Bat Weight Selection & Heavy Bats, an issue
Bat Weight Selection
- You will find most bat’s are weighted in ounces
- Bats have a weight to length ratio that applies to them.
- A -12 weight to length ratio for example means that on a 28 inch bat the bat weights 16 ounces. This is sometimes referred to as weight drop.
- You will see bats have a variety of ratio’s from -3 to -13
- Selecting weight depends on the strength of the player using the bat and to a lesser extent personal preference.
- Big strong players will usually prefer a heavier bat since they get the benefits of it being more heft but since they are strong it want slow down their swing.
- Smaller players should choose a baseball bat that is lighter in order to increase the swing speed.
- I suggest players under 9 use the lightest bat possible by rule.
- Most of the players below 9 would benefit from a -12 or -13 drop off the length suggested in the table above.
A word of caution about heavy bats
Over the years we have always recommended the use of a light bat for most hitters. There are many reasons but one of the main ones is that heavy bats can lead to extremely poor swing fundamentals and I can assure you they will be hard to break when the player gets older.
Several well know players and coaches have said over the years that using a heavy bat can ruin your swing and we are in complete agreement with that so make sure you lean toward getting a light bat. I would choose the lightest bat I could find for the length I need.