Choosing a Softball Bat
We get it. Choosing the perfect softball bat is an agonizing decision. You want a bat that’s the right size, the right weight, and the right length for you–and within your budget. Improvements in technology have given today’s softball players more options than ever, so you’re sure to find a bat that feels like it was custom made for you. You just have to do some homework to find it, which is why JustBats.com has made it easy by providing this Bat Resource Guide, as well as tons of softball bats for sale.
The four key factors to consider when selecting your softball bat are:
1) Softball Bat Weight
As a general rule, bigger, stronger players usually prefer a heavier bat for maximum power. Smaller players usually benefit from a lighter bat that allows greater bat speed. To determine the weight that’s right for you, swing a variety of bats to discover the amount of weight that makes you comfortable.
2) Softball Bat Length
Length and weight combine for peak performance. A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to hit balls on the other side of the plate. But remember that a longer bat may be heavier, and the extra weight could slow you down. Like checking the weight, you need to swing bats of different lengths to decide what length best suits you.
3) Softball Bat Feel
Feel may be the most important factor. Make sure the bat feels right to you, like an extension of your arm and hand. After all, you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time together.
4) League Requirements
Virtually all softball leagues have their bat requirements and restrictions. All softball bats will be required to have a 2” barrel diameter, but the certification stamps required may vary (and not every bat carries every stamp). To avoid costly surprises, make sure you know all league requirements before you go bat shopping.
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So you’ve chosen your softball bat. Now, what?
You want to be comfortable and confident with your bat before you swing it in a win-or-lose situation, so take it to the practice field or batting cage and get in a few hits. Take a look at our Baseball and Softball Bat Care section to get tips on how to make your bat last as long as possible. Confidence can only come from one thing: practice. Whatever softball bat you choose, put in plenty of practice time, so you’ll be ready when the pressure’s on at the plate.