2017 Baseball Bat Reviews: The Winners and Losers
2017 is coming and so are the new and best baseball bats. Every year, we are looking for all the outstanding features in each upgrade from the leading brands. Who will dominate the baseball bat market this year? Together we will find the answer.
2017 Adidas Bat Reviews
2017 Anderson Bat Reviews
2017 Axe Bat Reviews
2017 Combat Bat Reviews
2017 DeMarini Bat Reviews
2017 Easton Bat Reviews
2017 Marucci Bat Reviews
2017 Mizuno Bat Reviews
2017 Louisville Slugger Bat Reviews
2017 Rawlings Bat Reviews
2017 Stinger Bat Reviews
2017 Warstic Bat Reviews
How to Buy a 2017 Baseball Bat: A Complete Guide
Buying a baseball bat is an individual process but there is definitely a right and wrong way to go about buying the right baseball bat for you. Some of the decisions will be very basic and need little explanation while others take time and some serious deliberating. Following is a how to guide of the proper process for buying the correct bat.
- The first thing you have to do is decide what kind of bat you not only want but can use. This may seem basic but baseball and softball bats are not interchangeable, each is specifically designed for their given sport and are illegal to transfer leagues in almost every case aside from some tee-ball leagues which allow softball bats due to the larger barrel.
- Second you have to determine whether you are going to use a wood or aluminum bat. Not all leagues allow for the use of each so knowing the league rules is paramount here.
- Third know your purpose, if you are going to buy a game bat or a practice bat for use in batting cages or the like as there are pro’s and con’s to each for this purpose.
- Fourth you must know your budget which is self explanatory.
- Fifth know your proper size.
Right away before we get into specifics of bats, a game bat and practice bat are usually very different. As practice bats are used in batting cages primarily Aluminum has the advantage of durability. It is not going to splinter or shatter. Wood on the other hand is a great teacher and provides a truer sense of how well you are actually hitting the ball. When hitting with a wood bat you actually feel the contact better than with aluminum. If you hit to the underside of a wood bat with regularity you will feel it and eventually the bat will crack or break. If you hit to the topside of it you will get that stinging sensation with enough regularity to force you to change your swing. When you hit a ball squared up on the sweet spot you will feel and hear what it sounds like to make proper solid contact. Aluminum does not provide this.
It is not uncommon for many hitters to use wood bats in practice which are heavier an established as better to learn to hit with and aluminum bats in games. Aluminum bats are not only more durable but are lighter as well and do provide a little extra distance on batted balls. As that is a highly desired effect they remain popular. Once you have determined the composition of your bat and it’s intended purpose you can begin narrowing down your choices further by factoring in your budget. In almost all cases wood is the cheapest option ranging from thirty to one hundred dollars while aluminum bats can run upwards of three hundred dollars in the blink of an eye.
What follows is a listing of general rules of thumb to determine the proper bat size. I stress this is just a guide and ultimately only you know what feels right when swinging the bat. As this is your tool, you have to be comfortable with your choice.
For a five to nine year old the general bat length will run from 24 inches to 28 inches, and increase to 28 inches to 31 inches up to a twelve year old. From thirteen to sixteen bat length only takes a moderate increase of up to 33 inches. Once a player reaches seventeen the length can go beyond that but is totally to their individual style and preference.
Bat weight is determined by two factors, strength and hitting style. Stronger hitters can choose a heavier bat which helps the ball travel farther as density play a role in the distance a ball will travel. Conversely hitters with less physical strength are better suited to lighter bats they can control easier. Singles and slash style hitters are better suited to lighter bats while power hitters are better geared for heavier bats. Simply choosing a longer heavier bat will not make you a power hitter on it’s own so be honest when assessing which type of hitter you are as the wrong bat will negatively impact your performance at the plate.
With these simple rules and tips in mind you are ready to choose what is the right bat for you. Now get out there and have some fun!