I’m sure you know that having the right baseball bat can improve your swing and you performance overall.
There have been many innovations in technology especially where it concerns baseball bats and softball bats. All these changes have happened over the past 10 years.
Today bats are no longer just made of aluminium, they can now be made of composite. composition material is know for making a ball jump off the bat more efficiently when hit.
It is important to be aware of the types of bats that are allowed to be used for specific occasions.
Age and a players are the two things that determine the baseball bat that can be used.
The information we provide below will make buying and sizing your baseball easier.
Sizing Your Baseball Bat Yourself
It’s always best to end up with a bat that is the most comfortable when you swing it.
When choosing a bat you should not go up more than a an inch. This is helpful because it ensures you don’t have to change your swing too much.
You can follow the steps laid out below if you are new to sizing your baseball bat:
To begin the measuring you have to start from the center of your chest to the end of your index finger.
Your arm needs to be straight out as you take this measurement.
Once you have taken this measurement you can use the chart below:
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When you have taken you measurements and determined what bat size should be for you, there are also other things you can do to ensure the bat is the right size.
The next step is to put the bat down by your side (*as you can see in the picture above). If the bat is the right fit it should reach the palm of your hand.
You should again put the top knob against the center of your chest and if you’re able to grab the barrel of the bat this means it’s the right size.
Measuring A Baseball Bat For A Child
If you’re buying a bat for a child, the measuring process changes slightly.
If the child is between 3’ and 3’4” in height, you will need to start with a 26-inch bat and add an extra 1 inch for every 4-to-5 inches that they grow.
Measuring A Baseball Bat for a Bigger Child
When measuring the height of a child you will need to ensure that they are wearing their cleats when the measurement is taken.
Use a bat as a guide by standing it along side the child. The bat should not go past the child’s hip, but it should reach the hip. A bat that reaches past the hip will be too long.
Next you will need to weigh the bat to get the best fit possible. The best combination of weight and height will ensure the child gets the best swing possible from the bat.
Some General Rules for Bat Weight
A child that is less than 60 pounds is usually best swinging a bat that is between 26 and 29 inches long
A child that is more than 70 pounds in weight, is best using a bat that ranges from 28 to 32 inches in length
Choosing the Best Weight For a Baseball or Softball
When choosing the weight of a baseball bat there are some things worth understanding.
The minus or drop weight is how a bat is measured. The drop weight is the difference between a bats length and weight.
So for example if a bat is 25 inches long and has a drop weight of – 5, it will weigh 20 ounces.
The higher the drop weight number the lighter a bat will be in weight.
High school baseball bats and college bats are not permitted to have a drop that is less than – 3
It is not uncommon for a batter that feels they are stronger to want a heavier bat, but this is a myth. The idea is to have a bat you can swing which generates the right amount of required in the batting zone.
It may sometimes take a bit of time to find the right balance for your bat, but once you do you’ll be hitting the ball farther than you may have first thought possible.
When you have your bat length it’s essential to then take into consideration weight of the bat.
If the bat is for youth baseball and softball, a taller the child will require a longer bat. Because of their age chances are they’re not strong enough to have a bay that is too heavier, which means they would require a bat with a larger weight drop.
Finding the right balance between length and weight is important because it will effect the physics of the batters swing.
Some Things To Consider:
A longer light bat can be swung faster bat it will have less inertia behind it.
A short bat that’s heavy will mean a slower swing, but much more inertia.
The bat that is chosen is always going to come down to personal choice like. Too make the best possible decision you should combine comfortability as well as the style of player you are.
If you feel like you are good at making runs, you might not be overly concerned with losing inertia when you swing,
If your game is more based around want power and you want to hit home runs, a short heavier bat will have the inertia you are looking for.