The Axe Bat is the first bat built for your swing. Every part of it, from the handle to the end cap, is designed to help you perform better, train longer, and get the most out of your natural ability. Try it and you’ll see why we say the Axe Bat is how all bats would look, feel, and perform if the game were invented today, using today’s technology.

Welcome to the future of your pastime.


Early methods of mass-producing bats relied on the wood lathe, which turned out cylindrical knobs with ease, but did little to address the actual shape of a hitter’s clenched hand around the handle. Generations passed and the round knob persisted, until nobody thought to question why it existed or what purpose it served. All the while, it was doing untold damage, reducing power, blistering palms, even breaking bones.

We created the Axe Bat for you, the hitter. Informed by a thorough analysis of the biomechanics and ergonomics of the swing, the Axe handle was designed using modern technology to support your most efficient and natural movement through the hitting zone. Scientific research supports the superiority of the Axe handle to the conventional round knob. A comprehensive, biomechanical analysis comparing the two designs can be found in the following study, conducted by Vijay Gupta, Ph.D., using elite college baseball players.

Gupta’s work confirms the Axe Bat:


The Axe handle has been meticulously crafted to fit your hand. This starts with the knob, which is cut at approximately 11 degrees; our research reveals this angle to be ideal for the human anatomy because it allows the “hook” of the handle to rise to meet your lower fingers in their natural, closed positions, providing greater leverage, while dropping the backside below the most sensitive area of your palm.

The handle, meanwhile, has an oval profile where the bottom hand grasps. This blends to a traditional, round cylinder where the top hand grips, allowing you to maintain a free and easy follow through. The backside of the handle follows a near vertical path downward, placing more of the handle in contact with your palm. Together, these features align the Axe handle more closely with your natural grip and enable the most comfortable swing you’ll ever take.


The Axe handle follows the natural contours of your wrist and palm. Its ergonomic shape slots perfectly in your hand.

Conventional round knobs, by contrast, protrude into your lower palm, creating areas of intense pressure. Swing forces exacerbate this effect by driving the knob deeper into your hand as the bat rotates through the hitting zone. During this process, the edges of the round knob push the lower portion of the bat away from your palm and create a wedge-like effect – or “grip gap” – that weakens and destabilizes your grip prior to contact.

What’s more, traditional bat handles, especially when swung using grips favored by power hitters and high-level players, often position the knob above one finger and higher in the palm. With this grip, the edge of the round knob creates space between the handle and the palm that requires additional grip strength to control and maintain. This is wasted energy that could be going into your swing. Because more surface area of the Axe handle contacts your palm, more of your muscle energy can be directed towards swinging the bat, allowing you to transfer power through your swing more efficiently.


The Axe handle maximizes your opportunity to achieve greater whip and bat speed. The key is in its angled, ergonomic handle, which provides a tension-free grip and an increased range of wrist flexion.

The angle of the Axe knob naturally positions your wrists in a more neutral position at the start of your swing. This means the same amount of wrist flexion will move the barrel of the Axe Bat farther than it does the barrel of a bat with a conventional round knob. In fact, players swinging the Axe Bat enjoy 15-20 degrees of additional whip, space that can be used to accelerate the barrel and achieve maximum bat speed.


Slow-motion video analysis reveals the damaging impact the edge of a conventional round knob can have on your hand, even during a single at-bat.

Vibrations from contact send shock waves through the knob, which oscillates violently between the fingers and the area of the palm directly above your ulnar nerve and hamate bone. This “hammer effect” is amplified on mis-hits. Repeated impacts to this area can fatigue the hamate bone and lead to its fracture – an injury that typically requires surgery and can sap a player of power for months after returning to the game. Thrown bats can also result if the ulnar nerve is pinched. This causes a temporary and involuntary relaxing of the fingers on the bottom hand, and can send bats pin-wheeling dangerously into the stands or field in an instant.

The Axe handle provides a safer alternative because it conforms to the natural shape of your hand and spreads swing forces more evenly across your palm. Players swinging the Axe Bat report less hand fatigue, fewer problems with painful bottom-hand blisters and callouses, and more overall comfort. This allows longer, safer, training so you can get the most out of your potential.


One of the major benefits we, as bat makers, derive from the Axe handle is the knowledge of where on the barrel ball strikes will occur.

Because the Axe handle is asymmetric, it positions your hands the same way for every swing. This means you will always make contact with the same side of the barrel. We call this “one-sided hitting,” and it’s a huge engineering advantage for us – and for you, the hitter. Makers of traditional round-handled bats have to construct barrels capable of withstanding impacts from 360 degrees. We are not limited by that uncertainty and can focus our engineering on the exact portion of our barrel where contact will occur. This is new to the bat industry, but a familiar practice in other sports. The most obvious comparison is the golf club, which has a high-performance hitting face and a backside that will never be hit.

We believe one-sided hitting is the future of bat design and are pioneering technologies that take full advantage of this new standard. Currently, we address one-sided hitting through one of three ways, all of which give the Axe barrel a stronger and more durable “Directional Hitting Face.” Our Plus-Plus™ Composite technology, implemented on our Avenge series for softball, utilizes two asymmetric slip planes that go the length of the hitting face and act like leaf springs on impact. Plus-Plus creates the feel and performance of a thin wall, but with the durability of a thick wall.

A second one-sided hitting technology is called ACR and is found on our Avenge BBCOR bat. With ACR, an asymmetric, carbon-fiber band is inserted in the barrel at the sweet spot, allowing the bat to get closer to the BBCOR performance threshold, and stay there longer, than conventional, round-handled bats made of similar materials. Last, with our alloy constructions, we carefully control every millimeter of wall thickness to ensure our barrels deliver the right mix of balance and performance with one-sided hitting. We also take advantage of high-grade metal for added strength and durability.


The Axe handle has always had an easily identifiable profile. Starting in 2017, most Axe barrels will, too, as our HyperWhip™ technology, along with its distinct angled appearance, comes to many new models.

This is more than a cosmetic upgrade. The HyperWhip profile is rooted in one-sided hitting. It debuted on our Element HyperWhip L138D in 2016, immediately making that bat the most balanced BBCOR bat in our lineup. HyperWhip technology takes advantage of one-sided hitting by allowing us to remove unnecessary weight from the non-hitting side of the barrel, improving balance and swing speed. In 2017, HyperWhip end caps will be offered in composite and TPU materials, while the original HyperWhip construction, featuring three inches of carbon fiber fused to the end of an alloy barrel, will continue to be offered on the new HyperWhip L138E.

This bold new look offers the first visual cue of the one-sided technologies already built into Axe barrels.

Still, we are just getting started. Our development pipeline is stocked with exciting new technologies to make the Axe Bat the most technologically advanced, highest-performing bat the game has ever seen. It’s true. We don’t make bats like they used to. We make them better.