Effective for the 2009 season, MLB requires that all Maple and Birch bats include the ink dot on the face side of the handle to define the slope of the grain (90 degrees from the label). The bleed lines from the dot should be parallel to the center line of the bat. The more parallel, the better the slope, the better the grade of wood. If the angle is more than 3 degrees off the center line, the bat in particularly is not MLB certified for play.
Gap to Gap Bat Company ink dots all its Maple and Birch bats to ensure we are meeting the Pro-Grade standard
The wood we use is hand-picked by loggers and comes from mills that are technologically advanced providing first-class cutting. We use natural gas to reach a 6% to 8% moisture content for our vacuumed dried billets. All the wood we use for our bats are grown in New York and Pennsylvania. Gap to Gap will only use HIGH Grade Maple, Ash and Birch.
When determining the weight of your bat, start with the length of your bat in inches and then subtract. For example, if you have a 32" bat and you want the bat to weigh 30 ounces the weight would be -2. If you had a 32" bat and wanted it to weigh 29 ounces the weight would be -3.
Not all bats are the same size. Before purchasing your bat please refer to the chart below for appropriate sizing.