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Choose the right Slowpitch Softball Bat -
When you step up to that plate to hit a home run, you want to do so with confidence and the peace of mind you’re using the right tools for the job. In order to do that you need the right kind of slowpitch softball bat to suit both your size and playing style.
There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to choosing your softball bat and there are a number of things you’ll want to take into consideration.
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Choosing The Right Slowpitch Bat - Balanced vs End Loaded
Slowpitch Softball Bats are designed in a variety of different weight classes: Balanced, Midload, End Loaded, and Extra End Loaded. These different types of bat are named based on how the weight is distributed throughout the bat itself.
For example, if you’re a contact or base hitter, you likely have a good sense of control when it comes to your swing. Typically a Balanced or Midload Bat will make the most sense for these players as the weight is distributed evenly resulting in a lower MOI (moment of inertia) so the bat can be swung faster and with greater accuracy.
On the other hand, if you’re a player that can already swing for the fences with little effort, you’d likely benefit more from an End Loaded or Extra End Loaded Bat. In this case, the weight distribution is skewed to the end of the barrel of the bat. Combine the additional weight with a high swing speed and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with. These types of bats are preferred by power hitters in the sport as they provide extra momentum in an already powerful swing resulting in greater distance upon contact.
Choosing The Right Slowpitch Bat - Slowpitch Bat Materials
There are three distinct material types used in modern slowpitch bats: Alloy, Composite, and Wood. On top of that, there are two different construction types within the barrel: single or double-wall. While both will result in a well-constructed bat, a double-wall construction creates a trampoline effect with the outer wall flexing upon impact and recoiling off the inner wall, creating a greater spring in your hit.
ALLOY BATS - Also known as aluminium bats, though most are combined with another metal, the alloy bat tends to be the most cost effective option while also being the most durable. The walls are thin and responsive and thanks to often being a little more lightweight, they’re commonly used by younger softball players. Alloy bats can be recognized by the ‘pinging’ sound they make when the ball contacts the bat.
COMPOSITE BATS - A combination of carbon fibre, graphite, fiberglass, and occasionally kevlar, the composite bat relies on the flexibility of the material to help create that trampoline effect to really get the best distance out of your swings. These types of bats most commonly use the double-wall technology and have a break-in period before reaching their peak performance. Because of the flexible durability of the composite bat, the performance will decline over time as the barrel becomes more flexible.
The weight of the bat will vary depending on what model and brand you’re purchasing. If you have a stronger physique, then a heavy bat might be perfect for you. However, be careful not to choose too heavy of a bat as it will hinder both your swing speed and overall performance.
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Difference between Slowpitch Bats & Baseball Bats
There are a few distinct similarities between slowpitch bats and baseball bats. Softball is a variation of baseball and can be 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.
MVP’s Top Picks for Slowpitch Bats
No matter the level of slowpitch softball you’re playing, you can trust the team at MVP Athletic Supplies to steer you in the right direction. We are the source for all your high quality slowpitch softball equipment. We carry a wide selection of bats for everyone from amateurs to professional players.
A bat from a quality name in the industry can help elevate your game to the next level. We stock the best brands in the business including Demarini, Easton, Louisville, Miken, Mizuno, Worth and more, all at competitive prices.
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