I honestly don’t know the answer, but do this. To the best of your ability, find out how many players in either HS or college use wood all the time. Here’s what I can tell you for a fact. We had as many as 24 players on our roster at different times during the 28 game season. Never once did any of them use wood in a game. Our pitchers threw to 822 batters this past season, I wouldn’t bet my life that none of them used wood in a game, but if they did, I never noticed it, and I’m pretty darn sure somebody in our bleachers would have if I didn’t.
Originally Posted by azmatsfan
Last year here in Ca, there were more than a couple coaches who wouldn’t allow wood to be used, but while I haven’t heard that much this year, I still haven’t seen any woodies. Our V players can use whatever they want, but the JV is metal only.
So if there’s really a disadvantage in games to using wood, I don’t know. I SUSPECT that if there’s a disadvantage, it’s a very small one. But ya know, when there’s approximately 750,000 HS players, even a very tiny advantage means a lot.
I truly believe the common belief that using wood produces “better” hitters than non-wood will become less common in the next few years, IF more proof comes out that the performance differences are getting smaller and smaller.
The pitcher who’s afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.