Research shows that an aluminum bat has the potential to hit further than other types of baseball bats. Several factors affect a baseball's distance traveled once it makes contact with a bat.
Aluminum bats, since their production in the 1970s, have been the most popular type of bat in almost all baseball leagues. The hollow design of the aluminum bat allows for minimal compression once the baseball ricochets off the bat, reducing friction and energy lost. In addition, an aluminum bat has a center of mass that is closer to its handle, resulting in more control and faster swings. The hollow design and improved control allow aluminum bats to achieve higher batted ball speeds in comparison to other bats, which also means a longer distance traveled.