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04/19/2012 Buyer's Guide: Choosing the Right Size Baseball Bat Buyer's Guide: Choosing the Right Size Baseball Bat

Buying the correct size and weight bat can be difficult, but we are going to make it easy for you. We will help you answer these simple questions; what size barrel you need, how long should it be, how heavy should it be, drop weight, what's that? is going to help you answer all these questions because we know there is a lot that goes in to find the correct bat. Lets dig a little deeper.

First, finding a bat that fits you will help give you control in your swing while hoping to make contact and be more consistent at the plate. You don't want to struggle bringing the bat through the hitting zone, if this happens the bat is probably too heavy for you and will cause you to pick up bad habits. Heavier doesn't always mean more power if you can't properly swing the bat. If the bat is too light you may swing harder than the density of the bat is made for. You might be able to swing hard but you are not getting the maximum power out of your swing that you would with a slightly heavier bat. A good rule of thumb is to find the heaviest bat that you can swing comfortably and most effectively without any trouble.

Height, weight and age all factor in the— what size bat to get depending on what leagues you are playing in. A quick look at this chart will help you know what length bat to look for. This chart is available to you at

Okay, what league do you play in? Tee ball bats are for ages 5 through 7 and are used in tee ball and coach pitch leagues. These bats have a 2-1/4 inch barrel and range from 24 to 27 inches. Youth bats are for ages 7 to 12 the barrel is also 2-1/4 inches and range from 26 to 32 inches. Big barrel youth bats are for all ages that are allowed to swing a big barrel typically ages 10 to 14. The barrel usually ranges for 2-3/4 inches or 2-5/8 inches and ranges from 26 to 32 inches.Adult bats have a 2-5/8 inch barrel and range from 29 to 35 inches in length. These bats are approved for high school and college play all adult bats are minus 3 drop weight.

What is drop weight? Don't let drop weights confuse you. It is merely just the length of the bat subtracted by the weight of the bat. This gives us the ratio between the length and the weight of the bat. To find the drop weight simply take the length of the bat and subtract the weight, this will give you the drop.You should now have a good idea of what size bat would suit you.

Let's recap, first, weight; how heavy should the bat be? Second, length; what size should it be? Third, what league do you play in? Hopefully, you can now answer these three questions.

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