My oldest son just turned 12 a couple of weeks ago and my younger son will be 10 in November. I wanted a training weight bat the boys can hit with down in the basement over the upcoming winters. I bought one of the MaDougal youth bats in 31" length. We have several other wood bats, including some ash bats from Rawlings and a maple from Phoenix.
The MacDougal is a masterpiece of construction and design. It is barrel heavy and a hunk of engineered lumber for sure. The finish on the barrel was applied flawlessly and is hard as a rock so far.
My 12 year old has been hitting with it off the tee and a couple of nights ago we took it to the ball park and hit soft toss with it. Additionally I hit fungo with it to the boys.
I noticed it had a little vibration and audible buzz if I hit the ball too far out near the end of the bat, where it is hollowed out. When I hit the ball on the barrel where I should be hitting it the response was a loud and pleasing crack and the ball jumped solidly off the bat.
My oldest son hit great shots with it during soft toss and had no complaints with it at all.
I'd sure like to see the woodshop the MacDougal boys have set up, because the joinery on this bat is simply amazing. It's cool. And really good so far. Nice job, MacDougal!!!
The persona is at my son's level is alloy all the way. High school, showcase, and American Legion; my son is 15 and will be going into his Sophomore year. He wanted a wood bat for batting cage workouts to work on his swing mechanics. He has swung many types of wood ranging from maple, bamboo, and composites made of many different materials using other kids sticks. So I researched and chose the M-14. Let me tell you I will be back for another one if this tool ever shows it's declining age - which I don't expect anytime soon. You guys have a product that will change the opinion of wood at youth levels. Good job! From the time of purchase to the bat in hand I was impressed. He still wraps his bat in the fabric sleeve it was shipped in, maybe it's good luck I don't know.
Thanks for the confidence at the plate.
Son loves the new grip.
After a LOT of research, we went with this model as our son's first wood bat, and it exceeded all expectations - balance, feel and performance. Thank you so much to all previous reviewers and your honest comments.
In the words of my Son, "this is a Great Power Bat, it feels very balanced and the ball really jumps off the bat".
So far so good!
The bat is hands down best investment so far lots of pop . Thanks for a great bat Will definitely be buying more bats.
great repair, bat is just like new my son loves it thanks
Ted Williams was wrong. Sometimes it is the arrow. This bat ROCKS.I play in a modified pitch, wood bat league, with pitchers that throw with a lot of movement. Most hits are off the hands or off the end of the bat because of this. This bat is so stiff down to the end that even mis-hits will fly far, where other bats would break. The handle is super strong too, so you can muscle a jam shot for a base hit. I am sold. When you are able to catch it on the sweet spot, watch out!!
Much more durable than maple or birch.
Feels like a piece of steel, but swings light.
Good Job on this bat!!
My 14 year old Loves this bat. I was surprised at the pop it has. Definitely a satisfied customer. Allen N.
Shipped and received quickly. Packaged very well and my 9 yo son has enjoyed hitting with it during BP for 2 weeks now. The sound is great to me hearing the crack of wood instead of composite. We play in a wood bat only tournament at the end of July so he is looking forward to using it that weekend. Thanks for a quality american made bat!
That title is a direct quote from our little league player. He appreciated the way the bat handled and so did several of his teammates. This bat generates sharply hit balls from players which was why our son loved it so much. As a parent I appreciate the solid construction and balance of this bat. We will be a repeat client!
One double, a ball caught at the Left Centerfield wall (330 ft), and a solid single to Right Center in its debut. My 14 year-old loves it.
It is, dare I say, badass.
Son lives the bat. Ball comes off nice
The craftsmanship on these bats a second to none. Unbelievable pop. Best bats on the market. Son originally had the M14 and he just added the B52. Guys answered all my questions. Customer service excellent.
Love the bat. The highschool kids have been practicing with it and really seem to like it. Some of them are starting to use it in games. May have to get another one soon.
Have only had 2 opportunities to use the bat and my son says it feels great (solid)
My son loves his.
I was looking for a slightly more end loaded bat and was unsure of sizing and how the B-52 would compare to my current bat. John was incredibly helpful and answered all of my questions quickly and thoroughly. The B-52 is the perfect mix of power and balance and the ball just shoots off the barrel. I am yet to use the bat in a game but from BP and tee work it is noticeable that this bat is a step ahead of the rest. Thanks to John and the team for a pleasent purchase experience.
After months of research , and many people's opinions....I ordered my son's 28" bat. It finally arrived , 1st thing out of the box is ..WOW. What a sweet looking bat. After a few days of patiently waitong...he finally got to hit with it. Now he won't put it down (even for him much more expensive Mako Beast). Highly recommended these bats. Great quality and amazing preformance.
9 year old really likes this bat. Oversll whole transaction from ordering, shipping and product were great. Will continue to do business with yall.
My son has been training for varsity for a month now and the MacDougall bat has exceeded our expectations. He used a birch bat last year that had a distinctive sound but every cage we go to we get the same reaction - hey, uh , that bat sounds great! What is it? The ball rockets of the barrel and he swings it smooth and easy. Thanks guys for all your time and effort to make a superior product!
First, this is a beautiful bat. Everyone who holds it admires the workmanship.
But most importantly, my 11 year old loves it. It's heavier than the bat he was swinging before, but he quickly got used to it. It's now his favorite bat, and he loves to show it off at the batting cages.
He can't wait to try it out this season.
If feels so great in my hands, power, performance, awesome design and it is a work of art.... absolute satisfaction! Well done MacDougall!
Purchased the K3 power wood bat for my 10 year old. He absolutely loves the bat! He only takes BP with it. No other sound likes well hit wood bat! Since Christmas he's put 2,000 cuts in and the bat looks great!
Purchased 6 bats for our Indiana Twins15U baseball team for our upcoming 2017 season. The players love them! Wouldn't use anything else. Thanks to John and the staff for getting the bats to us before Christmas.
The bat is awesome on the field. But...it does have some uses off the field. Nothing like using the Doogie multipurpose,lol⚾
I did a lot a research before i bought the powerwood K-3 bat for my son. We just started using it and it is as advertised. My son is 10 and we bought a 29" that is about 24oz. I'm 6' and 220lb and took a few hacks with it. It took all the punishment i could give it. It might just be unbreakable. I look forward to him using in game this season.
Absolutely LOVE this bat. The looks are awesome, and so is the performance. Really like the look of the tanoak on the barrel. Great job MacDougall!
After an email discussion with MacDougall, my son switched to the B-52 model for the slight end weighted design. Right out of the box the feel was on the money. Two cages sessions has validated that the B-52 is another winner from MacDougall. This is our 3rd bat as my sons grow out of and into a new model. Once again, you can only go RIGHT with a Powerwood purchase.
Beautiful bat. Pictures don't do it justice, even better in person.
I got this bat beginning of the year in 2015. I used it during games, and also for bp. I've put a few thousand swings in this bat, and I've even swung at crap off the handle and way outside. Finally after those few thousand cuts, I got a bit of a crack on the handle. Sent it back and John patched it up for me, better than new.
Fantastic bat. Super balanced, great pop and durable as hell. Gonna use it till it falls completely apart, and then I'll buy a new one.
I was very impressed with your customer service, I was skeptical on this bat and had a lot of questions. Macdougall's quick email responses and a phone call from them personalized my purchase. This is a very solid bat and my son loves it. The delivery was as promised which is always a plus. This bat is a beauty and shows amazing craftsmanship. My son has been swinging it for a month now and couldn't be happier. Hands down this is a great bat and the warranty is second to none.
Thanks again for the personalized outstanding customer service,
Thank you to the entire team at MacDougall! I needed a bat quickly for a tournament I was attending the very next week and you delivered. As for the bat, fit and finish were top notch and it performed (when I did) better than expected. You have a customer going forward and I will look to you whenever I need a new high quality bat in the future. Thanks for everything!
Still breaking it in but starting to notice how the ball flies off the bat when it's struck on the sweet spot beautiful bat all around
He has loved the bat so far. Have only played in one tournament. We will definitely do business with Macdougall bats again
I have purchased both the M21 and recently the B52. Both are AMAZING! The M21 my son has used for about one year, I would guess that with games and BP between him and his teammates the bat has had nearly 1000 hits and not one single crack !. Try this, have your player use they're bat for 5 hits then give them a MacDougall and watch the expression on their face. The two aren't even close ! I have had players put away their composite and use the MacDougall during games. There is NOT a more solid bat out there. Definitely worth the money !! Thank you MacDougall for making a great product. Mike Power, Indiana Twins 15U coach.
1st problem was convincing myself to actually hit a ball with this masterpiece of craftsmanship. Simply the most beautiful wooden bat I've ever seen. At 14 I've only hit with a few other wooden bats( busted a friends wooden (different brand) bat the very first swing.... Oops!) so far I'm enjoying this bat and it has exceeded ALL expectations. I LOVE THIS BAT.... But, it's so pretty it's almost hard to use it. GREAT JOB TO YOUR ENTIRE TEAM AND THANKS FOR AN AWESOME PRODUCT AND SERVICE.
Sexy beast of a bat!!! Pretty bat...prettier line drive shots hit with it. Sounds like a rifle shot when my son barrels it up with this
I purchased the PowerWood B-52 for my 17 year old son and its the best wood bat he has ever used. He used this bat for a wood bat tourney recently and had multiple hits, the ball explodes off the barrel. I just want to thank John for all the info he gave me when talking to him, this was the best decision I ever made on a wood bat purchase. I would highly recommend these bats if you serious about your sons hitting, and are willing to invest in a quality product.
Best wooden bat you can buy this bat has some serious pop to it hits Like a metal bat money well spent my son will not use any other bat in his wooden bat league hats off to the Macdougall team
Purchased my M-14 Powerwood at the 2016 Northwest Championships. Very helpful & knowledgable staff at Macdougall Bats. I have to say the balanced feel and design work of this bat is exactly what had me sold after that first swing. I'm excited to use it this fall season in game and see how the ball jumps off. Looking to go to work and do some damage at the plate with this season. Thanks Macdougall for making such a great bat.
The best wood bat on the market, great pop, great sound, great looks. My son has put his metal bbcorr bat away, uses the M-21 as his primary bat. Will be getting another as a game bat. Thanks again guys keep up the great work.
Wanted to get some games in before my review. Hands down the bats looks are a show stopper. And it hits even better than it looks. Great solid bat all around. I called and wanted a custom cut on the bat for more end load and they fulfilled my needs exactly. From the one and only phone call I made, my new stick showed up on my door step 2 weeks later. I'd love to say I can't wait to get another stick but this thing is a tank. I'm sure there will be many seasons to come with this bat. Thanks again and I can't say enough good things about what you guys do and how great your product is. A+++
GREAT! Yes, it is...I bought this for my 35+ Men's Senior League. I have never held one, or taken a swing with one. I figured I'd just try it and see what all the hype was about and to see if the bat was worth it? (With a 5 mo. guarantee, I was hoping it would do better than my teammates bats which keep cracking and breaking) Well, I was extremely surprised how well made and crafted this bat seems to be. I actually hated to hit with it since it looked so nice. (comes with a cool little velvet bag too) In my first BP session - it was solid! It had great feel and balance. (I bought a 33.5 M-10 model) Everyone remarked how good the bat sounded and how the balls I was hitting seemed to jump off the bat in comparison to a lot of the Maple bats they were using. The bat is a little on the meaty side and some folks think it's a bit heavy. (But I'm 6'2 - 235lbs. and it swings easily for me.) I feel like I can get good whip out of it, and it feels awesome in the sweet spot! If you hit a little low on the handle or up on the end, it's still quite solid and more forgiving than other bats I've tried. I've been through 5 BP sessions and a scrimmage game....(regular season starts in Fall) So far...this bat is extremely durable feeling and I know with the pitching I've seen up till now, it will last longer than a lot of the other store bought (aka "cheaper") bats. I'm very satisfied with my purchase and look forward to an entire season with my M-10. At 47 years old, I'm not looking for the LONG BALL anymore....but it would seem much more possible with this bat in my paws! I know I'll be hitting it hard, and my average will hopefully show it! I'm gonna wear the gaps out with this stick! Thanks McDougall!!
I used to buy wood bats for my men's senior league. Then I bought a Delta lathe and made my own bats for 2 years. My M-14 Powerwood is better than any of them. Great balance and design, solid during contact, and an absolute work of art to look at. My 3rd hit with this bat was a line drive double down the right field line and I didn't feel the bat contacting the ball, no vibration or reverb at all. Well done MacDougall family, you have a customer for life.
First the craftsmanship shows immediately.
Second is the swing. It is probably the most balanced wood bat ever. It rivals the most balanced metal bats.
The Doogie takes a beating and still looks good.
For those that transition from metal to wood this is a great option. Even balls off the handle don't sting near as much and don't saw you in half. Another great benefit.
After spending months of reviewing this bat online (and talking myself into it) I decided to message MacDougall to ask some questions. John called me that same morning and it was like speaking to an old friend. He answered all of my questions thoroughly and after that, my decision was made. I placed the order and within less than 1 week, my son's new Doogie was on my front porch in Alabama. Let me start off by saying "Wow!". This bat is absolutely beautiful. The craftsmanship is unmatched by anyone in my opinion and the bat we received looked just like the one displayed online. We brought this bat to a practice game the same day and all the boys (8u) were looking at the bat saying "That's not a wooden bat, it's a metal bat. Look how shiny it is." After I corrected the the kids, I started to hear our coaches chatter about how wood is no good and why we shouldn't be using it. I've been hearing these same stories for years and I told them "We'll see". When my son go up to bat, he barely swung and the ball sailed through the air. I knew then that I made the right decision. The next night at practice, my son started to put more power behind his swing and then you heard that glorious sound..... POP! ...to the fence! Our season is now over but we will be practicing a lot during the off season. I look forward to next year to see my son bust the threads off those balls and to prove all those people wrong about how metal/composite is king and wood should not be used. Thanks again John for taking the time to speak with me on a personal level. You have gained a repeat customer and I have been bragging non stop to all my baseball buddies since buying this bat.
Product work as described, would recommend to purchase.
Bought this bat for my son for his summer wooden bat college league, so this is his review. Best feeling wood bat I ever had. It is well balanced and swings very similar to a -3 metal bat even though it is heavier. Has a very unique sound from other wood bats and can have trust in it that it will not break. Also the bat looks awesome. Worth the extra money for the 5 month warranty and the ability to repair the bat beyond the warranty period. Will definitely spread the word about this bat.