General Softball Buyers Guide
Welcome to the General Softball Buyers Guide!
Below, you'll find helpful videos, tips, and other information to answer your basebal bat questions about the following:
- One-Piece Bats vs Two-Piece Softball Bats
- Composite Softball Bats
- Aluminum Softball Bats
- Softball Bat Sizing Chart
Watch and learn about the benefits of one-piece and two-piece softball bats!
Not sure whether to buy a one-piece or a two-piece bat softball bat? We're here to help you understand the differences between the two. Let's get right to it and begin with a one-piece bat design. If you're a strong power hitter, listen up. This design can maximize your hitting potential. Here's how:
- One-piece softball bats maximize your hitting potential if you're a strong power hitter.
- One-piece bats are made from either a solid block of wood, composite material or aluminum alloy. It makes the bat not only stiff but very strong too. So when you make contact with a one-piece bat, little to no energy is lost. Also, your power is transferred to the ball, allowing you to crush those softballs.
- One-piece bats aren't for everyone, though. Some hitters, especially contact hitters, prefer a bat that will give them an extra boost in swing speed, like the two-piece bat design.
What exactly is a two-piece softball bat design?
- On two-piece softball bats, the handle and barrel are two separate pieces that are bonded together.
- Separating the pieces allows the bat to flex, which causes the head of the bat to flex, which causes the head of the bat to whip through the hitting zone quicker. This gives your swing an extra boost in speed and power.
So, which bat design is best for you? We'd recommend swinging the one that best fits your hitting style.
What are the benefits of buying a composite softball bat? Check out this video to find out!
What are some of the benefits of a composite softball bat?
- Composite bats are made from woven fibers, which are extremely durable materials. Manufacturers use a variety of tight weaves to create pop and durability with composite baseball bats.
- Breaking in a composite bat takes 100-200 hits with the bat either with tee work or soft toss. Make sure to rotate the bat 1/4 inch after each swing.
- Composite fibers are often lighter in construction, which benefits hitters.
- Composite bats help create more bat speed through a lighter swing weight and provide more bat control by having a more balanced feel.
- Composite bats also absorb more vibration, so you'll feel less sting in your hands as a hitter.
What are the benefits of buying an aluminum softball bat? Check out this video to find out!
JustBats.com has a wide array of aluminum softball bats. So, which aluminum bat should you be using?
On JustBats.com, anything that says aluminum, alloy, or metal will fall under the aluminum bat umbrella. These are the softball bats that receive a prototypical ping sound when you're hitting, whereas composite bats deliver a thud sound. Aluminum softball bats offer these benefits:
- Aluminum bats tend to be more affordable than their composite counterparts.
- Aluminum bats are hot out of the wrapper. They require no break-in time.
- Aluminum bats have a stiff, responsive feel. This makes the ball jump off the bat.
- Aluminum bats are great for hitters in any part of the lineup.
- Aluminum bats are very durable. And, you can use them in cold temperatures.
Aluminum softball bats are being used by players of all different age ranges. From Tee Ball bats and Youth bats all the way up to the highest level college ranks. For those softball players out there, remember that some of your Leagues will require single wall alloy bats.
To use our interactive bat size chart below, follow these simple steps:
- Move the top slider to the player's height range (in inches)
- Move the bottom slider to the player's weight range (in pounds)
- The recommended bat size will be displayed along with the next size up and next size down, if applicable
Remember, this chart is strictly a recommendation, and it will ultimately come down to your personal preference, hitting style, and strength. Experiment with different lengths and weights until you find one that is best for you! If you need further assistance, our Bat Experts are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. Click here to live chat!