The right length-to-weight ratio in bats is extremely important when choosing a baseball bat or softball bat. When it comes to the length-to-weight ratio, you might hear the words Balanced and End Loaded. So, what do those terms mean? Our Bat Experts break down everything you need to know about these two different types of bats.
Balanced Baseball and Softball Bats
A balanced bat has its weight evenly distributed throughout the entire length of the bat which will help players generate quicker bat speeds which really is the key to power. Balanced bats are commonly preferred by contact hitters because it allows them to reach the highest swing speeds possible without sacrificing any control during the swing.
We also recommend that younger players use balanced bats. This will allow them to better learn their swings without straining to get the barrel to the ball. A majority of the youth bats created are made with balanced (or even ultra-balanced like the Solo series from Louisville Slugger) swing weights.
End Loaded Baseball and Softball Bats
An end-loaded bat has a portion of its weight concentrated towards the end of the barrel near the end cap which causes the bat to have a t"top-heavy" feel. This can cause end-loaded bats to be a little more difficult to control, so they are typically recommended for physically strong hitters who do not need assistance generating bat speed. By placing more mass directly in the hitting zone, stronger hitters can generate more momentum with similar swing speeds resulting in the ability to hit the ball a greater distance.
We recommend that older, stronger players experiment with end loaded bats. This will enable them to create more power on contact to produce higher exit velocities. If you are looking to try a bat, feel free to take advantage of our Bat Assurance Program to start a 30-day, risk-free trial with any bat your purchase!
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