For baseball players, a bat is a must-have piece of equipment. But choosing the right one for your ability level and particular swing can be challenging with different lengths, weights, and materials.
There are a few criteria for knowing what to look for when buying a baseball bat. You can help find a perfect stick for your swing with your league stats, some measurements, and your personal taste.
Age and league rule:
One of the first things you can look at when choosing a baseball bat for your upcoming season is your league rules.
Every league, regardless of age, will comply with a unique bat standard for their equipment regulations. To offer a general point of departure:
A tee ball bat would likely be necessary for players between the ages of 4 and 6.
Players between 7 and 13 years of age are likely to require a bat that meets the requirements of the USA or USSSA.
Players between 14 and 18 years of age would probably need a bat that meets BBCOR standards.
Length of the bat :
Your next deciding factor should be the measurements with the bat norm narrowed down. Your swing mechanics and plate coverage can be affected by bat duration. Too long, and you can risk compromising the fundamentals of bat speed or swing. Too short, and your plate coverage can be reduced, giving up a portion of your strike zone. With the bat’s correct length, you can help find the middle ground between these two situations.
You can measure whether a bat is a right length in three ways:
In the center of your chest, place the bottom of the bat, pointing it to the side, parallel to your outstretched arm. The bat is the correct length if you can hit the top of the bat with your fingertips comfortably.
In the center of your chest, place the bottom of the bat, facing outward. If your arm is able to reach out and catch the bat’s barrel, then it’s the right length.
Weight of the bat:
The best weight depends so much on feeling. It’s probably too heavy for your needs if you take several swings, and the bat feels heavy or starts to drop. Try to grasp the handle of the bat and stretch the arm to your side. The bat could be too heavy for you if you can’t keep the extended bat for 30 to 45 seconds.
When choosing a bat, there are two primary materials you can see: wood and metal. From various trees, such as ash, maple, or birch, wood bats can be made. Different wood types can yield other characteristics. Most wood bats feature a -3 drop to standardize purchases.
Alloy bats, or baseball bats of titanium, are ready for use straight from the wrapper. This means that there is no necessary break-in time. They have a smaller sweet spot, but they are great at any temperature and even seem to last longer due to their longevity. More accessible than their ceramic counterparts, alloy bats can be.