat continue to swing a balanced model same goes to end-loaded users.  

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