by Staff Writer
Choosing a baseball bat isn't complicated, but there are some things that you should consider when selecting a bat that's just right for you. While any baseball bat may suffice for occasional use, the optimum bat will provide better results if you play baseball frequently. This article will list the various factors you should consider before choosing a baseball bat that will perform well for you.
Aluminum or composite bats are now preferred by many players over bats made of wood. This is due to their lighter weight, which allows a hitter to swing the bat faster and to make adjustments more quickly during the swing. Depending on the level of baseball that you play, you may have to consider weight limits.
The cost of the baseball bat is not the best indicator on how well it will perform. Although more expensive baseball bats may be made with higher grade materials, it does not always translate into a higher level of performance.
The most important consideration is how comfortable the bat feels in your hands. Before buying a bat, swing bats of different weights and handle thicknesses to see what you prefer. When you swing the bat, it should be with a smooth, fluid motion, without struggling to get the bat in motion.
The next factor to consider is the size of the bat. Again, bat length is determined by personal preference, but generally speaking, taller players will prefer longer bats while shorter players tend to perform better with a somewhat shorter bat.
Finally, consider the weight of the bat. First, you have to make sure that the weight meets the specifications for your league or association. You can then use a chart based on your height and weight to help determine the range of weight that will be best for you. Remember that aluminum bats are lighter, providing easier adjustments during a swing, while wood bats will hit the ball further, given the same speed as aluminum, because of the additional weight behind the swing.