Many people wonder how to find the best softball bats. Fortunately, it isn’t all that hard. By reading some reviews online, doing a little research, and shopping around, you should have no problem narrowing down the best softball bats and, from there, picking the right one for your needs, especially not if you know what to look for.
Remember, Color is Not Important
One of the big mistakes that people make when choosing a softball bat is caring only about how the bat looks. However, what a bat looks like really isn’t important. Sure, it’s okay to want a bat that is decently attractive, but things like color, design, and stickers really are not important.
So, don’t be tricked into buying a “bad bat” because it looks pretty on the outside. Pay more attention to things like quality, durability, and being made by a brand that you can trust. These are the kinds of things that are going to get you a good bat, not just one that looks good.
Consider Height and Weight as You Buy
Many people, especially those new to softball, are not aware that buying the best softball bats involves knowing your measurements.
What size bat you will need will depend greatly on your height and weight. By taking these measurements into account, you can ensure your bat isn’t too heavy or too light, that it sits comfortably when you hold it, and that it will always be at the height that you need.
There are many charts available that show what players of different heights and weights need in terms of a bat, so use a chart and your measurements to choose the right bat every time.
Get a Bat That's Long Enough
As mentioned above, your height and weight both play a role in determining what size bat you will need.
However, in addition to these factors, you want to make sure that the bat is long enough to fit you comfortably. You can figure out if it is by placing the bat’s knob at your chest and extending the barrel outward.
If you find that you can touch the bat’s end with your fingertips, then your bat is the right size. If you can’t or if you do so too easily, i.e. without a stretch, your bat is either too long or too short.Right sizing is important, so, when possible, try this little trick before you buy.
Remember to Do What's Right for You
A lot of the time, coaches will have a particular bat that they strongly recommend or even push on their players. And, even when the pressure to buy a particular bat doesn’t come from the coach, you might get it from your teammates or the sales clerk at the local sporting goods store.
However, bear in mind that which bat you should use is a highly personal thing. A bat that works great for someone else may not work for you. So, with that said, don’t give in to pressure.
Buy the bat that you truly want and need to help you excel at the sport. Nothing else and nobody else matters.
Don't Allow Your Bat to Weight You Down
Another tip to keep in mind as you shop for the right softball bat is to avoid going for a bat that is too heavy.
This is something that happens to people all the time. They buy a bat with a little extra “heft” and then find that they have trouble lifting it, let alone swinging it.
Some people even do this on purpose in an effort to get stronger, but it’s not a smart move. A too-heavy bat will be a literal drag, not just on the field but every time you have to carry it to a game too.
You don’t want your bat to be so light that it has no real weight and strength to it, but being too heavy is even worse, so be honest with yourself as you assess what size bat you need.
If You Struggle with Shaking, Go With a Composite Bat
Shaking hands are never a good thing for a softball player. When the hands shake or vibrate, so does the bat those hands are holding, and this can negatively affect your game.
If you are someone who struggles with shaking and not being able to hold a bat securely, give a composite softball bat a try. These are known for being firmer and less shaky than their aluminum counterparts.
As you can see, a lot of thought needs to go into selecting the right bat. However, as long as you put that thought and care in, you can easily find the right bat to meet your needs.
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