A virtually indestructible bat.
Truth be told, Baum has crafted some of the most durable wood baseball bats due to unique composite wood bats that are engineered under conditions similar to those used to make advanced aerospace products. Years ago, the JustBats.com team decided to put Baum's claim to the test. We tried everything to break the Baum.
But, then Baum challenged us again. Coinciding with the release of the exclusive Baum Bat White Lightning Composite Wood BBCOR baseball bat (AAA Pro White Adult), JustBats.com rolled out a contest asking people for suggestions on how to destroy a virtually indestructible bat. The responses ranged from the bizarre (hydraulic press) to the interesting (freeze it, then hit it) to the dangerous (chainsaw).
Needless to say, we had fun. And, in the end....we actually broke the Baum bat. Here's how we did it.
Jamie Batrony suggested we pitch a bowling ball and take some hacks with the Baum bat. In order to avoid injuries to our hitter, we opted--instead--to drop a 16 pound bowling ball on to the bat.
Sure, we elevated the bat to keep it in place. Sure, the bowling ball hit the bat in a great spot. And, sure, we dropped the ball from a distance that was going to pack some force. But, still, we broke the virtually indescructible bat.
Simply dropping a bowling ball wouldn't have broken the White Lightning Baum bat. We made it interesting by dropping from a height of 10 feet.
First of all, how fast was the bowling ball moving after falling from 10 feet? And, what was the ball's speed of impact?
Given the 3.048 meters (height) and 7.167 kg (mass) of the 15.8 pound bowling ball, here are some facts about the bowling ball's journey to bat:
- Speed at impact was 7.73 m/s.
- Energy at impact was 214.07 joules. By comparison, atrial fibrillation takes 200 joules for monophasic devices to normalize abnormally fast heart rates in patients.
- Pound-force was 71.2644 lbm.
What do you think? Do you have a better suggestion on how we could've broken the Baum bat? Anything you'd like to see?
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