Many sports around the world today are known for their specialized equipment, ranging from helmets and face masks to jerseys, sticks, balls, or even the playing field. Tennis requires a paved court with a net and racquets, and American football features helmets and distinctive padding and gloves for rough gameplay. Baseball, meanwhile, is beloved around the world, most of all in its homelands of Canada and the United States, though it’s also hugely popular in Japan. This sport is distinctive for its use of bats, small white balls, and catcher’s mitts on a diamond-shaped playing field, and this sport is still widely popular after well over a century of play.
The Right Gear for Baseball
Someone who wants to play baseball, whether casually or seriously, will need the right equipment, such as the balls, a catcher’s mitt, and of course, the batter’s helmet and bats. Baseballs may vary in their material and size, since softball, fastpitch, and slowpitch are popular variants of standard baseball. Kids and adults alike love to play this game, and there’s more than one type of equipment they can use. That is, bats can be either made of metal or wood, and those bats can be modified to alter their performance. Rolled bats for sale and shaved bats can be bought, or a person may make shaved slowpitch softball bats for themselves. A softball bat shaving and rolling service can be found for this work, and shaved slowpitch softball bats may prove effective during a game. It may be noted, though, that shaved slowpitch softball bats or rolled bats are not allowed in sanctioned games, and may be best used for casual games or just practice sessions.
Making Shaved Slowpitch Softball Bats
Baseball bats may be either made of wood (typically ash wood), or they can be made of metal, in which case they are hollow and have some padding on the inside of their bodies. Bat shaving is an option for those metal bats, and may be done with a specialized service that has a lathe table for that work. If someone wants their slowpitch metal bat shaved, they may bring it to a shaving service, and the cap will be removed to expose the hollow interior. Now, that bat will be placed on a lathe table and held in place, and a grinder surface will be inserted and start shaving away the padding inside. Care will be taken so that just a few ounces of material is shaved away, but not too much. If too much is removed, the bat may become quite fragile. The shaving service must also take care to not shave away material in the handle, or the shaved bat will be liable to break during a game.
Shaved bats are also vulnerable to the cold, so they shouldn’t be used in temperatures below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. But if all conditions are favorable, the shaved bat may offer enhanced performance compared to non-shaved bats, and it will have enough flexibility to strike a ball quite far, offering boosted performance. This may be quite desirable for casual games or practice sessions alike.
Rolling a Wooden Baseball Bat
Meanwhile, wooden baseball bats are solid and can’t be shaved like metal bats, but they can be rolled. Why roll them? A fresh wooden baseball bat needs to be broken in for maximum performance, and as a wooden bat strikes baseballs, its fibers bend and break, making the bat more flexible. That, in turn, enhances its performance and allows it to strike balls further. It may take a few hundred strikes to fully break in a wooden bat.
This process can be expedited with a rolling service. An ash wood baseball bat can be sent through rollers to break and end its fibers, artificially reproducing the function of a fully broken in bat. Care should be taken to not roll it too much, though. Such bats are not allowed in sanctioned games, and experts on the field may recognize a rolled bat on sight. But these bats may be suitable for casual games, and they can be useful for practice sessions, too. They can be a stand-in for a player’s naturally rolled bat, so they don’t risk breaking their “main” bat during practice.