Do you want to buy a new softball bat but don't know what to look for when searching? No worries, we've got you covered! This guide will help you learn more about the features of a slowpitch softball bat and a fastpitch softball bat like the correct lenght, materials or drop.
Your bat choice is where it all begins. When choosing a Softball bat, there are three boxes you want to tick off. These three factors are length, weight and drop. All of these three also have impact on your swing so make sure you know what to look for.
The first factor you want to consider is the bat length. This is just as important as finding the right size in your glove. You can measure this in three different ways.
Place the knob of the bat at the center of your chest. Extend the barrel outwards toward your hand and fingertips. If you are able to touch the end of the bat with your fingertips it is the right size.
The second method is by placing the knob of the bat at the center of your chest facing outward. If you are able to reach and grab the barrel of the bat, the bat has a suitable length for you.
The last way to find out if the bat length is right, place the bat vertically up against your leg. If the bat reaches your mid-hip, the bat length is okay for you.
The bat weight differs per model and is also determined by your personal preference. If you are a stronger player you can get away with a heavier bat. If you still need to develop your strength you can start off lighter. But remember, you want that efficient bat speed on the plate. Swinging a softball bat that is too heavy can influence your performances.
To see if the bat weight is right for you, try to extend your arm with the bat in it for about 30 seconds. If the bat starts to drop it is probably to heavy for you.
The drop is the difference between the length and the weight of the bat. The smaller the drop, the heavier the bat will be. The heavier it is, the more strength and energy you’ll need to handle the bat. Use the numbers from the length and weight you’ve had before and find a similar bat.
Finding the right measurements is essential because it can enhance your performances at the plate. Use this Buying Guide wisely and get ready to hit those homers.
When your bat grip is letting loose or you just want a different style, simply change the bat wrap yourself! It's simple job that really makes something different of your bat. You can also apply pine tar of Gorilla Gold to enhance the grip. Change the bat taper or use Prohitter to get a better hold of the bat. If you want to train your swing you can put a bat weight around the bat to make your swing faster.