Easton Bats

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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You're now entering the world of Easton bats--here's your dictionary. You'll most certainly need it to understand terms such as "IMX Integrated MatriX Technology," "Z-Core Super Fiber," and "ConneXion Focus Flex." There's no point in carrying a thesaurus, for you'll never find synonyms for any of these patented or trademarked brands.

Can these descriptors truly apply to Easton bats? Think about it from the consumer's standpoint. If you're about to lay down close to 300 bones for what used to be nothing more than a slice of lumber, you want every reassurance that an "elastomer connector" is synergistically keeping your bat's handle and barrel in tune with one another. Moreover, there'd better be a five-metal alloy design to improve your bat's dent resistance. Well, take heart, for there's both of these and more.

New Easton Bats

The latest line of Easton bats is made from a "Triple Eight" alloy that's a far cry from "Wonderboy," the bat Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) fashioned with his own two hands in the movie The Natural. This patent-pending technology combines the standard aluminum with metals such as scandium, zinc, and copper to produce a tougher, stronger bat. At the same time, these bats are lighter than their predecessors, thereby enabling batters to accelerate more quickly over the plate.

The newest Easton bats are also designed for optimal "sweet" spots, the area at the end of a bat's barrel that produces the greatest jump in a baseball. Power hitters savor the feeling of connecting with a fastball on this part of the bat and immediately know when they have. Generally, it's when they've reached full extension over the plate and feel no vibration in their hands after contact.

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