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03/08/2012 Buyer's Guide: Slow Pitch Softball Bats Buyer's Guide: Slow Pitch Softball Bats

Finding a slow pitch softball bat can be a very diligent task with how large the selection is out there. Let's break it down by a few certain key criteria to be sure you get a bat that fits your needs.

All slow pitch bats have 2-1/4 inch barrel, are 34 inches long, and generally weigh from 26 to 30 ounces. Only a few select slow pitch models are made in a 29 oz. If you are a bigger player that loves to smash the ball, you probably are looking for something in the 28 oz to 30 oz range, whereas, if you are a smaller to average size player, you will probably want something in the 26 oz to 27 oz range.

When you search for a slow pitch bat, you’ll notice that they’re two different types to choose from, balanced and endloaded. Balanced models mean that the weight is evenly distributed throughout the bat, and an endloaded model means that the weight is distributed towards the end of the bat. Most players choose to swing a balanced bat, while big power hitters tend to opt for an endloaded bat.

It’s very important to make sure your bat meets league or tournaments rules. There are many different sanctioned governing bodies such as ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, ISF and Senior Softball. Leagues may require a certification stamp, so be sure to check your league's listings to see what specs are necessary. Check out for the largest selection of slow pitch bats, and remember, from click to hit.

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