The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Baseball Bats

There are many things to look at when it comes to buying the right baseball bat. For a new baseball player, this can often intimidating and instead of asking for help, you might just buy whatever you think might be a good bat. Instead of doing that and wasting your money, this cheat sheet will tell you everything you need to know about picking out a baseball bat.

Size

The first thing you need to do when buying a bat is figure out what size your bat should be. Depending on your age, there is a length that is considered the norm. When it comes to picking out the bat, you are going to want to first know how far you are going to stand off the plate. You are going to want to be able to extend your arms to protect the outside part of the plate, so you might need a longer bat than your teammates if you have smaller arms.

Weight

The weight of the bat is the next most important aspect to consider and is something that needs to be taken seriously. Often times, you will see smaller players swinging the same heavy bats as the bigger, power hitters. This is a terrible move and won’t allow for you to get your hands through the zone quickly. Slow hands through the zone means you won’t be able to make solid contact. High school players will want to swing bats with a -3 weight drop between length and weight, while younger players will see a higher number.

Material

For younger players, you might just get them a basic aluminum bat, but in some high school leagues, bats made with composite materials are legal. With this material, the ball will fly off the bat faster and farther, making it a better material for the power hitters.

Technology Used to Fuse Together Multiple Pieces

Some bats are made with half and half technology, usually meaning the handle is made of composite and the barrel is made of aluminum. Some companies like DeMarini do this best, while other companies struggle a bit in producing a quality bat like this.

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