Ash has a stigma that it isn t that strong, but they have been able to engineer this bat to last a long while. It is the same quality wood that the MLB players use, so you know it will be good. Ash bats are also great because they always seem to have great balance. These wood bats always provide hitters with the lightest feel possible and let you put your best swing out there every time. When it comes to wood bats, you want to have a bat with a great outer coating. The Louisville Slugger Prime C271 ash baseball bat has one of the best outer coatings in the game today. They use a EXOPRO Premium Hardcoat. This hardcoat will protect your bat from any chips and scratches that may come your way. If you don t have a good outer coating on your wood bat, almost every time you hit the ball there will be a chip. So, the coating is a big deal and LS does a great job with it.