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General Bat Questions

Bats can be your best friend. In fact, they should be. We're here to help, so here are answers to some frequently asked questions about baseball bats and softball bats:


How do I break in my new baseball bat or softball bat?

There are several methods to break in your new baseball bat or softball bat. The key to breaking in a bat is simply to use the bat. Typically, batting practice or hitting off of a tee is recommended to make your bat game ready. Since bats are designed specifically for official baseball or softball game balls, make sure to use those when breaking in your bat.


How long does it take to break in a baseball bat or softball bat?

If you are buying an aluminum adult baseball bat, there is no break-in necessary! Aluminum bats are as hot as they are going to get as soon as you take them out of the wrapper. With composite-barreled adult baseball bats, you will have to spend some time getting them ready to perform at their peak. Composite baseball bats are going to need around 150 to 200 hits on them to start performing up to their potential. When breaking in a composite baseball bat, it is important to start off at about 50% power and gradually increase as your swing count rises. It is also important to rotate the bat about a 1/4 inch on every swing; this ensures that your bat gets evenly broken in.

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What is the difference between "One-Piece Bats" and "Two-Piece Bats"?

One-piece baseball bats use the same material throughout the entire design. The advantage of the one-piece design is that you get a stronger, stiffer bat that is favored by power hitters looking for as little flex as possible. In two-piece baseball bats, you'll find that the handle is a separate piece from the barrel and that the two are bonded together. The advantage to a two-piece bat is that its design allows the barrel to flex at the point of contact creating a trampoline effect off the barrel. Two-piece bats have less vibration in the handle than one-piece bats due to the separation of the handle and barrel.


What size baseball bat or softball bat should I get?

Usually, selecting a baseball or softball bat is a very individual practice. When you select a bat, the two main considerations should be mass (weight) and velocity (speed you can swing the bat). You should try to select the longest heaviest bat you can control without decreasing your swing speed:


Do college and Olympic players use the same baseball bats and softball bats as those for sale on this site?

Yes, the baseball and softball bats you see your favorite players using on the baseball or softball field are the same bats you will find on the site. Some manufacturers list the bats that are used by colleges and Olympians on their websites. See Vendors for a complete listing.


What if the baseball bat or softball bat I order just doesn’t feel right?

Sometimes when you get your baseball or softball bat, it may not have the balance and feel that you expected. We understand. If your bat doesn’t feel right, please send your unused bat, in its original condition, back to us with a note letting us know if you would like to exchange it for another bat or refund. We process all returns same day we receive them, typically within one hour. The same day we receive the bat(s), we send you an email confirmation confirming that we got the package. There is no need to call for an RA Number. Please send returns to:

       10800 North Pomona Ave.
       Kansas City, MO 64153

For more on returns see Return Policy.

*Some bats we sell are backed by 30 Day Trials / Guarantees from their respective manufacturer. If your bat qualifies for one of these trial periods / guarantees, it will be listed on the product page. If you need help determining whether a bat qualifies for a 30 Day Trial / Guarantee, please do not hesitate to give our Customer Service Department a call at 1-866-321-BATS (2287)*


I can’t decide between two / three different bats. What should I do?

One idea is to order all the bats you are considering. Try taking some ‘dry cuts’ with each and pick the bat you like and then send the rest back. As long as the returned item(s) are in their original condition, we will always accept an item for return. We will process your return the same day we receive it, usually within one hour, and send you an email confirmation confirming that we got the item(s) back. Please send returns to:

       10800 North Pomona Ave.
       Kansas City, MO 64153

For more on returns see Return Policy.


Do you have / can you get a particular old baseball bat or softball bat?

If you are looking for a particular baseball or softball bat that you had when you were younger or is 2-3 years old, and you don’t see it on our site, it is probably not made anymore. We stock almost every baseball and softball bat that every manufacturer makes. To get more information on the older bat you are looking for, you can call the manufacturer directly, and they can give you information on when production has stopped and if they have any ideas on where you might find the bat you are looking for. For a list of manufacturer's phone numbers see our Vendors.


Can you get this baseball bat or softball bat in a Length and Weight that is not shown on the website?

We try to stock every baseball and softball bat that is made by each manufacturer. If you are looking for a specific length and weight of a model and we do not have the length and weight shown on the website you are looking for, it may be temporarily out of stock. You can always call us to find out about availability, 1-866-321-BATS (2287).


When searching for baseball bats or softball bats by size, what do the negative numbers indicate?

The negative numbers under the bat size categories are the length to weight ratio. This means if you take the length of the bat you are searching for (e.g. 32 inches) and the size it comes in (e.g. -8), your bat would weigh 24 ounces. The length subtracted by the negative number will give the weight of the bat in ounces.


Do you still have questions?

Refer to our Customer Service section. This section covers all of our shipping, return, payment, etc. policies.

* Need help finding the perfect baseball bat or softball bat? Our knowledgeable Bat Experts are available by emailexperts@justbats.comLive Chat, or our toll-free phone number1-866-321-BATS (2287)! *

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