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How to Buy the Perfect Baseball Bat

By Edited Dec 1, 2016 0 0

1.) Weight of the Bat

There are many sizing charts available on the internet that will let you make a rough guess on the bat weight you can go for based on your weight. But nevertheless your best bet would be to go the store and check out the bat for yourself before making the buy. Here is a simple exercise you can try:

1.) Hold the bat with your dominant hand

2.) Now let the bat hang by your fingers.

3.) Try making your hand straight by stretching forward

4.) Once you are in this posture, lift the bat with your fingers and wrist alone

5.) Repeat this same exercise another five to six times

If you are not able to lift the baseball bat without bending your elbow, then the bat weight is a high. Try going for a

lighter bat and trying the same exercise until you are comfortably able to left the bat without bending the elbow.

2.) Length of the Bat

The lenght of the bat varies in accordance with the height of the player. Taller players should go for a longer bat and vise versa. Here are some rough guidelines:

If your height lies between 5 to 5.6 feet, go for a a 32 inch bat. Players whose height varies between 5.6 to 6 feet can go for a 33 inch bat. If you are taller than 6 feet go for a 34 inch bat.

3.) Bat Cost

The price of baseball bats may vary anywhere between $25 to $300. Always remember that expensive bats do not guarantee homeruns. Infact more expensive bats that come with carbon fillers may be prone to denting. So if you are looking for a bat mainly for training purpose, go for cheaper bats that do not have the frills. If you are just a recreational baseball player then you need to worry about going expensive at all. Just get a bat which meets your height and weight needs. You can also try buying your bat from closeout stores that offer cheap bats.

4.) League rules

Finally be aware of the league rules. You don't want to end up buying a bat that your league does not approve.

The following may be a few considerations

a.) The make of bat, wood or metal

b.) The barrel size of the bat

c.) The bat weight to length ratio

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