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After hours of testing, we decided the best fungo bat on the market for any budget is the SSK PS-200 or SSK PS-100. The bat is a smooth swinging stick used at the highest levels of baseball. The shorter version, PS-100, is a 33-inch bat made for shorter hitting—so infield practice, or if you are little league coach, then all field hitting. The PS-200 is a longer 37-inch and built for big hits on 400 foot fields. A skilled fungo user could put a ball a in a trash can on the warning track.
There are a number of fungo bats on the market today, many of which feel and look a lot like the SSK. The SSK is a standard bearer of wood fungos and is used at the highest level of baseball. All other fungos wish to be like it, hence the reason many feel and look like it. But, the Japanese white ash wood is the perfect blend of durability, balance and control. Price check: Amazon.com. See our full review: SSK Fungo Reviews.
Best Fungo Bats
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As we state above, the fungo from SSK consistently ranks on the top of our best baseball bats pages. It is a smooth swinging stick made with a unique brand of popular wood. MLB players and teams use it obsessively. The fact it comes in every color imaginable is another huge plus.
The 200 is a 37 inch bat that weighs around 17 ounces. It is made for bigger fields and skilled fungo hitters. The PS-100 is a 33-inch bat that is built for infield practice. Coaches of teams that use smaller fields could use the 33-inch PS-100 for all fields practice.
Coaches prefer the SSK for its long barrel, balanced weight, and durability. The Japonica Poplar wood is unique for being lightweight, yet dense and durable at the same time. A few users are not appreciative of the lack of durability in the SSK. It is, after all, a wood bat. Mishits and off grain jacks could spell trouble. Despite those concerns the SSK fungo sits top our best fungo bats lists.
The Easton MLF-5 Maple Fungo is a single piece maple fungo with fantastic user reviews. The bat comes in both a 34 and 37-inch length just like the SSK. The pure maple is a traditional, durable hardwood with significant density for towering bombs. It has a much stiffer feel than the SSK’s poplar wood. The extra thin handle on the MLF-5 allows for more control. The fungo bat is easily one of the top fungo bats on the market.
The Axe Maple Composite Fungo is durable and built for hand ergonomics. It is the fungo bat we use most often. The wood maple is combined with composite pieces and strategically placed to create a very durable bat. It also creates a very light swing. The axe-shaped handle is smartly designed. After hours of hitting infield our wrists are thankful for ergonomic handle.
You might also consider an aluminum Fungo. These bats are nearly indestructible–especially compared to their wood counterparts. In comparison to a wood bat, most little league and highschool coaches would do just fine with this bat.
However, they’d have to get over the stigma of using an aluminum fungo bat. Wood is the standard bearer and in a game built largely on tradition you might get a few sideways glances for using a metal fungo bat.
Over the years, we have hit with a number of different fungo bats. We have tried high-end pure maple sticks, composite wood fungo bats and aluminum fungos. As well, we have spoken with a number of coaches about their fungo preferences. Our experience, combined with feedback from other coaches, bring us to our Best Fungo Bat Review conclusions.
If it isn’t terribly obvious, this video gives a few good tricks on hitting with a fungo. Worth watching if you’re intimidated by the process.
Depending on the brand and model, Fungo bat’s can weigh as light as 13 ounces and up to 25 ounces. Most are considered, around a drop 20. So, your 37 inch fungo might weigh around 17 ounces. However, the balance of the bat is so thin that they swing very light. Control is, in large measure, the point of the fungo bat.
If you askt he pros they will tell you yes. Nothing quite feels right until you hit with a wood bat. And that extends to fungo work too. But, we have found that aluminum bats are smooth and simple too. They are also somewhat cheap and, to boot, they do not break. For the average coach on the average team aluminum fungo’s work just fine.
Depending on the quality, you can expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $80 for a legitimate fungo. There are several outside of those ranges too. But, last we checked, even our winning SSK fungo is close to $80 a stick.