This guide will assist players in choosing the perfect baseball bat which will serve to be the right fit for their personal experience, physical strength and appearance.
For a baseball player of any level, a baseball bat is a must-have. These bats play a huge roll in determining how successful of a player you can be, considering it is the perfect fit for you.
Baseball bats come in varying lengths, weights, and materials. You need to find one that fits perfectly with your skill level so that you are able to swing away without many efforts.
To find the right bat for yourself, you need to have a basic understanding of where you stand when it comes to the amount of skills you have, as well as your league. You must also have an understanding of the material and sizes baseball bats come in.
Once you choose one that is suitable for you in all aspects, you’ll notice how effortlessly you can pull off a game!
The Anatomy Of Baseball Bats
Before deciding on the perfect bat for you, its important to understand the complete anatomy of a baseball bat. Every bat has 5 important parts to it from the bottom to the top, which play a major role in determining how well balanced out it will feel for you. These parts include the knob, handle, barrel, grip and end-cap of the bat.
The knob of the bat is essentially where you hold on to the bat. Right below it is where you hold grip of the bat. The thickness of the knob varies with bats and is where it allows you to get a proper hold of the bat when playing.
From the handle to the barrel, the overall size of the bat tends to change around, too. Lastly, the end-cap helps you improve the control you have over your bat, where it limits the weight of the bat.
Generally, since baseball players vary in terms of strength, experience and physical features, these are the varying factors that should be played around with when deciding on picking out the perfect baseball bat for yourself.
As a baseball player, you must have an idea of what league you fit into when it comes to baseball bats. USA Bat, USSSA, and BBCOR bats are the best when it comes to baseball bats. You must understand the variations they bring about when it comes to bats. You must also know which league you feel more comfortable with. This can only be done, once you understand the differences quite clearly. If we were to summarize them, here are a few:
For instance, the USABat approved bats are generally lightweight and tend to have a wood-like structure. Therefore, they are generally for baseball players that fall in a lower age-group category. BBCOR bats are more adult based with more weight and features addition to the bat. Apart from this, these are some general standards set for varying age groups when it comes to baseball bats:
- A tee ball bat is best suited for players that fall within the age of 4-6 years
- The USA or USSSR standard bat is best suited for players within the age of 7-18 years
- A BBCOR standard bat is best suited for players who are 18+ years of age
It’s difficult to miss out on what standard any baseball bat belongs to considering the standard logo is usually stamped either on the barrel or the face of the bat. If you are unsure about your league, it is best that you get a consultation from a coach or a league official to guide you better on what bat fulfills your league requirements.
The BBCOR leagues are commonly high school or college level baseball. These bats tend to have drop 3 weight with a barrel diameter of 2 5/8″ or less. The USSSA is a senior league baseball game that has a wide weight drop range and barrel range diameter. Likewise, the USABat standard consists of no weight restrictions, and a maximum barrel diameter of 2 5/8″.
Measuring A Bat
The length of the bat is a major determining factor of the bat that you are going to be purchasing. Your swing and the plate coverage depends on the length of bat you are playing with. If you feel uncomfortable playing with a bat that may be a size shorter or longer you won’t be able to play to the best of your capacity. Your swing or bat speed might be compromised if the bat happens to be too long, or you could have very limited coverage in case the bat is too short. A right bat can help you cover a long distance, whilst ensuring that the ball hits the bat at the right spot.
There are three ways that you can measure your bat, that is as follows:
- Aligning the bat with your arm stretched outwards is one way to measure your bat. If the bottom of the bat is aligned with the center of your chest and the top part of the bat reaches out to your fingertips, the bat is of perfect size for you.
- You can place the bottom of the bat at the center of your chest, but this time, stretch the bat outwards and see if you can comfortably reach the barrel. If you can, the bat is the right size for you.
- The third method for seeing if the bat is of the right length for you is by keeping the bat upright beside your leg. Reach down and see if the knob of the bat reaches the center of your palm, if it does, you have found that right size of bat.
Furthermore, you can take assistance from a size chart to guide you in finding the best length bat for you.
Though the length of the bat alone is not the only deciding factor for the right baseball bat for you, it is still important that you have chosen the right-sized bat for yourself. The length of the bat for every individual mainly depends on the player’s height. However, this does not mean that everyone with the same height can use the same bat since two people of the same height may be of different ages and therefore belong to different leagues.
Other factors that you need to account for while buying the perfect bat for yourself include weight, material, and whether the bat is one-piece or two-piece. The article above will assist you in finding the perfect bat that suits your needs as a baseball player, whilst ensuring that you play to your complete potential.
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