How to choose best softball bats concerning external standards is not an easy question. There are many things to consider, but let’s find out about basic standards that softball players usually care about.
Many players choose a bat of their favorite color or one whose color matches their team’s uniform, but this does not help improve performance at all. The truth is, a bat that performs well is worth being chosen instead of because of its color.
When choosing the best slowpitch softball bats, you should focus on the handle, grip, and end cap. Cushioned handles and grips make you maintain your swing better, and end caps designed to decrease bat shaking. There are different brand options you can choose from, including Louisville Slugger, EASTON, DeMarini, and MAKO slowpitch bats, or different barrel and handle diameters as well for you to decide which ones are the best softball bats.
What Brand and Model?
Nowadays, there are many manufacturers that make softball bat on the market. Brands which are chosen by most softball players are DeMarini, Easton, Mako, Louisville…. Due to this variety, you should check if it is legitimate according to your league’s rules to using a certain kind of bat. A bat’s having certifications on it is also a must for a “legal” softball game.
High-end bats are priced around $200-$300 which are made of high-class and durable materials. These bats bring sweet spot for players, so they are considered suitable for professional players & people who have a lot of money to spare.
At the same time, low-end bats are priced from $20-$70, making them suitable for newbies or people who have a narrow budget.
Considering the reasons mentioned above about brand and model, you should choose the bats that fit your own needs.
What Size Bat?
Choosing the bat size depends on the individual person, and you may need to directly watch the process in which a female player coordinates with the bat to hit the ball. The younger the girls are, the shorter and lighter bats they need. The oversized girls (taller or bigger than normal), who are somehow uncoordinated, need shorter and lighter bats too. Girls under 13 or so are usually not athletic and strong enough to handle longer and heavier bats. Thanks to their strength, great hitting mechanics, good bat speed and control as well, even small girls can hit the ball 250’ using short light bats. You can read the suggestions of bat resellers or manufacturers about sizes by age on their websites for reference.
In brief, there are so many things to consider when it comes to making decisions on purchasing a softball bat. Besides the color, design, size, brand and model – external standards, players sometimes need to pay attention to the dimensions, the quality as well as their playing purposes to find out the best one that fulfills their needs and requirements to achieve success in the games.