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Questions and Answers for Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Baseball Bat: WBM914-71CBH
What do bat do you recommend for a 14 year old, using wood bat for first time. He is 5 foot 6 and 127 pounds?
I would say for a first time wood bat user, the idea would be to go with something more balanced like a 110 or C271 turn model like the Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Baseball Bat (WBM914-71CBH). This will keep the swing as easy as possible.
Can I use this wood bat in high school games?
Yes, you can. The Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Baseball Bat (WBM914-71CBH) will not surpass any of the requirements that the BBCOR performance certification requires. It does not require the BBCOR stamp because it is made of one piece of solid maple wood.
I am 5 foot 8, and weigh 160 pounds. What size should I get?
Based on your height and weight, we would suggest a 32 inch size of the Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Baseball Bat (WBM914-71CBH).
How top heavy is this bat?
The Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Baseball Bat (WBM914-71CBH) features a 271 turn model and is an extremely balanced wood bat. It will not feel top heavy.
What is the drop on this bat?
The Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Baseball Bat (WBM914-71CBH) will have an approximate -2 length to weight ratio.
I read somewhere that on ash bats you want to hit against the grain (on the straight lines that are close together), and that on maple bats you want to hit on the grain (on the ovally, curved lines that are spaced far apart). If this is true, then would the "labels up" rule not apply to this bat, since the labels are on the grain?
The "label up rule" applies to all styles of wood bat. The manufacturer ensures that the hardest part of the bat is hitting the ball when this method is used.
If I were to purchase this bat would I make contact with the ball on the logo face side since it is a maple bat?
When swinging the Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Bat (WBM914-71CBH) we advise having the label face straight up towards the sky or straight down towards the ground.
Is this bat good for a 13 year old entering Babe Ruth League? What's the difference between this bat and the M9C271BHC?
This Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Bat (WBM914-71CBH) is the newest version of the M9 271 turn model from Slugger while the (M9C271BHC) is the discontinued version. Aside from a slight change in the logos on the barrel, these two bats are the same. Louisville Slugger changed their logos last year and changed all of their bat models to reflect this. For players in the 15-18 year old divisions, this would be a great wood bat option. It conforms to BBCOR testing but does not need a BBCOR stamp, as it's made from one solid piece of Maple. For the specific requirements of your league, it's best to check with a coach or league director.
Is the barrel 2 5/8"?
The Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Bat (WBM914-71CBH) is a 271 turning model and has a 2 1/2" barrel.
Is this bat suitable for a ten year old?
The Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Bat: WBM914-71CBH is an adult bat and will be too heavy for a ten year old. We recommend the Louisville Slugger Pro Stock Lite Ash Wood Bat: WBPL14-71CWK for his age.
What is the difference between this model and M9 C271?
The Louisville Slugger M9 Maple Wood Bat: WBM914-71CBH is the newest model. There is not a difference between the two models.
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