Choosing the Right Fastpitch Bat
You want to feel that sense of confidence when you’re stepping up to the plate ready to swing for the fences. In order to do that you need the right kind of fastpitch softball bat to suit your needs and playing style. There are three main components to consider when choosing new fastpitch bats. These components are length, weight, and drop. Each of these components will have an effect on your swing so it’s essential to make the right choice so you don’t strike out!
COMPOSITE VS. ALLOY
COMPOSITE BATS - These bats are available in different swing weights including balanced and end-loaded in order to suit different playing styles. The material is often layered and includes carbon fiber among other durable elements such as graphite and sometimes kevlar. Thanks to the double-walled construction, these types of bats minimize the vibration when a mis-hit occurs, and also carry a larger sweet spot than an alloy bat.
ALLOY BATS - The alloy bat is composed of two or more metals, the primary one being aluminium, and is the most commonly used bat due its cost effectiveness and longevity. While the durability isn’t as strong as a composite bat, it tends to last longer as it doesn’t lose its composition over time. While it may have a smaller sweet spot, it does provide a stiffer feel through the swing zone, making for a more consistent hitting pattern.
Like any other aspect of baseball, much like finding the right size glove or cleats, it’s important to get the right length for fastpitch bats. There is a surefire way to measure whether a bat is the right length:
The easiest and most common way is to have your arm extended out to the side, place the bat knob at the center of your chest and extend the barrel out toward your fingertips. If you can touch the end of the bat with your fingertips, the bat is an appropriate size.
The weight of the bat will vary by model and brand and will naturally come down to personal preference. If you’re physically stronger, then a heavy bat might be perfect for you. However, if you choose a bat that’s too heavy, it can hinder both your swing speed and your overall performance.
When purchasing the fastpitch bats, you will often hear the phrase “it is a drop…”. The drop describes the difference between the length of the bat and its weight. For example, a bat that is 32” long and 22 ounces is a 32/22, drop 10 bat.
Difference Between Fastpitch Bats &
There are certainly some similarities between fastpitch and slowpitch. Softball is a slight variation of baseball and is enjoyed by people of all ages. While it remains true to most of the fundamental basic rules of baseball, the ball itself is larger, softer, and heavier.
There are two different types of softball: fastpitch and slowpitch. Although the basic concept of the game remains the same, there are some differences that clearly separate the two. The equipment used, specifically the bats, is one of the biggest differences. In softball, the bats are designed differently for fastpitch and slowpitch.
Bats will vary in both weight and size and will impact the way you play the game.
MVP’s Best Fastpitch Bats
No matter the level of fastpitch softball you’re playing, you can trust that MVP Athletic Supplies are the source for all your high quality fastpitch softball equipment. We carry a wide selection of bats for everyone from amateurs to professional players.
Bats from a well-known manufacturer will have a positive impact on player performance. We stock the best brands in the business including Demarini, Easton, Louisville, Mizuno, Rawlings, and more, all at competitive prices.
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