Contrary to the flexible nature of an ash bat, maple wood is much harder and denser. With this harder surface though comes a faster speed in which the ball will rocket off the barrel of the bat.
Maple also has a much tighter grain than ash which results in no splintering as it wears out over time. The durability of this bat is one of the reasons it is very popular within baseball nowadays and is the top choice for many big leaguers. Unlike ash, Maple will be a stronger bat for those deadly inside pitches. This wood type is perfect for the all-around hitter who prefers a denser, stronger, and less forgiving bat when stepping into the box.