The strength of the bat, combined with the explosiveness of the surface, often results in phenomenal distance and considerable drive on a decent or even a weak swing.
A true test of a great hitter is, “can he achieve similar success using a wood bat?” A great hitter is able to significantly separate himself from a run-of-the-mill hitter when using the less-forgiving wood. A batter must supply his own power using the wood – a great hitter’s prowess is independent from any mechanical advantage derived from a high-tech aircraft metal or a crafted handle that never vibrates no matter how fast the pitch.
In fact, a great hitter can even use an old, dull, battered and weathered bat with great success. The lack of freshness and “pop” is an additional test of greatness, and these bats are often found at garage sales or yard sales at a cost next to nothing. It’s not the bat that makes great hitter, it’s his own prowess. Ditch the technology if you dare and prove your true greatness. Test your mettle without the metal.
From October 2010, http://raisingahitter.wordpress.com