There are quite a few different ways to cork a wiffle ball bat, but every league’s rules are different when it comes to whether or not corking your bat is legal. The only rule we have when it comes to bats is that the barrel can not exceed 3″ around. Here are some of the examples of our corked bats and how the process works.
Method 1 (The Twinkie Method)
This is the MLB Powerhouse bat filled with spray foam insulation. The foam we use comes in an aerosol can, called Great Stuff, and can be found at basically any hardware store. Find the foam that expands the most since you are filling a large internal area. Methods vary on how to get the foam inside but we usually drill a hole in both ends of the bat and injected the foam into each end. The foam expands about 50% more so be careful when using it and also use gloves (and eye wear if you want) because it tends to get everywhere.
Method 2 (The Dowel Method)
This method uses a 3/4″ wood dowel that is inserted down the center of the bat. Wood dowels can be found at any hardware store and the 3/4″ width will fit in almost any bat handle with a little modification. The first step is to take a drill with a 3/4″ hole bit on the end and drill a hole dead center at the top of the bat. Stand your bat up on the ground with the dowel next to it and mark how much of the dowel you’ll need to cut off at the end. The next step is to take some sandpaper (or a sander if you have one) and sand down the side of the dowel that will slip into the handle. The dowel is usually wider than the handle so you sand it down little by little until it fits snug inside the handle. You can also use glue on the dowel to keep it secure when you finally slide it in. Make sure that when the dowel is slid into the bat that the mark you made earlier is right at the top of the bat so you know it’s all the way in. Take a saw and cut off the top of the dowel leaving a little sticking out of the top in order to make the bat more solid throughout. Finally, you can use a little glue at the top to make sure your dowel doesn’t come sliding out and maim anybody.
Method 3 (The Next Level)
This, my friends, is my (Casey’s) bat. It’s called The Next Level for a reason. I combined the previous two modifications into a super bat. To achieve this next level of wiffle, you need to first do the dowel method to your bat. After that, find a drill bit that is the same diameter as the Great Stuff nozzle and drill two holes on opposite sides of the dowel. You will not drill any holes in the bottom since the dowel fills the entire handle. Take your can of foam and spray down inside the bat through each hole until you reach your desired amount. I personally don’t like the bat completely filled with foam because you lose a lot of the pop in the bat by doing so. Finally go out and beat everyone in a home run derby.
The Ryan Method
One of our readers, Ryan, swears by the Easton Pro Stix 1000. So much so, that he’s taken it to another level. His method of corking? Well, simple…it’s packing peanuts. His steps are:
- Cut approximately 1/2 inch off the top of the bat. Leave about a 1/2 inch segment attached and bend the top away from the bat. Take care not to break it.
- Stuff as many packing peanuts as you desire down the barrel using another bat’s knob as a ramrod.
- Fold the top back into place and use tape to seal it up. Color is your choice, he prefers to keep black on black.
- Refill if needed, the peanuts usually need a refresher after 1-2 years according to Ryan.
The Jim Method
Jim has laid the plans out for a seriously solid method of modifying a short bat for an increase in length. Don’t take it from me, here it is from the horse’s mouth.
Here’s my first try at modding the Quickbat. As you can see from the pix it’s now slightly longer than my Louisville Slugger. I cut the knob off, inserted about 12″ of 3/4″ dowel and used a 4″ piece of 3/4″ abs to cover the dowel and fill in the gap in the handle. I secured it all together with glue and wood screws and then coated it all with aerosol Plastidip. I imagine the standard Plastidip would have worked better but I wanted to cover more of the handle. Cosmetically I may end up replacing the Plastidip with bat tape.
I’m serious when I say that this method appears to have a lot of promise. Jim has said that if there’s enough interest, he’d make an actual “how-to” for us. Let him know what you think and whether or not you’d like to see a little more info.
Thanks again, Jim. We always appreciate new ideas.
Like we said earlier, there are many different ways to cork your bat ranging from wet newspapers stuffed inside, bouncy balls, tennis balls, etc. Let us know in the comments what your best bat modifications are and we’ll try them out on our next bat.