Published on March 13, 2014
Created by Mike Ballard http://www.firstbasecoach.com Selecting the right softball bat!
What type of Bat? The term‘Softball,’ includes both Slo-Pitch and Fast-Pitch. Slo-Pitch bats and Fast-Pitch bats are different in length and weight. Slo-Pitch bats all measure 34” in length and have a barrel diamter of 2 ¼” Fast-Pitch bats will vary in length while adult Fast-Pitch bats should measure over 30”.
What is the Best Material? Bats are made of eitherAluminum or Composite Materials. Aluminum bats are cheaper in price and are generally more durable. Composite bats are generally higher in both price and performance, but are more fragile. Recreational players can use aluminum while it’s recommended competitive players use composite bats.
What weight is right for me? If your bat is too heavy, you won’t be able to get the barrel of the bat around. If your bat is too light, you won’t maximize your power potential. The bat should feel comfortable in your hands and when you swing, you should feel like you have control of the barrel the entire time. Best way to find the right weight for you is to try a few different weights.
End-Loaded VS Balanced Often times, you’ll see bats that are either‘End-Loaded,’ or ‘Balanced.’ End-loaded refers to added weight on the end of the bat which is ideal for power hitters. Balanced bat have their weight evenly distrubuted throughout giving the player increased control. Example of end-loaded bat: Easton L6.0
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