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. As well, the bat is found on our best wood bats page too.
Best Fungo Bats
|3||Easton MLF-5||34 or 37||$50||4|
|4||Axe Composite Maple Fungo||35||$60||4|
|5||Aluminum Slugger Fungo||35||$30||3|
1. SSK PS-200 or PS-100
As we state above, the fungo from SSK consistently ranks on the top of our best bats and best baseball bats pages. It is a smooth swining 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.
2. Slugger’s Aluminum Fungo
Although a baseball faux pas, fungo bats with an aluminum barrel are practical. They will last forever, can control their swing weight better than wood and are usually a fraction of the price. Some will argue nothing quite beats the feel and control of a wood fungo. But, we have always been in love with the Aluminum Louisville Slugger Fungo. It is a 35-inch bat with a 22-ounce weight. Although you may not be able to hit it to the corners of the bigs with this guy, and some traditionalists may scoff lightly, it works and, last we checked, it is cheap. ($29, at last check).
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.
4. Axe Maple Composite Fungo
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.
Our Fungo Experience
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.
Common Fungo Bat Questions
Are wood fungos better than aluminum?
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.
How much do Fungo bats costs?
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.