We put an article out a couple of months ago about the Axe bat, by Baden, which studies have shown performs better than the round handle that has been baseball’s standard for 150 years. In the article we showed Dustin Pedroia losing the grip on his traditional-handled bat, an occurrence that those same studies said would happen less with an axe handle because of the more natural grip.
Pedey must have seen the article, because when WPW was on-field back in April, we spied a Victus manufactured Axe bat in his bag. Here’s a bad picture of it:
We were curious, but Pedroia swung Rawlings the whole night, so it seemed that the axe handle was just an experiment.
From the article:
“It just feels good in your hands,” Pedroia said. Asked to describe which part of his swing felt better with the Axe Bat, he said, “Everything, man.”
Chili Davis, Sox hitting coach, also had high praise for the handle:
“I like the way it feels. It feels like I can fire my hands and not feel like there’s something rolling around below them. I think that’s the feeling Pedey loved about it.”
Pedroia has been swinging the axe bat since May 25. Before his 0-5 last night, he was hitting .375 with it.
In my own experience swinging it, I wouldn’t say I’m a fully converted Axe evangelist, but I got an absolutely gorgeous Old Hick YP66 recently and I’m still going back and forth between the Axe and the Old Hick. Its definitely a legitimate concept that I think will start grabbing some market share, especially if Baden continues to license the technology to the big bat companies—I bet if readers of this site saw that handle on a Marucci, they’d be a lot more interested.
We contacted Victus about the availability of this bat—we have not heard back yet. Shop Baden’s composite and metal versions here.
Knowing that Pedroia is swinging it, are you more willing to give it a shot? Feel free to comment if you’ve swung it before or have an opinion on it.