A quality at-bat starts with quality wood, and this is why the
game's biggest pros trust Rawlings at the plate. Rawlings' goal is
to provide athletes with the most durable, balanced and
high-performing bat whether it be constructed from ash or maple.
Understanding the key difference between ash and maple is essential
to maximizing each swing and outperforming the competition in every
Maple's closed grains are less visible and will not flake,
splinter or separate, thus making it far more durable than ash
Maple is very dense with an 8%-10% moisture content resulting
in a harder hitting surface
Maple can feel slightly heavier than ash due to its closed
As one of the strongest timbers available, ash is durable and
known for its exceptional feel
Ash is porous and lightweight due to its open grain structure
Ash contains a higher moisture content (10%-12%) resulting in
Rawlings Big Stick - 243BO - Bone
Rubbed Ash Wood - New for 2012
With a larger hitting surface and increased sweetspot, Rawling's Big
Sticks were created for athletes looking to obtain power from the
size and shape of the barrel.
Rawlings has revolutionized the long-standing practice of "bone
rubbing" ash bats with the introduction of new proprietary machinery
and technology designed to automate the process. Uneven spots or
blemishes on the wood are rubbed away resulting in a compressed,
harder-hitting surface for improved offensive performance.
Additionally, this process smooths out the surface which reduces the
possibility of the barrel flaking.