Wood bats are typically used by more advanced players and hitters. You will find the most use in the professional leagues, but a lot of college summer leagues, adult recreational leagues, and amatuer tournaments popping up using wood. Players and fans appreciate the skill required using wood bats and the sound of the crack of the bat analogous to America's pastime. Louisville Slugger once dominated the wood bat market, but now more United States based bat manufactures, endorsed by MLB players, are taking over. Baton Rouge Louisiana based Marucci Sports and King of Prussia Pennsylvania based Victus Sports are now seeing their name on top the best wood bat list. Hitters traditionally used ash wood bats looking for tight straight grain in the wood. More and more players now like the harder and denser maple and birch wood. Wood bats are constructed in different turning models or barrel diameters and handle thickness. All wood varies slightly in weight, so the weight is not etched or inscribed in the bat, only the length. Hitters experiment with different barrel diameters and tapers to find what bat they prefer.