Inspired by the Pros. Crafted for You. Featuring the top 15% of all wood we harvest, MLB Authentic Cut looks and feels like big league wood. Maple, the species preferred by most pro players, features the ultimate surface hardness and provides an unmatched sound and feel at contact. Naturally harder, maple offers added strength at impact. Closed grains eliminate flaking, commonly seen with ash, allowing superior durability against delamination.