Popularized by baseball coaches all over the world, the fungo bat is a training essential for improving players’ fielding skills. But what exactly is a fungo bat and who should be using them?
Fungo bats are relatively lightweight training bats used by coaches and parents during fielding practice. They serve the purpose of simulating in-game hits to help position players work on their fielding. Fungo drills require the coach or parent to perform constant repetitions of tossing a ball into the air and hitting it to players during fielding practice. Due to its light weight, the fungo bat is favorited among most baseball coaches. Wooden bats used for batting practice or games typically weigh somewhere between 31-34 ounces and can lead to fatigue while running drills. It’s not recommended to do fungo drills with a normal sized bat. The fungo bat is also designed with a longer length and thinner barrel diameter and will weigh somewhere between 22-24 ounces. These features allow coaches and parents to hit with more control and accuracy.
Now that you understand the use of a fungo, we will help you decided which type of fungo might work best for you. Here at Marucci, we offer two different fungo bats: the custom wood CS2 Fungo and the Aluminum Fungo.
The wood fungo bat is the most popular fungo bat in baseball. Our CS2 Fungo is handcrafted and customizable. Offered in maple or ash for superior performance and durability, and available in sizes 34”, 35” and 36” so you can choose the best length for you. Finally, you are able to customize with your favorite colors and personalize with an engraving. With the CS2 Fungo, you’ll be able to get in more reps and make sure those reps count. A normal sized wood bat would likely fatigue you as well as limit your ability to place the ball where ever you’d like.
The most used fungo bats are wood, so why are there aluminum fungoes? From Tee Ball to college, the majority of play requires a metal bat. College coaches are starting to use the aluminum fungo bat because of its benefits to their fielders. Fungo drills are not only used to practice ground balls but also to simulate in-game situations. If your league requires metal bats, the aluminum fungo may be beneficial in getting your players used to the sound of the ball off the bat. The distinct ping of hitting with a metal bat can better train and help improve your players’ reaction times - which vary from wood to metal.
The 35" Aluminum Fungo is built with high-strength alloy and features our AV2 Anti-Vibration knob for better feel and less negative vibrational feedback in the hands after contact.