Well that’s a great question. Wood bats break because of numerous reasons. If contact is made too close to the end or close to the handle, the bat will break. If contact is made on the wrong side, the bat will break. Another reason is that you swung at a bad pitch. But, was it really a bad pitch or should you of taken that low and away fastball to right field instead of trying to hit it over the left field fence. When young players convert to wood bats, they bring their aluminum bat habits with them unfortunately. They squeak out a base hit off the hands or a ground ball single off the end of the bat. That’s all well and good if the bat is metal, but once you convert to wood, then the player has to take on a whole new aspect of hitting. Players have to learn to go with the pitch where it’s thrown which is easier said then done.
By using a wood bat, it makes you a better hitter because it will make you want to hit the right way or you will be ending up with a lot of firewood for the winter. Weather conditions also affect wood bats. The colder the temperature the more likely a wood bat will break. Where wood bats are stored also affects longevity such as leaving them their in the trunk of a car. It can get very hot and this heat will dry out a wood bat and cause it to become brittle.