Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts single-handedly beat the Baltimore Orioles last night with an epic three-home run, five-RBI performance.
It capped off an excellent month of May for the 23-year-old Betts, who now boasts a .927 OPS to go along with 40 RBIs. Although Betts is a natural hitter, he’s also had the added benefit of swinging a better type of bat.
Along with teammate Dustin Pedroia, Betts has been using an axe-handled bat since the start of the 2016 season. The axe-handled bat (or simply “AXE bat”) replaces the symmetrical circular handle, which has been the norm since the 1800s, with an ergonomically designed asymmetrical handle with a flush backside and a slanted cap. The axe-handled bat has been found to deliver more efficient power and create additional bat speed while also putting less stress on the fragile bones of the wrist and hand.
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Betts isn’t the only one having great success with the axe-handled bat in 2016. Pedroia currently sports a .309 batting average, and Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (another frequent AXE bat user) holds a .900 OPS. Check out our full profile of the axe-handled bat below to find out why it could revolutionize baseball.
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