Always hit with the logo up (facing toward you) or down (away from you) that will guide your contact point to the strongest part of your bat. Pay attention to your ball marks as they can teach you about your swing. Any form of contact towards the end of the barrel or near the trademark will increase the chance of breaking your bat. Do not leave your bat in hot locations for long periods of time. Leaving your bat in areas such as the trunk of a car or exposed in the sun can create a change of bat weight, or even make your bat more vulnerable to breakage. Only use real baseballs with your bat. Rubber cage balls will put stress on your bat and cause stress in your handle making it vulerable to break. Never throw or hit your bat. Cleaning your bat you should use a non abrasive cleaner to protect the finish of your wood bat.