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Wood Bat Guide: Balanced vs. End-Loaded

Wood Bat Guide: Balanced vs. End-Loaded

Sep 16th 2022

Like aluminum bats, wood bats can be classified as balanced vs. end-loaded. Also like metal bats, the “feel” of the bat is totally based on preference and hitting style.

END-LOADED WOOD BATS

Power hitters often prefer bats with an end-load, or top-heavy feel. More of the bat’s mass is located in the barrel, meaning its force will be greater at contact compared to lighter barrels moving at the same speed. Marucci’s end-loaded models resemble their BBCOR counterparts, making them ideal for training in tandem with metal or hybrid bats while maintaining a similar feel.

AP5
Marucci’s most popular wood bat, the AP5’s massive barrel and tapered knob create an end-loaded feel that power hitters love. The AP5 is similar to the traditional I13 turn model with a medium tapered handle and knob.

Knob: Tapered

Handle: Traditional

Barrel: Large

Posey28
The POSEY28 is inspired by Marucci Partner Buster Posey. With a massive barrel and thin handle, the POSEY28 is a player favorite for power hitters.

Knob: Traditional

Handle: Thin

Barrel: Large

Lindy12
Inspired by Marucci partner Francisco Lindor, the Lindy12 features a unique bell knob that's slightly flared and rounded on the end, while the thin handle and medium barrel provide the balance and consistency contact hitters need.

Knob: Slightly Flared

Handle: Thin

Barrel: Medium/Long Barrel

TVT
Trea Turner’s TVT features a large barrel with a thin handle making this model perfect for the player who hits for average and power.

Knob: Tapered

Handle: Thin

Barrel: Medium/Large

GLEY25
Gleyber Torres GLEY25’s thin handle and long barrel makes this model ideal for players who hit for power to all fields.

Knob: Traditional

Handle: Thin

Barrel: Large/Long

FREEMAN5
The end-loaded feel of the FREEMAN5 is built with a thin handle and large barrel for players who hit gap to gap.

Knob: Traditional

Handle: Thin

Barrel: Large

BRINGER OF RAIN
The BRINGER OF RAIN is made with the power hitter in mind. The thin handle and large barrel creates an end-loaded feel resulting in a powerful swing every time.

Knob: Tapered

Handle: Thin

Barrel: Large

BALANCED WOOD BATS
Balanced bats, on the other hand, are usually preferred by contact or power hitters, as they offer more control and often greater swing speeds. The trade-off with balanced models is usually thinner barrel profiles and diameters.

RIZZ44
Inspired by Marucci partner Anthony Rizzo, the RIZZ44 features a slightly flared knob, leading into a traditional handle while producing a balanced feel that stays true through the taper and into the barrel.

Knob: Slightly Flared

Handle: traditional

Barrel: Medium

AM22
The AM22 is different from most balanced models as it keeps a large barrel diameter, but the thick tapered knob and handle put some weight near the hands to balance it out. Versatile hitters love this model that combines specs from the I13L and 238 turn models.

Knob: Thick Tapered

Handle: Medium

Barrel: Large

CU26
Built with the contact hitter in mind, the CU26 wood bat is perfectly balanced for complete control. The thinner handle and long barrel allow for greater bat speed, and resembles the specs found on the traditional 205 turn model.

Knob: Traditional

Handle: Thin

Barrel: Traditional

JB19
Another versatile bat for a versatile hitter is the JB19 that keeps the balanced feel with a large barrel and medium handle. Its specs combine the thickness of the 110 with the long barrel of the 243.

Knob: Traditional

Handle: Medium

Barrel: Large

M-71
Built for the hitter who wants control. The M-71 features a thin handle and a narrow barrel for an extremely balanced bat.

Knob: Tapered

Handle: Thin

Barrel: Narrow

For more information on Marucci wood bats, check out our  Ultimate Wood Bat Guide.