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Traditional Knob | Medium Handle | Gradual Transition | Medium Barrel
31"(-2) - Balanced
The A71 is one of our most popular wood baseball bat models! It features a very balanced feel with a smaller barrel and medium thickness handle for increased durability. This is the perfect bat for hitters looking to transition from metal to wood and utilizes high density billets for increased strength.
Barrel: 2 7/16"
Hitter type: Contact-gap
CNC Turned, Hand finished, Laser Engraved, Split Billet Wood Baseball Bats. Swing Aul or Nothing
Established 2012 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Like most bat companies, Aul Bat started in a garage as a father-son hobby. Jack Aul would make bats for his son Joe, who would then use them almost exclusively in practice throughout his very successful college career. After graduation, Joe decided to take the hobby to the next step.
In 2012, Joe founded Aul Bat Company LLC, after receiving several orders from various adult leagues in the Pittsburgh area. The company quickly outgrew the family garage and moved operations to the current location off Sawmill Run Blvd just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
With capital improvements that include a computer controlled lathe and world class laser engraving system. We are poised to take the next step in leading the evolving wood bat revolution.
We are not simply a bat company.
We are seeking to influence the culture in a positive way and build up the community. By encouraging the exclusive use of wood baseball bats at all levels, we believe this philosophy is consistent with living a life of purpose, rather than just focusing on the immediate external outcome. To this end, our goal is to provide every ball player with the highest quality wood bats, at an affordable price, with superior customer service.
We are able to combine first class experience in both baseball and master wood working, while working directly with our customers. No other company can offer the range of options and state-of-the-art process we do as a small business. Bridging the gap between individually hand crafted works of art and the large scale consistency of bigger bat companies.
We choose Leatherstocking Hand-Split Billets because they are simply the best. We have tried several other suppliers in the course of producing an average of 2,000 bats per year, and no one else matches the quality and consistency of LS.
The Wood Bat Factory is passionate about the importance of every player using a wood bat. We also stand behind every product we offer. We know that every brand we carry starts off with the best billets available ANYWHERE. A Leatherstocking Hand-Split Billet Co. Billet.
This is why we offer a 30 day warranty on every playing bat we sell*.
We understand that transitioning to wood, and becoming a better batter requires practice. If you are new to wood bats we highly recommend swinging a bat with a thick handle. This adds durability to bat in the area where it is most vulnerable to breakage should a mis-hit occur. And as you transition to wood - mis-hits will occur. No bat regardless of brand or wood quality can sustain mis-hits near the end of the barrel, or near the label. Sooner or later, mis-hitting will lead to bat breakage, and even the pros break bats.
A broken bat - isn't necessarily while not fun - should be viewed as a learning opportunity. Maybe you should have laid off of that inside fast ball! A broken bat is just one of the feedback mechanisms that a wood bat offers that a metal bat never will. In addition to possibly breaking - wood bats provide instant feedback in the way of both tactile and audible ques. There's a reason your hands sting, or the hit sounds funny when you miss the sweet spot.
We are so passionate about our mission to get every player swinging a wood bat that our warranty is designed to encourage players young and old to use a wood bat every time they step into the box. We will replace your bat regardless of whether it was a manufacturing defect, which let's face it - despite the fact that we offer only bats made from the highest quality wood available, and from brands with discriminating quality assurance processes - can happen, or if it's broken by a player swinging a pitch that he shouldn't have swung at!
*Our warranty does not cover neglect or abuse.
Whether it's BBCOR, USA Baseball, or USSSA Certification - all one-piece wood bats (except bamboo) are allowed for use - with or without the certification markings. This means every bat in our lineup is considered certified, or rather certification not required. Because every one of the above mentioned standards are designed to make a metal bat respond more like a wood bat.
If the standard is make metal bats respond like wood bats - meaning they take away all the benefits of metal bats(ie: exit velocity), but don't give you back any of the benefits of wood (immediate feedback)... Then why would any serious player use anything but wood? Nothing can provide you the immediate feedback that a wood bat gives, both in terms of sound and feel. Miss the sweet spot? Those stinging hands will tell you so! Plus wood bats don't have a trampolining effect, because they aren't hollow. Wood is the only option for players who want to be their best. No matter who your favorite pro player is, there's one thing that's for sure - he swings a wood bat. You should too.