How much does your bat weigh? It may sound like a simple question, but what bat you should choose isn’t as simple case of just looking at the amount of ounces that it has. While it’s clear to all that a bat will have its actual weight, there is an equally important factor to consider and that is the softball bat’s drop weight, especially for developing young players.
With wooden bats, what you see is what you get and its performance is solely down to the natural characteristics of the wood, and can’t be artificially altered to improve performance. The same can’t be said for other bats however, and the performance off the bat is something that has to be regulated. In order to do this a test had to be created to measure the improvement that was given to the velocity of the ball from other types of bat and this became known as the ‘Bat Performance Factor’, or BPF for short.
How heavy your bat should be is one of the considerations that comes into play where personal pride can get in the way of making the right choice. There is a tendency to want to have the heaviest bat possible in order to show off and make yourself look more powerful. I’m fairly sure however it’ll be better to show off with more hits than being able to swing a heavy bat, you have to find the one that’s right for you.
With softball bats you have many choices with one of the main ones being the weight distribution throughout the bat. There are two choices here with your bat being balanced or end-loaded.
What type of bat to use is one of the fundamental questions for any softball or baseball player, and the choices aren’t clear. With so many different varieties out there, it’s hard to figure out which is the best option for you. There are four different materials that can be chosen from: