Axe™ bats differ from traditional bats at the knob and lower handle. Rather than the traditional round knob, this shape has been ergonomically designed to fit flush in the lower hand. Roughly resembling an axe handle, the new shape gives the batter better leverage and extension. This fit also helps reduce bruising of the palm, potential injury to the vulnerable hamate bone and general hand fatigue.
Another benefit to the Axe™ is that it automatically aligns the proper wood grain to the hitting surface of the bat. Proper grain alignment insures optimal performance and reduces the risk that the bat will shatter upon breaking. MLB bat rules require that labels are placed on the “edge” grain of maple bats so that if a player hits with the “label up” he will make contact on the proper “face” grain of the wood. While these instructions are clear, it requires that batters remember to put the label up. “With the Axe, the batter doesn’t need to worry about grains and labels – he just grips it and swings,” said Max Kay, Baden’s Director of Marketing. “It takes the guesswork right out of it.”