What Does Drop Weight Mean?

When talking about baseball bats or softball bats what does drop Weight mean? 

The “drop” is the number with the minus in front of it or the negative number listed on a bat. 

It is the length to weight ratio. By subtracting the drop from the length in inches of the bat, the weight in ounces of the bat is determined. The greater the drop is, the lighter the bat will weigh.

30 (bat length) – 5 (the drop) = 25 (bat weight)

Simply, the DROP is the difference between length and weight.

  • The higher the drop, the lighter the bat.
  • The smaller the drop, the heavier the bat.

    In each of those categories there will be a number e.g. -10oz, -11oz, -12oz etc.

    Those numbers are the DROP which represent the weight difference between the length of the bat and the actual weight of the bat.

    For example, If looking for a 30inch, 20oz Youth Baseball bat, we know that the difference between the length and the weight is 10oz. Therefore the bat will commonly be known as a Drop 10oz. 30-20 = 10oz. This will help determine the players comfort zone by length and weight.

    Please click on the -10oz under the Shop by Drop under the Youth baseball bats.

    On the middle of the page left side of the screen you will see By Length/Weight.

    Under that you will see the sizes available, click on the word “more” to see all the sizes.

    The # in the parenthesis e.g. [12] means there are 12 choices in that length and weight.

    Please note you can sort by barrel diameter (2 1/4″, 2 5/8″, or 2 3/4″) material (Composite or Alloy), or series (Mako Torq, Mako etc.)

    Sort by price is another great way to narrow your choices down if you have a certain price in mind.

Remember that only high school baseball bats and college baseball bats are regulated and must have a drop of no more than -3.

If you are a strong player, you may assume you want a heavier bat. This is not necessarily the case. You’ll want to swing a bat that still allows you to generate the ideal amount of bat speed through the zone. Finding this balance could be difficult at first, but once you do, you’ll be hitting the ball farther and harder than you could have imagined.

After finding a baseline for the length of the bat, it’s important to incorporate the length of the bat into deciding on the weight. For youth baseball and softball, the taller the child, the longer the bat should be. They may not be strong enough to use a heavier bat, so they would have a bat with a larger weight drop.

It’s important to choose the right balance between length and weight because it makes a difference in the physics of the swing. For instance, consider the following:

  • If you have a long, light bat, you can swing it very fast, but it will not have much inertia behind it
  • If you swing a short, heavy bat, you will not have the fastest bat speed, but will have plenty of inertia

 

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